John Whitgift’s Story

John Whitgift Statue

John Whitgift

In 1596 the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift, 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 420 years on, he’d take great pride in the charitable work the John Whitgift Foundation carries out in his name.

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, Trinity, and Whitgift – that many could not otherwise afford. Through our care homes and services, we give older people a true sense of community, comfort, and joy in later life. And through our Carer Support Centre, we offer Croydon’s carers a valuable support network – providing advice, information, and a welcome break from the isolation and exhaustion they can endure as they care for others in our community.

Our charity supports people of all ages and backgrounds. And more importantly, it brings them all together for the benefit of all – inspiring a sense of community in all that we do. Because while much has changed since 1596, the values John Whitgift stood for then are as relevant today as they ever were; perhaps even more so.