Christ’s Hospital is an independent co-educational boarding and day schools of 900 pupils with an equal mix of boys and girls aged 11 – 18.
The School is unique for a UK independent boarding school in that it offers more bursary places than other schools. This stems from Christ’s Hospital’s founding charter as a charitable school.
The Company shares the School’s charitable ethos and Skinners and Christ’s Hospital have links dating back to the 17th Century. Today, the Company has presentation rights for two boys and two girls, this means that if vacancies arise the Company can propose pupils to fill those vacancies.
The Aston Award is presented annually to a Christ’s Hospital student, it is a prize awarded for the best proposal for an adventure - be it physical, creative, artistic, social or intellectual. The Award, worth £400, is presented by the Master.
Hyun (Rachel) Cho is the 2019 Award winner. She has been given the Award so she can travel to South Korea and promote animal rights and welfare. South Korea is one of the largest consumers of dogs globally and has very low numbers of vegetarians and vegans. As a vegetarian this is an area of personal passion for Hyun. You can read her full proposal here.
In 1878 the Corporation of London and 16 livery companies signed an agreement which led to the establishment of the City & Guilds. The Skinners’ Company retains a seat on the City and Guilds Council and although the City & Guilds schools are no longer dependant on the financial support of their founders, they continue to value their advice, support and advocacy.
The Art Memorial Trust was founded in the late 1950’s during the lifetime of Skinners Liveryman and Secretary of the City &Guilds Institute, Geoffrey Stephenson.
Past Master of the Skinners’ Company Dr Anthony Holmes-Walker established an association with the Royal College of Art and a representative of the Company sits on the College’s Governing Body.