How we work with our Community

We strive to be a good neighbour to our local community and regularly donate and share our facilities and resources with local charities and organisations at no cost.

In addition, our sports facilities are used by over a thousand adults and children every week for swimming classes, netball and hockey training, yoga, Korfball and trampolining, to name only a few.

Royal Russell hosts Croydon Young Drivers

Organised by JEDS Driving School, young drivers aged between 14 and 24 can learn basic car control, manoeuvring round a specially designed course. These sessions are not driving lessons but an introduction to mastering basic car control, driving with distractions and educating young drivers about the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

All sessions take place in the safety of our spacious grounds, during school holidays.

Volunteer Police Cadets

The Volunteer Police Cadets held their presentation evening in our Auditorium.  


We continue to support Project YOU (Youth Organisations in Uniform) activities by donating the use of the school's minibuses and premises, making their youth engagement and diversion activities possible. 

Regular YOU committe meetings are held in our Conference Room.

Croydon Neighbourhood Watch AGM and Conference

Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association is a charity that brings together communities of all ages, faiths and backgrounds to help prevent crime and is the largest neighbourhood watch association in London.

Royal Russell sponsored their lunch and hosted their Annual AGM and Conference in the Auditorium.

The Annual Conference guest speakers included 2 Borough Commanders, Trading Standards, a Counter Terrorism expert and Council / GLA representatives. 

Young Carers Project

The Young Carers Project held their annual Family Fun Day in the grounds of Royal Russell.

This is an important day for child carers to have much needed respite and enjoy games and activities, which this year included a small petting zoo and bouncy castles.This year saw an increase in the number of families attending.  It was a pleasure to see both these children having fun in a safe environment.


Fun challenges for YOU London

Young people from the borough’s uniformed youth groups battled it out to gain top place in Croydon’s YOU Challenge (Youth Organisations in Uniform).

Over eighty representatives and their volunteer adult leaders gathered at Royal Russell School for a series of challenges, tests, tasks and most of all fun.

The challenges included a climbing wall, archery, donning a Firefighters gear, team building tasks, searching their own ‘scene of crime’ forensics exercise, making paper aeroplanes that fly, and frisbee golf.

The eight mixed teams including the Fire Cadets, Combined Cadet Force, Scouts, Air Cadets, Volunteer Police Cadets, Girl Guides, Girls’ Brigade, Boys’ Brigade and Croydon youth council came together at the request of Representative Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Ian McRobbie OBE TD DL, who heads the Croydon Youth Organisations in Uniform partnership.

Before the prize giving the hungry teams were fed with a very welcome barbecue prepared by the school’s caterers.

Joining Colonel Ian McRobbie special visitors to the event were Councillors John Wentworth, Sara Bashford and Simon Brew who were able to see and happily take part in some the activities. They all expressed their thanks to the adults who had made possible this exciting example of youth groups working collaboratively.

With smiles all round and accompanied by Mr Chris Hutchinson, Colonel Ian McRobbie made the final award presentations to the winning team which had gained most points from the challenges.

London District Regional First Aid Competition.

The Volunteer Police Cadets came Royal Russell to take part in the London District Regional First Aid Competition.

They needed to complete one team scenario and an individual scenario each.

All competing cadets were assessed on various things, such as reassuring the casualties, treating them promptly and effectively, ensuring they were warm and as comfortable as possible, handing over to paramedics etc.

Overall, it was a brilliant day interacting with the Cadet forces.

Celebration Weekend for Croydon Scouting

Over 500 Cubs Scouts, 200 adults and Leaders and another 75 base instructors participated in an activity weekend to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Cub Scouts.

The event was held at Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre in Croydon and the event was hosted, organised and run by Croydon Scouting.

Royal Russell supplied the minibuses and staff to transport the Scouts to Frylands Wood.


National Citizen Service

NCS (National Citizen Service) held their graduation ceremony in Royal Russell's Great Hall.  Over 700 participants received their certificates in front of an audience of their proud families and supporters. 


Croydon Performing Arts Festival

Royal Russell host many sections of this important festival, which provides the opportunity for young people to ....


Croydon Mayor's Fundraising Concert

We host a special concert in our Auditorium organised by the Mayors office to raise funds for his secelcted charities.