Sixth Form Students ‘Jail Break’ Fundraiser for Cancer Research UK raises £5500
10th December 2015

The great escape from Steyning Grammar School saw 213 Year 13 students released for a day of fundraising, with the money raised this year going to Cancer Research UK in support of their national campaign for Kids & Teens.  This annual fundraising event is a big team effort from students, staff and the local community coming together to raise an amaizing £5500 so far for this years chosen charity.

In advance of the big day the Sixth Form College Charity Committee kicked off their fundraising by offering a car valet service to staff. Members of staff were quick to book for a car wash and polish, administered whilst student on-lookers enjoyed the spectacle and were able to purchase hot pizzas from the Pizza Oven Van. Our Head Boy, Sam Wellby, along with Alex Kerr and Ruby Taylor who work for the Pizza Oven served pizzas straight from the wood fired clay oven to warm the spectators, and the owners of the Pizza Oven very generously donated their takings to Cancer Research UK.


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The annual fundraising event started early on Friday with a hearty breakfast kindly donated by our in-house catering department. The £2 charge for breakfast went straight into the Cancer Research UK appeal. Students were then locked in the jails until they ‘broke out’ to be cheered on by fellow students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The convicts made off in a collection of brightly decorated vehicles including large tractors, trailers, pick up trucks and an open topped vintage bus! 

Louise Wardle, Area Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK, was overwhelmed by the effort made and generosity of the students and said: “Thanks to supporters like Steyning Grammar School, we have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Over the past century, our researchers have made consistent progress in the fight against cancer, and survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. 

“With the staff and students joining us in the fight against cancer through their Jail Break event, they will be helping us develop the treatments necessary to bring forward the day when all cancers are curable; students can be proud to say that they are directly supporting our groundbreaking science that will see more children beating cancer than ever before.  You cannot put a price on that.”



The convicts escaped and went on the run to Brighton, Hove, Shoreham, Southwick, Crawley, Lancing, Storrington, Portslade, Henfield, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, stopping on route to also collect at Tooveys Auction House; finally arriving in Horsham with the Cancer Research UK collecting boxes.  Students also visited our Lower School site, the local Primary Schools; Steyning Primary, Upper Beeding Primary School, Jolesfield in Partridge Green, together with Rydon Intermediate where they received a tremendous reception from the children.

All students were finally recaptured at the bandstand in Horsham where Sixth Form College musicians played as the students were rounded up by their jailors.



Val Barnes, Chairman of the Seaford Cancer Research UK Local Committee was at the school on the student’s return to supervise the count, and thanked the students for their participation in Jail Break and for their enthusiasm in helping others on such a large scale.  Monies raised will be used to fund ongoing work for Kids & Teens cancer.

Mrs Sally Randall, Assistant Headteacher Sixth Form College expressed how proud the staff and parents were of the Year 13 students who have been tremendous ambassadors for their chosen charity, the school and the wider community. Our students have shown initiative, grit and resilience in making a positive difference, learning much from the experience. The support of parents, local businesses, community partners and our feeder schools is hugely appreciated.

The School and students would also like to thank Horsham District Council for again allowing us to host the event and for their assistance with arrangements for parking of the vehicles; to Southern Transit and C&L coaches, who both very kindly donated the use of a coach for the event.

Steyning Grammar Sixth Form College is very grateful to the public for their generosity and many sponsors including The Pizza Oven, Southern Transit, C&L Coaches, S T Cowley, The Dudman Group and Oakley Commercial, Gardner & Scardifield and Heathcote House Dental Practice.

If you would like to support this massive fundraising effort you can still donate by going to the Just Giving site



Background Information on Steyning Grammar School

A unique, successful and dynamic learning community

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. Steyning Grammar School celebrated 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014.

We are a large school with over 2000 students across one of the largest catchment areas in Sussex - this size enables us to offer the widest opportunities and a curriculum of breadth and depth that is core to our success. We offer nearly 30 subjects at GCSE and over 30 at A-Level.

We have 3 different entry points for students into our school, Year 7, Year 9 & Year 12.  Our listed building on our Church Street site for Years 7-8 offers the ideal nurturing transition between KS2 and KS4, a smaller stepping stone to the larger Shooting Field site for Years 9-13. We offer a 3 year KS4 which has led to excellent results at GCSE. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has one of the most successful state boarding provisions in the UK, the only one in Sussex. Our Boarding School is rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

We have high ambitions to be one of the best schools in the country

Our ‘Journey to Excellence’ is built on traditions of excellence and highest expectations, combined with a commitment to innovation and new thinking.  We are determined to remain innovative and forward looking in our teaching, professional development, distributive leadership and curriculum design.

We believe in the limitless potential of our students through intrinsic motivation, excellent teaching and purposeful effort.  Intrinsic motivation requires students to believe in themselves, which is why we are embedding ‘Learning Characteristics’ at the core of our school.  We encourage purposeful effort and support the skills of grit, growth-mindset, self-control, curiosity and zest that our students need to stake their claim to their exciting futures.


Our Sixth Form College, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, is one of the largest ‘in a school’ in the South of England, and a highly successful A Level specialist provider.  Our A Level programme includes a broad range of academic and vocational courses together with BTEC Level 3.

99% overall pass rate for A Level students with 100% pass rate across more than 30 subjects

A full range of enrichment activities are offered including the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  Students are also encouraged to support the local community through volunteering and fundraising work.

For further details on the school and online prospectus, please visit

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