Education – Associated Schools
The Leathersellers’ Company are involved in supporting the running of secondary and primary schools in south London. These are:
- Colfe’s School in Greenwich
- The Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools in Lewisham which consists of: Prendergast School, Prendergast Ladywell School, Prendergast Vale School and Prendergast Primary School
A number of the Liverymen of the Leathersellers are appointed to each school’s governing board, and we also provide funds to improve the welfare, social mobility and educational attainment of pupils regardless of their socio-economic background.
Annually we offer the schools the opportunity to encourage fundraising by their pupils, by having it match funded by the Leathersellers’. In 2020-21 school years, the pupils raised, and we matched, almost £10,000 for a range of charities (many local), meaning a total of £20,000 was raised and donated to good causes thanks to their efforts.
You can read more about how we support pupils in the tabs below:
Colfe’s is one of London’s oldest schools and has been closely linked with The Leathersellers’ Company since the 17th century when the Founder of the school, Abraham Colfe, entrusted the school to the Company when he died. A copy of his Will – which runs to three large volumes – is retained in the Company archives, most of the text concerns the school and the way in which Colfe wanted it to be managed in perpetuity.
The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund fund a number of scholarships each year for able pupils from state schools to study at Colfe’s for their A-levels.
The Federation develops the vision of Joseph Prendergast who founded Lewisham’s first girls’ secondary school in 1890, on a site provided by the Leathersellers’ Company. The Leathersellers’ Company provides Foundation Governors to the schools, as well as regular financial support, with the aim of improving the quality of education in a Federation of Schools that encompasses approximately 2,700 pupils.
The aim of The Leathersellers’ Federation is to provide an excellent education for children from the local community in a safe, supportive learning environment, where people are valued and make positive contributions to each of the schools, and where pupils are taught to become responsible, independent members of society.
Please click on the links below to see the end of term newsletters from the schools, they are a useful way of getting a sense of activities within each of the schools.
A number of grants were made to the Federation of schools to support pupils in 2020-21:
The Federation’s leadership team identifies each year a number of partners (often charities) who they believe will add value to their pupils, and we provide the funds to enable those activities. Efforts in the last year focused on raising career awareness and aspirations, improving mental health and wellbeing, broadening opportunities to experience sport and focused mentoring.
Prendergast School, with an interview panel involving Liverymen from the Leathersellers’ Company, selects a number of students each year to receive a financial award on completion of their schooling. They are shortlisted due to exceptional academic achievement and/or progress in sixth form, overcoming significant adversity (personal health or external challenges) and exceptional contribution to the life of the school.
Covid 19 Response – stage II
Aware of the growing economic impact on lower income families, the Company responded quickly to news of the second lockdown, again providing a grant to provide weekly food hampers, to be delivered to 75 of the most vulnerable families at the Federation schools for four weeks.
The Master and several of the Pastmasters also chose to nominate their annual donation from the Fund to a Christmas initiative to provide 600+ families across the Federation schools with an additional food voucher for the festive period.