From the Whitgift School Development and Alumni Office

I am grateful to the Whitgiftian Association for giving me the chance to introduce myself as the new Director of Development at Whitgift. I have settled into school life well and it is fantastic to have all the boys on site and to be operating as normally as we possibly can.

I started in March 2020 in lockdown from Cambridge where I had been working previously at The Leys, as Head of Development, and before that Downing College as their Deputy Director of Development. Much as though it was a strange time to start at Whitgift, it was also an exciting one with the 2025 Vision having been drawn up and the foundation stones for the very ambitious Whitgift For All bursary campaign having been laid. I very much look forward to being able to tell you more about this when we are in a position to publicly launch in the spring of 2021.

As part of this campaign the school is committed to offering a comprehensive alumni relations programme to all OWs and not just those that contribute financially to the WA. Whether this be in the form of reunions, the production of newsletters (only electronic) or the offering of our online platform Whitgift Connect (

Supporting me in this is Zohra Jeraj as the Alumni Relations Coordinator who many of you will know. She is your first point of contact for all OW matters and would be delighted to help you as the school fully takes on OW matters. Please feel free to email her with ideas for the programme going forwards (

I am very much looking forward to meeting as many OWs as possible when restrictions ease as we build a meaningful friend and fundraising programme.

Thomas Northcote
Director of Development