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Christ’s Hospital, West Sussex

Christ's Hospital school

Christ’s Hospital is a unique Sussex school that is best known for its philosophy of challenging “inequality by providing a nurturing, transformative education for young people from all backgrounds”, for its impressive bursary programme, its distinctive Tudor uniforms, and the outstanding education and opportunities it provides.

The school and the mission 

Christ’s Hospital was founded in 1552 in London and moved to its current premises in 1902. Today, it’s a co-ed school with approximately 900 students the majority of whom are boarding pupils. It is the UK’s leading charitable school and largest bursary charity. It provides free or substantially reduced-cost places to over 660 pupils and Christ’s Hospital’s commitment is to provide more bursary support than any other independent boarding school in the country. They have an extensive outreach programme and 98% of leavers go on to university.

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The three pillars of the curriculum 

The school prides itself on providing an outstanding education to children from all works of life and cultural backgrounds. The three pillars of the Christ’s Hospital education programme are a stellar academic curriculum, a dynamic extra curriculum programme, and outstanding pastoral care. Art, drama, sport, and outward-bound activities (like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Enterprise, Model United Nations), chess, debating, and public speaking are all integral to the school experience.

The school is also famous for its marching band which dates back to 1868 when some of the pupils requested that instruments be purchased to enliven their marching drill. The band 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. You will see it in the main quad at the school four days a week marching the pupils into lunch.

For more information about the school, visit: Christ’s Hospital 

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