Christ's College, Sunderland
Christ's College (formerly "Grindon Hall Christian School") is a free school located in Sunderland, in the North East of England. It is non-selective and includes a Primary Department and a Secondary Department. This arrangement allows the incorporation of students from 4 years old to Sixth Form (16–18 years of age). It is a family-run school, based on Christianity, although it welcomes children from other faiths. There are approximately 540 children in the school as of 2013/14. Grindon Hall was originally a manor house. It became a sanitorium and later Fulwell Grange Christian School, which became Grindon Hall Christian School in the year 2000.
|Christ's College Sunderland|
Tyne and Wear,
|Motto||Per Pietatem ad Gaudium|
2000 (current school)
|Department for Education URN||138567 Tables|
|Chairman of the Governors||Neil Kell|
|Head teacher||Mrs Roberts|
|Age||4 to 18|
|Houses||Wilberforce, Shaftesbury and Parks|
|Colour(s)||Red, Grey & Black|
Fulwell Grange Christian School was founded by Elizabeth Gray in 1988. Her son, Christopher Gray, became head teacher following her retirement. She has since become a school governor.
Previously an independent school, Grindon Hall became a free school in 2012 and is now state-funded and free to attend.
In September 2019, the school was renamed as part of its transition to join the Emmanuel Schools Foundation
Buildings and grounds
The school comprises a number of different buildings. One is the original Grindon Hall building, and this is used for the Secondary Department. An extension was added in 2001-2002, called the T-Block, which housed changing facilities and two classrooms. The Grade II listed Stable Block was converted in order to be used as the Primary Department, along with 2 modular buildings. The Nursery Department is one modular building.
There is a front field which incorporates a rugby pitch, and in addition to this, there is a back yard, for use in wet weather and before school. The size of the estate is approximately 9 acres (36,000 m2).
Since becoming a free school, Grindon Hall has undergone various changes to its buildings which were completed for the 2013–14 school year. The aforementioned T-Block has been demolished, and in its place an extension, comprising a sports hall, changing facilities and dining hall. The extension also includes a 14-classroom primary school, replacing the Stable Block as the Primary Department. The Stable Block is now used as additional classrooms for the Secondary Department. Sixth Form, which was located in the T-Block, has been relocated to a modular building, comprising a study area and common room.
Grindon Hall used to host an annual Awards Evening at The Sage Gateshead where pupils from both lower- and upper-school were recognised for achievement in various areas of school life. Since around 2016 this has been held in the school sports hall.
Pupils are assigned to one of the school's two (now three, as of 2017) house teams when they join the school. Pupils can gather points for their house team throughout the year by performing well academically, participating in organised house events, such as 5-a-side football tournaments or spelling bees, and from collecting praise points which are given to students for good behaviour, exceptional effort, or being a good role model by teachers.
In the final term (Trinity term), a Sports Day is traditionally held at Gateshead International Stadium where pupils in each year group compete against class mates in track and field events, in order to gain points for their House team. Points from Sports Day and throughout the year are totalled up on the day and the winning House team announced. The two winning House Captains (from Year 11) collect the trophy on behalf of their House team. It is displayed with ribbons of the house colour (red for Wilberforce house, blue for Shaftesbury house and green for Parks house) until the next sports day. Currently, Shaftesbury house’s ribbons are shining bright.
Notable former pupils
- Sammy Ameobi, professional football player
Other Emmanuel Schools
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- "Stable learning zone for school". The Journal. 24 November 2004. p. 36.
- Ojewumi, Moses (7 November 2017). "Nigerian forward Sammy Ameobi nominated for October PFA player award". EniSports. Retrieved 17 May 2018.