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Godalming, GU7 2DX, UK

+44 (0)1483 291501



School type Co-educational 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 820
Day Boarding £11,210 per term
Boarding £13,565 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 HMC, BSA

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.

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.


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's curriculum is all about choice and challenge for the individual. Of course it is firmly rooted in its hallmark academic rigour, intellectual curiosity and independent learning, though it is the breadth of options available to each pupil at every stage of their education that make it stand out from the rest. The curriculum has recently seen the introduction of an innovative course in Informatics (Computational Sciences) for all its youngest pupils, and once through their GCSEs, pupils benefit from the dual offer available in the Sixth Form: A Levels and Pre U courses with extended projects, a wonderful range of academic electives (Psychology, History of Art, ab initio languages and Business Entrepreneurship are all on the cards this year) or the breadth of the highly regarded IB Diploma Programme. The university destinations of leavers reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education provided at the School: Oxbridge, Ivy League, top Russell group and Bocconi all feature in abundance this year.

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/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.


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