English School and College Founders

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.)

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  • The King's School in 597 AD
  • 2

    Herbert de Losinga

    Norwich School in 1096
  • 3
    Dec. at 55 (1135-1190)
    Derby School in c. 1165
  • Peterhouse in 1284
  • University College in 1249
  • 6

    John I de Balliol

    Balliol College in 1263
  • 7
    Dec. at 72 (1205-1277)
    Merton College in 1264
  • 8
    Dec. at 65 (1261-1326)
    Exeter College in 1314 (With Bishop of Exeter)
  • 9

    Bishop of Exeter

    Exeter College in 1314 (with Walter de Stapledon)
  • Oriel College in 1324
  • Robert de Eglesfield
    11
    Dec. at 54 (1295-1349)
    Queen's College in 1341 (with chaplain of Queen Philippa)
  • 12

    chaplain of Queen Philippa

    Queen's College in 1341 (with Robert de Eglesfield)
  • Isabella of France
    13
    Dec. at 66 (1292-1358)
    Bablake School in 1344
  • William of Wykeham
    14
    Dec. at 84 (1320-1404)
    New College in 1379, Winchester College in 1382
  • Richard Fleming
    15
    Dec. at 46 (1385-1431)
    Lincoln College in 1427 (with Bishop of Lincoln)
  • 16

    Bishop of Lincoln

    Lincoln College in 1427 (with Richard Fleming)
  • 17
    Dec. at 80 (1363-1443)
  • Henry VI of England
    18
    Dec. at 49 (1421-1471)
    Eton College in 1440
  • Margaret of Anjou
    19
    Dec. at 52 (1430-1482)
    Queens' College in 1448
  • 20

    William of Waynflete

    Magdalen College in 1458 (with Bishop of Winchester)
  • 21

    Bishop of Winchester

    Magdalen College in 1458 (with William of Waynflete), Corpus Christi College in 1517 (with Richard Fox)
  • Elizabeth Woodville
    22
    Dec. at 55 (1437-1492)
    Queens' College in 1465 (refounded)
  • Lady Margaret Beaufort
    23
    Dec. at 66 (1443-1509)
    Christ's College in 1505, St John's College in 1511 (with St John Fisher)
  • Brasenose College in 1509 (with William Smyth)
  • William Smyth
    25
    Dec. at 46 (1824-1870)
    Brasenose College in 1509 (with Richard sutton)