Entry Process

We encourage you to visit Christ’s Hospital

Normally students enter Christ’s Hospital at Year 7, Year 9 or Sixth Form as boarders or day students. Occasionally, we can admit children at Year 8 or 10.

We encourage you to visit Christ’s Hospital on one of our termly Open Mornings to enable you to see the school in action.

Our selection process is designed to determine whether a child will flourish in a busy boarding school environment with a strong academic ethos, enjoying the wide range of opportunities on offer, and feel at home at Christ’s Hospital.

Parents are advised to start the admissions process as early as possible and ideally at least 18 months before their child would be due to enter the school.

Places are academically selective and are offered on the basis of Christ’s Hospital’s own assessments.

We welcome day students who are within a commutable distance from the school. Day students enjoy all the advantages of a top boarding school with access to an exceptional broader curricular programme.

How do I apply for a place?

The first step is to apply for a place and pay the registration fee. If the applicant is in receipt of  free school meals, we will be pleased to waive your registration fee.

Once we have received your completed application form this puts your child’s name on our admissions database and we will then take you through the various stages of the application process, letting you know what is required at the different stages and making you aware of all the important dates for your diary.

When should I apply?

Ideally you should start the process at least eighteen months before your child is due to enter the school. For entry in 2025 your completed application form needs to be with us by Friday 13 September 2024, if you are going to apply for a bursary and/or scholarship.

For Sixth Form entry in 2025 your completed application form needs to be with us by Monday 28 October 2024, if you are going to apply for a bursary and/or scholarship.

What is the timetable?

Broadly speaking, the Initial Assessments take place in mid-October and the Residential Assessment takes place just before the start of the Christ’s Hospital term starts in January.

For Sixth Form entry Assessments take place in in mid-November and interviews in early December.

What Fee Assistance is available and how do I apply for it?

Bursaries: A bursary is means-assessed financial assistance given to help support a family who would not otherwise be able to afford some or all of the school fees. Bursaries at Christ’s Hospital are available to applicants for boarding places only.

Scholarships: A scholarship rewards outstanding achievements and talent in, for example, academic work, music, sport, art or drama. Scholarships may be honorary or may provide a discount of up to 20% of the assessed fee level.*

Scholarships are awarded to students who are entering the school at Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12 and to existing students who are moving into Year 9 and Year 12. Bursaries make places at Christ’s Hospital affordable; scholarships are an additional bonus for a limited number of outstanding students.

Students may be awarded both a bursary and a scholarship at the same time.

We welcome fee paying day students who are within a commutable distance from the school. Should a day applicant be successful in receiving a scholarship we can occasionally, depending on individual circumstances, offer a small amount of additional fee assistance to support the scholar in taking up their place at the school.

Head’s Award
The Head Teacher has a discretionary award for all-round academic and broader curricular achievement and/or significant potential. This is awarded at the end of the assessment process, can be honorary or financial and can be awarded to a boarding student as well as to a day student.

* If a significant bursary is awarded, parents should not assume that a scholarship will provide additional financial support.

When you first complete the registration form you kindly tick the box asking about bursary and /or scholarship support. Once you have done this we will send you all of the relevant forms for you to fill in to explain your circumstances – these become increasingly detailed and require proof (e.g. in the form of bank statements etc.) as the applicant goes further through the admissions process.

What goes wrong most often during the admissions process?
  • Missing deadlines. We cannot move an application forward through the various stages until we have complete information.
  • Moving house or changing email address and forgetting to tell us.
  •  Providing incomplete or old information.
Where can I find out more?

Do not hesitate to contact us, 01403 246555 / hello@christs-hospital.org.uk

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Bursaries and Scholarships

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Order our prospectus

Our School Prospectus provides an introduction to life at Christ’s Hospital. You can request a printed copy which includes an application form by completing the form and/or you can download a pdf of the prospectus.