Charity Profile

Christ's Hospital

Registered Charity No.1120090


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.

Christ's Hospital Today

The School moved to Sussex in 1902. Its rich history is evident in many facets of school life. The most obvious is the Tudor uniform which is worn with great pride by the pupils. For all that, CH has a decidedly modern outlook, and our focus is very much on providing pupils with the best possible preparation for the future.

Christ's Hospital prides itself on delivering a vibrant and diverse 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. They are about discovering and developing new and lifelong interests and talents. 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.

Christ's Hospitals commitment to its core goal of social responsibility helps to enhance pupils understanding of and appreciation for diversity. This commitment encourages the School to make a difference in the local community as well as further afield. The School offers its amenities, engages with organisations and welcomes members of the local and wider community to enjoy the School's grounds and facilities. A diverse range of events, including lunchtime concerts, plays, historic tours and community lunches are regularly organised. An extensive community action programme enables pupils to develop their communication, leadership and other interpersonal skills.

The Community Action programme at CH was started in 1987 and involves over 200 pupils each week. Pupils visit local nursery schools, primary schools, special needs schools, residential homes, hospices and charity shops as well as helping with a Ready and Able Sports Club at CH.

The Christ's Hospital band dates back to 1868 when some of the pupils requested that instruments be purchased to enliven their marching drill. The Treasurer of CH agreed and, with money from his own pocket, purchased a few instruments and paid the salary of the first Band Master. Over the years, the Band has grown into a highly-trained group of musicians with an impressive record of engagements. It accompanies the School on its annual parade through the City of London on St Matthew's Day and also takes part in the Lord Mayor's Show each autumn and rounds off the academic year with an hour-long display of marching and counter-marching as a tribute to those who are leaving.

"Even when you leave Christ's Hospital, it continues to occupy an essential, large portion of your daily life through sport, music, friendships and professional contacts. The support you receive from the School continues long after you have left. My own personal experience and potential future success are testament to the life skills and personal growth that I gained at Christ's Hospital."

Oliver, former pupil

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