Schools Cash Boost

Merton schools win extra funding for out-of-hours learning

Merton Council has won £277,000 of extra funding from the New Opportunities Fund to support out-of-hours learning activities in the Borough.

The funding will be used over three years to support a range of innovative extra-curricular activities at Merton schools. Six high schools, two primary schools and St Ann’s Special School will all benefit from the award.

The activities will include; breakfast clubs, homework clubs, Internet cafes, basketball coaching, an Urdu club and various performing arts projects. These activities will be used in particular to raise the achievement of pupils who are at risk of under-achieving.

The project will also extend the range of homework clubs in libraries and help establish a Saturday School in Mitcham for African-Caribbean young people, run by the Wandsworth African-Caribbean Association.

Councillor Karl Carter and Councillor Maxi Martin said; “We are really pleased that we will be able to provide these extra opportunities which will make such a difference to the students involved”.

For further information on the New Opportunities Fund contact Paul Greenhalgh, Senior Inspector, on 020 8545 3546