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.

It has been rated ‘excellent’ in every aspect by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate. More than 80 per cent of final year students in 2015/16 received offers from Russell Group universities.

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.

“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.”


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: “When you start at Christs 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.”

‘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


"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.

School news

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, 9th September 2017
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
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