Schools reap the benefits from SELCHP

Three schools in Deptford and Eltham have been awarded nearly £12,000 between them from the SELCHP Community Fund that will provide real benefits to schoolchildren.

Deptford Park Primary School received £4,000 for a start-up scheme which will provide a Breakfast Club for infant children. This enables parents to drop off their children early and to work, as well as ensuring children from deprived families get a full breakfast and are on time for classes.

Ken Johnson, Head of Deptford Park Primary School, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which means this important scheme can be set up, launched and run at an affordable cost, as well as being fully subsidised for the most economically disadvantaged families.”

Sir Francis Drake Primary School, also in Deptford, applied for the funding of new overhead projectors to replace the existing projectors which beam light directly into the faces of teachers and pupils, posing a significant health and safety risk. The grant of £3,850 will enable five new projectors to be purchased.

Sam Earl, ICT Co-ordinator at Sir Francis Drake Primary School, said: “We are extremely thankful to SELCHP for their kind donation which will enable us to replace the hazardous old projectors with modern, safe equipment that will protect the eyesight of our pupils and staff.”

Moatbridge School in Eltham is a small special needs school for boys with serious emotional and behavioural difficulties. They have been awarded £4,000 to fund the Arts Award in Music course, which will give these disadvantaged children a sense of worth and help them achieve GCSE qualification.

Hana Vencovska, Music Teacher at Moatbridge School, said: “Arts and music acts as a therapy to these children and allows them to express themselves. This grant will provide us with much-needed funding for the Arts Award in Music course as well as buying or replacing essential musical instruments, without which it would be impossible to teach the children.”

SELCHP (South East London Combined Heat & Power), which is operated and jointly-owned by the major environmental services organisation Veolia and French engineering company CNIM Development, a joint venture between CNIM SA, a French industrial and engineering company and CUBE Infrastructure, a brownfield infrastructure fund based in Luxembourg, has now granted over £250,000 through its Community Fund to local schools and community groups over the past 20 years.

Robbie Jameson, General Manager of SELCHP, said: “Every year the Fund supports some very noteworthy causes, but it must be said that this year the projects were of particular merit and we are very pleased to be able to award these schools for their worthy schemes.”

Submissions are now being taken for the 2014-15 funding allocation. For further details on how to apply for a grant for a school or community project please visit: