Christ The King Sixth Form Chair of Governors Rupert Evenett awarded MBE

Lewisham local Rupert Evenett, awarded MBE for services to the community and education

Christ the King Sixth Forms’ Chair of Governors Rupert Evenett was awarded an MBE for his services to Education and to the community in the New Year’s honours list.

Lewisham and Greenwich local, Rupert Evenett has been Chair of Governors at Christ the King Catholic Sixth Forms since 2014.

Rupert was nominated by Christ the King Sixth Forms for his tireless work in harnessing the power of education to transform lives, making a real difference to the communities of Southeast London and Kent.  A former student of St Dunstan’s in Catford, Rupert was born and bred and still lives in South London, and is passionate about giving back to his local community. 

Throughout his tenure as Chair of Governors, Rupert has been instrumental in steering Christ the King Sixth Forms, supporting the successful takeover of two failing schools, presiding over the significant expansion of Christ the King Sixth Forms, and ensuring strong curriculum offering benefits to its local communities.  As a passionate advocate for social justice, Rupert championed the introduction of the CTK Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  He has been a key driving force in implementing the Sixth Forms’ Social Mobility strategy.  Rupert has also led the Sixth Form’s Eco initiatives and the CTK pledge to become carbon neutral, striving to educate future generations through sustainability.

Rupert has spearheaded social action projects at Christ the King Sixth Forms, including employer partnerships, charity and community work. He initiated the implementation of the CTK ‘Acts of Charity’ volunteering scheme, resulting in CTK students giving more than 4,000 hours to charity and community work annually. His wealth of experience in business and social enterprise has driven the Local Partnership Boards at CTK, ensuring students have the opportunity to take part in employer led initiatives and unique mentoring opportunities from world class businesses.  

Rupert Evenett said:

“This is an honour for which I’m thrilled and grateful. And of course, it’s also a collective recognition of Christ the King Sixth Forms in its 30th anniversary year and of what everyone at Christ the King Sixth Forms has achieved. Over the last several years we have achieved change and growth for the benefit of the students and communities we serve – we’ve launched a high performing A Level college at CTK Aquinas Sixth Form in Brockley, we’ve launched a specialist Vocational and T Level sixth form, CTK Emmanuel, and offer both A Levels and Vocational education at our St Mary’s sixth form in Bexley.  I’m proud to be part of Christ the King Sixth Forms which has served young southeast Londoners so well for the last 30 years and will continue to do so for the next 30 years.”

Christ the King Sixth Forms Executive Principal Shireen Razey said;

“Rupert’s commitment to Christ the King is immeasurable, his drive to provide equity within the local community has transformed the lives of our students. He has presided over a time of great expansion for the sixth forms. The recent restructuring of the curriculum, ensures that young people in the area have unrivalled opportunities, including the chance to study at a selective A Level sixth form, and the widest range of T Level courses on offer in a Catholic Sixth Form environment. This gives local students in Southeast London and Sidcup a chance to flourish in their chosen programme of study and opens the doors for unlimited opportunities, regardless of their background or ability.  We are overjoyed to see his dedication rewarded with this honour.  It is hard to overstate the impact that his commitment has had. His vision, leadership, proactive approach and passion for inclusivity have benefited thousands of CTK students over the years”.

Rupert’s tireless work in the community, has also included support to a number of other organisations.  Including: Trustee and Treasurer of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK, Governor of Benenden School and chair of the John Wallis Academy, Member of Council of Goldsmiths, University of London and Chair of the National charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).

IKEA Let’s Go Zero Competition

Christ the King Emmanuel one of only four winners nationally.

On Tuesday 1 November 2022 Christ the King, Emmanuel officially opened its new IKEA Eco Hub which was developed as a result of being one of only 4 winners in the IKEA Let’s Go Zero competition this Summer. Students and teachers submitted their creative ideas to help make their college more sustainable and tackle climate change and as a winner we received IKEA products, solutions and funds to help bring our project vision to life.     

IKEA has helped to transform one of the Sixth Form’s small buildings into a dedicated space for eco work, from hands-on learning and study to planning community activities. The unique space has been equipped with movable furniture that enables learning to take place both indoors and outdoors as needed.    

A big part of the Christ the King Emmanuel vision is involving the wider community in their environmental work including setting up a community garden to running an environmental community day. Their new IKEA eco-hub means they’ll not only be able to take the teaching of sustainability even further, but they can also create a wonderful working and engagement space for their local community and local schools.

Let’s Go Zero: helping schools tackle climate change – IKEA

Christmas Gift Appeal

The Christ the King Sixth Forms and EKC Group Christmas appeal has raised more than £10,000 in donations and gifts

Christmas this year will be a challenging time for many vulnerable families, with the devastating impact of the cost-of-living crisis, now is a more important time than ever to help those in need.

This year’s Christmas Gift Appeal and charity art auction, being organised by Christ The King Sixth Forms (CTK) and EKC Group are hoping to do exactly that.

Now in its third year, the campaign run by husband-and-wife team Shireen Razey (Executive Principal of Christ the King Sixth Forms) and Graham Razey (Chief Executive at EKC Group) targets those in need, spreading festive cheer through the collaboration, with donations and gifts totaling over £10,000 so far.

This year the gifts and money raised will go towards child hospice charity Demelza, domestic abuse charity Refuge, homelessness group Porchlight and the St Vincent De Paul Society, which tackles poverty and disadvantage.

Shireen Razey, Executive Principal of Christ the King Catholic Sixth Forms said: “We are delighted to be supporting our annual Christmas Gift Appeal again this year. Since we began the campaign on the back of the pandemic in 2019, we have made a real difference to countless children in need.

“The cost of living crisis means now more than ever, families are facing real hardship, and we really hope we can make a difference to those at Christmas time. CTK staff and students contribute hugely to social action work within the local community throughout the year, and we are always touched at how we all work together to ensure the Christmas Gift Appeal is such a success to help ensure Christmas is special for families in need.”

The art auction, which is running via this webpage, sees students and staff from across the two College groups donating artworks to be sold for charity.  Bidding closes Thursday 15 December, with items being sent out before Christmas Day.

Graham Razey, Chief Executive of EKC Group, said: “This can be the most magical time of the year for young people across the country. However, it can also be a really difficult time for families who are less fortunate within our communities.

“We started this appeal three years ago with the clear aim of ensuring that everyone was able to share in the joy of Christmas and since then I’m incredibly proud that we’ve managed to raise thousands of pounds for charities across the Southeast, as well as collecting and distributing thousands of presents for young people.

“I’m really excited about this year and am hoping it’ll be our best yet, with some absolutely fantastic pieces of art in our charitable auction!”

This year’s Christmas Gift Appeal follows the success of the previous two outings, which have seen more than 4,500 gifts sent out to young people across Kent and South London.

Suggestions for items that can be donated include toys, puzzles, colouring/puzzle books, gift vouchers, toiletries, chocolates, biscuits and hot beverages.

The deadline for donating gifts is Wednesday 14 December.

For further information or images contact:

Christ the King Sixth Forms: Rebecca Schutze 

EKC Group: Charlie Harman


The charities we are collecting for are:

Demelza Hospice Care for Children

St Vincent de Paul Society


Present Drop off locations:

  • CTK Emmanuel, Belmont Grove, Blackheath, London SE13 5GE
  • CTK Aquinas, Sprules Rd, London SE4 2NL
  • CTK St Mary’s, Chislehurst Rd, Sidcup DA14 6BE
  • Ashford College, Elwick Road, Ashford, TN23 1NN
  • Broadstairs College, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, CT10 1PN
  • Canterbury College, New Dover Road, Canterbury. CT1 3AJ
  • Dover Technical College, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, CT16 1DH
  • Folkestone College, Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone. CT20 2TZ
  • Sheppey College, Bridge Road, Sheerness, ME12 1HL