What we do for younger people

The Foundation is designed to build on the success of Sir Simon’s ‘One City’ policy –
a landmark initiative that aimed to provide young people with education and training.

Over the past 12 months we have achieved the following initiatives for young people in Westminster:

  • We continue to fund 14 students from low income families at university with Sir Simon Milton Scholarships and Bursaries ; the latter are for students at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Simon Milton’s alma mater, where we are helping four students this year.
  • We have awarded two new Scholarships for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, one of whom was a pupil at the Sir Simon Milton University Technical College. In both cases they are the first in their families to attend university. We have 20 Scholarship alumni now making their way in the world. The awards help the students to afford to live and eat so that they can study and achieve their potential.
  • Since early 2021, the Governors of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College (“the UTC”) have been in discussion with the Department for Education (“the DfE”) about closure of the school, primarily because of its inability to attract the pupil numbers required. Following a report by the Governors to the Minister last year, the Governors were informed in Jan 2022 that the Minister had decided to close the school. Teaching for the remaining pupils will continue until the end of the 2021/22 academic year.
  • The Foundation has been a strong supporter of the UTC from its very outset with its aim to bring high quality technical education to the heart of the city. We will remain supporters until it closes this summer. To that end we set up the Sir Simon Milton Fund to help the pupils and staff at the school in whatever way we can. The intention is to ensure that the students in particular get the best possible education in their remaining months at the school and the best possible outcomes when they leave.
  • In parallel, the DfE has agreed that technical education will continue to be provided on the site. Ada, The National College for Digital Skills will be the successor organisation from Sep 2022. Ada has a 6th Form and apprentice college teaching digital skills, with a strong emphasis on social mobility for under-represented groups in the digital world, namely women and persons from ethnic minorities and from low-income families. We very much look forward to working with Ada on these goals which we share.