John Whitgift Foundation is proud to widen access to our three independent schools by offering one of the largest school fee support schemes in the UK. We currently grant more than £6 million a year in bursaries, and combined with scholarships, we give financial support to 48% of students who attend Old Palace of John Whitgift, Trinity and Whitgift.  

Here you’ll find interviews with some of the people who benefitted from a Whitgift Foundation bursary, their experience at school and how the bursary helped them.

Six alumni who attended the schools between 1953 – 2018 share how the John Whitgift Foundation bursary has made a difference in their lives and the importance of the scheme to young people and their families today.

case studies

Alan, Whitgift School

I joined Whitgift in 1953 and graduated six years later. I think what sets Whitgift apart from other schools are the excellent facilities both academic and sporting. The assisted place gave me the opportunity that would never have come my way.

Paul, Trinity School

I left Trinity in 1984. What sets Trinity apart is I think the combination of what you get from an academic perspective but also the wider development, I think Trinity is really good at focusing on the person.

Marcel, Whitgift School

Marcel completed his studies at Whitgift School having achieved an outstanding 43/45 points in his International Baccalaureate. While at Whitgift, he was the School Captain and Hockey Captain. Currently he is studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.

Emily, Old Palace School

Emily completed her studies having achieved an A* in Spanish and 2 B’s in French and Geography with the ambition to study Geography at university and become an environmental lawyer.

Gabriel, Trinity School

Gabriel completed his studies at Trinity School having achieved A-levels in Economics, Maths and Chemistry. He has put a maths degree at City University, London on hold while his rugby career takes off.

Alexa, Old Palace School

Alexa completed her studies at Old Palace School in 2008 with straight A's throughout her education. She went on to study French and Politics at Exeter University and received a first class honours in her degree

Yasmine, Old Palace School

Matt, Trinity School

Femi, Whitgift School

Dan & Nick, Trinity School

Brian, Whitgift School