The education of young people has been central to the Company's activities since the 16th Century; from apprenticeships in the Mercers' trade, to the foundation of Gresham College, and the ongoing involvement with our 16 associated schools and colleges.
State schools, academies and colleges:
- Thomas Telford School, Telford
- Walsall Academy, Bloxwich
- Sandwell Academy, Bromwich
- Madeley Academy, South Telford
- Hammersmith Academy, London
- The College of Richard Collyer, Horsham
- Peter Symonds College, Winchester
- Holy Trinity & S. Silas CE Primary School, Camden
- Culloden Primary, Tower Hamlets
- St Paul’s School, Barnes
- St Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith
- Abingdon School, Oxfordshire
- Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire
- Bute House Preparatory School for Girls, Hammersmith
- The Hall School, Hampstead
Gresham College was founded under the terms of Sir Thomas Gresham’s will to provide free lectures in the City of London. The lectures continue to this day.
Our work supports children up to the age of 18 in London to:
- Get a good start in life;
- Feel supported through challenging transitions in their lives; and
- Work towards good mental health.
We believe in the power of giving opportunities to young people.
In 2018-2019 we distributed £8.5 million to support the education and wider progress of young people.
To ensure we make the greatest contribution to organisations, we deliver four strands of work through selected partners, research, evaluation agencies and on occasion, through an open grants programme.
We support a diverse group of schools and colleges located across the UK.
The schools pilot our mental health and wellbeing and leadership strands and are involved with our special initiatives: early years, transitions and literacy.
The Company also appoints 88 governors to the schools, supporting them and their Senior Leaders, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to ensure their students get the strongest start in life.
Our current work is with The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families. They work with our associated schools and colleges in supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of their students. This includes independent evaluations and surveys to ascertain their mental wellbeing and methods for helping them.
Through selected partners and the associated schools and colleges, our leadership strand supports the development of emerging or existing leaders in schools.
Each initiative has been carefully selected to ensure we are targeting issues faced by young people today.
- Early Years: Through this Initiative, the intention is to support evidence-based interventions working to support families and children in their early years to close the attainment gap.
- Transitions: We support young people facing disadvantage or who may not be in a position to make well-informed choices to move successfully from secondary education to the next stage of their lives, whether that be work, further education or training.
- Literacy: Literacy is the foundation upon which people are able to interact with the world, educate themselves, have richer lives and contribute to their own and their community’s wellbeing. We are supporting a number of charity partners to encourage children and young people to read and write for pleasure