Community and Charities

Northenden Community School understands the importance of community and the role the school has in encouraging children to make a positive contribution to their local and wider community.  We do this through:

  • singing in the community
  • involvement in local projects, e.g. community art project
  • involvement with local businesses, e.g. Manchester Airport
  • fundraising for local and national charities


Charity Fund Raising

Every year, the school aims to raise funds for a chosen charity.  In recent years, we have raised money for the following charities and organisations:

  • Destination Florida (Christmas CD and Concert)
  • The Christie Hospital Charitable Fund (3 Christmas concerts)
  • Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Comic Relief
  • Sport Relief
  • St Ann’s Hospice
  • Wythenshawe Churches
  • Children in Need
  • MedEquip4Kids
  • British Heart Foundation
  • The Royal British Legion

The Christie Hospital

For a number of years, we have had a special relationship with the Christie Hospital.  In 2012, 2013 and 2014 we were asked to play a part in the Annual Christie Christmas Concert, working alongside musicians, singers and Beaver Road Primary School at the Monastery, Manchester.  These performances were in front of over 500 people.  We helped to raised money for the Christie Hospital by selling tickets for these events.


The Christmas 2013 concert was chosen by BBC Radio Manchester for their Christmas concert.  
This was broadcast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2013.



Charity : Destination Florida
Date : December 2016
Amount Raise : £2,275.00

In Autumn 2016, we produced a Christmas CD and sold over 300 copies to raise money for the charity Destination Florida.


Charity : Comic Relief (Red Nose Day)
Date : March 2016
Amount Raise : £239.37



Charity : The Christie Charitable Fund (The Christie Hospital)
Date : December 2014
Amount Raise : £1,168.00





Charity : Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Date : June 2013
Amount Raise : £1,509.98



Charity : Comic Relief (Red Nose Day)
Date : March 2013
Amount Raise : £213.45



Charity : The Christie Charitable Fund (Christie Hospital)
Date : March 2011
Amount Raised : £485.00



Charity : Comic Relief
Date : March 2011
Amount Raised : £325.04




Charity : Wythenshawe Churches Food Bank
Date : October 2011
Amount Raised : Donations of Food, etc.



Charity : St Ann’s Hospice
Date : January 2011
Amount Raised : £658 (via a Christmas hamper)




Charity : MedEquip4Kids
Date : January 2010
Amount Raised : £986.21




Charity : Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Date : Summer 2009
Amount Raised : £1389.35



Charity : British Heart Foundation
Date : Summer 2008
Amount Raised : £750.00




Manchester Airport : Manchester Cathedral Art Project

In 2014, we worked with Manchester Airport and their artists in residence, Andy Leigh and Angela Greenway, to create our response to the vibrant colours of the stained glass to be found at Manchester Cathedral.  Our art work in displayed in the Wythenshawe Art Walk at the airport.

“Artwork based on Manchester Cathedral’s famous stained glass windows is set to be seen by millions of people after it went on display at Manchester Airport by Community Artists Angela Greenway and Andy Leigh.  Also children aged 9-11 from Northenden Primary School, Ringway Primary School, St Elizabeth RC Primary School, St Peters RC Primary School, and St Wilfred C of E Primary all visited Manchester Cathedral earlier this year. Following a guided tour, they made sketches of the architecture, windows and carvings – and with the help of a professional artist, Andy Leigh, made their own stained-glass and interpretations of what they had seen upon their return to school. This artwork has now been displayed in the airport’s Wythenshawe Art Walk in Terminal 3.  The project called ‘Finding God in the Colour’; has really brightened-up the Terminal 1 arrivals baggage reclaim area and the Wythenshawe Art Walk in Terminal 3 for the benefit of passengers and staff.” 

Manchester Airport : Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Airport is working with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) to provide an exciting arts project for a total of eight local primary schools. Classes from five Wythenshawe schools have already visited different Airport locations, to sketch features that have then been developed into sculptures. Each sculpture will be exhibited in the Museum for a month and the school children get the chance to visit the museum to see their artwork on show.  Local artist Andy Leigh has worked with the Airport and delivered one and a half days support to each school, coming with them on the visit, to encourage the children to unleash their artistic flair and record details which they work with back at school in the art sessions. Andy said:

“This project has been so exciting for me, the pupils and I have learnt things about the Airport we didn’t know before. The variety of subject areas has allowed me to very creative and the enthusiasm and talent shown by the children has been quite staggering”.

  • Ringway Primary School – Concorde
  • Baguley Hall Primary School – Thomas Cook Hangar
  • Sandilands Community Primary School – Environmental mitigation
  • St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School – Avro RJX
  • Crossacres Primary School – Snow clearing equipment
  • Manor Park Primary Scholl – security department
  • Ashgate Specialist Support Primary School – MA HQ
  • Newall Green Primary School – fire station
  • Northenden Primary School – rail and bus station



Manchester Airport : Gardens of Distinction

In 2011, we worked with Manchester Airport and their artist in residence, Andy Leigh, to create one of a number of pieces to celebrate the richness and diversity of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction. Year 5 visited Bluebell Cottage Gardens near Warrington to capture an image that creates the essence of the garden.  Our final piece of artwork is displayed in the Terminal 3 arrivals area at the airport and be seen by millions of people each year.  You can see all of the work from this project by clicking here (external website).







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