Christ's Hospital, Horsham(116 Posts)
I have a daughter who just started her 2nd year at CH. She loves it and I am thrilled with the school. Her first year had some bumpy times as she struggled to find her place within her house group. Having been the brightest girl in her class, and an only child, it was a shock being middle of the pack in classes because everybody there is bright! Also learning how to negotiate complex relationships 24 hours a day was difficult at first. The school were great at helping me and her work through these issues. She is developing into a very nice teenager – polite, helpful, responsible. If I had any criticisms about the school it would be the food, which she hates, and she is missing some external activities that she loved like dancing. But I would not move her or wish she was anywhere else. I think the young adults that emerge at the end of the school process are delightful!
Going through the application process was stressful but we did EXACTLY as we were told and I trusted that if she was bright enough and right for the school she would be accepted.
I would not want to send a child there who had to work really really hard to get entrance. They would be unable to keep up which would have a detrimental effect to their self-esteem.
Gosh, as a mum of a year 7 kid at CH, I'm a bit bemused by the comments about 'troubled' kids at the school. One of the reasons for sending our DS there was that the kids we met seemed so nice, and that opinion hasn't changed since he went there. There are the occasional issues with other kids, as with any school, but all seem to be handled very well by the staff. Our DS is extremely happy there - would love to board if we would let him, but instead has to be a day boy that spends most of his weekends at school. We see the diversity of the school intake as a big advantage - the educational opportunities without the snobbery nonsense that was a huge part of my own upbringing at a different public school. The school has a lot of applicants per place and reads primary school reports etc as part of the selection process, so on the whole, the problem kids just don't get in. Wonderful kids with problem parents may do, and that's to the credit of both the school and the kids themselves.
Well I now know what area to come to to find out who the the bigoted, pretentious snobs are.
I am highly disgusted by this. First if all , children from CH are no different from any other child. Everyone has their own issues to deal with some worst than others. Ever school has it's flaw but CH's is definitely NOT the children. Children in CH treat eachother the same no matter what age and is a nice small community. If you want your child to grow in a place where they are bullied for being different or not having the latest clothes etc then choose any other school apart from CH. I went to to CH and everyone there accepts who you are and never tries to change you. Your scared for your child because they will be with people who have less things than them or have gone through a rough phase because if that is your reason then you disgust me because no matter where you go there will always be people below you and who have gone through a lot and trust me those are the loyal people who will always be there for you and understand. So please stop blaming innocent children as we get a really good education and are taught to ignore ignorant people like you (:
derektheladyhamster & justicewomen, thank you for your observations and advice.
Whilst not wishing to derail the Christ Hospital thread, depending where you live in Essex, Colchester Royal Grammar School take 4 students into year 9. As one of the top academic schools with no fees,this might be a good alternative. I am unsure when the entrance exam is but could be early year 8.
Firstly, he won't be allowed home at weekends, apart from the exeats and holidays which come around every 3 weeks. We only live half an hours drive away so we do visit every other Sunday to take our son out for lunch.
Secondly, If he's not really up for boarding, I wouldn't do it (especially if you are also not 100% sure) .
CH is a fab school, but not the only school which has bursery support. You might want to look at a nearer day school, I imagine that they'd be very happy to have a child of your son's calibre
Hmmmm...There are some very interesting replies to this thread.
I, too, am considering CH for my son who is currently in yr7 of a local state school in Essex. His current school has no provision in place for more able students leaving him bored and frustrated. I have had a number of discussions with his Head of House and the school Headmaster but feel totally unsupported. Last month, after completing an official supervised Mensa IQ test at Birkbeck University in London, my son achieved the highest possible score on the Cattell III B paper, recording his IQ as 162. He was invited to become a Mensan.
CH was recommended to me by one of my son's former school teachers whose son currently teaches there. First impressions, on reading press releases and visiting the school website, are positive but I am concerned about how my son will cope without me if he were offered a place at CH. I am a lone parent and for the last 3yrs, while my daughter completed her degree at University of Leicester, my son and I have formed an incredibly strong bond. While excited at the prospect of attending a school such as CH, he really is not keen on living apart from me.
I was wondering if anyone else has a child at CH who also experienced this uncertainty but perhaps, after visiting the school, came to like the idea of boarding and coming home on weekends?
Also, would I be better off sending him somewhere else all together considering his academic ability? He is currently studying the GCSE syllabus for French, Maths, Geography and History and my take his maths and French GCSE next year.
I actually like the idea of the pupils at this school coming from such a diverse range of backgrounds. I am considering a number of other private/independent schools but am aware that the majority of pupils will come from much more privileged backgrounds than my son which may lead to him being singled out and bullied or unable to take part in the same out of school activities as the friends he might make. I will be applying for a bursary.
I know this is an old thread but any additional help and advice will be greatly appreciated.
Great advice McHug! I'm happy to say that my ds will start at CH this September, as a day pupil. I like to think that my husband and I have raised him to be a decent, well-rounded 10 yr old and we're NOT at all worried that other children (whatever their background) will be a negative influence on him. His piano teacher's brother went to the school. He's now a teacher and has made a good life for himself, despite having rubbed shoulders with children from all sorts of backgrounds! I think that the cultural diversity will be a good thing for my boy. Horsham is a wonderful place to live and bring up your children, but it's a far cry from being cosmopolitan. The World is diverse, so this school seems ideal to me!
I am an Old Blue, or alumnus/former pupil of Christ's Hospital. I passed an entrance exam in 1989 when the school first started taking girls. I am not from a troubled background, neither did I become a drug addict from mixing with children from unconventional homes. In fact I was given first-class opportunities that I would never have had anywhere else, fee paying or otherwise. I could expound for hours on the merits of this school but the best advice I could give anyone is to attend an open day and see for yourself. Basing opinions on hearsay and preconceptions is ignorant.
Good luck to everyone still waiting for bursarial support. Our son was offered a full fee day place, but needed a scholarship (and bursary top-up) in order for us to accept. Fortunately, he did well at the scholarship assessment last week, but now we are a day away from the acceptance deadline and no decision has yet been made with regards to our bursarial application. Anyone out there in the same/a similar boat?
My daughter has a day place with Scholarship for a place Sept 2014- not sure we can afford fees.
She also got offered 50% off a local independant school.
She is not academic, but very Arty and Sporty )we were initially not sure she would get through the academic assessments).
I am a bit worried she might feel left out being in the minority/ day student.
Also worried that there will be too much academic pressure!
We are just an average family( not sure there is a norm) and we think it's a positive that the children from C.H come from all different back grounds!
yes, the fees themselves have gone up over the last few years by about £500. Obviously you'll only have to pay a proportion of this depending on your % bursery hth.
Pop over to the unofficial Christ's hospital forum, they're very friendly :D
And well done to your DC, my ds2 didn't get in but I have a ds currently in yr 9
I have posted in Secondary Education, but will also add my question here. My DC has been offered a fee-paying place with bursary assistance for September. DC VERY keen to go. However the alternative is the free, excellent, local comp. My worry is that financial contributions escalate unreasonably over 7 years, even if personal circumstances are unchanged. Anyone have first-hand insight on this? Thanks.
Brilliant school, good luck for Feb.
I had a sneaky peek at the schedule of activities in the boarding house, plus my daughter was questioned a little (yes I know we were supposed to leave them and forget about it all until Valentines Day).....I hope your son or daughter had a good time....it total reinforced my daughters desire to go to the school.....just hope we are lucky on offers day.
Blimey I got next to nothing re what was tested over the 2 day residential! Only that the computers which they did some tests on, were really cool!
I can't believe this thread is still going, but I'm going to add my experience of CH to it for all it's worth.
We have a DD in Year 6. We looked at the school in Yr5 with a view to seeing what boarding was all about and then writing it off as an option as we were anti boarding - we love our children and want to see them and (selfishly for us live with them. We therefore went to see it and were quite literally overwhelmed (we'd seen loads of the North London private schools) and felt it offered something quite unique which was a feeling of equality and non-elitism. The children were lovely, polite, funny, happy and all had a vitality (presumably from the bracing winds and exercise). Most importantly they were normal, and individual. They didn't look pressured and we saw everywhere a love of learning and care being taken to nurture the best you could achieve. They seemed to reflect a balance of life experience being as important as academic achievement (that just didn't seem apparent in any of the other schools we are looking at who seemed more focused on grades).
The facilities in the school are excellent, the traditions took a little getting used to, but they also clearly defined the sense of community spirit and pride in the school.
We went home and applied and whilst still weren't sure of boarding, figured time would help us make a decision.
We went to visit again a few months later. Saw other new amazing aspects of the school, asked questions about boarding and pastoral care.
Daughter then sat the Initial test, there were 450 candidates in the morning and 450 in the afternoon (I believe) (Half boys, half girls). The test was straightforward. Our daughter passed it (our friends DD didn't). We just went to the Residential Assessment. There were 11 boarding houses of about 24 prospective pupils. I think there was one boarding house for 13+ entry and then 5 x 24 boys and 5 x 24 girls. They did so many tests and activities (Verbal, Non Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Tests on computer x 3, Maths Paper, English Paper, Boarding House Group Q&A session (mostly questions relating t a moral dilemma), Interview with House Parent, Performance Piece (optional), sports activity, singing activity (all applicants), plus they no doubt were being assessed continually to see how they interacted and bonded.
Results for the places come out in Feb and so we think we may have a statistical 1 in 2 chance of an offer at this stage. DD thought it went well and met some lovely girls. Not sure if we qualify in any area of need other than ability to afford fees and a not so great choice of local secondaries.
DD stated she loved it....she is ready to board and now ranks it up equal with SPGS, NLCS, CLGS and Habs.
We will have to see what offers we might be lucky enough to get (hopefully all with bursaries and/or scholarships) before we can really decide if we can even afford it.
I spoke to as many parents I could travelling to and from the exam days. Lots of 'normal' people / families. Single parents, widowers, children with disabled siblings, overcrowded homes, people with health issues, but also completely unaffected families who just simply could not afford this sort of education without financial assistance....all the people we met were lovely!!!
I do not know how they assess 'need'. The Head stated it was an academically selective school, they will presumably not offer to those who they think will not cope with boarding and take a balanced view of the potential to gain from an education there, for everyone else who did well enough in the tests.
If you sat the test this week good luck in February. If you are thinking of applying, please go and visit because I think you will be pleasantly surprised. We felt that non of our local state schools came anywhere close to it in terms of the opportunities it offered.
I also now feel if my daughter really wants to board she will be right for boarding school - she has matured over the last year and we would move her if it was not right. If your child is against boarding they probably will not suit CH
What is a normal family? My son is in his third year and very happy.
Please help share the local situation of CH. thanks
I am thinking sending my sons from overseas to Christ Hospital School ("CH") and recently informed by other mums of the special situations of boys from families other than the normal ones. Much appreciate if any one can share with me the local situation. many thanks.
I am thinking about sending my sons from overseas to Christ Hospital School, but I have recently told by another mun that some students of CH come from families other than the normal ones. I cannot guage the situation and what are the potential implications. Could anyone please share with me the local situation. Urgent advice is really needed. Please help. Many thanks
Wow! I have come to Mumsnet to get some more information on CH and am quite surprised at the division between people regarding this school. It seems that the majority of people who dislike this school and its ethos have not actually attended the school or even been to one of the Open Days.
We took our DS to the last Open Day and were both very impressed with the school and its pupils. I was delighted by the fact that there is diversity within the school unlike many of the schools in my area of Surrey.
I was brought up in Surrey in the 60’s and was picked on when I was at primary school because I come from an ethnic background (my father is half French/half Vietnamese, my mother was British) and in those days, I was the only person at my school who was “different”. Since then things have changed, but not that much in our local state schools, much less in the cliquey elite private schools that surround us. I went to a private school from 11 onwards and found that I was still picked on by delightful gangs of girls from wealthy, privileged backgrounds who found me either a threat or insignificant.
So, there are several reasons for CH having appeal. Whilst we could try and get DS into a local independent school (we would need a bursary though), I am not sure that I want him to go somewhere where most of the children are from the same background and have no experience of life’s realities outside Surrey and the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Having read all of the posts so far, I am now reassured that CH is the school for us, assuming our DS will be OK with boarding, because I think it provides all the opportunities of any other independent school but with a good dose of diversity as opposed to bigotry, which I believe is incredibly important nowadays in the ever-shrinking global world we live in.
The CH pupils I have met have been polite and thoughtful young people. So are the pupils at my DDs school, one of the most selective of the London day schools, whose parents are unlikely to be paying full fees. As are all her peers from other minority ethnic groups and cultures. The problem pupils who caused my younger DDs year to be dysfunctional, were all from affluent families but as a result of extremely self indulgent parental behaviour, were troubled and attention seeking and had to set themselves up as an exclusive bitchy cool group belittling others to build up their own self esteem. Their stories, confided to DD because she was caring and therefore safe, would make you weep, and made her extremely upset. The head of year has not experienced anything like it in her 30 year teaching career. I am quite sure not one of their parents would think CH has enough of a name for them to brag about at dinner parties. Which is a plus.
My husband attended this school, via a scholorship. To this day he still raves about this school. He loved it and even 20yrs later contributes via a monthly subscription to support the school and he welcomes that yearly phone conversation from a current pupil. This school gave him such opportunity, escapism and realism, a sense of belonging. I've heard lots of stories from him!!! It developed his independence, he thrived and he has turned out rather well in life (in all aspects), for which i am reaping the rewards!
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