150 Years at Witley

The 150 Years at Witley appeal


Continuing to support needy children for the next 150 years and beyond is our mission, and to rise to that challenge we launched an appeal to raise an additional £150,000 for bursaries at King Edward's: that's £1,000 for every year in Witley.

Three spectacular sponsored events, a telephone fundraising campaign and numerous individual gifts from generous Old Witleians, parents and friends across the globe meant that just as Christmas 2017 approached we reached our golden £150,000 target and overriding goal to keep us in this 'place': 'A place to lodge Christ in'.   

It's not too late to help - if you've been moved by the generosity and community spirit emanating from the 150 Years at Witley appeal we would still love to hear from you. To make a gift click on the gold bar below - every penny helps towards improving the life chances of young people at the School. 






In 2017 King Edward's celebrated 150 Years at Witley.

We marked the anniversary with special events both in London and in Witley and launched a fundraising appeal to commemorate this significant date in our long history.

King Edward's School was founded in the City of London in 1553. In 1867 the School moved from its home in Southwark, where it had been housed since 1830, to the green and spacious site we occupy today. The Surrey Advertiser at the time called it "one of the healthiest and most romantic spots in the county of Surrey". The new building was formally opened by the President, Alderman William Taylor Copeland, on 5 April 1867.
Initially, only the boys made the move, leaving the girls in Southwark before King Edward's London closed in 1922. The 'First Girls', as they call themselves, made a welcome return to the School, now in Witley, in 1952. Surrey residents were reticent about the new School on the Hill, as it is known by many locals to this day, but were soon reassured by the "orderly and respectful conducts of our lads, upon the good moral tone that appears to pervade the School."
The School continues to enjoy the support of the county today. We frequently welcome local Mayors and Councillors to key School events, we are one of the largest employers in the borough of Waverly and we continue to welcome children of local residents as day pupils or flexi-boarders to the School.

150 Years at Witley events