Historic Methods of Entry

Christ’s Hospital has been in existence for over 460 years and has some historic methods of entry that are attached to bursary applications.

Wests’ Gift for Children

John and Frances West lived in the latter part of the 17th and early part of the 18th centuries. John West became a wealthy merchant in the City of London and lived in a house on the site that is now occupied by the Mansion House.

John and Frances had no children of their own and the ‘Standard Pedigree’, maintained by Christ’s Hospital, records the name of descendants of their relations. This charity established under the wills of the Wests’, provides income for the benefit of children resident in the boroughs of Reading, Newbury and Twickenham, together with one girl from the City of London.

The places are competitive and the Admissions Office will be able to advise how many places are available for a particular year of entry.

RAF Foundationers Trust and 617 Squadron

Sir Barnes Wallis, a former pupil, Governor and Treasurer set up the trust in 1951. An award was made to him in recognition of his work by the 617 Squadron of the RAF. Wallis kindly set up the fund with the money he received and the RAF Benevolent Fund donated a like amount.

The Fund provides an income for the education of a small number of children in the School at any one time. Consideration for places is given to children of personnel who are serving or who have served in the RAF.

Royal Navy/Royal Mathematical School

Samuel Pepys was a Governor and Vice President of the School; he instigated the opening of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital in 1673 which was founded to educate children in Mathematics for the practice of navigation. These historic places are not subject to funding but special consideration for places is given to children of personnel who are serving, or have served in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Navy Reserve. There are a maximum of forty RMS places at the School at any one time.

City Livery Companies

Christ’s Hospital was founded in the City of London over 460 years ago as a charity funded by City Businesses and the Church to provide training/education to poor street children. Today, the School retains its connections with these organisations, some of which have an ancient right to ‘Present’ a child to the School.

On the registration/application form you will be asked to specify whether you have any connections with the City Livery Companies. The Admissions Office will be able to advise you whether any Presentations are available for your child’s year of entry.

If you should have any queries about any of the Historic Methods of Entry places available please contact the Admissions Office.