Normally pupils 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 Office will be able to advise you if places are available.
We encourage you to visit Christ’s Hospital on one of our termly Open Mornings to enable you to see the School in action. To find out more or for assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.
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 at the School are academically selective and are offered on the basis of Christ’s Hospital’s own assessments.
Year 7 Entry
As a guide, children entering at age 11 into Year 7 need to show evidence of academic potential, working towards the higher end of the ability range in both the Mathematics and English National Curriculum syllabuses (i.e. predicted more than 100 in the Key Stage 2 tests and working ‘above the expected standard’).
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).
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.
Year 9 Entry
Admission in Year 9 is based on our own assessment process. For those Year 9 entrants offering Common Entrance we would suggest a candidate should be working towards an average of about 60% at Common Entrance.
Candidates for entry at age 13 into Year 9 who do not require a bursary and are coming from independent prep schools may choose to apply to be tested at age 11 and have their places deferred.
All applicants should be on course to achieve a minimum of 4 A (level 7 grades) and 4 B (level 6 grades) at GCSE. Following our own assessment process, offers are made which are conditional on achieved performance at GCSE. We recommend candidates should achieve A grades (level 7) in the subjects most relevant to their subject choices at A level or Higher Level IB.
In all cases reports will be requested from a candidate’s current head teacher and it is recommended that parent’s contact their child’s current school early in the admissions process to ask about their child’s predicted grades.