Christ’s Hospital

Christ’s Hospital is a British public school (that means private).  It is a coeducational, independent, day and boarding school.  It has a Royal Charter, and is located in the Sussex countryside.  If I had grown up in England, I would’ve wanted to have gone to this school. For real.  Christ’s Hospital was founded in the 16th century.  It is unique in the sense that it educates a proportion of its students for FREE, while most are at a reduced rate.  The fees are based or assessed according to family income-ensuring that a child’s ability and potential determines their selection.  Originally, the school was founded as a charity school, giving children from a poorer background a chance at a better education.  Like wow.

The motto of Christ’s Hospital is: ‘Honour All Men, Love the Brotherhood, Fear God, Honour the King.’  I would have written it in Latin but that would have been just me showing off. And I don’t show off. Much.  In addition, the uniform at Christ’s Hospital is distinctive and has remained largely unchanged in the past 460 years.  The uniform, Tudor in nature, consists of a belted, long blue coat, knee-breeches, YELLOW SOCKS and bands around the neck.  2nd and 3rd form students sing a single leather belt with a buckle. But when pupils reach ‘little Erasmus’ or Year 9 they then don a hallmark sterling silver belt buckle.  Upon graduation, the pupils are presented with a Bible as a reminder of the school’s Christian values.

This is quite a good school and along with high academic standards, students are also involved in music, drama, public speaking, community action and sport (am guessing polo and fencing if I was a betting man) They have students from around the world who attend this school and no doubt go on to Oxbridge. Yeah for them.  Actually 10 students every year attend either Oxford or Cambridge (Oxbridge) while the rest attend top universities in the UK and abroad. What a fab school this is and what a clever clogs you must be to have attended this school.

Cheers Y’all



  1. Benedetta · August 31, 2015

    What a nice school and well written detailed summary of the values the school is founded upon. I would have loved to go there as well myself!

    • samdfb1 · August 31, 2015

      Ahh thanks! And am sure you, like me, Benedetta would have rocked those YELLOW socks! 😉

  2. Monica · September 5, 2015

    What fabulous uniforms! This is a very interesting school indeed – I’d only heard rather negative things about education in England, so it’s nice to hear about a school like this. Thanks for sharing!

    • samdfb1 · September 5, 2015

      There are so many great schools in the UK and many lead (or can lead to) entrance into the finest Uni’s like Oxbridge and others. Thanks for stopping by. Those uniforms are so great-right?

  3. Ellen Hawley · September 11, 2015

    Interesting post. But I can’t help wondering what it’s like if you have to take public transportation dressed like that. I was self-conscious enough at that age….

    • samdfb1 · September 11, 2015

      Thanks. I think most of the students are boarders anyway. But yes, taking public transportation dressed like that might make the locals think that there is school for those wanting to train as a monk. Just a guess.

      • Ellen Hawley · September 11, 2015

        Of a dress rehearsal for some play–day after day after week after year.

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