Sir John Cass's Foundation
Sir John Cass’s Foundation is one of London’s oldest and largest education charities. Founded in 1748, it supports education for young people in London through its grant programmes for individuals, schools and organisations, and its support for a number of institutions bearing Sir John Cass’s name.
The Mission of the Foundation is to promote the education of young people in inner London through its grant programmes for individuals, educational institutions and organisations.
In 1710 Sir John Cass established an independent all age school in Aldgate. Sir John Cass and his wife Lady Elizabeth Cass supported the school until their deaths in 1718 and 1732 respectively, the school thereafter closing a number of times until the Foundation was established in 1748.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation managed the school and paid for all expenses until 1896 when the Government provided funds to meet part of the running costs. The Foundation bore all of the capital costs in providing for a new school building, which opened on its current site in 1909.
The School became Voluntary Aided in 1951 and a primary school in 1966. The Foundation is the school's Trustee. It owns the freehold of the site and provides on going support to the school.
Recent partnerships and projects have included the development of the relationship between the Hampshire and Cass Foundation Mountain Centre and the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School. The Foundation also awarded a grant for the school to visit the Mountain Centre. In 2016 the Foundation awarded a grant for the Making learning real project that will equip classrooms with the latest technology to enable teachers and children to utilise IT purposefully and to enhance the learning experience for every child. The grant will enable the school to install the latest interactive whiteboard technology, high specification teaching walls and visualisers to display children’s work, drawing and other documents in real time.