Portal Trust partners

The Aldgate School

School pupil looking at camera

The Aldgate school (formerly Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School) is the only state-maintained primary school in the City of London, rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013.


The Aldgate school aims to provide an exceptional education for every child in a safe and stimulating environment where everyone is valued and respected. Originally established as a charity school by Sir John Cass in 1710, it has been supported by us since our inception in 1748.

Grants and support

Today we are the Trustee and Voluntary Aiding Body of the school and provide support in a variety of different ways, including hardship grants for students and rent-free accommodation. In 2020 we also contributed towards the School’s rebranding costs including new uniforms for pupils. We own the freehold of the site, having met the entire cost of constructing the school buildings at the turn of the 20th century.

Like our Secondary School, each year we support the school with an annual ‘Benefits’ grant based on the number of pupils enrolled, which goes towards a uniform subsidy scheme, membership of the London Diocesan Board for Schools Maintenance Scheme and more. We also fund a number of curriculum enhancing projects, including support for The Aldgate School’s thriving music programme. The school specialises in music, with a talented choir and the opportunity for pupils to learn instruments for free.

Covid-19 support

In 2020 we awarded £175,000 in grants to our two schools to meet the cost of providing laptops and data to ensure pupils did not lose out on learning opportunities during the national lockdown.

We are pleased to make this our first announcement under our new name of the Portal Trust as it will support pupils’ ability to have access to education and learning resources and that the gains made over recent years in closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged students are not now reversed. It demonstrates that our funding strategies are entirely responsive to the changing needs of our communities.

Richard Foley
CEO, The Portal Trust