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Elac at Christ's Hospital School, Horsham

‘One of the most impressive schools in Britain with superb facilities

Key facts
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Key facts about the centre

  • Grand, traditional English boarding school

  • Set in huge private estate

  • 10 minutes from Horsham town centre

  • Close to Gatwick airport

  • 55 minutes to London by direct train

  • Full board residential accommodation

  • Typical Age Range: 12 – 17 years old

  • Magnificent Victorian Buildings

  • Large modern sports centre with indoor pool

  • Extensive Sports grounds

  • Extensive sports facilities on campus


Horsham and Christ's Hospital


Christ’s Hospital School is located near Horsham, close to Gatwick Airport just to the south-west of London.  The village has its own railway station with frequent trains to London and south coast towns.

The school and local area have a lot to offer to visiting students too, including:

  • A number of magnificent, grand buildings, particularly a theatre modelled on Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Easy access to Gatwick airport (25 minutes), and Heathrow airport (45 minutes)
  • Large and beautiful grounds with tremendous facilities for all kinds of sports and activities
  • Local towns of Horsham and East Grinstead which offer good shopping within easy reach
  • A railway station in the village offering easy access to London, Brighton and other destinations
  • A number of destinations of historical and cultural interest that can be reached on day trips

Our course takes place in the fabulous surroundings of one of the most impressive private schools in the United Kingdom.  Christ’s Hospital first began teaching children in the 1550’s in Newgate, London, when it received the Royal Charter from Edward VI.  Then in 1897 it moved to its magnificent present site near Horsham.

It is known for its unique uniform of long blue coats and long yellow socks, but also for the fantastic opportunities it offers to bright children from poorer backgrounds: the majority of the students at this prestigious private school are on scholarships.

The school’s facilities include a grand Victorian dining room that houses the largest painting in Europe; a chapel where all 800 pupils can worship together; and a theatre built to resemble the Globe in London.  In addition to these grand buildings, Christ’s Hospital also boasts superb modern facilities including a very large indoor sports complex, Astroturf and tennis courts.

These wonderful facilities, the traditional and the modern, are all set within a huge 500-hectare estate that extends as far as the eye can see.


Accommodation at Christ's Hospital School


The accommodation is in comfortable study bedrooms in one of the eight residential houses that are set on their own private avenue either side of the main school quadrangle.  These have all been completely refurbished and have large common rooms and relaxation rooms.

Each house has its own entrance with digital security code on the front door.  Most are twins and triples but there are also some singles.

Elac house staff are always on hand to ensure thorough supervision of students.


Excursions from Christ's Hospital



Christ’s Hospital occupies an excellent position within easy of reach of a wide range of interesting destinations including London and the South Coast.  We offer three full-day excursions as part of our programme (London, Oxford and Brighton), and there are opportunities to organise a further optional excursion if you would like to.


Excursion 1 – London
Christ’s Hospital (the village) has its own railway station, and so getting into the city couldn’t be easier: a five minute walk from the school through the village and a 55-minute train journey direct into London Victoria.

From here, we take the students on a walking tour of the principal sights before lunch.

After lunch they have the option to visit a museum or gallery, or to spend time hunting for souvenirs and bargains in the shopping areas.

Visit the London Town website

trafalgar square

Excursion 2 – Cambridge

We travel to Cambridge by coach (approximately 2 hours) and enjoy a walking tour of the city to learn about its history, including entrance into one of the famous colleges.  In the afternoon students can choose to spend time in further sightseeing, wandering main shopping streets or in trying their hands at punting on the river.

Visit the Cambridge City website


Excursion 3 – Brighton

Brighton is a famous seaside resort town on the south coast.  It has grown considerably over the last 20 years, and was recently awarded City status.

We travel to Brighton by train and following a walk around the fascinating ‘Lanes’ (a series of narrow streets packed with small shops and restaurants) and past the famous Royal Pavilion, students have time to relax on the beach or visit the pier.

The trip to Brighton includes entrance to the Royal Pavilion.

Find out more about Brighton

Excursion 4 – Horsham (half day)
Horsham, on the River Arun,  is the nearest town to Christ's Hospital School so we always give our students the opportunity to visit, look around this lively market town and do some shopping.
The town itself is an interesting mix of traditional English architecture and modern facilities.  Many building in Horsham date from the 18th century (and earlier) but there is also a modern covered shopping centre and all the main British retailers are represented.

Visit the Horsham Town website for more.

More information, including full centre addresses, maps and directions is available on Elac's Education website.
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