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Whitgift School old boy appointed as BBC Director-General

The new Director-General of the BBC is an Old Whitgiftian. It was announced today that Tim Davie will become the Corporation’s 17th DG in September, when Lord Tony Hall steps down. A scholarship boy at Whitgift School in the late … Continue reading

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South London duo included in England’s World Cup final team

There will be two players in England’s team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final in Japan who learned the game on the playing fields of south London. But when Elliot Daly runs out at Yokohama alongside prop forward Kyle Sinkler … Continue reading

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Burns’s Ashes century fires up Whitgift’s sporting credentials

When Rory Burns left the field in Birmingham yesterday evening, his bat raised in acknowledgement of the standing ovation from the Edgbaston pavilion, after he had batted all day to remain unbeaten and unbowed on 125, with the crowd chanting … Continue reading

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Butcher: England should put their ‘batting brute’ Roy in at No3

Surrey’s Jason Roy should be in the England Test team’s top order for the Ashes series and has a hugely important role in tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final against Australia. That’s the view of Mark Butcher, the former Surrey and England … Continue reading

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Whitgift History Festival, South Croydon, Jun 26-27

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The evil of racism has no place in football says Hudson-Odoi

A full international at the age of 18, Callum Hudson-Odoi has this week opened up about the bigoted abuse faced by him and fellow England players such as Raheem Sterling, and what it’s like to go to school in South … Continue reading

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Whitgift turn on the rugby style in latest Twickenham triumph

Whitgift regained the English schools’ rugby title at Twickenham yesterday, as the South Croydon independent school’s first XV won the NatWest Schools’ Cup final 32-22 against defending champions Warwick School. It is the third time that Whitgift have won the … Continue reading

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Whitgift are denied a final double by Wellingtons’ non-boot

RUGBY ROUND-UP: It was ecstasy and agony at Allianz Park for Whitgift School last weekend as they came within a clause in the rule book from getting both their teams through to Twickenham finals later this month. The South Croydon … Continue reading

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Private school’s sports staff enjoyed £30,000 party at The Ritz

EXCLUSIVE: Whitgift School has charitable status and the generous tax breaks that go with it, yet they spared no expense for a piss up at one of the flashiest venues in the West End. By GENE BRODIE, education correspondent Whitgift … Continue reading

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Whitgift School’s Olympic hero Okoye is arrested in Alabama

Lawrence Okoye, the former Whitgift School pupil and discus finalist at the  London Olympics who went to the United States to seek his fortune as an American football player, was arrested in Alabama last week on soliciting prostitution charges, placing … Continue reading

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Whitgift Foundation is going for a Burton at Old Palace

The Whitgift Foundation has named a new head for Old Palace School: Jane Burton, who will take over the independent girls’ school from September 1. Burton succeeds Carol Jewell, who has been head at the 900-pupil nursery, prep and secondary … Continue reading

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Old MidWhitgiftians enjoy a try-fest at Lime Meadow Avenue

RUGBY ROUND-UP: Old MidWhitgiftians quickly got their season back on track with a breath-taking 62-5 win at home against Old WImbledonians in Surrey 1 last Saturday. Andrew Dean scored a hat-trick of tries, fellow centre Temi Okenla got two, and … Continue reading

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Play written by Whitgift pupil raises £1,200 for charity Childline

A play written by a teenaged Whitgift School pupil, and backed by Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Jason Flemyng, has raised £1,200 for children’s charities after a five-night run at a theatre in central London. The money was … Continue reading

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Peacocks, flamingos and 400 years of history at one school

WANDLE WANDERINGS: One of the country’s leading independent schools happens to have a mini-zoo in its grounds, which are rarely open to the public. WALKER DUNELM strolled through Whitgift School on its open day Even when it’s going to a … Continue reading

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Open Garden afternoons at Whitgift School, Jun 10, Jul 25

Whitgift School in South Croydon is taking part in the Open Garden Squares Weekend next month, with an additional Open Garden afternoon staged in July in aid of the NSPCC. It is a rare opportunity for the general public to … Continue reading

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Alice In Wonderland, Whitgift School, Feb 7-9

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Brahms German Requiem, Croydon Minster, Nov 18

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Rugger off! Pitch tensions force cancellation of grudge match

The annual match between John Fisher and Whitgift schools’ senior rugby teams, due to be staged today, was cancelled because of fears of more physical violence on the sidelines than on the field of play. Catholic state school Fisher, named … Continue reading

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New head: ‘I worry about gap between debate and intolerance’

The new headmaster of one of Croydon’s biggest and most influential schools has called for more independent, challenging thought and debate as a challenge to increasing levels of intolerance. “Breadth of experience, breadth of reading and willingness to engage are … Continue reading

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Free entry for Remembering 1916 exhibition, until Apr 16

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Free entry for children at WWI exhibition in half-term

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Keep the home fires burning: WWI exhibit extended to April

And some said it would be over by Christmas… The acclaimed Remembering 1916 exhibition at Whitgift School, which was due to close yesterday, has had its run extended until April 2017. Since the exhibit, comprising of hundreds of artefacts from … Continue reading

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Animals at War exhibit, Whitgift School, Mar 30 and Apr 6

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From Western Front to home front, exhibition remembers 1916

An important exhibition exploring the key events and themes of 1916, through a unique series of individual British, French and German stories, will open at Whitgift School, South Croydon in March. 1916 is regarded as the pivotal year in the … Continue reading

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Okoye goes on the offensive to save his American dream

Three years ago, he was a poster boy of the London Olympics. National record-holder in the discus in his first senior season, and qualifying for the final of a throws event at the 2012 Games, with a scholarship to study … Continue reading

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