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Mayor donates £50K to help Grenfell affected pupils

12 December 2018

THE MAYOR of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced £50,000 of funding to support disadvantaged students who study next to Grenfell Tower.

Sadiq visited pupils at the Kensington Aldridge Academy this afternoon as he announced the donation to the Academy’s Intrepidus Trust, which was set up in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire to provide additional support to students and help them achieve their potential. 

The school also has double the national average of disadvantaged pupils and this fund will help provide them with a wide range of opportunities spanning arts, sports and academic programmes. 

The programmes, which will include music tuition, after school activities and support for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, will help broaden horizons, promote physical health and wellbeing, develop life skills and boost academic achievement. 

During his visit, Sadiq spoke to pupils and staff about their experiences at the school and their ambitions, he also joined a history lesson with Year 11 students. The Mayor previously visited the school in November 2017 when it was based in temporary accommodation following the fire.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “It was a real privilege to return to the Kensington Aldridge Academy today and speak with pupils and staff. Despite unimaginably difficult circumstances, the school and the wider community has been a real beacon of strength and resilience for all Londoners. 

“Here at City Hall we’re committed to tackling inequality across our capital - and the Intrepidus Trust is a fantastic example of how positive opportunities can help disadvantaged pupils. I’m proud to be able to support this innovative project and help the ambitions of these bright young Londoners.”

KAA Principal, David Benson said: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor back to KAA in our original building and introduce him to more of our fantastic staff and students. It was a pleasure to show him how the KAA Intrepidus Trust impacts the lives of our students, providing them with extracurricular opportunities to give them the very best start in life.”