9King Edward’s Witley
King Edward’s Witley is a unique Surrey-based co-educational boarding and day school with its roots in the City of London. It was founded in 1553 by Royal Charter of King Edward VI as Bridewell Royal Hospital, housed within Bridewell Palace on the banks of the Thames and with an undertaking to house and teach a trade to the destitute children of London, providing many apprentices to the City. It later moved to Southwark as a “House of Occupations”, and then relocated to Witley in 1867 as King Edward’s School to allow pupils to benefit from the fresh air and green countryside of Surrey. The School’s mission continues today (in a world- class school setting rather than a Tudor orphanage) and places are provided for around 75 children whose home circumstances mean they will benefit from the tailored care and structured, secure environment offered by a boarding school. Congratulations to Peter Estlin, the new Lord Mayor, former Head Boy of King Edward’s Witley and Governor and former Treasurer of Bridewell Royal Hospital (the charitable foundation for King Edward’s Witley).