Becoming part of our famously loyal and supportive school

When a girl joins Channing she becomes part of the loyal and supportive Channing ‘family’ of pupils, parents, teachers, support staff, Governors and Old Girls (Channing Alumnae). Everyone is equally valued for their contribution, which includes our ever-helpful catering staff whose excellent lunches keep us going during the School day.

The Channing Community embraces causes both within the school and those in the local community. Whether it’s fundraising for the nominated School Charity, delivering food each month at our partner Food Bank or visiting the local care homes and hospital, the girls experience first hand the rewards that helping others can bring. We pride ourselves on making meaningful links with the local community and the success of our Outreach Programme relies on this regular commitment.

Our own alumnae are particularly active in helping current students by providing access to a strong network of work contacts. An increasing number regularly return to the school to give talks on their chosen profession and open doors to internship or work experience opportunities.

Parents automatically become members of the Channing Association, the primary purpose of which is to help parents and girls get to know one another better. Whole-school events include the much-acclaimed November fireworks display together with regular quiz nights and wine tastings. Junior School events include the new families’ tea in September and the annual social evening for girls in Years 5 and 6 and their parents. Senior School events include the Year 7 and 8 disco and the Sixth Form Ball.

In the Junior School, the Channing Association supports the school in a number of ways. Parents help on excursions also run the second-hand uniform sales.

The Channing Association (CA) raises money for extra equipment and facilities such as the new mini-adventure playground, and is responsible for many events. The new families’ tea in September is a great opportunity for families to meet each other and there is a parents’ social evening event each year for girls in Years 5 and 6 with their parents. In addition the CA organises a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, the Fairseat Family Day, a Firework Party, Christmas Parties for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, a Summer Fair, a Founders’ Day Outing, a Christmas bazaar, a Spring Social and a family skating day, plus numerous cake sales and coffee mornings, giving parents and pupils the opportunity to be part of the Channing community.

The Junior School Channing Association committee comprises two representatives from each class, an honorary treasurer, an honorary secretary and two chairpersons. The members of the committee generally serve for two years. The class representatives are the first point of contact for the Channing Association and will be able to help you with specific queries about events and social occasions.