Christ's College Staff Handbook

Christ's College - A brief History

Christ's College was first established as God's House in 1437 by William Byngham, a London parish priest, for training grammar school masters. Shortly after receiving its Royal Licence from Henry VI in 1446, God's House was forced to move from its original site, as this was needed for the King's new project (what was to become King's College). God's House moved to its present site in 1448 and in the same year received a second Royal Licence. This licence may be regarded as the foundation charter.

Following the death of her third husband, and the accession of her son as King Henry VII, the Lady Margaret Beaufort turned her energies to good causes. No doubt at the suggestion of her confessor, Bishop John Fisher, she decided to enlarge God's House. In 1505, with a royal charter from the King (see picture above), the College was re-founded as Christ's College. Lady Margaret has been honoured ever since as the Foundress. Throughout its history, Christ's College has educated many famous people.

The government and control of all College affairs lies with the Governing Body, which sets College policy. The Governing Body consists of the Master and Fellows of the College. Its meetings, held regularly each Term, are chaired by the Master. The Governing Body delegates, both by College Statute and from time to time by Special Resolution, some responsibilities to the College Council. The College Council is comprised of the Master (Chairman), the Senior Tutor, the Bursar and ten other fellows elected by the Governing Body and manages the estates, income, expenditure and educational business of the College.

The administration of College affairs falls to the Master. The Master is assisted in this task by the College Officers, who manage the various administrative departments of the College, and the Development Director, who is responsible for fundraising and Alumni relations.

The College is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all and is committed to the principle of equality regardless of race, creed, colour, nationality, sex, disability, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, religion or age. The College applies employment policies that are fair, equitable and consistent with the skills and abilities of its members of staff and the needs of the College. The College looks to your support in implementing these policies to ensure that all members of staff are accorded equal opportunity for recruitment, training and promotion and, in all jobs of like work, on equal terms and conditions of employment.

The Governing Body of the College will not condone any discriminatory act or attitude in the conduct of its activities with the public or members of staff. Acts of harassment or discrimination on any grounds are disciplinary offences.

 A diagram of the College site can be found HERE.

You are asked to study the contents of this Staff Handbook carefully as, in addition to setting out the College’s General Regulations and Conditions of Employment, it also contains a great deal of helpful formation. The success of any organisation and that of its employees, however, depends very largely on the employees themselves, and so the College looks to you to play your part. Christ’s will continue to play its part.

Maintained by Amanda Burton-Palmer | Last updated Thu, 23 Mar 2017 - 2:52pm