My grandchild Matt was in a camp in April. The firm "Super Camps" rents the institutions of a private school, during the school break. So I could look at an English private school, but only from outside.
The school is in the centre of South Croydon. It takes 20 minutes by train from the centre of London.
The school originally operated on a part of South Croydon, it's called North End, then it was moved to its present location in Hailing Park in 1931. This area and the buildings were owned by Lord Howard of Effingham (1536-1624) an English admiral who was the commander for the English maritime fleet against the Spanish Armada.
The buildings of the school are in a 45 hectars area.
There are old and new houses, great gardens,
music school and concert hall, IT centre, laboratories and a little zoo with peacocks, geese, flamingos, kangaroos and an albino wallaby.
There were two albino wallabies but one of them drowned in a little pond. There was very big fog and he didn't see the water.
The school's name is Whitgift. John Whitgift
was the last archbishop of Canterbury in the time of Elisabeth I. The school was founded in 1590 and the teaching started in 1600.
In the school boys study only, between 10 and 18 years old.
The school fee is fairly high, 17000 pounds a year. The kids have very serious entrance exams and they have to be especially talented at sport, art, natural sciences, etc. There is a possibility of a full grant as well.
In the past more than 400 years, the current director is the 26th.