John Whitgift Foundation is a leading education and care charity located in Croydon. Our vision is to support people of all ages and backgrounds, bringing them together to inspire a sense of community in all that we do.
We have a unique history in Croydon thanks to the legacy of our Founder, Archbishop John Whitgift. In 1596 he laid the first two foundation stones of the Hospital of The Holy Trinity. In the same year, just yards down the road, he opened a school. Together, these two buildings would help him realise his founding vision to educate and care for the people of Croydon. This was his legacy. Today, more than 400 years on, he’d take great pride in the charitable work the John Whitgift Foundation carries out in his name.
Our work covers three core areas:
- Access to education: As one of the largest bursary providers in the country, we grant thousands of young people access to an outstanding education at our Foundation Schools, Old Palace of John Whitgift, Trinity and Whitgift, that many could not otherwise afford.
- Care for older people: Through our care homes and services, we give older people a true sense of community, comfort and joy in later life.
- Support of Croydon’s carers: We offer free advice, information and a support network for Croydon’s carers – providing a welcome break from the isolation and exhaustion they can endure.