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Why Hugh Christie?


Hugh Christie opened in 1957 as a co-educational school for children of all needs and abilities. Based in Tonbridge with excellent transport links, the school is housed in brand-new buildings on an attractive campus. We have excellent facilities for Sport, Performing Arts, Science and Design and Information Technology. 


It is our aim that every child at Hugh Christie is happy, successful and well-prepared for adult life. This website provides you with all the important information about how we try to achieve this.

 Our priorities for the school are that;


  • Every student achieves their very best

  • Our students make better progress because every teacher is good and on the journey to outstanding

  • Students are happy, behave well and engage with their learning

  • We make a greater difference to the lives of our students because we aspire to outstanding leadership

  • Our provision meets the academic, economic, social, cultural and emotional needs of all our students and ensures they are well prepared for adult life in modern Britain.

We are very proud of the students and staff at Hugh Christie. We are passionate about providing a unique learning experience for your child that will enable them to achieve well, learning new skills, enjoy learning and have a successful and prosperous future.

Who Was
Hugh Christie?

Hugh Christie was a pioneer in every way. Born in London and the son of a city merchant, he was a farmer, public servant and educationalist and lived in Quarry Hill, Tonbridge.


A founder member of the National Farmers Union and also involved in the formation of the Women‘s Institute, in 1957 during the year in which our school was founded bearing his name, he was awarded the OBE for political and public services in Kent.


A man of outstanding character, integrity and courage, he died in 1962.

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Our History

To commemorate sixty years since the opening of Hugh Christie School in 1957/58, we have digitally stored some of the news archives about the school over the decades.


Much of the material comes from a scrapbook, presented to Mr Roy Howard (the first Headmaster at the school) when he retired in 1982. The scrapbook was passed back to the school shortly before he died.


We are very grateful to James Cope, who has worked hard to digitally capture this material, so future generations can read about the stories that made the school in its early years.

You can visit our archive here.

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