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Christ's Hospital
Christ's Hospital, engraved by Toms c.1770..jpg
Established 1552
Type Independent boarding school
Religious affiliation Church of England
President The Duke of Gloucester
Headmaster John Franklin
Deputy Heads Marlene Fleming and Jon Perriss
Chairman of the Council of Almoners Garry Johnson
Founder King Edward VI
Location Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 0YP
United Kingdom
Students 870: 435 girls & 435 boys (2015)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11 to 18
School colours Black & Yellow


Publication Housey!
The Blue
The Broadie
Patron Queen Elizabeth II
Former pupils Old Blues
School Song Votum
The Foundation Hymn

Christ's Hospital, known colloquially as the Bluecoat School, is an English co-educational independent day and boarding school located south of Horsham in West Sussex. It is a charity school whose fees are calculated on a means test.


Constant Lambert as a Blue coat boy
The composer Constant Lambert as a pupil, wearing the traditional uniform (painting by his father, George Lambert)

The school's Tudor uniform consists of belted, long blue coats with knee-breeches, yellow socks, and bands at the neck. The uniform has been in place since 1553. 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".

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 favor of keeping the original uniform.


Blue Coat School Microcosm edited
An early 19th-century picture of the Great Hall on St. Matthew's Day. The Verrio painting can be seen along the wall on the right.

Admission of pupils is either by open competitive examination or by "show of skills" — in either case the suitability of candidates is judged according to criteria of need and parental income.

School activities

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The Quad and Front Avenue, from the Art School


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 pupils in theatre and film include Jason Flemyng, Leo Gregory, James D'Arcy, Michael Wilding, and Roger Allam.

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

Model United Nations

Christ's Hospital Model United Nations programme attempts to develop global citizenship. Its team debates international affairs at conferences, and organises its own for students from other schools.

Rock School

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.


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Grecians East boarding house

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. The houses are arranged from west to east as follows:

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