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What is the Bridewell Foundation?

The Bridewell Foundation’s official title is the Bridewell Royal Hospital Foundation, incorporating King Edward’s Witley, and is a registered Charity, No. 311997. Hereafter referred to as the ‘Bridewell Foundation’.

The Bridewell Foundation takes its name from Bridewell Palace. In 1553 Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, convinced the boy King Edward VI to grant his palace at Bridewell to the Lord Mayor of London as a place for the training and education of poor children.

In 1867 King Edward’s moved out to Witley. The City links, that have continued for over four centuries, have guaranteed the vision of Nicholas Ridley and King Edward VI lives on in the provision of a first class, free or supported education to talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who, through no fault of their own, cannot thrive educationally in their home environment. These children can grow and learn in a wonderful school environment of care, challenge and opportunity, one set up so that they can go on to achieve everything in life of which they are capable.  They live and study alongside pupils from all walks of life and corners of the world.

The Bridewell Foundation’s purpose is to raise money to enable our Founder’s vision to continue.

In addition to financing bursary children, the Foundation looks to raise money to improve and extend facilities and purchase educational resources that enable the school to deliver a safe and wonderful educational environment for today and the future.

The Foundation is grateful to Old Witleians, parents, staff, City Livery Companies, Charitable Trusts and corporations for their ongoing financial support, which enables us to provide bursary places and enhance our facilities and enrich the education our pupils enjoy today and in the future.

Giving is for me – and I suspect for many, if not all of us – is a very personal decision.  However, it is one that gives me so much pleasure, in reading and hearing about the children whose lives we can help transform.  Thank you for your gifts, past, present and future.

Alderman Peter Estlin, ex-King Edward’s bursary pupil, Head Boy, current Governor and Bridewell Charter Patron, Lord Mayor City of London 2018-2019

We hope that you will join us in achieving our ambitions.

If you would like to donate or get involved in a fundraising event, please choose the most appropriate option below:

Notes for single and regular donations:

  1. UK tax payers should opt in for Gift Aid as we can reclaim 25% on your gift.
  2. Monies donated will support a bursary pupil, facility development and /or educational resources. If you wish your donation to support only a bursary or a facilities project or educational resources, please specify.

Single donation:

Make a secure donation online at King Edwards Witley Virgin Money.

Payment via credit or debit card can be made via Paypal by this link or by completing the Giving Form

  • Bank Transfer can be made to King Edwards, Sort Code: 16-00-15, Account Number 23109401 with the reference Bridewell Foundation and your full name.
  • Cheque or CAF voucher payable to King Edward’s School Witley. Please then post to: Development Office, King Edward’s Witley, Petworth Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 5SG.

Regular donation payments:

Regular gifts are very important to us as they enable us to make plans with the security of your gift.

Direct Debit (Paper Copy) Complete the Direct Debt section of the Giving Form and return via email or post.


Address: The Development Office, King Edward’s Witley, Petworth Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 5SG.

Direct Debit (Paperless) Follow this link to set up paperless direct debit.

Legacy gifts have been a vital part of keeping our founding mission alive for centuries.

Legacy gift

As a registered charity, a legacy to the Bridewell Foundation is, in most instances tax free and you may you qualify for a reduced rate of inheritance tax.

Click here for more information.

To help set up and inform us of your legacy gift, fill out the codicil form and legacy intention form.

Matched giving

Donating through your payroll is one of the most effective ways to donate to charity and gives your employer a chance to match fund your donation. Please contact Development:

Tax efficient gift for the USA:  United States based donors may give tax efficiently to King Edward’s Witley through the British Schools and Universities Foundation Inc at

Please Complete the Giving Form and send to

Contact information

The Development of Office at King Edward’s Witley.
Tel: +44 (0) 1428 686773

Bridewell Royal Hospital Foundation, incorporating King Edward’s Witley is a registered Charity No. 311997

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