About us


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Through our grant-making, we contribute to educational policy, practice, and research, in order to shape and meet the evolving needs of London’s most disadvantaged young people.



Below are a selection of research publications we have commissioned and published in recent years, covering a variety of policy topics to help in inform our grant-making as well as the wider education sector.

These include our recent ten year impact report, as well as publications looking at barriers to Higher Education faced by marginalized or vulnerable groups, including care leavers and the GRT community.

Please note that most of these reports were published under our previous name, Sir John Cass's Foundation. Check back here in the coming months for new work from The Portal Trust.

Access to our records at London Metropolitan Archives

Since 1st June 2017, access to our archived records, which date from the early 1700s, can only be achieved with the written permission from us.

Applications for permission to access these records must include your name and contact details, the purpose of your request and details of the specific item(s) you wish to access. Applications should be sent to hello@portaltrust.org

Please take the letter of permission from us with you when you visit London Metropolitan Archive to view material.

Please note: in light of the current Government advice on Covid-19, the London Metropolitan Archives are currently closed to the public until further notice, and therefore access cannot be granted at present.