Whitgift was founded in 1596 by John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury, and today has established itself as one the UKs leading independent day and boarding schools.
It has exceptional academic standards, placing a strong focus on independent thought, and offering pathways to qualifications including the International Baccalaureate (IB), A Levels, and BTEC. In 2019, 93% of A Level grades were A* – B and for GCSE 82% 7/8/9 grades (A* – A). Whitgift is also the top boys’ school for IB in the UK with an average of 39 points (9 points above the global average).
There is a broad and vibrant co-curricular programme, complemented by fantastic on-site facilities, with more than 80 clubs and 40 sports for boys to choose from, ranging from beekeeping to Karate. The School has a strong focus on social and emotional development of students, providing a comprehensive pastoral support structure, which the most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate Report stated was ‘outstanding’.
Whitgift is also a particularly diverse school, with boys coming from a range of social backgrounds thanks to the generous bursary and scholarship scheme in place. This diverse mix, together with a culture of tolerance, resilience, and support, is central to the education Whitgift offers – producing highly accomplished, grounded young people who leave the school having achieved more than they believed they could, and ready to give back to the society in which they will be leaders.