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The pupils know they're lucky to be here. For every student who gets in, four or five are turned away. Most pupils love to sing and the cathartic feeling of their voices joined together, soaring past the frescoes in the chapel is one of the moments they squirrel away in their hearts. They 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…

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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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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

Headmaster

Since September 2017, Simon Reid BA (50s), previously principal of Gordonstoun and housemaster here for six years earlier in his career. A South African who read English at the University of Witwatersrand. Came to Britain in 1985 because he ‘wanted to teach English literature in the country where it was written’. Has also been deputy head of Worksop College, having started his UK teaching career at Brentwood School, thence Stowe. His wife, Michele, is French, the family bilingual. Two grown up young.

Academic matters

Junior class sizes up to 25, 20 in core subjects at GCSE and fewer in option groups, 10 or 11 for A level or IB. Latin compulsory for first two years, second foreign language for one. Pupils say staff try exceptionally hard to incorporate exams in unusual first languages. IB becoming established....

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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.

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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