Christ’s Hospital is pleased to announce a scholarship for pupils entering the School from the Isle of Wight. The Queen Victoria Scholarship, for bright pupils from the Island with academic potential, who would benefit from an independent boarding school education, is now open.
Queen Victoria was a great supporter of Christ’s Hospital and became a governor of the School in 1843; she made more than one hundred pupil presentations during her reign. Five of these pupils presented by Queen Victoria to Christ’s Hospital came to the School from the Isle of Wight: Matthew Beattie Grandy in 1846, Thomas Toward in 1849, John Bates Hoffmeister in 1859, Edward Capel Hasler Helby in 1861 and Archibald Cass in 1864.
There is another link between Christ’s Hospital, the Isle of Wight and Queen Victoria. Following her death at Osborne House on 22 January 1901, Captain George Alexander Broad (former Christ’s Hospital pupil) commanded HMS Alberta on her memorable journey across the Solent with the mortal remains of Her Majesty aboard.