A list of the founders of notable schools, colleges and universities in England throughout British history. The list begins with the founding of The King's School of Canterbury by St. Augustine in 597 AD and tracks the opening of institutes of learning throughout the British Isles through the creation of Downe House in 1907. Many of the listed colleges are based in one of England's two great centers of learning, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Many of the oldest schools on the list - such as St. Augustine's King's School - did not receive a royal charter until many years, even centuries, after they were founded. (The King's School initially opened as an abbey.) Many of the schools formed initially in the Middle Ages did not receive a royal charter until the 16th Century or later.)
John IncentDied at 65 (1480-1545) - Berkhamsted Collegiate School in 1541
King Henry VIII The King's School, Worcester in 1541, The King's School, Peterborough in 1541, The King's School, Gloucester in 1541, The King's School, Chester in 1541, The King's School, Canterbury in 1541 (refounded), Durham School in 1541 ...
Thomas Audley Magdalene College in 1542 (refounded)
King Edward VI Sherborne School in 1550, Grammar School, Chelmsford in 1551, Grammar School, Louth in 1551, Shrewsbury School in 1552, King Edward's School, Bath in 1552, King Edward's School, Birmingham in 1552, King Edward's School, Witley ...
William HarpurDied at 78 (1496-1574) - Bedford School, refounded in 1552
Nicholas RidleyDied at 55 (1500-1555) - King Edward's School, Witley in 1553 (with King Edward VI)
Sir Thomas Pope Trinity College in 1555
Sir John Gresham Gresham's School in 1555
Sir Thomas White St John's College in 1555
Sir William Laxton Oundle School in 1556
John CaiusDied at 63 (1510-1573) - Gonville and Caius College in 1557 (refounded)
Elizabeth I Westminster School in 1560 (refounded)