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About Us

An INDEPENDENT charity supporting the Royal School Wolverhampton

The Royal Wolverhampton School Foundation (the Foundation) traces its history back to the 1850 Wolverhampton Orphanage Asylum, founded by John Lees, which eventually became the Royal Wolverhampton School, an independent school. 

Though we no longer run a school, we retained the independent school’s name when it transferred assets & liabilities to the Secretary of State for what is now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in 2016 on its "conversion" to become the Royal School, Wolverhampton, a Free School (note the changed order of the Free School's name).

We exist to provide extra but vital funding to The Royal School Wolverhampton to support current pupils who urgently require a level of financial support that cannot otherwise be afforded.  We also help support appropriate infrastructure projects in the School.  

Although we no longer own a school, we have come full circle back to the intentions of the original Orphanage, as we often help to secure a home for young people who are in need.

The Foundation operates under its own Trustees INDEPENDENTLY of the Royal School Wolverhampton.  It is funded solely by donations and bequests.