Whitgift Foundation

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The Whitgift Foundation
Type Charitable Trust
Founded 1596
Founder(s) John Whitgift
Focus(es) 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 Whitgift Foundation was founded in 1596 by 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 Almshouses is the only remaining building.

Present day[edit]

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:

Care Homes[edit]

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[edit]

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

Other Activities[edit]

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, one of the most successful shopping centres in south-east England. The income generated from its property portfolio goes towards maintaining their charitable objectives.

Clerk to The Whiftgift Foundation[edit]

The current Clerk is Martin Corney since 2009 when he took over from Raymond Smith who had held the post for twenty-one years.[2]

Governors of The Whiftgift Foundation[edit]


  • His Honour William Barnett QC
  • Gavin Barwell MP
  • The Revd Canon Colin J Luke Boswell (The Vicar of Croydon)
  • The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark (The Bishop of Croydon)
  • Nita Clarke
  • Pauline Davies
  • Ian Harley(Chairman)
  • Chris Houlding
  • David Hudson
  • Rosemary Jones
  • Cllr Toni Letts OBE
  • Cllr Dudley Mead
  • Cllr Margaret Mead
  • Michael Proudfoot
  • Dean Sutton
  • Geoff Wright



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