History

Old fountain pen resting on old text books

Founded in 1720 to administer a bequest made in the Will of the late Charles Williams.

Charles Williams was born in 1633 and brought up in Caerleon, the son of a wealthy local businessman. As a young man he set sail for Turkey where he established himself as a very successful fig merchant. Much of his wealth was derived from his business activities and when he died, aged 87 years, he left £4,000 for the establishment of a free school in Caerleon. His Will also stated that any surplus income, after meeting the running costs of the schools, could be used to help young people into apprenticeships or other professions. Over time, with more and more students attending colleges and universities and less into apprenticeships, the Charity’s objects have been amended to reflect the changing trends in education.