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Christ's Hospital
King Edward's School Witley Logo.png
Motto Honour All Men, Love the Brotherhood, Fear God, Honour the King.
Established 1552
Type Independent boarding school
Religion Church of England
President Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Headmaster John Franklin
Deputy Head Tom Lawson and Jo Thomson
Chairman of the Council of Almoners Garry Johnson
Founder Edward VI
Location Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 0YP
United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°02′39″N 0°21′47″W / 51.044167°N 0.363056°W / 51.044167; -0.363056
DfE URN 126107 Tables
Students 870: 435 girls & 435 boys (2015)[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses 18 Boarding Houses
Colours

Blue & Yellow

         
Publications Housey!
The Blue
The Broadie
Patron Elizabeth II
Former pupils Old Blues
School Song Votum
The Foundation Hymn
Website www.christs-hospital.org.uk

Christ's Hospital, also called The Bluecoat School, Housey and CH, is an English coeducational independent day and boarding school with Royal Charter located in the Sussex countryside just south of Horsham in Horsham District, West Sussex, UK, that follows much of public schools tradition. It is a charity school, giving children from poorer backgrounds the chance to have a better education. The school was originally founded in the 16th century in Greyfriars, London and Ware (later moving to Hertford).

Charitable foundation

View of the Christ's Hospital quad towards dining hall. Picture taken from Big School
Westward photo of Quad and Front Avenue. (View from Art School)

In 2006 19% of children accepting places were assessed as being in "very high" need, 64% in "medium to high" need and 17% in "low" need.[2]

The trustees of the foundation are the Council of Almoners, chaired by the Treasurer of Christ's Hospital, who govern the foundation according to a Scheme of Administration granted by the Charity Commission. The historic Court of Governors survives as a formal institution consisting of over 650 benefactors but its powers have since the 19th century been largely transferred to the smaller Council of Almoners.

In 2007 Christ's Hospital was formally separated into two related registered charities: Christ's Hospital Foundation[3] and Christ's Hospital School.[4]

Admissions

Admission of pupils is either by open competitive examination or by "presentation" — in either case the suitability of candidates is judged according to criteria of need and parental income. Some of the means of entry are denoted on the uniform by a round metal plate (varying in design according to type of presentation) sewn on the breast of the housey coat.

History

Christ's Hospital's buildings in London in 1770
This early 19th-century picture shows the Great Hall on St. Matthew's Day, 21 September. On this day, two Grecians destined for scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge Universities gave orations in praise of the school, one in Latin and the other in English. The Verrio painting can be seen along the wall on the right.
The composer Constant Lambert as a pupil, wearing the traditional uniform


Uniform

The school's Tudor uniform: belted, long blue coats, knee-breeches, yellow socks, and bands at the neck. The uniform has been in place since 1552.[5] The nickname "Blue-coat School" comes from the blue coats worn by the students – however, the nickname used within the school community itself is "Housey" and the long coat is called a "housey coat".[6]

By 2011 students and alumni stated that they see the uniform as an important way of giving the school a unique identity and unifying the school. Around that time the administrators had discussed the idea of updating the uniform. A few of the school's 800 students voted; over 95% voted in favour of keeping the original uniform.[5]

The dining hall with many spectators at the front watching the band play during the Beating Retreat

Christ's Hospital Model United Nations (MUN) programme attempts to develop global citizenship amongst the next generation of world thinkers and leaders, and also ordinary pupils. Its team debates international affairs at conferences, and organises its own for students from other schools.[7][8]

Christ's Hospital was featured in the first series of the reality television programme Rock School, in which Gene Simmons of KISS helped a group of pupils form their own rock band.[9]

The Christ's Hospital Band participating in the Lord Mayor's Show in 2008

Drama

An Arts Centre complex (architect: Bill Howell) was opened in 1974 including a theatre with Tudor style auditorium, music school extension, Octagon rehearsal/performance space and classrooms.

The Christ's Hospital Arts Centre served as a principal arts venue for Horsham and the surrounding area until the establishment of an arts centre in Horsham in the 1980s. A programme of performances continues to be open to the public. Former notable pupils in theatre and film include Jason Flemyng, Leo Gregory,[10] James D'Arcy, Michael Wilding, and Roger Allam.

ISI Inspection

In late November 2012, Christ’s Hospital underwent a whole school inspection carried out by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI). The School was rated “excellent” (the top grade) in the report released in January 2013. The optional term 'Exceptional' was not used. The report also said: (ii) Recommendation for further improvement 2.6 The school is advised to make the following improvement. 1. Ensure, through consistent monitoring by its academic leaders, the highest standards of teaching in all subject areas.[11]

Houses

View of Grecians East

The house system is incorporated with the boarding programme and most pupils are boarders. The school houses are named after notable Old Blues, primarily writers. Each house has an "A" and "B" side, each housing roughly 45 pupils arranged from west to east as follows:

Old Blues

Staff

Notable members of staff have included:

See also

References

  1. ^ "CH AT A GLANCE | Christ's Hospital". Christs-hospital.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  2. ^ Council of Almoners Annual Review 2005/2006
  3. ^ Charity Commission. CHRIST'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, registered charity no. 306975. 
  4. ^ Charity Commission. CHRIST'S HOSPITAL SCHOOL, registered charity no. 1120090. 
  5. ^ a b "Students Vote to Keep Tudor Uniform." British Heritage 32, no. 2 (May 2011): 10. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed 27 August 2011).
  6. ^ "London Metropolitan Archives : Information Leaflet Number 29 : Records of Christ's Hospital and Bluecoats Schools" (PDF). Cityoflondon.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Christ's Hospital Model United Nations". Mun.christs-hospital.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  8. ^ "Host of awards at conference ceremony for pupils - West Sussex County Times". Wscountytimes.co.uk. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived 17 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (11 November 2005). "How I found my inner hippy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Christ's Hospital - ISI - Independent Schools Inspectorate". ISI.net. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  12. ^ Christ's Hospital, G.A.T. Allan, Shepperton 1984, ISBN 0-86364-005-2

Sources

  • Hang on Tight Christ's Hospital:from Girlhood to Governor, ISBN 978-1-84104-499-6
  • Christ's Hospital, G.A.T. Allan (revised J.E. Morpurgo), London 1984, ISBN 0-86364-005-2
  • Christ's Hospital quad and Grecians East photos by Sergiu Panaite
  • Christ's Hospital: A Short History, Nick Plumley 1986 (no ISBN)
  • Christ's Hospital in the Victorian Era, Ken Mansell, Ashwater Press 2011 ISBN 978-0-9562561-2-6

External links

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne. 

6 Annotations

Pauline  •  Link

from L&M Companion (first paragraph)
The Bluecoat school for orphans and other poor children--mostly boys--founded in 1552 under the authority of the city corporation and occupying the site of the dissolved Greyfriars monastery in Newgate St. Its buildings were badly damaged in the Fire and the children dispersed to Ware and Hertford. By 1680 the school was rebuilt, and by 1687 housed close to 800 pupils. In 1892 it was transferred to Horsham in Sussex.

From the 1670s Pepys was to have a close connection with it. He took a leading part in the establishment in 1673 of the Royal Mathematical School in which 40 boys were trained in the science of navigation for the royal and mercantile navies. After his appointment as a Governor of the foundation in 1675 he produced two masterly memoranda--one on the administration of the Mathematical School (1677), the other on the grammar school (1682)--but ceased to attend meetings for about ten years in protest against the appointment of a master of the former who besides knowing nothing of navigation had never seen the sea. In 1692 he began a remarkable single-handed campaign to reform the financial administration of the Hospital and to improve the standard of teaching in the Mathematical School. Faced by obstruction on the governing body, he presented a report which set out his charges in crushing detail to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen. When, in turn, the Lord Mayor blocked discussion, Pepys forced his hand by publishing pamphlets. He won: by 1699 his critics were flattened and the two principal offenders (the treasurer and the mathematics master) replaced. Pepys was made Vice-President; but by then was too ill to do more. There remains in his library, besides a charming coloured drawing of a boy and girl of the Hospital, a vast manuscript of 800-odd pages in which are collected his papers on the disputes. It is as impressive a memorial as any other to the qualities that made him so efficient and so formidable a public servant.

Australian Susan  •  Link

The boy on the coin which Ruben has found a picture of is wearing the characteristic Blue Coat which gives the school its name. This is still worn on special occasions by pupils. See their website: http://www.christs-hospital.org.uk/index.html
You will also see that the school is now co-ed. Wonder what Sam would have made of that! The website does not seem to have a history section - do hope Sam's work is remembered in the school.

Bill  •  Link

Christ's Hospital, Newgate Street, a school on the site of the Greyfriars Monastery, founded by Edward VI., June 26, 1553, ten days before his death, as a hospital for poor fatherless children and others. A sermon by Bishop Ridley in the preceding year had been the exciting cause and gave permanent form to this and two other princely endowments; but the more important preliminary concessions had been secured many years before the signature of the dying boy was affixed to the "Charter of Incorporation of the Royal Hospitals." The hospital is commonly called "The Blue Coat School," from the dress worn by the boys, which is of the same age as the foundation of the hospital. The dress is a blue coat or gown (the yellow petticoat, or "yellow," as it was called, having been discontinued), a red leather girdle round the waist, yellow stockings, and a clergyman's band round the neck. The flat black cap of woollen yarn, about the size of a saucer, was dropped some thirty years ago.

April 21, 1657. — I saw Christ Church and Hospital, a very goodly Gothic building; the hall, school, and lodgings in great order for bringing up many hundreds of poor children of both sexes; it is an exemplary charity. There is a large picture at one end of the hall representing the Governors, Founders, and the Institution.—Evelyn.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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