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Thomas Deacon Education Trust

300th Anniversary of Thomas Deacon's legacy

This year the Trust is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the legacy of Thomas Deacon by holding a series of "Acts of Kindness" events and activities to bring its academies and wider community together.  

Thomas Deacon, a local dignitary in the 1700s, bequeathed his cottages and land to be set up as a school for ‘twenty poor boys’, as well as funds towards apprenticeships when the pupils left school. The school began as Deacon’s Charity School in 1722 and is now Thomas Deacon Academy, one of TDET’s seven academies which cater for more than 5,000 pupils across Peterborough and surrounding areas. His legacy continues to have a significant impact on the young people of Peterborough and its surrounding areas.

Rick Carroll, Executive Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy, said: “We have a series of celebratory events lined up this year across the Trust to mark the 300th anniversary of Thomas Deacon’s original act of kindness. Thomas Deacon left our local area a fantastic legacy which is going from strength to strength 300 years later. We are aiming to continue taking this forward in an innovative, future-focused way that improves the lives of our young people, furthering their education, well-being and skills, and delivering exceptional benefit to our local communities.”