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Founded in 1611, Charterhouse is one of the UK’s leading independent day and boarding schools, providing a first class education for boys and girls aged 13 to 18.

Building on the success of its mixed sixth-form, the school is moving to full coeducation from the age of 13, and will welcome the first girls into year nine in September 2021.

Around 35 boys and 70 girls join Charterhouse for sixth-form each year from a variety of different independent, state and international schools.


Address: Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DX
Founded: 1611
Number of Pupils: 820
Fees: Per term (2019-20) – Boarding £13,565; Day £11,210
Ages: 13-18
Head Teacher: Dr Alex Peterken
Religious Affiliation: Anglican
Entrance Procedure: 13+ entry Children need to be registered by 1 October, when they are in their year six, prior to taking the ISEB pre-test.  A quarter of the places are reserved for children to take the entrance assessments when they are in their year seven.
Sixth-form – Charterhouse welcomes over 100 new pupils into the sixth-form each year.  Registrations open in the spring term of the year prior to entry.
Full details on the Admissions processes are available on the school website:
Email: Iona Hutchinson, [email protected]
School Visits:
Prospective parents and their children are warmly invited to visit Charterhouse to meet the Headmaster and his staff. Full details on the admissions processes are available on the school website:

The Curriculum

Charterhouse’s curriculum promotes academic rigour, develops intellectual curiosity and fosters the ability to learn independently. The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in year 11, followed by a choice of A-level courses or the IB Diploma Programme in the sixth-form. The school also offers a taught series of timetabled extended projects and academic enrichment electives. The university destinations of leavers reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education provided at the School.

Games & The Arts

With more than 80 different sports and activities, including music, drama and other creative opportunities, everyone is encouraged to develop existing interests to exciting levels or take up new ones. A great many clubs and societies are pupil-led, offering real leadership opportunities and few limits to what can be pursued. Outdoor education, including a thriving DofE programme and a growing community and partnerships agenda, foster teamwork, service and leadership.

Pastoral Care

Charterhouse is one of the very few schools now that is almost 100% boarding, with daily life for all pupils revolving around the houses. The housemasters/housemistresses and their families live in the houses and are supported by resident matrons, assistant housemasters and a team of tutors. Each tutor has a small number of pupils with whom he or she meets at least once a week to provide the help and encouragement that enables every pupil to make the most of life at the school. They take an active interest in their tutees, attending concerts, plays and sporting events in which they participate.

Recent University Places

Our most recent leavers have secured places at some of the world’s top universities, with eleven taking up offers at Oxford and Cambridge, nine at Durham, and 15 at UCL. Beyond the UK, this year’s leavers will attend Bocconi, NYU Stern, Princeton, Brown, Columbia and Chicago.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

‘Life at Charterhouse is always a partnership between the school and the pupil, individually. We will make sure you are supported at every turn and that you feel comfortable, respected, safe and secure in your environment. In return we want you to take an active role in your own education, and take responsibility for it, not simply allowing others to educate you. From challenge and inspiration in the classroom to a vast range of different co-curricular activities, many of which are pupil led, there is a huge breadth of opportunity available to you here. Our role is to help you to navigate these options, to make the most of every day, and to have a lot of fun along the way. You’ll also develop awareness of our set of core values – responsibility, open-mindedness, perseverance, moral courage and kindness. We believe these are key to being successful at this fantastic school and will be crucial for success in adult life, alongside all the skills and qualifications you will gain during your time with us.’

Outstanding Characteristics

The School is set within an inspiring 250-acre campus, conveniently located close to London and within 50 minutes of both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. With 17 grass sports pitches, three full-sized astroturf pitches, an athletics stadium, a sports centre, 24 tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course, not to mention beautiful lawns and gardens, the campus is one of the best, if not the best, in the country. Combined with a 235-seat theatre and separate music performance and art display spaces, the school’s setting encourages pupils to contribute, and provides a safe community in which to explore and grow.


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