Good News for Academies

by Michael Ford last modified 21 Dec, 2010 03:15 PM

The Government has granted a total of £26.6m for Academy projects sponsored by the Diocese of Salisbury. The amount was confirmed in a letter this morning from the Under-Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill MP.

Good News for Academies

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Chair of the Board of Education

Sarum Academy (based in Bemerton, Salisbury) will get £15.5m and St Aldhelm’s Academy (based in Rossmore, Poole) will receive £11.1m for refurbishments and building work.

Chair of the Board of Education, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, said, “We’re delighted with our Christmas present! We put a strong case for funding, and we have been answered with significant sums. This is good news for the academies, for the communities they serve, and, of course, for the young people themselves.”

Principal of Sarum Academy Ruth Johnson said, “We’re looking forward to putting the money to good use. The grant means we can deliver on promises of essential new facilities at this challenging time, and further enhance our pupils’ standard of education.”

Principal of St Aldhelm’s Academy Cheryl Heron said, “The suspense is over: now we can begin in earnest. We’re determined to make the best use of our funding as we update our buildings for twenty-first century education. We will start work as soon as possible.”



Sarum Academy website
St Aldhelm’s Academy website 

Sarum Academy is sponsored by Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, Bryanston School, Wiltshire Council and Bath Spa University.
St Aldhelm’s Academy is sponsored by Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education and Bournemouth University. 

For further information
Contact Chris Shepperd, Diocesan Director of Education:
01722 428420,

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