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Snow-Camp awarded Small Employer of the Year award

23 October 2015

Snow-Camp has been named Small Employer of the Year at the South-East National Apprenticeship Awards organised by the National Apprenticeship Service. The high profile awards ceremony took place at HMS President in London and celebrated apprenticeships and training across the region.

By receiving this award Snow-Camp will now be featured in the prestigious annual Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.  A huge honour to receive such recognition for its Apprenticeship Programme, which is now in its third year.

Primary Shakespeare Company – Annie Williams Prize 2015

Congratulations to Harlesden Primary School
17 September 2015  

Annie Williams was the head of Holy Trinity & St Silas Primary School until she sadly passed away in late 2012. She was a tireless advocate for PSC, for Shakespeare and for the centrality of the creative arts in the primary curriculum. We at the Charity sought to acknowledge her work by offering the ‘Annie Williams Prize’ to schools participating in the Primary Shakespeare Company project.

Today, pupils from Harlesden Primary School in Brent attended a reception hosted by Estelle Morris at the House of Lords and were awarded the inaugural Annie Williams Prize.  The prize acknowledges the school that has fully embraced Shakespeare within their entire curriculum and fully bought into the ethos behind the Primary Shakespeare Company.

Harlseden Primary School dedicated their entire term to Hamlet.  Their work included:

  • Maths around Shakespeare -comparing word counts in the Tragedies, Comedies and Histories as a means of looking at statistics
  • Science experiments ‘how long would it take for Ophelia’s necklace to rust in the stream in which she drowned?’
  • Research into 16th century games and Elizabethan food, writing instructions for the former and cooking samples of the latter
  • Pupils went to charity shops and purchased costume and prop items – another maths lesson as they had to work out what change they required
  • They also made four films about their experiences.

The number and quality of entries was spectacular and the following schools were commended in these categories:

Excellence in Engagement Awards
Goldbeaters Primary School, Barnet
St Michael’s Primary School, Camden,
Salusbury Primary School, Brentand
St Mary and St Pancras Primary School, Camden

Highly Commended Awards
St Paul’s Primary School, Camden
Soho Parish Primary School, Westminster
St Vincent’s Primary School
Queenswell Junior School, Barnet

Congratulations to all those who took part and good luck for 2016!

Upcoming application deadlines

School Holiday Activity Fund
The next deadline for the School Holiday Activity Fund is 21st September 2015 for projects happening during October half-term.  Apply early to avoid disappointment!

Main Grants Fund, Schools in Partnership Fund
The October / November round is now closed.  The next available funding round is in February/March.  You should send your Stage One proposals to the Charity by the beginning of November at the latest if you would like to be considered for this round.
Please note, the Charity is currently receiving a large number of applications.  Please contact us in good time if you are considering making an application.

Small Grants Fund
We accept applications to this Fund at any time.  The next round is due to be considered before the end of September 2015.

June 2015

Primary Shakespeare Company
Performances by participating schools happening now! Come back soon to learn more.

May 2015

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre reveals its brand new Stable Classroom and Mechanical Horse
Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre is a well-loved centre in White City which provides riding, horse therapy and horse care lessons to inner city children and young people. Many of the young people who use the centre suffer from a range of physical disabilities and learning difficulties, so the centre provides invaluable services and opportunities which nurture the skills and confidence of these young people. The Pony Centre received its first grant from John Lyon’s Charity in 1995 and has since received funds exceeding £150,000.

On 9 April 2015 the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre revealed its brand new Stable Yard Therapy Classroom and inside it, the new Mechanical Horse & Simulator.

Bea Pike, a senior staff member at the Pony Centre and qualified osteopath, has many years’ experience working with children with physical disabilities. In this video Bea explains the effect equipment like the new mechanical horse simulator will have on the young people who attend the centre.

To find out more about the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre see wormwoodscrubsponycentre.org

April 2015

New – School Holiday Activity Fund
John Lyon’s Charity is delighted to announce the launch of the School Holiday Activity Fund.  This fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.  For more information on how to apply click here.

Stage One Proposals
Stage One proposals for the November 2015 round should be with the Grants Office by early July 2015 at the latest. If you are successful, there is a Stage Two deadline in early September.

June 2015 Proposals
Please note: we are no longer accepting proposals for the June 2015 round.

New Grant Fund
John Lyon’s Charity will shortly be announcing the launch of a new Grant Fund.
Watch this space for further information!