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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

Motto: Deo Dante Dedi

Founded in 1611, Charterhouse is one of the UK's leading independent boarding schools. With four centuries of history behind it, the School is committed to being at the forefront of educational progress in the twenty-first century.

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 9 in September 2021. There will be girls in every year group from September 2023.

The pupil roll will grow over the next decade to around 1,000, with the increase representing additional places for girls.


The School moved from London to Godalming, Surrey in 1872, and is set within an inspirational 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's academic 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.

Pupils from both courses of study are now celebrating securing their university places, including those pupils who have achieved their offers for Oxbridge entry as well as to leading international universities such as Berkeley, Bocconi, Columbia, Chicago and NYU.

Co-curricular Activities

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.


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 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.


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