The Foundation is delighted to announce plans to work with its Secondary School in Stepney, to transform the School’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) into a state-of-the-art independent learning centre, to be named after the Foundation’s philanthropic founder, Sir John Cass.

The £750,000 capital grant will be the single largest capital donation made to the School. This will continue the Foundation’s proud commitment as the School’s biggest benefactor since it proposed and established the School in 1966.

The Centre will be based on the successful Tower Hamlets ‘Idea Zones’ and will remain open to students at weekends and throughout the school holidays. The new building will enable students to access resources, study and learn seven-days a week and help instil a greater sense of independent learning to prepare students as they progress into the Sixth Form, further and higher education.

The Centre makes-up part of the School’s strategic improvement plans and the Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with the School to see these plans realised as the major funder of these proposed cutting-edge learning facilities.

As sole Trustee, the Foundation has a long history of support for the pupils of its Secondary School with bursary and prizes, student hardship and uniform funds, funded trips to the Hampshire and Cass Mountain Centre in the Brecon Beacons, facilitated partnership working with the Cass Business School, alongside annual block grants for curriculum, capital and governance support.

The Foundation is pleased to progress these new and exciting plans for its School with Head Teacher, Mr Paul Woods, and looks forward to developing this innovative learning environment for students.