The Philological Foundation

Formerly the St Marylebone Grammar School Foundation
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Who are we?

The Philological Foundation is an educational charity (Registered Charity number 312692) distributing grants to individuals and schools in the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Camden. It was established in 1982 after the closure of the St Marylebone Grammar School for Boys.

The Foundation has a capital fund of approx. £1 million and an income of approx. £48,000 a year. In 2012-13 the Foundation gave grants of around £18,500 to individuals and £28,000 to schools. Average grants are £1,000

Find us on the Charity Commission web site – enter “312692” in the “Charity Search” box

Who do we help?

Individual recipients of grants must be under 26 years of age and be or have been pupils at a secondary school in the City of Westminster or London Borough of Camden. Grants are given to support apprenticeships, further or higher education at colleges or universities, attendance schools of art, music, dancing or drama, travel for educational purposes or preparation for a profession, trade, occupation or service.

Grants are also given to community or voluntary schools, academies, free schools within the meaning of the Education Acts 1944 to 2011 situated  in Westminster and Camden for the provision of special benefits such as playground equipment, library books, musical instruments or school journeys.

Our Reports page provides some examples of how our grants are used.

You can download an application form and will be able to apply on line in the future.

Our Trustees

There are nine trustees. The City of Westminster and the London Borough of Camden each appoints two trustees, the St Marylebone Society appoints one, and the University of London appoints one. There are also three co-opted trustees, one of whom is appointed after consultation with the Old Philologians. Trustees meet at least five times a year and in addition undertake visits to schools and interview prospective beneficiaries.