Whitgift School

About Whitgift School

Whitgift School

A Whitgift School education is unique and exceptionally tailor-made, offering a variety of pathways to qualifications (A Level, IB and Pre U). Exceptional pastoral care is at the foundation of our provision, and each pupil, and his parents, are guaranteed a friendly face to turn to for advice and guidance. Whitgift is set in beautiful and historic parkland and enjoys outstanding facilities. An exciting Performing Arts programme is offered by the School, with first-class musicals and plays performed regularly. Orchestras and choirs tour internationally and play at major venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Goodwood House and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

Whitgift School enjoys close links with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, enabling pupils to learn side-by-side with professional musicians. Co-curricular activities feature more than 80 clubs, an Outdoor Education programme that travels worldwide, and a well-established Combined Cadet Force. Whitgift’s sport is at the forefront of achievement, with over 130 national titles won in the past five years. 40 sports are available, including modern pentathlon, golf, judo and cycling. Many boys represent their country in a wide variety of sports or go on to pursue a career at the highest level.

The School’s Boarding House, opened in 2013, is superbly-equipped and offers full, weekly and flexi-boarding to boys aged 13-18. Boarders have cutting-edge IT equipment, private study areas, en-suite bathrooms and spacious, communal social areas with kitchen facilities.


Type of School Boys only
School Address Whitgift School, Haling Park Rd, South Croydon, London CR2 6YT
Number of Pupils 1596
Number of Boarders 106
Age Range 10-18 (boarding 13+)
Distance from Airports

Gatwick Airport – 20 miles (27 minutes); London Heathrow – 38 miles (49 minutes)

Distance from London

11 miles (25 minutes by National Rail)

Educational Programmes


Co-Curricular Programmes

A balance in school life is crucial if pupils are to broaden their horizons and pursue their interests. Whitgift is fortunate to possess some truly outstanding facilities which provide the foundation for a vibrant and leading co-curricular programme. Pupils learn to enrich their week with activities from a wealth of clubs and societies, developing lifelong interests and passions. The CCF, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Outdoor Education and extensive charity work all encourage boys to challenge themselves and contribute to the wider community. A culture of creativity, innovation and excellence is achieved, with boys making the most of every day at Whitgift.