Welcome to the Durand Education Trust
The Durand Education Trust was established to support the continued development of outstanding opportunities in education for children at the Durand Academy.
The Trust and the Governing Body of Durand Academy believe that each and every child deserves the very best education and we will support each individual that comes through the school gates to reach their full potential, whatever it may be.
The Durand Education Trust, in a joint venture with the Department for Education, will build a free of charge, secondary state boarding school for Durand's intake when they reach 13. The secondary school, based on the former St Cuthman's site in West Sussex (pictured), will ensure that we can offer excellence in education, in a supportive and well-structured environment, all the way through from nursery age to adulthood.
The new all-through Academy will provide 250 places for years seven to nine at the middle school in Stockwell, with 375 boarding places for years nine to eleven and 250 places for post-16 pupils onsite in West Sussex. The Durand Education Trust has already purchased the site and will now be building new teaching and boarding blocks with the support of the Coalition Government.
The Middle School opened in Stockwell in September 2012, with the children going onto the Boarding School in West Sussex.
NEW: Charitable Trust Launches Durand Bursary Support Programme
The Durand Education Trust, a charitable trust set up to support and advance education for children at Durand, today announces the launch of its bursary support programme, to enhance the educational opportunities on offer at the UK's first free of charge state boarding school, due to open in 2014.
In partnership with the Government, and with cross party support, Durand Education Trust is funding the construction of a ground-breaking upper school for its Stockwell intake in West Sussex. Once opened, this project will prove once and for all that the link between income and attainment does not have to persist. These children, who have shown such potential at primary school, will soon be supported to reach their full potential all the way to 18.
With £17.34 million secured from central government, and millions contributed from Durand's own social enterprise, a rounded education and boarding provision will be delivered for these children in 2014, at no cost to parents. We are incredibly proud that we are able to deliver this - but we want to go further. Our Education Trust hopes to work closely with the private sector to enhance the facilities it can offer, giving children from London's estates not just the basics in boarding education, but the best. The bursary support programme will allow the Trust to invest in even better facilities, such as a running track, specialist vocational workshops and a dedicated theatre.
If you can help us and support this life changing project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07718 923 304.
We have been lucky to have gathered some truly committed and inspirational supporters along the way:
"From the day I met the leaders of Durand Primary School over twenty years ago I have always been inspired by their drive and commitment to providing the best education for children in my constituency.
"I am hugely pleased that the Government has committed to working with them to deliver a project which will make a lasting difference to families in this community."
Constituency MP for the Durand Academy, Kate Hoey MP
"I hope that this new initiative ensures that the children at that school continue to have an education of the highest quality.
"I am sure that we can make common cause of our shared commitment to ensuring that children from poorer backgrounds enjoy the sort of education previously restricted to those from richer backgrounds".
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
“This is a hugely exciting and welcome development.
"Not only will the proposed project bring alive the school in West Sussex again but it is also offer life changing opportunities for hundreds of children”
Mark Dunn, Former Chairman of West Sussex Council
"It is vital that we ensure young people have self-belief, self-confidence, self-worth and the opportunity to be inspired and receive the best education available.
This project will have an extraordinary and positive impact on the young people from Stockwell's Estates in an inspiring location within our county of West Sussex and I look forward to visiting St Cuthman's as it develops."
Phil Packer MBE – Founder of the British Inspiration Trust
"It was wonderful to meet with the pupils and teachers and to see all the inspirational work that is taking place in your school.
It is a real credit to the commitment and determination of yourself and all those who work with you, and I am certain that your success is to continue."
Vernon Coaker MP – Former School's Minister
"To give youngsters an ability to move to a setting where they can engage in sport, outdoor activities and things that are beyond the city setting is a good thing.
“If it were the only possible school [and] parents could only send their children away at 14, I would have reservations – you can't foist this on parents. But where children have a choice to get a different kind of education that's to be welcomed. It shouldn't only be parents who can afford it who can send their children to boarding school."
The Rt Hon David Laws MP - Minister of State, Department for Education
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