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Godalming, GU7 2DX, UK

+44 (0)1483 291501



School type Coeducational Day Boarding & Boarding
Founded 1611
Status Private
Headmaster Dr Alex Peterken
Language of Instruction English
Girls Age Range 16-18
Boys Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 810
Day Boarding £10,788 per term
Boarding £13,055 per term
Average Class Size 12-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio Under School: 1:20 Sixth Form: 1:12
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Robert Paler
Associations HMC, BSA

Founded in 1611, Charterhouse is one of the great historic public schools of England. With four centuries of history behind it, the School is committed to being at the forefront of educational progress in the twenty-first century.

Charterhouse is situated on a magnificent and inspiring 250 acre campus, which is conveniently located within 50 minutes of Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Building on the success of the Sixth Form – where girls have flourished since 1971 - the School is moving to full coeducation from the age of 13. We look forward to welcoming our first girls into Year 9 in September 2021, the year in which we will celebrate half a century of girls at Charterhouse. There will be girls in every year group from September 2023.

The pupil roll will grow over the next decade from 820 today to around 1,000, with the increase representing additional places for girls. All pupils are boarders, except for about 25 day boarders.

Academic excellence is at the centre of all that we do, and our pupils go on to study at the very best universities in Britain, and indeed around the world. We value intellectual development in the broadest sense, and we offer an outstanding range and quality of extra-curricular activities, as well as excellent pastoral care to support and sustain our pupils throughout their time at Charterhouse and beyond.

We hope our pupils will leave us having achieved the very best they are capable of, having found out what it is that they love and are good at, having learned to challenge themselves and to value other people.


The highly qualified teaching staff combines academic excellence with sympathetic and imaginative teaching to foster a love of knowledge and study. The emphasis is on developing independent thinking and enquiring minds, not simply on fulfilling the requirements of public examinations. We aim to stretch and challenge all our pupils, in many cases well beyond the demands of the syllabus. Academic results are excellent, and the university destinations of our leavers reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education we provide.

The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11, followed by a choice of Cambridge Pre-U courses or the IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form.

The IB Diploma Programme has been taught at Charterhouse since 2011, and this year the School celebrated the success of its first candidate to score the maximum 45 points - a feat only achieved by a small fraction of one per cent of candidates worldwide.

Delighted pupils from both courses of study are now celebrating securing their university places, including twenty-one pupils who have taken up their Oxbridge places as well as those heading for leading US universities such as Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania and UCLA.

Extracurricular activities

Extracurricular activities have a high profile, and pupils are encouraged to develop a variety of interests. Music, art, technology and drama are popular and successful, with work of the highest quality from the most talented, and wide participation from others of all abilities. A remarkable variety of games is played, with school teams at all levels, and a large number of house matches for those who wish to participate. The Queen's Sports Centre, three AstroTurf pitches and tennis courts complement many acres of playing fields.


The Houses provide comfortable, modern accommodation. All have been recently refurbished, and most pupils have single study-bedrooms. Pastoral care is a very high priority; housemasters and matrons reside in the Houses and are assisted by teams of tutors.


Around 75 girls and 30 boys 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