Chichester High School For Boys
|Mottoes||Abeunt Studia in Mores
(Latin: "Studies build one's character")
|DfE URN||140106 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Staff||c. 100 (full time)|
|Gender||Boys (Mixed 6th form)|
|Former pupils||Old Cicestrians|
Chichester High School for Boys, often referred to as CHSB, is a boys' secondary school with academy status, located in the city of Chichester, West Sussex, England. It was formed in 1971 during the schools reformation act of the 1970s by the amalgamation of two well established schools; The Lancastrian School (established 1895) and the High School for Boys (established 1935).
Dress at Chichester consists of a white shirt, green and white tie, grey/black trousers, black shoes, grey pullover and a blazer (the green uniform jacket). Variations include various society ties worn to meetings of the respective societies.
The campus is divided into three buildings. The Kingsham Building (1929) is the oldest part of the school. This building houses SEN, The Inclusion Centre, Drama, Law, Music, Reprographics, Attendance Office, Data Office, Examinations Office and General Administration. The Lancastrian Building is the main part of the school and houses all other Departments, except PE/Sport and Modern Foreign Languages. The third part of the school is the impressive Tim Peake Sports and Conference Centre, which was opened in July 2009 by Major Tim Peake, a former student of the school. This building houses Modern Foreign Languages on the first floor.
The school's buildings and facilities were expanded in the 2000s to include a science block, a learning resources centre, an administrative and reception area, an Astroturf pitch, and a new sports hall. The South Downs Planetarium, supported by local resident Sir Patrick Moore, was opened on the site on 5 April 2002.
The school's sporting facilities include an international-standard irrigated all-weather hockey pitch, large sports hall, tennis courts and extensive grounds for a whole range of competitive sports such as: rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis, squash, athletics, basketball, football, badminton, etc. A separate sports centre was completed in 2009.
The Sixth Form is divided into Year 12 and Year 13. It is jointly led and managed by both CHSB and CHSG. It currently has about 400 students and achieved A-Level results of 43% A* - B grades in the June 2012 examinations. Sixth Formers enjoy a number of privileges, including their own common room, reading room and kitchen. Members of the Sixth Form are permitted to not wear school uniform. The Sixth Form is currently headed by Mr. Nick Brown (CHSB) and Mrs. Jo McKeown (CHSG).
Combined Cadet Force
The school operates a Combined Cadet Force Its Army section is affiliated with the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and an RAF section but no Navy section due to an agreement at the time of the formation with the local Sea Cadets. The Army section regularly goes to Longmoor for training exercises and the RAF section makes forays to MOD Boscombe Down and other local airbases for Air Experience Flying. The contingent uses the L98A2 Cadet GP Rifle, and the L86 LSW.
OfSTED inspections (Section 5) in 2007 and 2010 classed the school with Grade 3 (satisfactory). In September 2011, the school had a Section 8 monitoring Inspection (of 40% of Satisfactory schools), which deemed that CHSB had Good capacity to make improvements. In January 2012, OfSTED visited for a themed Inspection of its Specialism: Business & Enterprise. The school was deemed Good with Outstanding features. In November 2012, OfSTED (Section 5) graded the school Grade 3 overall, but it was graded 2 (Good) for Leadership & Management and also Behaviour & Safety.
The school has an alumni society named the Old Cicestrians. For some time it was called the Chichester High and Lancastrian Old Boys, or CHALOBs, but reverted to the original name in 2007. In former times a magazine "The Martlet" was issued to all boys at the end of each school year as well as a full school photograph. Before converting to a comprehensive system there were eight houses: King, Story, Wilfred, Richards, Andrews, Lake, Bell and Sherborne at the grammar school, each based on a geographical area.
- Rev. John Deacon (1845)
- Rev. Peter Chris (1853)
- Rev. Edward Saunders (1859)
- William Lewis (1867)
- James Thompson (1873)
- Richard P Usher (1888)
- Thomas Hayes (1892)
- Dr. Samuel Gardner (1905)
- Beilert Valance (1919)
- John Patrick (1928)
- Edwin Bishop (1937)
- Neil Young (1942) (acting)
- Alexander Few (1943)
- Paul Stanley (1957)
- Dr. Peter Bishop (1953)
- Kenneth D Anderson (1965)
- Dennis Watkins (1972)
- Sebastian Green (1977)
- Simon Neil (1979)
- Ron L Austin (1987)
- Diane Dockrell (1998)
- John Robinson (2005-2009)
- Gavin Salvesen-Sawh (2010–current)
The sports centre includes basketball hoops, cricket nets, and other sports equipment. It is named the Tim Peake Sport and Conference centre after the British astronaut who attended the school.
Houses, Communities and Colours.
Formerly each house was named after a former Bishop of Chichester, These are: Blake (Yellow), Cawley (Green), Howard' (Grey), Lancaster (White), Montgomery (Red), Norfolk (Purple), Richmond (Orange), Sherborne (Dark Blue), and Whitby (Sky Blue). A tenth house, known as "Osbourne", briefly existed during the 1960s.
Since the start of the term in 2011, the houses were renamed 'communities' after people who have an affiliation to the local area (West Sussex). There are now 5 communities, which include Canute - Blue, Henry 1st - Red, Story - Yellow, Friar - Green, Bishop - Purple.
Notable former pupils
- Neil Bartlett OBE - Writer, Director, Actor
- Howard Brenton - playwright
- Michael Elphick (1946–2002) English actor (Lancastrian School for Boys)
- Adrian Noble, Chief Executive from 1990-2003 of the Royal Shakespeare Company
- Steven Seagal - Hollywood actor, was briefly enrolled into the school whilst staying with relatives
- David Wood OBE (actor)- Playwright
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Brendan Jackson
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Rodney Park GCB, KBE, MC and Bar, DFC, RAF
- Major Timothy Peake - Army Air Corps Apache test pilot and astronaut for the European Space Agency.
- Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay KCB, KBE, MVO
- General Sir Neil Methuen Ritchie GBE, KCB, DSO, MC
- Prof Richard Alderslade, Chief Executive since 2006 of the Children's High Level Group
- Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor since 2009 of the University of Salford
- Patrick Allen (music educator), award winning author and teacher
- Douglas Bunn, founded Hickstead in 1960
- John Snow - English Test cricketer
- Jimmy Hill (OBE) - English Footballer and ex-chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association. Attended the school when evacuated from London during WWII.
- Sean Heather - Sussex cricketer
- Adam Webster (footballer born 1995) - English Footballer- currently playing 1st team for Portsmouth FC
- Sir Jon Shortridge KCB, Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Office
- Sir Dudley Gordon Smith, Conservative MP for Warwick and Leamington from 1968–97
- Ian Whitting OBE, Ambassador to Iceland and Montenegro
- "Player profile: Sean Heather". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2012.