Normally students enter Christ’s Hospital at Year 7, Year 9 or Sixth Form as boarders or day pupils. Occasionally, we can admit children at Year 8 or 10. The Admissions Team will be able to advise you if places are available.
We suggest you start the Admissions process as early as possible and ideally at least 18 months before your child would be due to enter the School. We encourage you to visit Christ’s Hospital on one of our termly Open Mornings to enable you to see the School in action.
Christ’s Hospital is an academically selective school and all our applicants are assessed and interviewed not only to make sure that they will be able to keep pace with the academic demands of the School but also to find out whether they will contribute to and benefit from the wider life of CH. We are therefore looking for what a child can do now, signs of potential to develop in the future and the spirit in which he or she tackles things.
The Assessment process may differ slightly at each of our main points of entry and depends, too, on whether bursary support is required. Inevitably, there is more competition for those places which have the highest bursary funding. We take into account reports from the child’s current school but offers are made as a result of our own selection process. Please contact the Admissions department if you are unsure about the admissions process at any point.
We do not suggest that children are tutored for our admission assessments. Your child is not likely to flourish at school if they always have to struggle to keep up.
Year 7 Entry
We are looking for candidates working at the higher end of the ability range: those currently working above the expected level in English, Maths and Science.
Because our bursary places are over-subscribed, the assessment process is in two stages. An Initial Assessment that uses computer based tests (verbal, quantitative, non-verbal and spatial reasoning), as well as short multiple choice tests in Mathematics and English.
Those children who are successful in the Initial Assessment will be invited to our Residential Assessment in January (just before term starts). The children stay overnight, have the opportunity to experience boarding life and take part in assessment tasks, the children are being assessed not only on their academic potential but also on their suitability to board.
Candidates should be targeted to achieve an average of 60% at Common Entrance or a current working grade of 6 or above in English, Maths and Science.
The Admissions process and timetable is very similar to that for Year 7 entrants.
Applicants should be predicted to achieve an A or A* grade at GCSE in the subjects that they wish to continue on to A Level or Higher Level for International Baccalaureate (a 7 for those subjects now awarded 1 to 9). In addition students will also need to achieve a minimum of four B grades in other subjects at GCSE.
Applicants will initially be invited to spend half a day at Christ’s Hospital in November/December and will undertake computer-based assessment tests. Selected candidates will then be invited back for an interview towards the end of the Michaelmas Term. Following our assessment process, a number of applicants will be offered an unconditional (guaranteed) place. Further conditional offers will be made and applicants held on our waiting list and offers will be made subject to the availability of space in Year 12.