What is John Whitgift Foundation?
Founded in 1596, Archbishop John Whitgift created a foundation to care for and educate the people of Croydon. Over 425 years later we’re still serving the people of Croydon using the land and assets set aside by our founder to generate income which we can reinvest into the local community through the various arms of the foundation. As a foundation we are driven by our mission and values that John Whitgift stood by when he created Foundation. Our charity supports people of all ages and backgrounds, bringing them together for the benefit of all – inspiring a sense of community in all we do. Through the arms of the Foundation, we educate the young, care for the most vulnerable and assist the elderly in line with our founder Archbishop John Whitgift’s wishes.
The Foundation schools are among some of the top independent schools in the country and provide first-class education from pre-school to sixth form for both boys and girls. The Foundation funds one of the largest bursary programmes in the country with almost half of our students financially supported to attend Old Palace School, Trinity School & Whitgift School.
Whitgift Care aims to provide for and support elderly residents in Croydon ensuring a great sense of community and joy in later life. Our care settings Whitgift House, Wilhelmina House and the Whitgift Almshouses offer a range of care options from sheltered living to respite care, nursing care and full-time end-of-life care. Whilst each care home is tailored for different needs, they all share the same philosophy of creating a genuine community where residents can live life to the fullest.
Carers Information Service
Our Carers Information Service (CIS) is our free resource for Croydon’s unpaid carers, providing information, advice and support to people looking after someone who needs assistance due to illness, disability or old age. As part of this service we also operate the Carers Information Centre on George Street. Find out more information about CIS here.