Albany Secures Funding for New Science Labs

Albany Academy is delighted to announce that it has secured £17,000 of funding from the Wolfson Foundation. This funding will enable the school to refurbish existing science laboratories to create a state-of-the-art facility for pupils.

The funding coincides with the school becoming part of the Initial Teacher Training Programme with Tarleton Academy and Edge Hill University. This means that pupils will not only be able to learn in a modern creative environment but teachers of the future will also have the best possible facilities in which to train.

The Wolfson Foundation ( is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science & medicine, health & disability, education and the arts and humanities. The Foundation has awarded over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) to more than 10,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review. Established in 1955, the Wolfson Foundation celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2015.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said, “Education lies at the very heart of the work of the Wolfson Foundation. Since 1955 the Foundation has supported some 800 schools throughout the UK, and we are delighted to be supporting Albany Academy’s laboratory refurbishment in this, our 60th anniversary year. Our funding is intended to act as a mark of excellence.”

Mr Hayes, Headteacher at Albany Academy, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to add to our already excellent facilities and ensure that the pupils at Albany have the very latest equipment to support their learning.”

The work to refurbish the school laboratories will begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in time for the start of the 2016/17 academic year.