A New Science and Mathematics Centre

The School is excited to announce bold and ambitious plans to create a new Science and Mathematics Centre, providing our pupils with the best facilities of any school in the UK and revolutionising the way these subjects are taught at Charterhouse.

Creating the new Science and Mathematics Centre is our top academic priority and will be critically important to the future of the School.

Planning permission was granted in February 2016 and the construction of the first phase began in January 2017.

The Future of Science and Mathematics at Charterhouse

Science and Mathematics underpin every aspect of modern life, and future technological, economic and cultural progress will be driven by societies with high levels of mathematical and scientific expertise.

Charterhouse’s experience shows that inspirational teaching can succeed in persuading ever greater numbers of pupils to study and succeed in Science and Mathematics.  Our examination results are outstanding and more pupils go on to read Science at university than any other subject.

Growing numbers of pupils choosing to study these subjects mean we urgently need additional laboratory and teaching space of the highest quality, and as part of our commitment to academic excellence we have developed plans for a new Centre in which Science and Mathematics will be co-located for the first time.

The Plan

Our plans have been shaped by significant changes in the way that Science and Mathematics are being taught at university, with much greater emphasis on inter-disciplinary collaborations across subject boundaries.  It is important that we mirror these developments, thereby preparing our pupils for university and for the collaborative careers that lie ahead of them.

Following careful appraisal of various options, we have drawn up plans for a new Science and Mathematics Centre delivered in three phases, featuring a new Chemistry building alongside the existing building which will be completely redeveloped to house Biology, Maths and Physics.

The new Centre will provide:

  • 50% more space overall
  • A flexible modern environment of the highest quality
  • The co-location of Science and Mathematics for the first time, fostering inter-departmental collaboration based around a shared hub where pupils can meet, interact and access resources
  • A Lecture Theatre with retractable seating and the latest audio-visual aids capable of hosting lectures, science demonstrations and other School events

The Impact

The Centre will have a direct impact on the way current and future generations of pupils study Maths and Science:

  • An environment that actively encourages innovation and creative inter-disciplinary collaboration, resulting in a richer and more stimulating pupil experience and even better academic results
  • More scope to innovate in the development of new teaching methods, ensuring Charterhouse continues to lead the way in Science and Mathematics education
  • Additional space for practical work and the potential to introduce longer-running experiments which will no longer need to be dismantled at the end of each class
  • Space to expand our nationally significant partnerships with Science teachers in the state sector.

Costs and timetable

The total cost of the project has been estimated at £22.2m inclusive of VAT and inflation.

Our initial focus is on Phase 1, the construction of the new Chemistry wing, which will cost £10.2m and is due for completion in 2018.

The School will invest £6m in Phase 1, and a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise the remaining £3.5m from OCs, parents and friends of the School.


Estimated Cost

Potential Completion

Phase 1


September 2018

Phase 2



Phase 3



Science & Mathematics Centre Brochure | PDF (191KB)

If you would like more information about the project, please contact:

Ian Jones
Foundation Director
+44 (0)1483 291565
Charterhouse, Godalming, GU7 2DX