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Grant from Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation enables children from deprived families to take part in student exchange

GCSE French Students at Babington Academy in Beaumont Leys are looking forward to a trip to France after a grant was awarded by Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation to enable students entitled to free school meals to take part in the exchange visit.

Their teacher Miss Baxter said, “For nearly 18 months, the students have been exchanging letters with a secondary school in Maubeuge.  It has helped to bring language learning alive for our pupils.  Getting the chance to go abroad and meet their new found friends will be a thrilling experience as many have never travelled outside Leicester before.  Over half of the students on the trip are in receipt of free school meals or pupil premium funding, and would not be able to afford to take part without financial help.  GCSE French results show that children from deprived families vastly underperform in comparison to other children.  This funding will allow us to actively diminish the difference.”

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation awarded £3,000 to enable those pupils in need of financial assistance to participate in the trip.

The Foundation offers grants to all state schools in the city of Leicester, and C of E schools across Leicestershire, for projects outside the core curriculum.

For further info please visit www.anef.org.uk  Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation is administered by Charity Link’s Trust Administration Service: trustadmin@charity-link.org or click here to learn more.