Welcome to the Perkins Educational Foundation
William Perkins was born in Salford Priors, Warwickshire, in 1579. As a young man, he moved to London as an apprentice tailor, and lived in the City at the same time as William Shakespeare. Perkins became very successful at his business, becoming one of the most prosperous tailors in London. He was a Puritan in religion, but hated the civil war between King and Parliament which broke out in 1642. The war badly damaged his business, but in 1656, not long before he died, he left money to found a school in his native parish of Salford Priors. He died in London in 1657.
William Perkins intended to establish a grammar school in Salford Priors, but instead for over 200 years his bequest supported a primary school and scholarships to local secondary schools.
The Foundation as it exists today is a registered charity which helps young people under the age of 25 mainly with their expenses in courses of further and higher education. The Foundation still owns property in Stratford-upon-Avon purchased in William Perkins's own times and has investments in the stock market.
A board of voluntary governors is drawn from the parishes of Salford Priors, Harvington, Cleeve Prior, Bidford-on-Avon and Broom, the parishes in which applicants must live. This was one of the stipulations that Perkins himself approved.
The Foundation has therefore travelled a long way since William Perkins established it in 1656, but still devotes all its funds to helping the young people of Salford Priors and the surrounding villages achieve their educational goals.