At John Whitgift Foundation, the health and wellbeing of our staff, pupils and residents is our first priority. As such, we would like to update you on our current status during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.

We would like to reassure you that we are taking the necessary steps to reduce risk and protect our service users. We are continuing to monitor the situation carefully and we are following official guidance from the Government and Public Health England (PHE).

Our Foundation Schools

The Secretary of State for Education has announced that all schools and childcare providers are to close from Monday 23 March. Staff at our schools are in communication with parents and guardians to keep them informed of the arrangements for each individual school.

During the period of closure, our schools will provide continuity of education for our pupils through remote learning. Details about our provision for children of Key Workers and vulnerable children will be announced as soon as possible. For more information, please see the individual schools’ websites:

Update on school fees payment, 20 March 2020:

Our three John Whitgift Foundation Schools: Old Palace of John Whitgift, Trinity and Whitgift will continue to deliver education through our online teaching platforms during term time throughout the period of the school being closed for most of our students. Our staff are in regular communication with students and parents, and we are also open for vulnerable students, as well as students with parents or carers who are key workers.

During this unprecedented time, we appreciate that a number of families will now be concerned about maintaining school fee payments due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you need to contact us, please email Charlotte Perrier, Head of Fees and Bursaries, John Whitgift Foundation, to inform us of your situation.

As you will appreciate, we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at this time and will do our best to respond to you as soon as possible.

Whitgift Care

Our care homes are continuing to operate as normal, and we are working with a specialist consultant in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) to act as our advisor and implement additional control measures during this time. As a precaution, visitors (other than essential healthcare visitors) are kindly asked not to visit Wilhelmina House or Whitgift House. We understand the importance of family contact for our residents and so we are looking into how our residents can stay in touch with loved ones using technology.

To reduce the risk to our residents, we have decided to suspend our 1596 Club Day Care service until further notice.

Carers Information Service

Following the updated government guidance, the Carers Support Centre is now closed to the public. Carers with appointments will be contacted and offered telephone appointments. We understand that carers may still need information, advice and support at this time. Please rest assured that you can still get in touch with us by phone or email. For contact information and further advice for carers, please click here to visit the Carers Information Service website.

Last updated 20.03.20