How do I apply for a place?
The first step is to apply for a place and pay the £65 registration fee, we are able to waiver the £65 registration fee, if you can provide evidence that you are in receipt of full housing benefit. This puts your child’s name on our lists 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 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. So, for entry in 2019, your registration needs to be with us before Friday 26 October 2018, if you are going to apply for a bursary (i.e. financial) support.
How are children selected for places?
The school is academically selective and we run a two stage assessment process. Generally speaking the first assessment will take place in November and will comprise of computer based tests. Successful candidates will then be invited back for interviews in December.
All students applying should be on course to be achieving six A*/A grades in subjects currently offered on the CH GCSE syllabus. Following our assessment process, a number of students will be offered an unconditional (guaranteed) place for entry. Further conditional offers will be made and applicants held on our waiting list for a place subject to the availability of space in the School.
How do I decide between A levels and the International Baccalaureate?
Applicants will be offered a place at the School rather than a place to do A levels or IB. We organise a briefing session in January to give you a better idea of what each course involves and we ask for your choice after that.
When do I have to choose my subjects for study?
When you register we will ask you for early indications of the subjects in which candidates are interested. We ask you to firm up choices by Easter. If the applicant does not do as well as expected in GCSEs in their chosen A level or IB subjects they may wish to change the mix of subjects at that point or we may ask them to do so.
What is a Bursary and how do I get a one?
CH is committed to providing a first class education to talented boys and girls from a broad social and financial background by offering means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a bursary and may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on fees payable. When you first complete the registration form you must tick the box asking about bursary support. Once you have done that we will send out 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 is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?
Bursaries are given on the basis of need, whereas scholarships reward outstanding achievements and talent in, for example, academic work, music, sport, art or drama. Scholarships may be offered to give a discount of up to 20% of the assessed fee level. Pupils may be awarded both a bursary and a scholarship at the same time.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
When you first complete the registration form you should tick the box that indicates your interest in a particular scholarship. All scholars still have to meet our academic criteria so we will not invite anyone to come for a scholarship assessment unless they have been offered a place as a result of our academic assessments. Because CH is a nationally and internationally famous school, competition for scholarships is intense and we will look for evidence in your scholarship application of outstanding achievement – we only ask a selected number of scholarship candidates to undertake the scholarship assessments so even if you have applied for a scholarship your child might not necessarily be assessed for one.
What are Donation Governors and how do I get one?
Donation governors are people or organisations who support Christ's Hospital financially and, as a result, are able to “present” a child and become their governor and mentor. There is no financial advantage in having a Donation Governor; presentees still need to be deemed successful academically and to be suitable candidates for boarding. The Admissions department match prospective pupils with donation governors during the admissions process. Some Sixth Form entrants do have the support of a DG but this is more usual at Year 7 or Year 9 entry.
My child has SEN, what should I do?
Educational, behavioural or other special needs do not preclude application for a place at CH. We will make reasonable adjustments to enable candidates with SEN to participate in the assessment process and, if successful, will then consider what reasonable adjustments might be made to enable the applicant to thrive at the School. Parents are advised to speak to the school about their child’s SEN before making an application and you must tell us in writing on the Registration Form and provide copies of any relevant referrals or reports.
Do you take day students and how do they fit in?
Although CH is predominantly boarding, our day pupils are integrated into the Houses alongside their boarding peers and enjoy exactly the same routine as the boarders, including Saturday morning lessons and Saturday afternoon activities. They feel very much part of the CH community but they may hassle you to be allowed to stay over-night (which we allow, for a fee, up to a maximum of 20 nights per year).
Can my child weekly board?
The general pattern of our boarding is that every third weekend is designated as a “leave weekend”, a half term break or an end of term holiday. On leave weekends, pupils go home or to guardians on the Friday afternoon and return late on the Sunday evening or, with special permission, early on Monday mornings. For the other two weekends, there are, additional, opportunities to leave the site and/or go home with the correct permissions. Further information regarding weekends at Christ’s Hospital is available on our website.
What goes wrong most often during the admissions process?
- Missing deadlines. We will not move an application forward through the various stages until we have complete information.
- Moving house or changing e-mail address and forgetting to tell us
- Providing incomplete or old information
- Not giving us your GCSE results (with evidence) quickly on results day.
Where can I find out more?
Please do not hesitate to contact us, 01403 246555, if you have any questions specific to your own circumstances.