Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

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Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, Lincoln, England 9s2007.jpg
Established 1090
Type Academy
Religion Christian
Headteacher Martin Mckeown
Location Wragby Road
England Coordinates: 53°14′21″N 0°31′21″W / 53.2391°N 0.5225°W / 53.2391; -0.5225
DfE number 925/5408
DfE URN 137447 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1380
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Bluecoats, Minster, Lindum, Greyfriars
Colours Blue, yellow, green, red
Former name Lincoln School,
Website Official website

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School is a state secondary school with academy status located on Wragby Road in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.

Former Christ's Hospital Foundation Girl's School on Greestone Place
Foundation stone of former girls' school


Hospital schools date from the 13th century as boys' schools for parents who could not afford to pay school fees. They were also known as charity schools or Blue Coat schools. LCHS dates from the 11th century, but the charity school dates from the 17th century.

The Garton Archive, established by Professor Garton, an Old Lincolnian, houses documents, records, photographs and books detailing the history of the school.

Grammar schools[edit]

LCHS was previously two single-sex grammar schools with some pupils boarding. From 1906 the boys' school, Lincoln School (probably dating back to 1090),[1] also known as Lincoln Grammar School, used a site on Wragby Road. The girls' school, Christ's Hospital Girls' High School (founded in 1893), was based at Greestone Place on Lindum Hill. Before 1944, fees were charged.[further explanation needed]

Lincoln School had many of the traditions of a public school. In 1914 the school's buildings were commandeered for use as a hospital. Lincoln Cathedral choristers were educated at the school until 1944, when the school became a state school. About 1960 a new independent school for choristers, the Cathedral School for Boys, was established in the cathedral's Deanery,[2] and would become Lincoln Minster School in 1996; it has since replaced the role that Lincoln School held before 1944.

On 22 July 1941 an RAF Handley Page Hampden crashed into the boarding house of the Girls' High School on Greestone Stairs,[3][4] killing Miss Edith Catherine Fowle, a French teacher, and the occupants of the aircraft. She had taught at the school for 21 years. By the 1960s the girls' school, a voluntary aided school, had around 550 girls, including 30 boarders.

There was another former Bluecoat School on Christ's Hospital Terrace which opened in 1612 and closed in 1883.


The grammar schools merged in September 1974 to become a comprehensive school - at the time only the City of Lincoln, of all Lincolnshire district councils, decided to completely change selection policy. School uniform policy was relaxed at merger; however, since 2007 blazers and ties have been introduced. Also joining the school were pupils from two former secondary modern schools, St Giles Secondary Modern School for Boys (now a temporary Primary school on Swift Gardens) and Myle Cross Secondary Modern School for Girls (now Chad Varah Primary school on Addison Drive), both formed in 1933.

The school has had Language College status since 2001, and offers teaching in French, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and most recently Latin.[5]


Lincoln Christ's Hospital School became an academy in September 2011. It is now independent of local authority control, and funded directly from central government. However, the school continues to coordinate its admissions with Lincolnshire County Council.


  • 1911–29: Reginald Moxon
  • 1937–57: George Franklin
  • 1958–62: Pat Martin (headmaster of the independent Warwick School 1962–77)
  • 1962–73: John Collins Faull
  • 1985–2004: David Cox
  • 2005–2014: Andy Wright
  • 2014–present: Martin Mckeown


Academic subjects studied include: English, Maths, Double and Triple Award Sciences, BTEC Science, Forensic and Medical Sciences*, Media, Modern Languages, Latin, History, Geography, RE, Psychology*, Sociology*, Philosophy and Ethics*, and Citizenship.

Vocational subjects studied include Fine Art, Art Textiles, BTEC Art, Music, Design & Technology, Drama, Drama & Theatre Studies*, Law*, ICT & Business Studies, Resistant Materials, Child Care, Electronics, Product Design*, Production Arts BTEC*, Performance Arts BTE*, Graphic Design, Photography, and Engineering*.

(*) 6th form only subject.

Academic performance[edit]

When a grammar school, LCHS would have been the best performing school in Lincoln. As a comprehensive, its results place it in the top five most improved language colleges nationally. It gets GCSE results slightly above average, but A level results below average.[citation needed]


Pupil population is just under 1400, including over 300 in the sixth form. Of the school roll, 15% receive free school meals.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Marlon Beresford (1982–86) – professional footballer with several league clubs, notably Middlesbrough, Burnley and Luton Town 1982–86
  • Ursula Lidbetter (1974–81) – chair of The Co-operative Group from 2013
  • Paul Palmer (c. 1986) – Olympic silver medal-winning swimmer at Atlanta

Lincoln Grammar School[edit]

Christ's Hospital Girls' High School[edit]


  1. ^ "A Brief History of Lincoln Christ's Hospital School", Retrieved 15 January 2012
  2. ^ "The Deanery", Retrieved 15 January 2012
  3. ^ "Greestone Stairs", Retrieved 15 January 2012
  4. ^ Benson, John;"Memories of Air Crashes in Lincolnshire", BBC Home - WW2 People's War. Retrieved 15 January 2012
  5. ^ Languages
  6. ^ "'Writer in Bud' by Mary Mackie (née Whitlam)", Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School website. Retrieved 19 November 2013

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