The foundation donated pounds 2m to the building of Emmanuel College in Gateshead, a city technology college
, which opened in 1990.
City Technology Colleges
were set up by the Education Reform Act in 1988 as independent but publicly funded schools.
Macmillan College, a city technology college
, also wants to change its status to become the town's third city academy.
Non-profit making firm 3E Enterprises, a subsidiary of Kingshurst City Technology College
in Birmingham, has set up a state-of-the-art video conferencing and internet system which will eventually link up to 20 schools.
Natasha, who went to City Technology College
in Kingshurst and was a member of Castle Bromwich players as a teenager, says: "A group of us at Central formed a company and we took Girl in Box, our first show which we wrote ourselves, to Edinburgh and it went down really well.
But one of the region's top state schools ( Emmanuel College, in Gateshead ( bucks the trend by having it written into its constitution as a city technology college
that it must take two-thirds of its intake from deprived areas.
Past winners also include Sarah Tremellen, founder and chief executive of lingerie retailer Bravissimo; Jane Lodge, senior partner in the Birmingham office of Deloitte and Touche; Valerie Bragg, principal of Birmingham City Technology College
; and Perween Warsi, owner of Midlands-based S&A Foods.
Macmillan City Technology College
opened in 1989 under a wave of controversy.
Jessica, now 16, continued to suffer joint and stomach pains but the City Technology College
pupil has made a full recovery.
With a balance of contentious and non-contentious work, the firm advised the Morecambe Bay NHS Trust on multiple equal pay claims and Doncaster Council on TUPE-related issues arising from the establishment of a city technology college
Macmillan College has applied to the Department for Education and Skills to change its status from a City Technology College
to a City Academy.
Thomas Telford City Technology College
, which has consistently topped national state school league tables in recent years and whose headteacher, Sir Kevin Satchwell was knighted by the Government for services to education, has been given the job of helping to turn Madeley Court around.