Christ's Hospital - A school like no other

If you want a school with the ‘wow’ factor in abundance, look no further than Christ’s Hospital.

Magnificent sprawling red-brick campus and historic works of art to take your breath away – and if that isn’t enough, the continuing academic success is bound to impress.

Christ’s Hospital has been rated ‘excellent’ in every aspect by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate.

In 2017 the average UCAS points achieved by a pupil was 136 which equates to AAB.

Headmaster, Simon Reid is clear what makes the school unique: “Many ask why Christ’s Hospital calls itself A School Like No Other.

It is because of our roots, what the school is, what we do, where we come from and what we strive to be.

Christ’s Hospital offers its pupils something very distinctive in UK independent education. As the forerunner in the field of social mobility, Christ’s Hospital is the leading charitable School in the country and an inspiration for other schools wanting to offer bursary assisted places.

Our pupils come from a wide range and diverse mix of backgrounds. We are one of the oldest boarding schools and one of only four coeducational full boarding schools in the country. Before the School moved to Horsham, Christ’s Hospital was originally a London school (1552 – 1902).

We are unashamedly academic – with 98% of pupils moving on to the leading universities in this country and abroad. However, we know that many key lessons are learnt beyond the classroom and Christ’s Hospital’s broader curriculum opportunities are remarkable.

The pupils at Christ’s Hospital receive much of the very best an independent education can provide – the journey they make from the time they arrive to when they leave is often profoundly rewarding, and along the way we support their growing resilience and success as they move on to university and beyond. We delight in their achievements and welcome them back to inspire and encourage current pupils.

Visit our website – uncover the secrets of our School – see our results, our pupils, their historic uniform and, of course, our fascinating history which dates back to King Edward VI and Tudor England.”

Christ’s Hospital is able to offer an unrivalled number of means-tested bursaries. These bursaries range from 5% remission of fees up to and including 100% remission. Pupils’ fees are assessed according to family income, so it’s a child’s ability and potential to benefit from a Christ’s Hospital education that determines their selection.

The school hasn’t been afraid to develop; modern facilities have been built in sympathetic style. Those changes are echoed in the challenging and varied curriculum. A levels are offered alongside the demanding Pre-U qualification and the globally respected International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

One student says:

I fell in love with Christ’s Hospital when I visited during an Open Day and knew it was where I wanted to be. There was such an amazing atmosphere.

Before coming here, I didn’t really enjoy any particular subject; I just did okay at everything. At Christ’s Hospital, I have discovered what I enjoy the most. Drama has been a highlight and I enjoy English, and creative writing.

The school slogan is ‘a school like no other’ and I certainly haven’t seen anywhere else that is quite so beautiful in terms of the grounds and its traditions.”

 


Note from the Head

Many ask why Christ’s Hospital calls itself A School Like No Other.

It is because of our roots, what the school is, what we do, where we come from and what we strive to be, and there are some great stories that emerge in our pupils’ experiences of growth through the school.

The belief in the School and its values, which I formed during my first period at Christ’s Hospital (1993-2004) as an English Teacher and Housemaster, has drawn me back, this time with the honour to serve as Headmaster.

In my immediate predecessor, John Franklin, I have a tough act to follow.

With his leadership, the School made considerable advances: with major improvements on the campus, an enhanced strategic and financial footing, and greater connectedness to the wider community, nationally and worldwide. Most of all, the School has kept true to its original mission, to create opportunity for those in need.

Christ’s Hospital offers its pupils something very distinctive in UK independent education.

As the forerunner in the field of social mobility, Christ's Hospital is the leading charitable School in the country and an inspiration for other schools wanting to offer bursary assisted places.

Our pupils come from a wide range and diverse mix of backgrounds. We are one of the oldest boarding schools and one of only four coeducational full boarding schools in the country. Before the School moved to Horsham, Christ’s Hospital was originally a London school (1552 – 1902) and looked after the city’s poor and orphaned children. The City of London Corporation, along with a wealth of donors continue to support the School’s ethos and charitable mission.

We are unashamedly academic – with 98% of pupils moving on to the leading universities in this country and abroad. However, we know that many key lessons are learnt beyond the classroom and Christ's Hospital’s broader curriculum opportunities are remarkable.

The pupils at Christ’s Hospital receive much of the very best an independent education can provide – the journey they make from the time they arrive to when they leave is often profoundly rewarding, and along the way we support their growing resilience and success as they move on to university and beyond. We delight in their achievements and welcome them back to inspire and encourage current pupils.

Explore our website – uncover the secrets of our School – see our results, our pupils, their historic uniform and, of course, our fascinating history which dates back to King Edward VI and Tudor England.

If you are intrigued and would like to visit us we would encourage you to come to our next Open Morning or to give us a call and book a tour of the School.

Simon Reid, Headmaster

 

Testimonials

"Christ’s Hospital has definitely helped me to develop a strong desire to go to university and study an outstanding course. You are encouraged to work hard and to do well. I have been given every opportunity to flourish and grow both as a student and a person.”
Year 13 pupil

"When you start at Christ’s Hospital don’t be afraid to join in, it only takes one hobby to spark a commitment for a lifetime. With all the facilities nearby and the staff living on site we have the luxury of pastoral care and academic rigour going hand in hand. I don’t think any other school could prepare me better for university.”
Year 12 pupil

"What is so special about CH is the extent of the resources on offer: 24/7 teachers, supported prep sessions, an extensive range of activities including societies like the medics group to help with university applications, as well as all the sports facilities.

CH has many traditional values which create a respectful, kind and orderly community. What I like most about CH is the environment and the uniform.

I particularly recommend visiting and coming for a taster session, as you will get an accurate insight to CH life."
Year 13 pupil

School news

23rd Aug 2017
A new silence has swept across the School’s campus, echoing that of London without the chimes of Big Ben. Christ’s Hospital has switched off the electronic bell system so now, apart from the chiming of the grand clock on Big School and the Chapel bell, the pupils’ daily routine is no longer ... more
18th Jul 2017
IB pupils at Christ's Hospital have gained an impressive set of results this summer, with over a quarter of the cohort of 27 pupils gaining 40 points or more (out of the maximum possible 45). Almost two thirds achieved 36 points or higher which is equivalent to A*A*AA at A2-level (or 523 ... more
23rd Mar 2017
Friday, 17 March will see a major charity fundraising event at Arundel Castle ‘Celebrating Sussex Childhood’. Musicians from Christ’s Hospital’s famous Band have been invited to perform. In aid of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, young people’s charity Winston’s Wish and also ... more
8th Mar 2017
A group of Christ’s Hospital pupils were invited by the Lord Mayor of the City London, Andrew Parmley, to see Professor Stephen Hawking receive the Honorary Freedom of the City of London at Guildhall on Monday, 6 March. After the ceremony, the pupils were privileged to be introduced to ... more
28th Feb 2017
Christ’s Hospital’s Debating Society chose a topic that caught the attention of the national press to debate at their meeting on 24 February and was delighted to welcome back eminent former pupils from the legal profession to participate. Motion: 'This House believes that employers have the ... more
22nd Feb 2017
Sixth formers at Christ’s Hospital have been celebrating news of their university offers and despite lots of hard work still ahead of them to achieve their grades, they are now fully motivated to secure their places on first choice courses at some of the best universities in the country and ... more
17th Feb 2017
The Booker-Prize winning author, Alan Hollinghurst, was ‘in conversation’ with CH pupils and members of the public, as part of the School’s termly arts programme. He spoke about his life and work, including his ground breaking first novel, The Swimming-Pool Library; The Line of Beauty, adapted ... more
10th Feb 2017
A group of girls in Years 9-11 from Christ’s Hospital visited the University of Oxford where the Mathematical Institute and Department of Statistics hosted ‘It All Adds up’ to inspire girls to continue to study Maths, as well as  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at a ... more
2nd Feb 2017
On Wednesday 25 January, Christ’s Hospital pupils and staff celebrated Chinese New Year – the year of the Rooster - with an authentic Chinese buffet and traditional lion dance. A packed dining hall was entertained by Shaolin Fists musical group, whose life-size puppet lion romped about the ... more
19th Jan 2017
Jeremy Quin, MP for Horsham, visited Christ’s Hospital on Friday, 13 January to meet Marv Jibogu, 15.  Marv has been elected to the Youth Parliament – a national forum in which young people air views and concerns. The annual highpoint of the Youth Parliament is a debate in the chamber of ... more
19th Jan 2017
Christ’s Hospital gave a warm welcome on a chilly day to 30 rugby players from Trinity Grammar school, Melbourne, to play a friendly match against CH’s Nomads XV on Wednesday, 11 January. The boys were very fortunate to have David Sainsbury to referee their match. David is a former ... more
10th Jan 2017
In 2016, the Christ’s Hospital community has raised over £12,000 for charities in the UK and overseas. Funds have been raised through pupil initiatives, individual boarding houses, concerts and the Chapel Charites. The School’s Chapel Charities are chosen each year by the pupils and CH ... more
10th Jan 2017
An art trip to New York which took place just before Christmas for Year 13 pupils at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, was a great success. Fifty-five pupils who study Art, History of Art, Philosophy or Design Technology experienced a sensory overload of art, culture, food and sights in just six ... more
16th Dec 2016
It is always interesting to attend a performance of a classic such as Les Misérables. It is after all now an Oscar winning film as well as one of the world’s longest running and most loved musicals.   It is also a mammoth production with three hours of songs, battles, barricades and quick ... more

Coming events

Open Morning
Saturday, 24th February 2018
Time:
Location: Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0LJ

School details

Address: Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0LJ
Phone: 01403 211293
Head: Simon Reid
Founded: 1552
Pupils: 900. Day: 30 boys, 30 girls. Boarding: 420 boys, 420 girls
Ages: 11-18
Website: http://www.christs-hospital.org.uk
Email: enquiries@christs-hospital.org.uk
Prospectus: Request a Prospectus

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