Whitgift Foundation

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The Whitgift Foundation
Founded 1596
Founder John Whitgift
Type Charitable Trust
Focus Education and Care
Website http://www.whitgiftfoundation.co.uk/

The Whitgift Foundation is a charity based in Croydon, South London, England. The purpose of the charity is to provide education for the young and care for the elderly.

The main activities of the charity are the operation of three independent schools, providing sheltered accommodation and nursing care through three care homes and running the Carer's Information Service. In addition, the charity provides bursaries and scholarships in excess of £5million a year.

The foundation is governed by a Court of Governors, including the Bishop of Croydon; the Vicar of Croydon; and nominees of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Croydon Council.[1]


The Hospital of Holy Trinity almshouses in central Croydon

The Whitgift Foundation was founded in 1596 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift. His aims were to provide care for the elderly and education for the young.

Originally three separate buildings were built, The Hospital of Holy Trinity (now known as The Almshouses), The School House and Schoolmaster’s House. The latter two were demolished in 1897, leaving the Almshouses as the only remaining original building. The Whitgift Centre, a large shopping mall, now stands where the later Victorian school and surrounding buildings and sports fields were. These buildings were occupied in turn by Whitgift School, prior to its move to south Croydon in 1931, and then by Trinity School, prior to its move to Shirley Park.

Present day

More than 400 years later The Foundation supports over 43% of over 2800 current students at its three independent day schools through generous means-tested bursaries and scholarships amounting to over £5million a year and offers a range of care needs from sheltered accommodation to full nursing care at its three care homes.


The Whitgift Foundation runs three independent day schools:

John Whitgift Academy, in Grimsby is named after John Whitgift, but is not part of the Whitgift Foundation

Care homes

The Whitgift Foundation provides sheltered accommodation and nursing care through three care homes:

  • The Whitgift Almshouses officially named The Hospital of Holy Trinity
  • Whitgift House
  • Wilhelmina House

Carer's information service

This service provides advice, information, advocacy and training to carers living in, or caring for someone who lives in, Croydon.

Other activities

The foundation is a major property owner in Croydon including the freehold of Croham Hurst golf course and the freehold and 25% of leasehold of the Whitgift Centre, Croydon, once one of the most successful shopping centres in south-east England circa 1970-1990. It is now much diminished and awaiting demolition to make way for a new shopping centre. The income generated from its property portfolio goes towards maintaining their charitable objectives.

Clerk to The Whiftgift Foundation

The current Clerk is Martin Corney since 2009 when he took over from Raymond Smith who had held the post for twenty-one years. His first achievement was the removal of the HeadMistress Dr Judy Harris.[2]

Governors of The Whiftgift Foundation


  • His Honour William Barnett QC
  • The Vicar of Croydon
  • The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark (The Bishop of Croydon)
  • Nita Clarke
  • Pauline Davies
  • Ian Harley
  • Chris Houlding (Chairman)
  • David Hudson
  • Rosemary Jones
  • Cllr Toni Letts OBE
  • Michael Proudfoot
  • Dean Sutton
  • Geoff Wright



  1. ^ Whitgift Foundation: Governors
  2. ^ Whitgift Foundation: A New Era

External links

  • Official site
  • Timeline of the Whitgift Foundation
  • Charity Commission. The Whitgift Foundation, registered charity no. 312612. 
  • Whitgift Facebook Page
  • Whitgift Twitter Page
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