The Skinners' Company’s link with Christ’s Hospital originated in the early 17th century when William Stoddard bequeathed a sum of money for the ‘relief of the poor’. The Skinner’s Company has presentation rights for two boys and two girls. There is no fee relationship between the presentee and the Skinners' Company, as this is agreed between the school and the family. Presentees must pass the entrance examination and residential assessment, but thereafter entry is non-competitive. Presentees put forward by the Company are those children who will most contribute to - and most benefit from - the transformative education that Christ's Hospital provides. The Skinners’ Company shares the school's ethos in prioritising the children of families in social, financial or other need.
The Aston Award, presented at Corpus Christi each year, was set up to offer a £400 travel prize annually for the best proposal for an adventure - physical, creative, artistic, social or intellectual - by a Grecian of Christ’s Hospital (sixth former in Year 12 or 13). A related objective of the Aston family is to strengthen communication between the generations, the School and Skinners, particularly those who are Old Blues.
Louise Aston with 2016 Aston Award winner, Beatrix Crinnion, the 22nd winner in the history of the award. Beatrix's proposal was to work as a volunteer on a husky farm in Sweden, and to explore and immerse herself in the beautiful Swedish wilderness, culture and language.
Beatrix said, “I would never have thought that my curiosity about Swedish culture would lead me to a chance to experience a lifestyle, which had previously seemed like a distant, starry-eyed dream.”
A Skinners’ Presentee at Christ’s Hospital, George Boyle, has been awarded a Full Main Board Pass and a guaranteed place at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. The selection process for the scholarship entry to Sandhurst is highly competitive and demanding. It involves interviews, a scrutiny board, a medical and time in the field via a generic army insight course but out of hundreds of applicants, George was one of a handful of fortunate students awarded a Full Main Board Pass.
George, 17, who is taking A Level Maths, Chemistry and Economics, will be heading up the army section of the school’s Combined Cadet Force. George said, “I’m not only thrilled to have been awarded a guaranteed place at Sandhurst, but also because it has been achieved through such a difficult and competitive process. From a young age I have always been interested in a military career. My enthusiasm was fired up by the shear range and scope of careers available within The Armed Forces and particularly by the experiences of my father and his friends who had served together. The humour, the bonds that they shared, regardless of rank, and their positive outlook on life (especially when things became difficult) were things that I wanted to be part of and to share in. I also think that my generation will have at least two careers in our working lives: What better place to start, than in The Army, learning about life, people, pressure, and leadership whilst having fun and making lifelong friends? There is the possibility and opportunity of a university bursary, which I will try for in due course. The Board Pass also means that I have the option of applying for any type of commission, including a gap year, short service or regular commission. I received lots of help, useful advice and practical experience from several helpful sources at school, not only from the CCF (in the form of both internal and external leadership training) but also from positions of responsibility in my boarding house as deputy head of house, and through playing team and individual sports. I can now focus on and enjoy my other school commitments, whilst working hard to get the best possible A Level results next year.”
Corpus Christi College is one of the ancient colleges in the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1352 by the Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Company has historical links with Corpus Christi College. The Master is invited to the College’s Queenborough Feast every year, normally held in early February, and the Master of Corpus is invited to a Livery Dinner at Skinners’ Hall each year.