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The pupils are proud of their uniform, don’t mind being taunted as Harry Potter lookalikes on trains (they prefer references to The Matrix), are delighted to be recognised by Old Blues on the tube and smile wryly when confessing to...

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Christs Hospital is in many ways unique, offering an independent education of the highest calibre to children with academic potential, from all walks of life in a caring, boarding and day environment.

Pupils fees are assessed according to family income, so that it is a childs ability and potential to benefit from a Christs Hospital education that determines their selection. This results in a social and cultural diversity that enriches our school community and offers our pupils unique opportunities as we prepare them to take their place in the modern world.

We believe in the benefits of a rounded and balanced education for our pupils. In practice, this means that as well as a challenging academic programme, pupils are also involved in music, art, drama, public speaking, community action and sport.

The School has an impressive history of high academic achievement with an average of 10 pupils each year taking up places at Oxford or Cambridge, and 98% of leavers going on to top Universities in this country and abroad.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Logic / Philosophy at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

What The Good Schools Guide says

The pupils are proud of their uniform, don’t mind being taunted as Harry Potter lookalikes on trains (they prefer references to The Matrix), are delighted to be recognised by Old Blues on the tube and smile wryly when confessing to smelling like wet dogs after marching in a rainy Lord Mayor’s Show. They pour through the cloisters between their lessons...

Head Master

Since 2007, Mr John Franklin BA Dip Teaching MEd admin (60s), came from nine years of headship at Ardingly. Born in Australia and is quietly-spoken yet firm. His experience is spread across both hemispheres – six years as a deputy at St Peter's Adelaide, the oldest continuous school in mainland Australia, prior to that an English teacher and acting housemaster at Marlborough for three and a half years. Wife, Kim, teaches English part-time. His ambition...

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Special Education Needs

We have a department of one specialist teacher (the SENCO) who, as far as time allows, offers one-to-one support lessons to those pupils who have been identified and assessed as having a specific learning difficulty. We do not currently offer in-class support, but The Department does seek to encourage mainstream teachers to follow the kinds of classroom strategies that will suit pupils with specific difficulties (and also other pupils). Most of the difficulties that we encounter are mild, and of a dyslexic nature, although we do have some pupils whose difficulties are more significant and who, for example, may qualify to use a word-processor in examinations. We also have a small number of pupils with social communication difficulties or mild Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD or OCD. We do not offer expert support for such pupils, but some of them have made significant progress as a result of academic and boarding house staff offering support which has been devised as a result of ongoing discussion with the SENCO. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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