Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

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Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, Lincoln, England 9s2007.jpg
Established 1974
Type Academy
Religion Christian
Headteacher Martin Mckeown
Location Wragby Road
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.

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.

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. 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.

Grammar schools[edit]

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),[1] 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.[citation needed]

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,[2] 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,[3][4] 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.

The present-day school has had Language College status since 2001, and offers lessons 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.

Headmasters of Lincoln School[edit]

  • 1911–1929: Reginald Moxon
  • 1929 -1937: Charles Edgar Young
  • 1937–1957: George Franklin
  • 1958–1962: Patrick Martin (later headmaster of Warwick School, 1962–77)
  • 1962–1973: John Collins Faull
  • 1973–1974: Arthur Behenna

Heads of Lincoln Christ's Hospital School[edit]

  • 1974–1985: Arthur Behenna
  • 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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