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 twenty-first century.

Founded in 1611, the School moved to its present magnificent 250 acre site near Godalming, Surrey in 1872.

The School has around 800 pupils, all of whom, except for about 20 day boarders, are boarders. Charterhouse accepts only boys at 13+, but it has 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. The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11, followed by a choice of Cambridge Pre-U / A Level 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, and the university destinations of our leavers reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education we provide.

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.


Charterhouse aims to be an academically-focused, all-round school. Although our priorities are primarily academic, that does not mean achieving only qualifications by passing examinations. We aim to stimulate independent enquiry and intellectual curiosity, to enrich spiritual awareness, to match physical fitness with love of the arts, and to promote individuality together with a sense of duty and commitment to friends and society.

School Motto

Deo Dante Dedi – ‘God having given, I gave’

Governing Body

Governing Body
Mr Peter Norris, MA (Acting Chairman) The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams, MA
Mr Durell Barnes, BA Mr Julian Ide
Mr James Bovill, BA Mr Dale Jennings, MA, Dip Arch, RIBA
Professor Michael Collins, MA, DPhil Mr Andrew Reid, MA, MBA
Cllr Clare Curran, BSc Mr Simon Robinson, BA
Professor Vince Emery, PhD, FSB Dr Ralph Townsend, MA, DPhil
Clerk to the Governing Body: Ms Lindsay Gowland, BSc, MA Ed, ACIS

SENIOR Leadership Team

The Headmaster has a Senior Leadership Team to assist him with the day-to-day running of the School.

SENIOR Leadership Team 
Headmaster Mr Andrew Turner, BA, LLM                             
Second Master Mr James Kazi, MA
Deputy Headmaster (Academic) Mr Simon Allen, MA
Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral) Mr David Corran, MA
Assistant Head (Wellbeing) Mr Jonathan Wilson, BA
Assistant Head (Pastoral)  Miss Annabel Hawkins, BA
Director of Finance & Strategy Mr David Armitage, MBE, MSc 
Director of Admissions Mrs Iona Hutchinson, BA
Designated Safeguarding Lead Mr John Richardson, BA
Senior Housemaster Mr Jon Tully, BEng, FICS, FRGS