The Foundation Office administers the United Westminster and Grey Coat Hospital Foundation which has five schools, two state (both comprehensive) and three independent.
The Foundation provides, inter alia, a secretariat for Trustees and Governors, as well as advice to the schools and Trustees on legal, financial and other matters affecting the world of education. Overall policies and items such as insurance cover are the responsibility of the Trustees. Efforts are made to spread good practice between the schools and the five Heads meet regularly as a group.
The Trustees appoint the majority of Governors and much of the responsibility of running the schools has been delegated to the individual governing bodies. There is a Trustees’ meeting once a term at which the Chairmen of Governors have to report on the work of their schools.
The Grey Coat Hospital is a Church of England comprehensive school with Academy status in Westminster for girls aged 11-19. Boys are admitted in the Sixth Form.
Queen Anne’s School is an independent secondary boarding and day school near Reading for girls aged 11-19.
Emanuel School is an independent co-educational day school in Wandsworth, South London for pupils aged 11-19.
Sutton Valence School is a mixed independent boarding and day school near Maidstone, Kent for pupils aged 11-19 and its Preparatory School caters for pupils aged 3-11
Westminster City School is a non-denominational church comprehensive school with Academy status in Westminster for boys aged 11-19. Girls are admitted in the Sixth Form.
Foundation Office staff
CEO/Clerk: Gordon Carver
Financial Secretary: Michael Bithell
Foundation Office Co-Ordinator: Geraldine O’Brien
Management Accountant: Villy Narendran
Payroll Assistant: Shweta Gadhia
Bookkeeper/Administrator: Monika Crofts
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“As well as the academic education – which delivers excellent results across a full spectrum of abilities – there is every opportunity and encouragement for the students to become involved in a very dynamic and wide-ranging co-curricular line-up.”
“The school understands our children as individuals; and, as an institution, has the necessary financial strength, cultural values and, most importantly, a coherent and effective leadership, dedicated teaching staff of a very high standard and strong governance support to foster our children’s development into self-confident adults, who can achieve their best in life.”
“My biggest achievement at SV is securing a solid set of GCSE and A Level grades to set me up for the best start in life. I have never been academic, but the way Sutton Valence assists their students to work to their best ability has meant I am incredibly proud of the results I have achieved.”
Teddy Turpin, ex-pupil
“It has made me more organised, and has allowed me to establish a good balance between work and sport. The school has inspired me to succeed and has motivated me to try my hardest in whatever I do”
Patrick Backhouse, ex-pupil
“The sense of community makes it feel as though you are part of a safe but exciting family. Nowhere looks out for you like Sutton Valence School does”