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Lincoln Christ's Hospital School is an English state secondary school with academy status located in Wragby Road in Lincoln. It was established in 1974, taking over the pupils and many of the staff of the older Lincoln Grammar School and 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 Girls' 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. 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 endowment for Christ's Hospital Girls' School was derived from the former Bluecoat School on Christ's Hospital Terrace, Lincoln which was closed in 1883. This school was originally established in 1614 in St. Mary's Guildhall, Lincoln before it was moved to Christ Hospital Terrace in 1623. In September 1893 Lincoln Christ's Hospital Girls' High School was started, with Agnes Body as its headmistress.
LCHS was formed from the merger of two single-sex grammar schools, both of which had some boarders. 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.
On 22 July 1941 an RAFHandley 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1,400, including over 300 in the sixth form. Of the school roll, 15 per cent receive free school meals.
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