The United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation is an educational charity.

The 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, The Grey Coat Hospital School founded in 1698; and Hill’s Grammar School, founded by Emery Hill in 1708.

Westminster City School – Westminster

Westminster City School has a long and rich history of educating young people in the heart of London.

Westminster City School is a comprehensive school for boys, with a mixed sixth form, located in the heart of Westminster in London, close to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

Westminster City School was a grammar school for the period 1944 – 1976, then became a comprehensive school. We became an academy on 1 July 2013 and offer a first class education to our pupils and sixth formers.

Grey Coat Hospital – Westminster

A Church of England school and specialist language college offering a challenging educational experience for girls from 11 to 18, and for boys in the Sixth Form. Rated as outstanding by Ofsted in 2009.

Emanuel School– Wandsworth

A co-educational independent day school. The school was founded in 1594 by Lady Dacre and, unusually, was co-educational from the very beginning. Lady Dacre’s original vision for the foundation was ‘for the bringing up of children in virtue and good and laudable arts so that they might better live in time to come by their honest labour’ and she initially made provision for twenty students: ten girls and ten boys.

Sutton Valence School – Kent

Sutton Valence School is a co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 3 to 18, with boarding from 11 to 18. The 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 the Foundation.

Queen Annes School – Reading

Queen Anne’s is an independent boarding and day school for girls, with over 450 pupils aged 11 to 18 years. High aspirations combined with a positive approach to learning creates an environment where girls can grow into motivated, decisive and self-assured individuals. The school is renowned for academic success alongside a rich programme of extra-curricular opportunities and excellence in the arts, drama, music and sport.


The Foundation Office
United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation
The Pouchot Building

57 Palace Street
London SW1e 5HJ
020 7828 3055

Company Number 11464504
Charity Number 1181012

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