Many ask why Christ’s Hospital calls itself A School Like No Other.
It is because of our roots, what the school is, what we do, where we come from and what we strive to be, and there are some great stories that emerge in our pupils’ experiences of growth through the school.
The belief in the School and its values, which I formed during my first period at Christ’s Hospital (1993-2004) as an English Teacher and Housemaster, has drawn me back, this time with the honour to serve as Headmaster.
In my immediate predecessor, John Franklin, I have a tough act to follow.
With his leadership, the School made considerable advances: with major improvements on the campus, an enhanced strategic and financial footing, and greater connectedness to the wider community, nationally and worldwide. Most of all, the School has kept true to its original mission, to create opportunity for those in need.
Christ’s Hospital offers its pupils something very distinctive in UK independent education.
As the forerunner in the field of social mobility, Christ's Hospital is the leading charitable School in the country and an inspiration for other schools wanting to offer bursary assisted places.
Our pupils come from a wide range and diverse mix of backgrounds. We are one of the oldest boarding schools and one of only four coeducational full boarding schools in the country. Before the School moved to Horsham, Christ’s Hospital was originally a London school (1552 – 1902) and looked after the city’s poor and orphaned children. The City of London Corporation, along with a wealth of donors continue to support the School’s ethos and charitable mission.
We are unashamedly academic – with 98% of pupils moving on to the leading universities in this country and abroad. However, we know that many key lessons are learnt beyond the classroom and Christ's Hospital’s broader curriculum opportunities are remarkable.
The pupils at Christ’s Hospital receive much of the very best an independent education can provide – the journey they make from the time they arrive to when they leave is often profoundly rewarding, and along the way we support their growing resilience and success as they move on to university and beyond. We delight in their achievements and welcome them back to inspire and encourage current pupils.
Explore our website – uncover the secrets of our School – see our results, our pupils, their historic uniform and, of course, our fascinating history which dates back to King Edward VI and Tudor England.
If you are intrigued and would like to visit us we would encourage you to come to our next Open Morning or to give us a call and book a tour of the School.
Simon Reid, Headmaster