Charterhouse is a wonderful school with four centuries of history behind it, but also one committed to being at the forefront of educational progress in the 21st century.
In 1872, the School moved to its present magnificent 250 acre site near Godalming, Surrey. It is conveniently located within 50 minutes’ drive of Central London, as well as both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
The School has around 810 pupils, all of whom, except for about 30 day pupils, are boarders. Charterhouse accepts boys at 13+ and 16+, and has also welcomed girls at 16+ for over forty years.There are currently more than 150 girls out of a total of 426 sixth formers.
Academic excellence is at the centre of all we do, and our pupils go on to study at the very best universities in the UK and around the world. We value intellectual development in the broadest sense, and we offer an outstanding range and quality of extracurricular activities. In addition, we provide excellent pastoral care in order to support and sustain our pupils throughout their time at Charterhouse and beyond.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Houses and Pastoral Care</strong>
Twelve 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. Girls, who enter in the sixth form, are fully integrated into the houses, where they have day studies, and have their own comfortable overnight accommodation.
During term time the School is responsible for a pupil’s welfare and acts ‘in loco parentis’. However, there are times when the School must be able to hand over these parental responsibilities to an appointed Guardian. It is the parents’ responsibility to appoint a Guardian in line with the Charterhouse’s Guardianship Policy.