Christ's Hospital

Christ's Hospital


This year we celebrate 120 years in Sussex!
Read the special feature in Sussex Exclusive Magazine on page 48:
Wow, what a term it has been!
Wishing our pupils a wonderful Easter break - it is certainly well-deserved!

Photo by Toby Phillips Photography.
This week the matrons and assistants baked up some Easter treats for all the boys in Lamb boarding house (plus some Grecians/Year 13s who sneaked back in specially!)
Do you know someone who could take on the exciting new role of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Lead at CH?

We are looking for a person who is passionate about making a difference for young people from all backgrounds and has a deep and genuine personal and professional understanding of EDI issues, to become our first full-time EDI Lead from September 2022.
This is the sound of 300 year 5s from local schools having the time of their lives at our Choral Day today! They really did make musical magic and it was truly wonderful to witness!
Thanks to David Lawrence for being magician-in-charge and to all the schools for bringing the children!
Yesterday’s Angus Ross concert was a wonderful celebration of music at CH! And what an honour it was for our pupil musicians to play alongside members of the English Chamber Orchestra!
Come and find out what makes Christ’s Hospital a school like no other!
Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 30 April and is for anyone considering year 7, year 9 or sixth form entry in 2023.
Email [email protected] to reserve your place!
Spring has sprung!
This wonderful concert is being organised by one of our teachers, Mr Keet!
Quality music, beautiful surroundings and a worthy cause – tickets are £10 on the door or via – search 'Concert for Ukraine at CH'
Today is World Maths Day and, very fittingly, we are holding our popular Maths Challenge for year 5 pupils!
Big School is bustling with our little visitors who have come from 20 local schools!
We hope that they enjoyed watching band parade in the sunshine earlier on and that they are now getting stuck in to the mathematical fun in store for them!
Applications are invited to join our busy housekeeping team on a permanent basis:
We are looking to extend our team of exam invigilators. More info here:

Christ’s Hospital is the UK’s leading charitable school and largest bursary charity. Co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18.

Christ’s Hospital is a remarkable school, it is the UK’s leading charitable school and largest bursary charity. The School was established in 1552 and provides free or substantially reduced cost places to over 630 of its 900 pupils each year – this is more than any other organisation in the UK. Through first-class education and exceptional pastoral support, Christ’s Hospital provides each pupil wi

Operating as usual

Jeremy King is back — with three new London restaurant openings 06/11/2023

Jeremy King in The Times and The Sunday Times on being a bursary student at Christ's Hospital:
"...there was fallen aristocracy alongside East End boys and the only common factor was that you had to be fairly bright, which I loved. I learnt a lot of the fundamental principles and beliefs of my life there, which are to do with egalitarianism.”

Jeremy King is back — with three new London restaurant openings When he lost his empire, many of the capital’s restaurant-lovers went into mourning. But he has new projects that will change the way London dines — again


A double rainbow over Christ's Hospital has got to be a good sign! 🌈🌈

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 02/11/2023

Earlier this term, we ran a raft building session, as part of our expeditionary education programme. With current weather conditions, this could be a very useful skill indeed! 🌧️⛈️💧🚣🏾🚣🏾


Come to the Independent Schools Show and find out more about Christ’s Hospital and what makes us a school like no other!
Hear our Deputy Head, Luke Walters, talk about bursaries and scholarships at 1.30pm or at 2pm on 11 November – book your free tickets here:

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 31/10/2023

📢Breaking News:
We're extremely proud to announce that the head student of Christ's Hospital gave a Loyal Address to His Majesty King Charles III, during the first official Royal visit to the City of London, according to long-standing tradition!
The event, which took place at Mansion House on 18 October, saw our Senior Grecian, Zaphaneth Puplampu, deliver a heartfelt speech to the King. This is truly a proud moment for Christ's Hospital which will go down in history!
For the full story, go to the link in the comments.

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 30/10/2023

Students returning from the half term break have been greeted by beautiful autumn scenes at Christ's Hospital. Welcome back, everyone! 🍁 🍂


Enjoying the half-term break with the most adorable study buddy! 🏫👩‍🎓👨‍🎓🐕

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 25/10/2023

A glimpse of some of the amazing art work being produced by our art students this term!


Congratulations to all the Deputy Grecians (Year 12s) who completed the Peer Mentor Training Programme. They are now trained to be ‘listening ears’; a very useful life skill. They will all now wear a distinctive yellow wristband and have a sticker on their door to remind other students that they are there to help if needed!


On this day in 1897, Edward VII, as Prince of Wales, laid the foundation stone of the Horsham site, dressed in full Masonic Grand Master robes. The land was purchased for £53K but only a quarter of it was to be used for the school. The architects, Aston Webb and Ingress Bell, promised that the quadrangle would be 'larger than the great court of Trinity College, Cambridge'! The builders, Longleys of Crawley, estimated the build cost to be between £280K and £300K - it was 126 years ago after all!

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 20/10/2023

In October 1930 there was a major change to the CH landscape when the New Science School was officially opened. The new addition, which included a number of laboratories, a science library and a lecture theatre, has helped to keep CH near the forefront of public schools' science facilities!


Last week, the award-winning Bold Voices came to deliver a series of empowering workshops to teach our students how to talk about and address gender inequality and gender-based violence in their every day lives and communities!

Leigh Hunt A's 18/10/2023

Earlier this term, students from Leigh Hunt A boarding house initiated a sponsored swim in aid of their house charity, the Stroke Association. It was a tremendous team effort, with the girls surpassing their goal of swimming the length of the English Channel (34 km) to swim 40 km!
Can you help the girls reach their fundraising target of £1k? Please donate here:

Leigh Hunt A's Help Evie Duckworth raise money to support Stroke Association


Meet this year's Christ's Hospital Monitors!
The 18 monitors (or prefects) each have their own role within CH to be a voice for the students, to represent the school and help with different elements of school life. This team is already doing a wonderful job and looks set to accomplish great things this academic year!


Congratulations to Josh (GE/Year 11) who has been selected for the Sussex County Cricket Under 16 squad!
Josh has worked hard at his cricket over the last few years at CH and has also benefitted from our link with Horsham Cricket Club, giving him added exposure to high calibre cricket. Josh says: 'I am very excited about being given this opportunity and am looking forward to being part of the squad!'


The Christ's Hospital U15 rugby team put in an excellent performance against Cardinal Newman yesterday. Well done boys; you have made your coaches very proud!


Christ's Hospital took home a silver award for school/college of the year at the UK Social Mobility Awards last night!
We are delighted to be recognised for championing social mobility in these prestigious awards again this year!

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 12/10/2023

Last week the Debating Society debated the motion 'this House believes that AI is a threat to humanity'. Students spoke about the challenges that AI poses, how it can be regulated and how, potentially, it could lead to a better world. After the debate there was a Q&A about careers in the AI sector!


An update on the new facilities at Bluecoat Sports Centre!
We would like to invite you to a coffee morning at the school on Thursday, 19 October from 11am – 12.30pm where you will have the opportunity to hear about the latest developments on the project and ask any questions you might have to the project team.
If you would like to attend, please enter the school via the main entrance and follow the signs to the West Car Park (visitors). From here, please follow the signs to the Hertford Centre, which is just a short walk away. We look forward to welcoming you!

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 11/10/2023

We were thrilled to welcome a delegation from Iwakura High School in Japan on Monday to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of their first visit to Christ’s Hospital in 1872.
We hope they don’t leave it so long next time!


Where it all started! Some of our monitors (prefects) visited the original school site in the City of London to celebrate Founders Day on Friday.


Students from the first two year groups of Leigh Hunt A boarding house enjoyed a cookout in the woods last Thursday evening! They made their own brownies, as well as bacon and cheese burgers over the fire, and even went for a little lantern walk in the woods!

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 06/10/2023

The Christ’s Hospital Chapel is home to 16 beautiful murals by the artist, designer and craftsman, Sir Frank Brangwyn.
This week, Dr. Libby Horner gave a lecture about the fascinating story behind the murals, beginning in the stunning Chapel and ending at the CH Museum, with the exhibition of Brangwyn’s seven preparatory sketches!


On Monday, our LE/Year 9 drama students performed in the CH Theatre to an appreciative audience of local primary school children for an afternoon of !
Based on folk tales and legends from around the world, the students' performances were their own original devised pieces, so they were extra proud to share them with their audience!


Behind every successful student is a host of teachers cheering them on!
Happy World Teachers' Day!

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 04/10/2023

Our students doing The Duke of Edinburgh's Award had very successful field trips last week, with the Bronze team doing a training walk from Amberley to Arundel, and the Silver team walking a more challenging (physically and navigationally) 10 mile route, starting and finishing at Amberley!


On Sunday we celebrated the return of our colossal organ to Chapel, after an 18-month refurbishment, with a recital given by someone with very special links to Christ's Hospital. Adrian Bawtree was a student at CH (pictured here), and went on to became the school's organist and later director of music. It was wonderful to welcome him back for this historic occasion!
The organ restoration would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors – thank you!

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 02/10/2023

While others were enjoying a restful leave weekend, this team of DG and GR students (Year 12 and 13) spent three days in heated, high-level debate with other students from across the world at the University of Cambridge MUN conference! Discussing issues such as the regulation of biotech weapons and the role of women in global peace-making, they devised thoughtful proposals, lobbied others to support them, and made numerous passionate speeches to their various committees. They won several prizes and impressed the undergraduate organisers – including an Old Blue – with their contributions!


The Super Harvest Moon over Christ's Hospital, as captured by student Oliver (GE/Year 11)!


Senior drama students recently went to see The Father and The Assassin at the National Theatre. It was an incredible show which artfully unpicks the history of Gandhi’s assassination. The CH group was even lucky enough to meet award-winning actor Sid Sagar afterwards, who performed as Narayan Apte!


It's always good to welcome back a former student, but we are beyond pleased when he just happens to have written one of the Sunday Times Best Books for Children 2023, and he comes back to inspire our new Second Formers (Year 7s) and visiting primary school children!
Thank you Joel Arcanjo – everyone loved hearing about Crookhaven: The School for Thieves and the inspiration behind it (nothing to do with Christ's Hospital, honest!)

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 29/09/2023

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE held the whole school captive with her inspiring talk last week on how she pursued her dream to become a space scientist, with the help of a large dose of 'stubborn optimism'! Oluwasubomi, one of two Grecians (Year 13s) who interviewed Dr Maggie after her talk, said: ‘It was a great privilege to sit down with her and discuss her incredible journey through her career, the previous work she has done and what she aspires to do in the future.'
The talk is one of a series of events planned to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Mathematical School at CH!


Yesterday we were delighted to unveil a purple plaque in honour of Old Blue Victoria Forrest, who has won the prestigious Women in Innovation Award from Innovate UK for her series of Augmented Reality books that inspire the use of British Sign Language. Victoria was here in person and spent time with the students from her old boarding house, Coleridge A!
She said: ‘I am immensely proud to receive this prestigious award. I’m looking forward to seeing how the achievements of women through the school’s rich, near 500-year history will inspire future generations of girls.’


Happening now: our renowned Year 5 Maths Challenge, featuring lots of eager little mathematicians from local primary schools! Hopefully a few of them will be inspired by today to join CH in a couple of years time, just like our current student pictured on the left was!

Photos from Christ's Hospital's post 27/09/2023

Photos from St Matthew's Day 2023!
The CH choir, band and senior pupils traditionally travel to London around 21 September for a service in a City church and to receive largesse (a newly minted coin) from the Lord Mayor, after parading through the City streets!
Why St Matthew's Day? This was the day on which, from at least 1557, the names of the governors of the royal hospitals of London (inc. CH) were given to the Lord Mayor for ceremonial approval.


After the St Mathew's Day parade on Friday, a few Grecians (Year 13s) went to the Tower of London London, to take advantage of the free entrance for CH students wearing their uniform!

Photos from Christ's Hospital Old Blues Association's post 25/09/2023
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Our Story

Short History

Christ’s Hospital (CH) is one of the famous Royal Hospitals of London, whose foundation marked the beginning of the social services in Tudor England. Inspired by a sermon by Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, the young King Edward VI instructed the Lord Mayor, Sir Richard Dobbs, to appoint a committee of leading citizens to consider remedies and relief for the City’s homeless poor. Their work, and subsequently their philanthropy, led to the founding of the five great Hospitals all supporting different needs. CH, established in the monastery of the Grey Friars in Newgate Street, embraced the task of educating and nourishing the destitute children of the City and took children of all social backgrounds and ages.

In November 1552, CH opened its doors to 380 pupils and, within a year, the number had increased to over 500. Many children, including 100 of the first 380, were infants who were sent away to CH Hertford to be looked after. When they reached 10 they returned to CH London.

Christ’s Hospital Today

Videos (show all)

Summer term was a blast! Here are some of the photo highlights.
Mr Keet put together this video with highlights from the Grecians' Ball 2022 – and the theme was The Great Gatsby!
Beating Retreat 2022!
Beating Retreat 2022!
School may have broken up but the CH Band is not resting yet! They are on tour in Belgium - here they are playing in Ypr...
Click on the link below to watch the final band parade, featuring a couple of pop classics, an electric guitar and lots ...
The last band parade of the year is always fun; a chance for the pupils to get creative with their marching and break a ...
The Christ’s Hospital Band certainly knows how to make an entrance!
The Lord Mayor of the City of London was here on Saturday for Speech Day and what a wonderful occasion it was!The Band p...
This year’s Grecians Art Exhibition opened yesterday!This video gives a glimpse of some of the amazing artwork on displa...





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