Christ's Hospital - A school like no other

Christ's HospitalIf 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.

It has just been rated ‘excellent’ in every aspect by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate. More than 80 per cent of final year student in 2012/13 received offers from Russell Group universities, ten winning places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Unique fee structure

Founded in 1552, granted a Royal Charter in 1553 and relocated to Horsham in 1902, the facilities and setting can only be described as majestic.

Headmaster John Franklin is clear what makes CH unique: “The most obvious is the Tudor uniform which is worn with great pride by our pupils. However it is not the Tudor uniform or Band Parade, but our charitable mission, which allows us to provide a transformational education for children in need.

“Christ’s Hospital prides itself on the outstanding young men and women who move on each year. Friendly, forthright and entirely unpretentious, our school leavers take with them the confidence and the skills that they will need to achieve success at university and to make a worthwhile contribution to society in later life.”

The leading charitable school in the country, 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. This unique fee structure enables pupils from all walks of life to fulfil their academic potential and to develop their interests and talents in a caring and stimulating environment.

“Through the diverse mix of pupils and the opportunities you are encouraged to strive for, CH has taught me to become a well-rounded individual.”

Student

One student said: “The most important thing I have learnt at CH is that academic work is not the most important thing. Through the diverse mix of pupils and the opportunities you are encouraged to strive for, CH has taught me to become a well-rounded individual.”

Another added: “I admire the way in which Christ’s Hospital emphasises egalitarian principles and I will strive to encompass this in my life.”

Predominantly a boarding school, accommodation standards are high. Young pupils share rooms of three or four, by the time they sit exams each pupil has their own bedroom with space for private study. Sixth formers live in the ‘Grecian’ houses, light, airy and modern spaces which prepare pupils for a move on to university.

Day pupils enjoy exactly the same routine as boarders, except from sleeping at the school.

Immensely proud of their school’s great history, when given a vote over 90 per cent of pupils opted to keep the traditional and distinctive uniform. It is because of the uniform that CH is sometimes referred to as the Bluecoat School.

Bluecoat Sports is also the name given to the sports centre, used by pupils as well as being open to the public. This is just one of the many ways the school and its surrounding community interact; CH also hosts theatrical and musical events, plus activities and clubs so members of the wider community can enjoy the outstanding facilities, wonderful grounds and learn about its fascinating history.

The stunning dining hall is reminiscent of something from a storybook, with its grand chandeliers and paintings.

Music is a thread that runs right through Christ’s Hospital. Its excellent marching band plays every year at Lords and in the Lord Mayor’s Show, but it also has an accomplished big band, orchestra and jazz band.

The theatre which has seating for over 500 offers an amazing space for drama lessons, as well as performances.

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. CH offers A levels alongside the demanding Pre-U qualification in fine arts and in 2011 it launched the globally respected International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

One student says: “A significant sense of purpose and discipline is transferred from CH’s central traditions – marching band, uniform, buildings etc – to both teaching and learning. The teaching style probably isn’t at the cutting edge of the technological revolution in education, although we definitely don’t write on wax tablets. But I don’t feel I need an iPad for a history lesson to know that I am learning from teachers that really care.”

Pupils use a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) with useful extra resources and notes from classes. The nature of the school also allows for more than 30 additional support sessions a week for pupils to extend their learning.

‘A school like no other’ is the line Christ’s Hospital uses to describe itself. Seems a perfect way to sum up such an amazing place.


Note from the Head

Welcome to Christ’s Hospital. This remarkable school offers pupils from all walks of life the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential and to develop their interests and talents in a caring and stimulating environment.

Christ’s Hospital was founded in London in 1552 and moved to Sussex in 1902. It has a rich history which is evident in many facets of school life. The most obvious

is the Tudor uniform which is worn with great pride by our pupils. For all that, we have a decidedly modern outlook and our focus is very much on providing our pupils with the best possible preparation for the future.

Academic expectations are high and pupils are given every encouragement to develop a love of learning and to pursue academic excellence.

Our magnificent red brick campus provides the perfect backdrop for the busy lives that our pupils lead. As you would expect from one of the foremost boarding schools in the UK, the facilities are first-rate and the huge range of co-curricular activities on offer is second to none.

Although Christ’s Hospital is predominantly boarding, our day pupils enjoy exactly the same routine as the boarders, apart from sleeping at school. The extended boarding week allows pupils to make the most of the vast array of day, evening and weekend activities on offer and helps foster the strong sense of community within the school.

Christ’s Hospital prides itself on the outstanding young men and women who move on each year. Friendly, forthright and entirely unpretentious, our school leavers take with them the confidence and the skills that they will need to achieve success at university and to make a worthwhile contribution to society in later life.

If you would like to learn more about the unique opportunities that we can offer your son or daughter, please contact our Admissions Team on 01403 246555 for an invitation to attend one of our termly Open Mornings, or to arrange a personal tour.

We look forward to welcoming you to our remarkable school.

John Franklin

Testimonials

"The teachers at Christ's Hospital are very supportive. They organise regular supported prep sessions, they have helped me with suggestions in what activities I should take part in and books that I should read. CH has so much to offer in terms of activity. I take part in debating, choir, swimming, Duke of Edinburgh, Critical Thinking and Community Action which have all helped me to flourish in my life at CH."
Edward Lau, Grecian, Year 13.

"CH is massively beneficial to your learning and development as a person, because you have the opportunity to discuss your subjects of interest in as much depth as your thirst for knowledge."
Ben Eastwood Senior Grecian, Head Pupil, Year 13.

"I experienced GCSEs at my old school (I joined CH for Sixth Form), learning at CH is distinctly different - I have to really think, not just for an exam or a grade, but to understand other people's ideas and critically discover my own. Throughout my two years’ here, I have attended readings by poets and lectures by philosophers - and have always been urged to read more than just the textbook."
Lola Seaton-Picardie, Grecian, Year 13.

Coming events

Open Morning
Saturday, 27th September 2014
Time: 8:45am - 1:30pm
Location: Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0LJ

School details

Address: Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0LJ
Phone: 01403 211293
Head: John Franklin
Founded: 1552
Pupils: 870. Day: 20 boys, 20 girls. Boarding: 415 boys, 415 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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