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Godalming, GU7 2DX, UK

+44 (0)1483 291501



School type Boys' Day & Boarding Senior, Co-ed Sixth Form
Founded 1611
Status Private
Head Dr Alex Peterken
Language of Instruction English
Girls Age Range 16-18 years
Boys Age Range 13-18 years (boarding from 13)
Number of pupils 940
Day fees per annum £12,180 per term
Boarding fees per annum £14,740 per term
Average Class Size 12-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio Under School: 1:20 Sixth Form: 1:12
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Mr Peter Price
Associations BSA, HMC, ISC

Motto: Deo Dante Dedi

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


The School is set within an inspiring 250-acre campus, conveniently located close to London and within 50 minutes of Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

With 17 grass sports pitches, 3 full-sized Astroturf pitches, an athletics stadium, a sports centre, 24 tennis courts and a 9-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.


Charterhouse offers a rigorous intellectual education both for pupils choosing the IB Diploma Programme and those following the British A Level curriculum. The IBDP provides both breadth and depth, and every opportunity is taken to promote cross-disciplinary working notably in pupils' choice of the Extended Essay. Intellectual curiosity is piqued by the huge range of academic clubs and societies operating during the afternoons and evenings, and students are even encouraged to set up their own with the organisational and financial support of the 125-strong academic faculty. The university destinations of leavers reflect both the ambitions of students and the quality of teaching on offer: 80% of Carthusians attend UK Russell Group institutions, and 2022 leavers obtained places at Oxford, four different Ivy League institutions, as well as several top European universities.

Co-curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities are an essential element of a Charterhouse education. They combine opportunities for leadership development, creativity, exercise and team work. They are also great fun. With more than 80 different sports and activities, including outdoor pursuits, music, drama and other creative opportunities, all pupils are encouraged to develop existing interests to exciting levels and to take up new ones. All pupils have the opportunity to enjoy themselves across a wide range of sports and creative arts, making use of the School's impressive facilities.


The House is the centre of every pupil's life, and the Houses offer a strong sense of identity and community. House spirit is encouraged by competitions in a wide variety of activities, from art to waterpolo, and House colours can be awarded for cultural and sporting achievements, as well as upholding the School's values.

The Heads of Houses and their families live in the Houses, and are supported by a team of pastoral staff and 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.

It is fair to say that every pupil at Charterhouse feels that their House is the best!


Around 60 pupils join the Sixth Form each year. Admission is by competitive examination and interview. Boys and girls should submit an application form by October of the year before entry, and will be assessed at Charterhouse in early November. Offers of places are made on 1 December. For further information please contact the Admissions Department: admissions@charterhouse.org.uk.