The School Fund

We would like to thank the following sponsors who have generously supported the school's activities - and our students' progress - by making donations directly to the school.


Children in Need

If you've ever met with Linda, our Parent Engagement Officer, at Ian Mikardo, you'll understand the difference she makes to our families. That's why we're grateful to Children in Need for funding her post. Linda works alongside parents and carers when they've got a problem, she's there to celebrate their successes and, quite simply, we can't imagine Ian MIkardo without her. Neither can the students who know that she'll always find time to listen to them and encourage them to make good choices.

In the past, Children in Need has also sponsored a cooking and nutrition project at Ian Mikardo. This focused on healthy eating and raised students' awareness of foodie cultures in Spain, Eastern Europe, Italy and India. The project involved Dusty Knuckle, the social enterprise bakery that gives employment opportunities to disadvantaged young people. 

Jack Petchey Foundation

We are indebted to the Jack Petchey Foundation for its continuing support over many years. The awards it makes to recognise our students' progress and the work done by our amazing staff have funded numerous activities offsite and on. These provide learning opportunities beyond students' immediate horizons, which is invalauble as they start to integrate with the wider world, and enable us to further develop our curriculum to support independent living skills.

Happy Days

Thanks to the Happy Days charity, all our students enjoyed a fantastic day out at Thorpe Park. As Brandon, Year 9, said the next day, "It was the best school trip ever." From the moment they got to school for bacon and veggie sausage rolls, until dusk when the coach brought them back, our students and staff didn't stop smiling. As if that wasn't enough, Happy Days also provided West End threatre tickets for all the students last term. Years 7 and 8 were mesmerised by The Lion King; older students saw War Horse and could hardly believe that the horses were puppets and weren't real.

"War Horse was an amazing play," wrote Michael. "I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an amazing experience for myself and the other students."

Canary Wharf Group

Thank you to the Canary Wharf Group for their ongoing support, their understanding of the school and their belief in our students. Over the years they have supported many offsite activities, including a day at Thorpe Park. 

In 2015 CWG supported a whole school trip to Hogwarts in July. They have also supported trips to the theatre, ice-skating and Christmas lunch in December 2014, 2013 and 2012, and provided specialist waterproof film equipment for students to record their Outward Bound expeditions in Scotland.

This offsite work is part of our social curriculum and offers students the opportunity to bond with each other and with staff, and to develop their social skills outside school.


Ford Britain Trust

A big thank you to the Ford Britain Trust for supporting  music production teaching at Ian Mikardo. In the Trust's own words:
"We are committed to supporting the communities we work and live in. That’s why we created the Ford Britain Trust in April 1975 to help fund the education and advancement of our neighbours."


Tower Hamlets' Youth Opportunities Fund

Getting YOF money for the 2013 Kilimanjaro expedition and our 2013 Community Fun Day was really inspiring because this involved our young people presenting the pitch themselves. Both activities were a success and we couldn't have done either of them without YOF's support.


2013 Kilimanjaro Sponsors

The following local businesses have made generous donations to support our 2013 Kilimanjaro expedition:


2012 Kilimanjaro Sponsors

The following local businesses made generous donations to support our 2012 Kilimanjaro expedition:



The CitizenM hotel group specialises in accommodation for "people who travel the world with big hearts and wide eyes." CitizenM sponsored places on our Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions in 2012 and 2013 and offer our students work experience in their hotels.


Financial Conduct Authority

Graduates from the Financial Conduct Authority sponsored our 2013 Kilimanjaro expedition through a range of fundraising activities, including a football tournament involving more than 100 members of staff. In-kind support was provided for staff and students.


Poplar HARCA

A not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, Poplar Harca manages around 8,500 homes in Poplar, East London. They are committed to developing social, urban and economic regeneration and have sponsored our 2013 expedition to Kilimanjaro.



Facewatch, which offers an online crime reporting system to businesses and provides them with the full evidential package required by the police, sponsored a place on our 2012 Kilimanjaro fundraising expedition.


Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation works hard to put something back into the communities in which Greggs operates, and we're delighted to help them fulfil that aim in East London.


Invesco Perpetual

With an investment approach that is rooted in the view that there are no short cuts to long-term investment success, Invesco Perpetual's donation will help ensure the long-term success of our school.


Donmar Warehouse

In late 2010, the Donmar Warehouse began a series of workshops with our students providing access to high quality drama workshops with the aim of developing their self-confidence and encouraging teamwork.



According to Kellogg's, "with every morning comes a new beginning - the opportunity to realise the potential of the day". With this in mind, Kellogg's has contributed towards our breakfast club because we too believe in "the power of breakfast."