Annual grants make a difference across Haberdashers’ academy schools

A variety of funds from the Company are offered annually to all Haberdashers’ schools. This article focuses on just one of those funds, which is for projects that enhance the facilities at the school for the long-term benefit of their pupils, such as equipment or building-related projects.  


One of Company’s funds (Schroders’ and Haberdashers’ Educational Foundation) distributed over £19,000 in grants to our academy schools in 2020/2021.

Abraham Darby, Adams, Borough, Crayford, Hatcham College and Knights Academies all benefit from these awards. A summary of the 2020/21 projects is below, as well as 2019/20 impact.

Executive Principal at Knights Academy, Dr Tesca Bennett, says, ‘since the full opening of school we have seen an even greater need across the wider cohort of our pupils. This funding will make a difference to the provision for our young people and afford them opportunities they may not otherwise have access to. On behalf of our Knights community, thank you.’


2021 awards:

Abraham Darby: support to help fund the second school minibus which is used to deliver aspects of their cultural capital programme across the school in general and for ADAPT pupils specifically. 

Adams: Investment in technology for the French Department, including tablets for use in the classroom, French DVDs for the Sixth Form and subscriptions to a world affairs French magazine and language website.

Borough: wireless digital transmitter and five mics for school productions, including the 2021 summer production of the Lion King

Crayford: installation of large shelters and mobile table seating for the playground to create a more useable and flexible external space. 

Hatcham College: a further 40 visualisers to improve teaching methods; eight weeks of numeracy catch up sessions for ten Year 7 students who suffered due to the pandemic

Knights: The purchase of a diverse range of reading for pleasure books/book prizes/library books suitable for lower-ability readers.


2020 impact:

Abraham Darby: support to help fund the second school minibus which is used to deliver aspects of their cultural capital programme for ADAPT pupils. During lockdown it was used to visit vulnerable pupils and deliver laptops.

Adams: refurbishments of the very old Careers room (which was being used for storage). The school has created a Careers suite which will enhance careers’ provision for pupils across all years. 

Crayford: two Futsal goals for sporting activites, secure storage cages for students’ belongings (especially useful at exam time) and screens to provide quiet areas for students to the Sixth Form area.

Hatcham College: visualisers to help improve teaching methods; refurbishment of the Sixth Form reading and learning spaces to foster well-being and growth mind-sets. 

Knights: Knights Shield resources (KS3) to foster character development and complement the taught curriculum; the purchase of a full Samba band kit for 30 band members.

For more details about our grants to the Haberdashers’ schools contact Director for Charities, Susan Barry, on