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‘Once she saw it, she wanted it’, said a parent about her daughter, although it was very different to her small rural primary school; ‘…such diversity…quite a change…’ Pupils are from a range of backgrounds, and as such, wealth is not a subject of conversation. A parent said that it is ‘definitely competitive, but not in a horrible, pointing finger way…[they] all want to do well…’ At this Rainbow Flag Award school, there are mixed football and cricket teams, and rugby 7s for both sexes. The bluecoats sports centre...

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What the school says...

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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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.

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Headmaster

Since 2017, Simon Reid, a South African who read English at the University of Witwatersrand. Married to Michele, who is French, with two grown up children. Previously head of Gordonstoun; before that, an English teacher and housemaster here. The unique territory of disadvantage brought him back: CH is a school attended variously by those who pay full, part or no fees, enabled by the 1552 foundation.

Pupils like Mr Reid; for many in this big school he is viewed from some distance, but he ‘talks to everyone in the queue at lunchtime’, and gained enormous respect from pupils by admitting when he made a mistake in excluding two pupils, and changing his decision.

He still teaches English: ‘there can be a riot in my class, but I’ll...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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
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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