Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
|DfE URN||137447 Tables|
|Houses||Bluecoats, Minster, Lindum, Greyfriars|
|Colours||Blue, yellow, green, red|
|Former name||Lincoln School,|
The school was established in 1974, taking over the pupils and many of the staff of the ancient Lincoln Grammar School, Christ's Hospital Girls' High School (established in 1893), and two 20th century secondary modern schools, St Giles's and Myle Cross.
- 1 History
- 2 Curriculum
- 3 Academic performance
- 4 Admissions
- 5 Notable former pupils
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. The former Lincoln School may have dated from the 11th century, but it was re-founded as a charity school in the 17th century.
The Garton Archive, established by Professor Garton, an Old Lincolnian, houses documents, records, photographs, and books detailing the history of the earlier schools.
LCHS was formed from the merger of two single-sex grammar schools, both of which had some boarders (pupils who lived at the school during term-time). From 1906 the boys' school, Lincoln School (probably dating back to 1090), also known as Lincoln Grammar School, occupied a site on Wragby Road. The girls' school, Christ's Hospital Girls' High School, was founded in 1893 and was based at Greestone Place on Lindum Hill. Before 1944, children whose education was not funded by the foundation had to pay school fees.
Lincoln School had many of the traditions of a public school. In 1914, after the beginning of the First World War, 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 school maintained by public funds. About 1960 a new independent school for choristers, the Cathedral School for Boys, was established in the cathedral's Deanery, and was renamed as 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, killing Miss Edith Catherine Fowle, a languages teacher, as well as 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.
In September 1974 the City of Lincoln was the only part of the county in which Lincolnshire County Council decided to abolish selective education. As a result, the city's two grammar schools merged with two secondary modern schools founded in 1933, St Giles's Secondary Modern School for Boys on Swift Gardens and Myle Cross Secondary Modern School for Girls on Addison Drive, to become a new comprehensive school. The buildings of St Giles's are now a temporary primary school, and those of Myle Cross are the Chad Varah primary school.
After the merger of 1974, school uniform policy was relaxed. However, in 2007 school blazers and ties were reintroduced.
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.
Headmasters of Lincoln School
- 1911–1929: Reginald Moxon
- 1937–1957: George Franklin
- 1958–1962: Patrick Martin (later headmaster of Warwick School, 1962–77)
- 1962–1973: John Collins Faull
Heads of Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
- 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.
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.
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
- 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
- Sir Francis Thornhagh c.1628-33
- John Disney (1677–1730) churchman, and great-grandfather of John Disney c.1689-94
- Thomas Pownall - Governor of Massachusetts from 1757-60 c.1733-8
- John Sibthorp - botanist c.1770-5
- Henry Digby Beste - Christian scholar 1776-84
- Richard Watson - Methodist minister c.1792-7
- Evelyn Abbott - Greek scholar c.1854-9
- George Carline RBA - artist - 1866-73
- William Logsdail - artist 1870-5
- James Ward Usher, art jeweller
- Prof J.W. Hinchley - Professor of Chemical Engineering from 1926-31 at Imperial College London 1882-9
- Ralph Deakin - Foreign News Editor from 1922-52 of The Times, 1900-5
- Prof Robert Humphreys OBE - Director from 1965-74 of the Institute of Latin American Studies, and President from 1964-8 of the Royal Historical Society 1908-15
- Kenneth Eldin-Taylor CVO, Chairman from 1967-74 of the Industrial Appeals Tribunal 1914-21
- Prof Maurice Barley - Professor of Archaeology from 1971-4 at the University of Nottingham and President from 1964-7 of the Council for British Archaeology 1920-7
- Frederick Roach OBE, winner of The Veitch Memorial Medal and from 1962-72 the UK's first National Fruit Advisor 1921-6
- Alex Henshaw - Spitfire Chief test pilot 1922-7
- Flt Lt Edward Johnson DFC - bomb aimer of AJ-N Lancaster of the Dambuster 617 Sqn sqn who destroyed the Eder Dam - 1923-30
- Prof Harold Livermore, former Professor Spanish at the University of Bath 1926-33
- Rt Rev David Cartwright - from 1984-9 the Bishop of Southampton 1931-8
- Prof Alexander Cullen - electrical engineer and President from 1987-90 of the International Union of Radio Science 1931-8
- Steve Race - Radio 4 presenter of My Music 1932-9
- Brig. Malcolm Dennison - 1990-6 Lord Lieutenant of Orkney - 1935-42
- Sir Neville Marriner - Conductor 1935-42
- Dennis Townhill OBE - organist 1936-43
- Rev Deryck Goodwin - laser physicist 1939-46
- Prof Philip Thody - Professor of French Literature from 1965-93 at the University of Leeds 1939-46
- Keith Fordyce - Radio 2 disc jockey and first presenter in 1963 of Ready Steady Go! 1940-7
- David Robinson - arts journalist for The Times 1941-8
- Prof Sir Colin Dollery - former Dean of the Royal Postgraduate Medical School until 1996 at Hammersmith Hospital and former President of the International Union of Pharmacology - 1942-9
- Michael Marshall - from 1975-84 the Bishop of Woolwich 1947-54
- Very Rev Colin Semper - Head of Religious Programmes 1966-9 at BBC Radio 1949-57
- Prof Peter Baker, Halliburton Professor of Physiology from 1975-87 at King's College London 1950-7
- David Colvin CMG - UK Ambassador from 1996-2001 to Belgium 1952-9
- Sir David Blatherwick OBE - UK Ambassador to Ireland from 1991-5 and from 1995-9 to Egypt 1952-9
- John Hurt - actor 1953-7
- Michael Lynn - Chief Executive from 1995-6 of HMSO 1953-8
- Derek Fatchett - Labour MP from 1983-99 for Leeds Central 1956-63
- Sqn Ldr Nick Berryman - Buccaneer Pilot RAF - 1957-64
- David Kappler - Chairman of Premier Foods 1958-65
- Peter Day - Radio 4 presenter of In Business 1959-66
- Prof Christopher Thompson - Professor of Psychiatry from 1988-2003 at the University of Southampton and President from 2000-6 of the International Society for Affective Disorders
- Stephen Hughes - Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council 1965-72
- Mark Byford - BBC deputy Director General 1969-76
- Luke Green - Runner-Up of 1993's UK's Strongest Man competition 1973-80
Christ's Hospital Girls' High School
- Joyce Skinner CBE (1932–39) – principal, 1964–74, of Bishop Grosseteste College
- Marion Sindell (1936–43) – chief executive, 1979–85, of the Equal Opportunities Commission
- Bridget Cracroft-Eley (née Clifton-Brown c. 1940s) – 1995–2008, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
- Mary Mackie (1953–58) – novelist and non-fiction writer
- "A Brief History of Lincoln Christ's Hospital School", Christs-hospital.lincs.sch.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2012
- "The Deanery", Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2012
- "Greestone Stairs", Thebettahalf.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2012
- Benson, John, "Memories of Air Crashes in Lincolnshire", BBC Home - WW2 People's War. Retrieved 15 January 2012
- "'Writer in Bud' by Mary Mackie (née Whitlam)", Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School website. Retrieved 19 November 2013