Welcome to Christ’s Hospital. This remarkable school offers pupils from all backgrounds the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential and to develop their interests and talents in a caring and supportive 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.
Christ’s Hospital prides itself on delivering a vibrant curriculum that has both challenge and opportunity at its heart. The CH curriculum is made up of three interwoven parts: a stimulating academic curriculum which covers everything inside the classroom; an extensive broader curriculum which encapsulates everything outside the classroom; and a pastoral curriculum which has deep roots in the boarding house system complemented by a dynamic learning for life programme which teaches personal development. All three complement and support the progress of our pupils at every stage.
Pupils’ experiences outside the classroom are challenging, varied, and rewarding. The School’s diverse curriculum encourages life-skills and is devised to take the pupils out of their comfort zone. An enormous range of Music, Art, Drama, Sport, and outward-bound activity is offered, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Enterprise, Model United Nations, chess, debating, public speaking and so many more.
Although Christ’s Hospital is predominately boarding, our day pupils enjoy 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 to foster the strong sense of community within the school.
What is so special about Christ’s Hospital is the extent of the resources on offer: 24/7 teachers, a broad range of activities including societies like the medics group to help with university applications as well as extensive and impressive sports facilities.
When pupils start at Christ’s Hospital they are encouraged to join in and to have a go, to discover new talents, to make use of the wonderful facilities on site and to ensure they get the most out of their time at the School.
Why we are called Christ’s Hospital
Christ’s Hospital’s name derives from being founded in the parish of Christchurch, London. During the Middle Ages, hospitals served different functions from modern institutions. Medieval hospitals were alms houses for the poor, hostels for pilgrims, or hospital schools. The word “hospital” derives from the Latin noun hospitium and came to signify hospitality.
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