150 Years at Witley

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

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

King Edward's School was founded in the City of London 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 conduct of our lads, and 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 Waverley and we continue to welcome children of local residents as day pupils or flexi-boarders to the School.

The 150 Years at Witley appeal

The challenge now is to secure our future in Witley and continue helping needy children for the next 150 years and beyond. To rise to that challenge and commemorate 150 years at Witley we have launched an appeal to raise an additional £150,000 for bursaries at King Edward's: that's £1,000 for every year in Witley.

In the first half of 2017 we enjoyed 3 spectacular sponsored events: current pupils walked 51 miles overnight from London to Witley, a group of our youngest alumni completed an epic bicycle ride around France, and one of our oldest Old Witleians, Mr Bob Jenkins (Grafton 1955) ran the London Marathon for Bridewell at the incredible age of 80. 

The main focus of the appeal so far has been a telephone fundraising campaign, which took place over the summer, raising almost £70,000 of the £150,000 goal.  This was a tremendous achievement, and enlisted the support of our local and global network together with a team of young Old Witleians who trained as campaign callers. Over two and a half weeks they made over 10,000 call attempts, speaking to Old Witleians, parents and Friends of the School from all over the world and galvanising the King Edward's community to help us achieve the goal -  keeping us in this 'place': 'A place to lodge Christ in'.

So, nine months into the appeal and thanks to all of the above and other generous donations, we have only £13,000 to go!  If you think you can help us reach our target of £150,000 for 150 Years at Witley, either with a voluntary private donation, a recommendation or taking on a sponsored challenge, like our Bridewell Euro bike riders (pictured), please get in touch with the Development Manager, Mrs Emma Harrison, on development@kesw.org  

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