Thomas Sutton’s bequest of 1611 made provision for both the care of 80 ‘Poor Brother’ and the schooling of 40 boys from poor backgrounds on the site in Clerkenwell. The School moved from London to Godalming in 1872, but the association between the School and the Charterhouse almshouse has continued to this day. This includes through the annual provision of financial support set out in Sutton’s legacy which is currently used to provide bursaries to students in need, as well as representative ‘observers’ sitting on each Governing Board.
The Charterhouse also hosts an annual Founder’s Day service and dinner for the School alumni to commemorate Thomas Sutton. Pupils come to the Charterhouse for educational visits, and the housing charity has also benefited from generous donations from former pupils (Old Carthusians). The School has welcomed girls in the sixth form for decades and is soon to become fully co-educational, mirroring the almshouse which has welcomed women residents since 2017.
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