History

Christ's origins date back to 1658 when John Bentley made a bid to found a free charity school. Bentley was a local business man and justice of the peace and he offered to build a school at his own expense.

The school however was not formally established until 25th May 1713, when a number of well-intentioned citizens of Richmond, headed by Queen Anne, agreed to subscribe towards "The setting up of a Charity School in the Parish of Richmond, for teaching poor children to read, and instructing them in the knowledge and practice of Christian religion as professed and taught in the Church of England." Queen Anne's subscription was a princely £30.00.

The original school was situated at the corner of George Street and Brewer's Lane in a building that had formerly been the Old Lily Pot Inn. The school was attached to the local parish church of St Mary Magdalene, but was informally known as a Bluecoat school, as the pupils were then provided with blue gowns – a tradition carried on with today's blue blazers.

In 1854 the school moved to a bigger building at the junction of Eton Street and Paradise Road, but a century later this was considered too small and ill equipped by the standards of the 1944 Education Act and so the school moved to new buildings on the east side of Queen's Road in 1960 and was known as St Mary Magdalene Church of England School.

For a short time, the school had links with St Edward the Confessor RC School which had opened in 1954 and was situated on the west side of Queens Road (now the site of Marshgate Primary School). The two schools ran a joint sixth form during the late 1960s but this proved to be a short lived experiment, although the governors of both schools considered a merger at the end of 1976.

In 1997, by mutual agreement, the Roman Catholic Church withdrew from the management arrangement and Christ's School was established on 1st September 1998 and returned to the original foundation, that of a Church of England Secondary School.

The school was re-launched on one site (the old East side) for the September intake 2000. The old building was considerably refurbished and expanded with purpose built art and textile rooms and a new technical block, housing science laboratories, design and technology workshops and food technology room, as well as a full size sports hall.

A state of the art music block was opened by Sir Tim Rice in 2004.

The school logo consists of the superimposed Greek letters Chi X; and Rho P, which are the first two letters of Christ in Greek. This logo in gold distinguishes the blue blazers worn by the 750 students who attend Christ's School today.

  • 07:14 AM - 23rd February, 2024 Surrey Cup FINALISTS!!!Congratulations to the Yr8 Basketball team who beat John Fisher School (Purley) in the Surrey Cup semi final!#togetherwearebasketball pic.twitter.com/Bs0GNRUSp3
  • 03:55 PM - 22nd February, 2024 Empty cereal box donations needed - If you have any at home, please bring them in for the Art Department. pic.twitter.com/rPp1gpdtiW
  • 09:21 AM - 21st February, 2024 Tickets are now on sale for this year's School Production of Legally Blonde Jr.We'd love to see you there!Read more pic.twitter.com/dnTf5wOs5f
  • 07:48 AM - 20th February, 2024 WIN: A great win for the U14 Girls Basketball Team. They are through to the 3rd Round of the London Youth Games Basketball Competition, beating Bacons College 44-28 in a bruising encounter MVP Tallulah#englandbasketball pic.twitter.com/04bIKVAyY7
  • 07:44 AM - 20th February, 2024 Well done to the yr 7 boys team who drew with Orleans Park yesterdayMOTM: Anthony - for pulling off some great saves! pic.twitter.com/kCAVfwNH0l
  • 09:47 AM - 13th February, 2024 It's Pancake Day and we at Christ's School (Food Preparation & Nutrition Group )  have used up leftover ingredients as was indicated for SHROVE TUESDAY making way for the start of Lent. Well done to all the participants pic.twitter.com/Qt6pS45ujY
  • 10:57 AM - 10th February, 2024 We're looking for prom dress / suit donations to help with the cost of prom and strive towards . Email Miss Show with any questions or drop donations directly to the school. All money raised will go towards helping yr 11 have the best night. pic.twitter.com/ugDHATToBY
  • 10:45 AM - 10th February, 2024 Well done to our Rowing Team who competed in the borough rowing competition yesterday.Special Mentions to the following students who placed top 3 in their age categories:Eden.B Luca.TEddie.MBen.I pic.twitter.com/2Wro0PfJNm
  • 07:21 AM - 9th February, 2024 Y10/11 netball team are Borough champions! Beating Grey Court in the final today. Great game from both sides pic.twitter.com/ZADN6dk4iL
  • 02:00 PM - 8th February, 2024 We're recruiting for a lunch time receptionist to cover 1 hour each day (not Thursdays). For more information please visit the school website. Completed application forms should be sent to HR.school by 9am on 19th February Read more pic.twitter.com/GQw1zzokS6
  • 12:54 PM - 8th February, 2024 We're recruiting for a lunch time receptionist cover to cover 1 hour each day (not Thursdays).For more information please visit the school website. Completed application forms should be sent to HR.school by 9am on 19th Read more pic.twitter.com/bPu3mQcrvi
  • 09:09 AM - 8th February, 2024 Tomorrow is a non-uniform day, raising money for 2 charities identified by our yr 11 citizenship students as part of a project they are currently doing. Donations will be collected on the gate or you can donate online.Read more pic.twitter.com/UVi4WdtlJi