Help Found St Alban's Classical Academy

Campaign Created by: Lillian Sediles

The funds from this campaign will be received by Lillian Sediles.

Goal: GBP £20,000
Raised: GBP £ 2,415

***IMPORTANT UPDATE***
We have a team of four families working hard to start a Classical Christian Academy for primary students in Southern England. It is a huge and much-needed project as government schools here are left wanting and private schools here are extremely expensive. We are offering rigorous Christian education at half the price!

We are asking you for financial donations and prayers. We have already done the extensive work of preparing and submitting our OFSTED (government) application. We have raised £11k in startup donations, secured £8,600 of recurring yearly donations, recruited three fee-paying students, and have had two conditional offers of employment accepted for the position of primary school teacher.

The big snag is with our selected building. It needs planning approval for “Change of Use“ from commercial to educational, and the local authority has recommended we withdraw our application on grounds that three additional specialist reports were needed: Ecological, Highways, and Noise. The cost of these surveys and the additional consultant fees has subjected us to an extra £11,200 of unexpected costs which we haven’t raised funds for.

So, whilst we’ve gotten very far, this planning thing may take us several steps back if we can’t raise £11,200 by end of August. Please consider clicking that "Give" button now. 

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Are you tired of the current educational system in the United Kingdom that fails to inspire a love of learning in students and instead focuses on standardised testing? Do you long for an educational experience that teaches critical thinking, creativity, and character development? Are you worried about the future of society with how secular education has become in England?

We are a group of passionate parents, families, and educators who believe in the power of a truly classical and Christian education to transform society. We have found ourselves in a part of the world where Christian school choices are limited--in fact there is only ONE Classical Christian school in England which is 3 hours away from Southern England. We are planning to open St Alban's Classical Academy in January 2024 to provide parents with a thoroughly Christian education that is academically rigorous and steeped in faith.

St Alban's Classical is set up as a non-profit organisation with the dream that one day, we might be able to provide parents with a private-school education at a low-cost (maybe even free). We want to start this independent Christian school to provide students with an education that is grounded in the wisdom of the past and prepares them for a successful future.

Classical education is a time-tested approach, rooted in biblical truths, that emphasises the study of the liberal arts, including literature, history, mathematics, science, and languages. This approach fosters a love of learning, teaches students how to think critically, and provides them with the tools they need to become responsible and engaged citizens. The Classical Model has proven its benefits throughout the USA in providing a high-quality education and producing adults who continue in the faith. According to the "Good Soil" research done by the Association for Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), the classical approach was most effective in transmitting the faith (90% of ACCS grads go to church at least three times a month), preparing students for academic success (88% felt well-prepared for university), and producing happy graduates (scoring 60% higher than students in Catholic schools and state schools in agreement with the statement "I have so much in life to be thankful for"). It is time to bring the classical approach back to British schools.

Our vision is to create a school where students are challenged to learn and obey the Scriptures, find their place in this world, where they are encouraged to explore their interests and passions, and where they are surrounded by a community committed to their wellbeing, safety, and success.

But we need your help to make this dream a reality. We are seeking funding to cover the costs of starting an independent primary school, including facilities (£32,000), materials (£15,000), and initial hiring costs (£25,000).

By contributing to our campaign, you will be supporting an educational initiative that has the power to transform lives and shape the future of our society. This school will be the first of many that will spread across the UK. Join us in creating a school and a network of schools providing education that parents can trust, where students can thrive, and children can be formed to become the leaders of tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers and support!

UPDATES

Update #5: Christian Concern Event!
April 5, 2024
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In our continued hope to encourage parents who are waking up to the state of education in Britain, we are pleased to invite you to this free one-day event with Christian Concern’s Steve Beegoo, Tom Bowen of The King Alfred School, and Rev Bernard Randall who was recently dismissed as a chaplain for daring to preach against identity politics. 

The day will be packed with biblical teaching on God’s approach to education, hearing the success story of The King Alfred School, and witnessing the courage of standing up to identity politics in our present age. We are sure that you’ll be enriched by the speakers, the opportunity to network with like-minded Christians, and by the free lunch!

This event, as well as St Alban’s Classical, are all part of Victory Chapel’s calling to build a community grounded in the trusty and beauty of God’s way. We warmly invite you to connect and to be encouraged—you are not alone!

August Update
August 22, 2023
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Building Update:

Since the disappointing news from the Winchester City Council about our planning application, we have been working hard to raise the funds to bring us through to a second planning application for Change of Use of the building in Bishops Waltham. We have received $500 from supporters from the USA, and a few more donations from within the UK on our GiveSendGo! We still need roughly another £11,000 beyond what we have already raised. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough to proceed with this current building at the moment. We are pursuing other quotations to see if we can continue with the application by reducing the cost whilst also looking and praying for God to provide another building. 

🌟🌟🌟New Event:🌟🌟🌟

“A Very Classical Evening” with Memoria Press - an evening filled with classical music, food, and guest speakers from USA—Tanya Charlton and Leigh Lowe, along with Brian Lapsa, Memoria Press’ new UK Coordinator. Reserve your spot for Wednesday, 11 October at 7:30pm at All Saints’, Eastleigh Parish Church, Eastleigh here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-very-classical-evening-with-memoria-press-registration-698088340017?aff=oddtdtcreator


Staff Update: 

Our directors and teaching staff are meeting weekly to continue praying and planning for the founding of St Alban’s Classical Academy. Please be in prayer with us and keep your ears to the ground about possible buildings we could hire to host our new school. 


Reminder of Upcoming Event:

“Summer Classics” - a mezzo soprano solo recital by Lillian Sediles will take place on Thursday, 24 August at 7:30pm at All Saints’, Eastleigh Parish Church, Eastleigh. Grab your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/668421244937?aff=oddtdtcreator


All proceeds for these events go towards starting St Alban’s Classical Academy. We thank you for your support and prayers to the establishment of this new school. Together, we can shape the future for Christ by passing to the next generation our rich culture and roots through a Classical and Christian education. Soli Deo Gloria.


May God bless you abundantly!


Warm regards,

Felipe and Lillian Sediles

St Alban's Classical Academy Team

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***IMPORTANT UPDATE*** Funding needed to continue
July 25, 2023
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Dear St Alban's Classical Academy Community,

We have a very important update below for which we ask for your prayers and support.

Building Update:

We have hit a major roadblock in the Local Authority. We have been advised to withdraw our change-of-use application to avoid a rejection, on the grounds that three additional specialist surveys need to accompany our application: Highways, Ecology, and Noise. We did not expect these surveys to be needed, and so had not secured the additional funds required. For these three surveys (~£2,400 each), plus additional cost for the planning consultant to continue to steer our application (~£4,000), we are looking at £11,200 to get our application through planning. 

As you can imagine this has been very challenging news to hear, but we are convinced that starting St Alban’s is pleasing to God. We are calling on all supporters of this effort to pray that God will provide a way to raise £11,200 by the end of August to progress our planning application, or for Him to provide an alternative building which does not require planning approval.

Fundraising Update: 

The Lord has been so kind to St Alban’s Classical Academy by providing us with £11,000 of one-off start-up donations so far (of which we have spent £5,000 so far), and also £8,600 of annual pledged donations. We are so thankful for all his provisions as we seek to set up this new school for His glory. 

If you’re able, please share the [GiveSendGo] crowdfunding page with others so we can continue to raise the funds required for St Alban’s to start. 

Staff Update: 

We are pleased to announce that two excellent teaching candidates have accepted offers of employment with St Alban’s! 

OFSTED Application: 

Our Ofsted application will need to be withdrawn or paused whilst God shows us what to do regarding the building situation. 

Next Information Meeting:

We’re chatting to a few churches to host our next information meeting. Get on our email newsletter for updates regarding information meetings: http://stalbansclassical.uk/subscribe

As you have been able to read, there is much to be thankful for and much to pray for. God has been so gracious and kind to us in all our preparations so far. We trust that he will continue to guide our steps. 

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to St Alban's Classical Academy. Together, we can build a remarkable institution that fosters academic excellence, spiritual growth, and a lifelong love for Christ.

May God bless you abundantly!

Warm regards,

St Alban's Classical Academy Team

Update #2
June 1, 2023
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We had our Second Information Meeting last Sunday - we are so thrilled that five more families came to hear what we are trying to build. We have some fantastic updates to share with you to fuel your prayers this week! 

Fundraising Update: 

The Lord has been so kind to St Alban’s Classical Academy by providing us with £11,000 of one-off start-up donations so far, and also £8,600 of annual pledged donations. We are so thankful for all his provisions as we seek to set up this new school for His glory. 

If you’re able, please share this crowdfunding page with others so we can continue to raise the funds required for St Alban’s to start. You can also check out our NEW “Progress” page on our website

Enrolment Update:

We now have 40% of the minimum required tuition fee-paying students committed in order for us to start!

Please do keep praying for more families to hear about St Alban’s and sign up to join us. We are eagerly continuing to prepare for their arrival and look forward to teaching these students to walk with the Lord through our rich curriculum. 

Staff Update: 

We are exploring two potential teaching candidates at the moment. We’re very excited and will update you when we have more news. Please spread the news as we still need a Headmaster and more teachers! Remember that we are looking for committed Christians who are eager to learn and be trained in Classical Education.

Building Update:

We are continuing to negotiate the building lease for St Alban’s Classical Academy and expect to sign a lease by July.

Do get in touch if you know anyone who can support the school with practical skills as we get the building ready for the student’s arrival. We will need people to volunteer their services in decorating and building work.

OFSTED Application: 

The required documents for our Ofsted application are now being reviewed independently. We’re so grateful to the support given in this area. We hope to submit the application and documents around mid-June. 

Next Information Meeting:

We’re chatting to a few churches to host our next information meeting. Watch this space! 

As you have been able to read, there is much to be thankful for and much to pray for. God has been so gracious and kind to us in all our preparations so far. We trust that he will continue to guide our steps. 

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to St Alban's Classical Academy. Together, we can build a remarkable institution that fosters academic excellence, spiritual growth, and a lifelong love for Christ.

May God bless you abundantly!

Warm regards,

Felipe and Lillian 

Woohoo! We got our first donation!! First 100 donors will be memorialised on a Plaque :)
May 15, 2023
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To encourage our wonderful friends, family, and donors, we are going to put the names of the first 100 donors on a plaque on display in the school. Feel free to remain anonymous, too, but we are honoured to know and be supported by each and every one of you and want to honour your donation. We pray for you and for this cause. May God be glorified in this campaign.


PRAYER REQUESTS

  • We raise an extra £11,200 for Surveys to Continue Planning Permission Application for Building Usage
  • Our Application to the Planning Permission team to Change the Use of our Building to a School Is Approved by end of 2023
  • Our Application to OfSTED (govt educational department) to open this Independent School is Approved by Summer 2024
  • We Hire good Christian Headmaster and Teachers for September 2024 Start
  • God Brings to Us the Right Families to Enrol their Children as Students