The Fitzwygram Foundation

The Fitzwygram Foundation has one simple but transformative aim: to increase the number of Free Places available at Hampton School.

Hampton has a long-established tradition of providing free places to boys whose families could not otherwise afford a Hampton education.

Hampton’s early benefactors

Our earliest benefactors, Robert Hammond, Nicholas Pigeon, and his grandson Edmund Pigeon, were local philanthropists who used their wealth to support the education of children of poor families. Local Victorian social reformer, the Reverend FitzRoy Fitz Wygram, funded the opening of new schools for underprivileged children in Hampton.

Free Places at Hampton

In the 1930s and 1940s, the much-loved Hampton Headmaster, Arthur Mason, awarded Free Places to boys whose families needed help with fees. Following national education reforms in 1944, places at Hampton Grammar School were free for all pupils, irrespective of a family’s financial means. From 1980, the government’s Assisted Places Scheme provided means-tested places for pupils joining at 11+ or in the Sixth Form.  Since the cessation of this scheme in 1998, the School itself has offered reduced-fee and Free Places to young people, and will continue to do so. In a typical year, Hampton provides Free Places to over 40 boys, with further 40 or so places offered on a reduced-fee basis, thus benefiting over 80 boys in all.

Future Plans

The Hampton School Trust is determined to welcome many more boys whose families cannot afford the fees and who would thrive at Hampton and beyond. Unlike many schools, Hampton has no historic endowment funds, which limits the number of pupils we can currently support. Over recent years, several boys have benefited from a Hampton education thanks to the generosity of individual donors who have funded their places. There are still many talented boys, however, who cannot benefit from a Hampton education at this time due to lack of available funding.  It is to provide funds for these boys that we have established The Fitzwygram Foundation.

We believe that Hamptonians, past and current parents, and other supporters of Hampton School, will share our vision and support the Foundation and its aims.

How to make your gift:

Online: Make a regular or single gift

Post: Download a donation form

Phone: call us on +44 (0) 208 783 4406

Email: Fitzwygram@hamptonschool.org.uk