Students with identified difficulties are placed on an SEN register, which is circulated to all staff, and some students have Student Information Sheets with strategies to support their learning. Teaching staff are kept informed of students’ needs and there is regular liaison between the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Heads of Year to monitor students’ progress.
Social skills workshops are run for those students who need to further develop their social interaction to ensure they happily and successfully integrate into the School community.
Scholarships are principally awarded to recognise academic potential but are also available to students who show exceptional talent as all-rounders or in a specific area.
A small number of scholarships may carry a reduction of up to 50% of the school fees in recognition of outstanding merit.
The scholarship will be retained throughout the student’s time in the School subject to satisfactory academic progress and good behaviour.
Bursaries are awarded to day students who perform exceptionally well in the entrance examinations and who show outstanding talent and/or potential in their chosen area(s).
Parents of prospective day students, whose family income is less than approximately £93,000 a year (exact figures are available from the John Whitgift Foundation), may be eligible to apply for a bursary. The John Whitgift Foundation calculates Bursary Awards, which may cover up to the entire fee. Demand for Bursary Awards is extremely high, therefore not all families who are eligible for a bursary can be offered one, as there is a generous, but limited, annual budget.
By the time they leave us, many of the things that make them who they are – their beliefs, values, and sense of self – will already be forming, if not formed. It’s an enormous shared responsibility, and one that has particular significance within the special context of a boys’ school, given the many challenges young men growing up today will face.
The question then is how best to prepare them for the changing world they will come to shape. At Whitgift, we believe the answer lies in knowing, valuing, and challenging every individual, stretching and supporting them in equal measure.
Whitgift is unashamedly ambitious when it comes to academic performance, but we know results alone are not everything. To truly succeed, students need more than just knowledge…
They will need the confidence and resilience to embrace new challenges, they will need an open mind that is global in its outlook, and they will need the emotional maturity and moral grounding to be a force for good in the communities they serve.
We are incredibly proud of the young men who leave us and what they achieve. We are particularly proud they come from such a diverse range of backgrounds, thanks in part to the generous bursary and scholarship schemes we are able to offer. Indeed, alongside our academic philosophy, comprehensive pastoral support, and fantastic co-curricular programme, the incredible mix of boys who come here is one of the things that makes Whitgift such a truly special place to learn.