Christ’s Hospital announce new Gatwick Bursary Award,

Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham, West Sussex is pleased to announce a new Bursary Award for pupils entering the School from the Gatwick area. The Gatwick Bursary Award, for bright pupils from the Gatwick area with academic potential, who would benefit from an independent boarding school education, is now open.

The Gatwick Bursary Award has been created to ensure Christ’s Hospital is reaching and supporting local families, who may be struggling at this time, and who are facing new difficulties and challenges.  We want to ensure families are aware of our bursary (fee assisted places) and that they have the opportunity of applying for our newly created Bursary Award. Current Year 5 pupils who are considering secondary education in September 2021 are invited to apply.

If parents are looking for a school with the ‘wow’ factor in abundance, they need look no further than Christ’s Hospital.

Christ’s Hospital is a co-educational boarding and day school of 900 pupils with an equal mix of boys and girls aged 11-18. The School is located just outside Horsham and is situated in stunning countryside between London and Brighton.

The School is fortunate in having its own mainline railway station with regular trains to London, Gatwick and the South Coast.

Christ’s Hospital is unique for a UK independent boarding school in that it offers more bursary places than other schools. This stems from our founding charter as a charitable school. School fees are paid on a means tested basis, with substantial subsidies paid by the School, so that pupils from all corners of society are able to have a high quality, independent boarding school education that would otherwise be beyond their means.

“Whilst other school fee assistance schemes have come and gone, Christ’s Hospital has stuck to its charitable aims since it was founded in 1552: educating the financially, socially and otherwise needy for free, or at a reduced rate, in a caring boarding environment. Today these pupils sit happily alongside the full fee payers and the School’s pupil profile is one of which its royal founder, Edward VI, would have been proud.”  Kate, former CH parent

About Christ’s Hospital School

The School is academically selective and each year over 98% of pupils move on to the leading universities.

From the moment you arrive you’ll see that Christ’s Hospital is a very special place. Sweeping sports fields and beautiful buildings are spectacular and immediately visible.

What is so special about Christ’s Hospital is the extent of the resources on offer: 24/7 teachers, a broad range of activities including societies like the medics group to help with university applications as well as extensive and impressive sports facilities.

We ensure all our pupils receive expert support and we have a truly wonderful team of committed and dedicated staff. Our pastoral team, safeguarding team, learning support team, medical centre staff, counsellors and the hundred plus teaching staff are all trained and equipped to ensure every child at Christ’s Hospital receives the support, care and attention they need, to enable them to grow and flourish.

When pupils start at Christ’s Hospital they are encouraged to join in and to have a go, to discover new hobbies, to make use of the wonderful facilities on site and to ensure they get the most out of their time at the School. The majority of pupils and teachers live on site, creating a community where pupils are happy and secure, with an extensive range of activities on their doorstep. The seven-day week boarding school environment provides the time and space for pupils to develop their interests and talents, and to live and work successfully with others from a diverse range of backgrounds.

We welcome day pupils who are within a commutable distance from the School. Day pupils enjoy all the advantages of a top boarding school with access to an exceptional broader curricular programme.

Boarding pupils’ fees are assessed according to family income, so that it is a child’s ability and potential to benefit from a Christ’s 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.

Simon Reid, Head teacher of Christ’s Hospital, said: “All candidates applying for a place will be assessed on their potential, both academically and the broader curriculum opportunities. Of the 906 pupils at Christ’s Hospital, 662 pupils receive some level of fee assistance, averaging out to 83% remission of fees.  Of these 662, 118 pay no school fees whatsoever. Christ’s Hospital pupils are provided with uniforms, meals, accommodation plus all teaching and learning materials.


For families wanting to find out more about Christ’s Hospital and our newly created Gatwick Bursary Award; our September Open Morning would be an ideal opportunity for them to see the school, meet the staff and pupils and have a guided tour.

For interested families, wanting to discover more about Christ’s Hospital before booking to attend our September Open Morning, they can explore our Virtual Open Day Experience via the homepage of the Christ’s Hospital website and contact us with any questions they may have about 2021 entry to Christ’s Hospital or our newly launched Gatwick Bursary Award.

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