Members Area

How we help Greig City Academy

How we help Greig City Academy

In 2013, Tallow Chandlers embarked on a relationship with Greig City Academy that combines financial support with the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and participation in the school’s governance.

Located in Haringey, the country’s 13th most deprived borough, Greig City Academy (GCA) aims to be both inclusive and distinctive and has been judged by Ofsted to be rapidly improving.

Our first donation of £15,000 was used in part to purchase a 3D printer, an exciting piece of design technology.  Donations also fund bursaries to help with transition to higher education, university visits and more.

Over the past three years, we have been developing a programme of non-financial support including:

  • awards to outstanding AS level STEM students
  • group mentoring sessions with Tallow Chandlers members, associates and award winners
  • talk and seminars to help students prepare for university applications and beyond
  • helping to link GCA to other schools or organisations involved in STEM initiatives
  • awarding £5,000 to Generating Genius, a programme that will help 10 GCA students on their journey towards higher education and future employment

We were also delighted to contribute towards the cost of sending a team of GCA students to the international final of the VEX IQ Robotics Championship in Kentucky in April 2015.  The team of five Year 7 pupils swept the board at the UK and Ireland Championship in March and came 40th out of 152 teams in the international competition.

In June 2016, we increased our annual donation to £27,500.  This is our largest annual donation, making Greig City Academy our first ‘flagship’ beneficiary.