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St Christopher`s School, Hove
33 New Church Road, BN3 4AD, UK Hove
+44 (0)1273 735404

Ian McIntyre with pupils of St Christopher's School, Hove

Welcome to St Christopher's School, Hove, a member of the Brighton College family of schools, and one of Brighton & Hove's leading academic preparatory schools for children aged 4 to 13.




St Christopher's School was established in Sackville Road in Hove in 1927, moving to New Church Road and its current site in 1944.  By the 1950s, the School began to expand its numbers from 70 to 120, at which time its reputation for academic and sporting excellence became established.  In 1961, St Christopher's pupils won every one of the ten scholarships awarded by Brighton College.

Maurice Saunders (Old Sir) joined the staff of the School in 1945 and succeeded Mr Gilbert Beall as Headmaster in 1956.  Fresh from Oxford, Roger Saunders (Young Sir), who had been a boy at the School in the 1950s, joined his father at St Christopher's in 1973, succeeding him as Headmaster in 1978.  By the mid-1980s, the excellence of the school's academic reputation was confirmed, with boys winning the top scholarships at Brighton College, Lancing College, Hurstpierpoint College and Christ's Hospital.  The School became co-educational in 1999. 

After thirty years, Roger Saunders retired as Headmaster and transferred ownership of St Christopher's to his old public school, Brighton College, in 2003.  A Board of Governors was established and St Christopher's became a member of the Brighton College family of schools under the leadership of Mrs Heather Beeby. 

Ian McIntyre, 36, took over as Headmaster in September 2006, having previously been Head of Forest Preparatory School in London, an IAPS prep school of 220 pupils.

Today, St Christopher's, as part of the Brighton College family of schools, continues to enjoy its reputation for academic excellence and first-rate sport, whilst offering its pupils a rich diet of the creative arts and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  Our motto 'Altiora Peto' - I strive for higher things - still very much defines the spirit of a St Christopher's education in the 21st Century.


The main points of entry to St Christopher's are at 4+ (Reception), or at 8+ (Year 4).  Places are occasionally available in other year-groups.

It is advisable to register your son or daughter for entry to the school as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  Please contact the Admissions Secretary for details.

Academic scholarships are awarded in January each year for entry into Year 4 (8+) or Year 7 (11+) in September.  Awards may also be offered to prospective pupils who demonstrate excellence in art, music or sport.

Means-tested bursaries are available in order to support able and ambitious pupils who may not otherwise be able to attend St Christopher's.

School fees include a cooked lunch prepared by our on-site caterers and most extra-curricular activities.  The 2007-2008 school fees are as follows:

Reception       £2,095 per term
Years 1-3       £2,268 per term
Years 4-8       £2,373 per term

Please contact Mrs Lisa Hammond, the Admissions Secretary,  on 01273 735404 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  to arrange a visit and to meet the Headmaster, Ian McIntyre.


St Christopher's pupils enjoying a lessonAt St Christopher's, we aim to provide a first-class, traditional academic education within a secure, family-style learning environment.  We are well known throughout Brighton & Hove and beyond for our high academic standards and our pupils' outstanding success over the years in the 13+ Common Entrance and scholarship examinations.

Our ethos is characterised by the early age at which pupils are introduced to experimenting in the science laboratory and languages such as Latin and French, and by the ambition and scale of our musical and dramatic productions.

Pupils are challenged on a daily basis with the latest maths puzzle or history quiz and can hone their language skills in French conversation.  Pupils in Year 6 participate in an annual residential visit to France.

Progression through the School
Pupils arriving in Reception are taught by a form teacher except for music, art and sport. In the I and II Forms (Years 1 and 2), specialist teachers also deliver science and French, whilst Latin is introduced in the III Form (Year 3).  We aim to provide a secure, happy and ambitious learning environment in the Lower School.  Pupils in Transition (Year 4) are divided into parallel classes and begin to experience a wider variety of subject teachers, whilst retaining the watchful eye of a form teacher for much of their day.

In the V and VI Forms (Years 5 and 6), pupils are taught by specialist teachers and set for mathematics and languages. Pupils are then streamed in their final two years into Common Entrance and academic scholarship classes, where work is geared towards entry into Year 9 at Brighton College and includes the study of Greek for potential scholars.
St Christopher's pupils being taught in the ICT suite
The ICT suite is used by teachers to support their work in the classroom and children use computers as an integral part of their studies in many subjects. Communication skills are developed in drama lessons and in formal debates and the children's artwork is on display around the school.


Progress is carefully monitored and assessed throughout the year. Standardised diagnostic tests are taken to help establish areas of strength and weakness.  From time to time, some pupils may require learning support.  Indiivudal and group programmes can be tailored to specific needs by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. 

In the Upper School, school examinations in the Michaelmas and summer terms and, for pupils in Years 7 and 8, mock examinations in the Lent term.  Upper School pupils receive grades for attainment and effort every three weeks, and these are recorded alongside Work Pluses on a Mark Card.

Parents are sent detailed written reports at the end of the Michaelmas and summer terms and Parents’ Evenings are held in the latter half of the Lent term. Headmaster's Commendations are awarded to pupils who demonstrate progress or endeavour in specific subjects, together with Commendations for Work and Conduct.

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