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Funding for secondary schools & sixth form colleges

26 November 2020

Funding for secondary schools & sixth form colleges


We support high-achieving state-funded secondary schools and sixth form colleges to improve the teaching of science, computer science, design & technology, art, languages, music and performing arts at GCSE and A-Level. Grants are generally awarded towards new builds, refurbishment and technical equipment.

This information does not apply to special schools, which should apply under our funding for special needs schools and colleges.

The school or college should meet all of the following criteria:

  • be state-funded
  • have at least two years of exam results available
  • have been inspected by Ofsted / Estyn / HMIE / ETI and have an overall outcome of ‘Good’ or above
  • be able to demonstrate an achieved level of excellence OR significant progress towards excellence through, for example, inspection reports and progress made by students
  • if a predominantly denominational or faith based school, it should have a non-discriminatory entry policy in respect of religious allegiance or at least 10% of pupils must be of other denominations, faiths or none.

In assessing the excellence of a school or college we will also take into account its local context, including deprivation measures and previous Wolfson support in the same region within the last five years.

The project must cost at least £15,000 and also aim to produce one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improved quality of teaching and learning spaces for subjects which require specialist laboratories and technical equipment
  • Increased numbers of students taking these subjects
  • Improved learning outcomes for students taking these subjects

Who can apply:
State-funded secondary schools and sixth form colleges

Location of applicant and project:
UK only

Funding covers:
New build, refurbishment and technical equipment

Minimum grant amount:

Usual grant range:
£15,000 – £50,000 (equipment projects)
£15,000 – £100,000 (new build and refurbishment projects)

Match funding required:
If total project cost is >£1million, 50% match funding is required

If total project cost is between £50,000 and £1million, some matched funds are required

If total project cost is <£50,000, no match funding is required

Decision dates:
June and December annually. Projects must not be completed before a funding decision is made

Wolfson funding programme:
Secondary Education

Please see more information and how to apply HERE

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