Chelsea Academy Foundation funds projects, activities and opportunities that enhance and expand the educational and life experiences for Academy students.
The Academy offers a wide range of extended curriculum activities, a number of which are funded by the Foundation, examples include the very popular rowing, dance and robotics clubs. The Foundation also funds a range of trips including to West End Shows, field trips for Geography and Biology and to take part in International Maths competitions. The Foundation is committed to giving all students an opportunity to learn beyond the curriculum and develop skills like tenacity, confidence, persistence and leadership.
The Academy have partnered with the charity First Story to bring talented, professional writers to work with students to foster creativity and communication skills. By helping students find their voices through intensive, fun programmes, First Story raises aspirations and gives students the skills and confidence to achieve them. This has been a particularly successful project at the Academy culminating in the students organising a book launch for their collection of short stories.
The Access Project has been running for two years at Chelsea Academy. The Access Project is aimed at increasing the participation rate of disadvantaged students at top UK universities.
It is based around regular tutoring and mentoring of Y10 to Y13 students by graduates in local businesses. In addition to this the Access Project organisation arranges a range of interventions such as workshops on university application tests (the UKCAT for med school for example), trips to Universities and soft skills such as interview practice. This is managed on a formal day to day basis by a co-ordinator from the Access Project organisation.
The Foundation has funded Duke of Edinburgh trips and activities over the last six years. Students have enjoyed camping, hiking, making campfires and developing their team work skills. The Foundations aims to raise money to ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve the bronze award at a minimum.