Primary School Project

More than 1,000 children spend a week at Whitgift each year as part of our Primary School Project, which celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year.

Children from the local primary schools, accompanied by their teachers, spend a week immersed in some fascinating lessons, from programming robots to learning to play the bongos. Our aim is to help grow their passion for learning. We are pleased to have been able to share our facilities with over 25,000 local boys and girls in the twenty years the project has been running. 

We currently have a full time member of staff running the programme and partner with around 35 schools annually. These partner schools are also invited to attend special performances like our Lower School Plays (this year it was Fantastic Mr Fox) and in 2019 they attended the In Harmony Concert at Fairfield Halls.

Our aim is to engage with and work alongside local community organisations to make a difference to the lives of both local families and our students.

The children and staff from South Norwood Primary School were thrilled to have been a part of such a lovely concert. What exceptional musicians and young people you have working with the Primary Project. Most of our Year 5 children have never heard a live performance such as the one we heard today, so it will have been a real experience for them. Unsurprisingly, the visual brilliance of the final piece had them hooked!

South Norwood Primary School

Primary Project Robotics Class

Hockey Inner City visits Whitgift School

At the end of 2019, Whitgift was delighted to welcome a group of students from Immanuel and St Andrew CE Primary School as part of the Hockey Inner City programme set up by Old Whitgiftian and England Hockey International Rhys Smith.