United Westminster Schools’ Foundation springs from the union in 1873 of four ancient foundations: Emanuel Hospital, founded in 1594 by Lady Dacre; St. Margaret’s Hospital founded in 1633 by King Charles 1; Palmer’s School, founded by the Rev James Palmer in 1650; and Hill’s Grammar School, founded by Emery Hill in 1708. On 31st March 2019 it merged with the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation.
Emanuel Hospital, was associated with the City of London, since its governance and administration of its property were originally in the hands of the Lord Mayor and the Aldermen of London. There was strong resistance to the scheme as they wished to retain overall control of the proposed new School. After two passages through Parliament the scheme was given royal assent on 26th June 1873. A compromise was reached and the girls from Emanuel Hospital were transferred to the Grey Coat Hospital and Emanuel Hospital remained a boarding school until it moved to its new site in Wandsworth in 1910. The School remained a single sex boys’ school until 1995 when girls were finally re-admitted. Another important change was the decision to charge fees for some pupils (pupils prior to 1879 pupils were educated for free). The School became a voluntary added Grammar School for the period from 1944 – 1976, before reverting back to independence.
Westminster City School is a direct successor of St. Margaret’s Hospital, Palmer’s School and Hill’s Grammar School.
Westminster City School was a Grammar School for the period 1944 – 1976. It then became a Comprehensive School and then an Academy on 1st July 2013.
Sutton Valence School was founded in 1576 as the Free Grammar School of William Lambe in Sutton Valance, by William Lambe, Master of the Clothworkers and a member of the Chapel Royal of Henry VIII. It remained under the control of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers until 1910 when it was taken under the control of United Westminster Schools.
Sutton Valence School was a boarding and day school for boys becoming co-educational in 1980. From that date it was closely associated with Underhill Preparatory School which became Sutton Valence Preparatory School in 1995. It is now a co-educational day and boarding school with pupils from the age of 3 – 18. (545 in the Senior School and 270 in the Preparatory School).
“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.”Parent
“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.”Parent
“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”Beth Webb, ex-pupil