"Pupils' social development is excellent. They make a positive contribution to the local community..." Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Report 2019
As a school Loyola sees its own community as a strength and seeks to play an active part in the wider community.
We work with other schools in both the independent and state sectors through membership of organisations such as the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and the Catholic Independent Schools Conference (CISC) on shared initiatives. We also make regular contributions to the liturgies of local parishes – and even, on occasion, Cathedrals.
We have an annual shared Remembrance Day Service with nearby St John’s CE Primary School, and our Schola often contributes to joint choral and instrumental events with Preparatory and Secondary Independent Schools (New Hall, Bancroft, Chigwell and Forest Schools).
We take part in inter-schools competitions in a full range of subjects (academic and sporting), which provide opportunities for teams of pupils, as well as individuals.
We also invite local schools to join us on special days such as Theatre Group visits.
We have a number of community partners with whom we take part in events, raise money and who provide extra-curricular support to the school. These include:
- Barnardos all members of the choir contribute to an annual fundraising event.
- St Thomas Of Canterbury Parish Church Woodford Green: all members of the Schola frequently contribute to the Confirmation Mass, Ecumenical Advent Service and celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Schola also sing at St Anne Lines in South Woodford, St Edmund’s in Loughton and support the diocese such as singing at the Centenary Mass and dedication mass for the Jumbulance.
- Epping Forest Food Bank is supported on a weekly basis by our pupils.
- Bancroft Rugby Club works with us on rugby provision.
Each year we host a Secondary School Fair where all local independent and state schools are invited to provide information about their schools. It is a well attended event and is open not only to Loyola pupils, but all children and parents from the local area.
We also run a number of sponsored events and fundraisers throughout the year and these events raise money for local, national and international charities.