A Croydon charity that grants one of the largest bursary schemes in the UK is launching a new online Bursary Portal to access applicants.

John Whitgift Foundation currently grants almost £6million to students that attend its three leading independent schools: Old Palace of John Whitgift, Trinity and Whitgift.

Demand for bursaries is high with around 680 applicants each year, and so the new Bursary Portal aims to create a more efficient process, improve compliance with data protection regulations and help the environment by going paperless.

Bursaries are awarded to the highest performing students who sit the schools’ entrance examination and whose family income and assets fit within our qualifying criteria and below certain levels.

If a student is awarded a full bursary, this could equate to £140,000 of funding for their entire time at one of the three schools (subject to an annual assessment).

The Bursary Portal will be live on the John Whitgift Foundation’s website on Monday 23rd March and the deadline for applications is Friday 22nd May.

The Foundation will be offering support clinics to help applicants, as well as a dedicated support mailbox – bursarysupport@johnwhitgiftfoundation.org

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, John Whitgift Foundation, said: “We are thrilled to be launching our brand-new online Bursary Portal to make applying for a bursary much easier for families, as well as creating a smoother process for our Fees and Bursaries Team.

“For a child in receipt of a bursary, the results can be life changing and a true catalyst for social mobility.

“I urge families who are interested in their child’s education at our schools: Old Palace of John Whitgift, Trinity or Whitgift, but who may not be able to afford the fees, to find out more about our bursary scheme.”

Gabriel Ibitoye, Trinity Alumnus and Harlequins Professional Rugby Player, said: “The John Whitgift Foundation bursary support has helped me massively. Without it, a lot of people like me would not be able to come to a school like Trinity where there are so many opportunities available to you.”

You can access the new online bursary portal by visiting https://www.johnwhitgiftfoundation.org/bursaryportal/.