What will going fully coeducational mean for extra-curricular activities?
All of our arts, music, cultural and outward bound activities are already open to boys and girls and most sports are offered to all. Girls’ sports will be strengthened by the arrival of girls at 13 and we will be able to extend the sporting choice to all.
We already have a full range of sports and activities available for girls to participate in – including hockey and lacrosse, football, tennis and other racquet sports, athletics and swimming, to name a few. We will extend this sporting choice to the younger girls.
Many of our clubs and societies are pupil led, and with the arrival of girls into the Under School will come new enthusiasms, interests and pastimes. Girls will be encouraged to take leadership roles in areas of interest to them – this could either be in existing activities or to start new clubs and societies.
How will my son / daughter be able to socialise with girls / boys?
Your son and daughter will be able to mix informally for much of the day – with boys and girls. Lessons, extra-curricular activities and a host of School trips will be mixed. We have a popular programme of weekend activities too, that again will be mixed. Time spent in boarding houses overnight will of course be separate (but in a coed school the best opportunities to mix are those that are not consciously organised).
There will be numerous social opportunities between girls’ and boys’ boarding houses, year group events and more informal occasions during the course of the busy School week.
What does going full coeducational mean for pastoral care?
Our deep concern for each and every individual ensures that everyone, boy or girl, feels known and valued at Charterhouse. The younger girls will benefit from male and female role models to look up to, and pastoral staff to talk to – as the boys and older girls have today. Every girl will have a Housemistress, Matron and Personal Tutor.
Boarding houses will move to being single sex from September 2019, with new girls houses established. New houses will be built as the School grows in size.
What will the new houses look like?
Although plans are in the early stages of development, there are a number of attributes of boarding at Charterhouse that are well established and will form the basis of design:
- The House will accommodate around 60-65 pupils in a combination of shared, en-suite rooms and single rooms for older pupils.
- There will be ample communal space for relaxing and socialising in the house with common rooms, games rooms and small kitchen provision.
- Houses will have a resident Housemistress, Assistant Housemistress and Matron. The House Tutor teams will include several non-resident members of staff who will provide additional support and supervision in evenings and get to know the members of the House very well.
How do we choose my daughter’s Housemistress? When will we be able to meet her?
We will invite girls and their parents to meet our Housemistresses and, following consultation, seek to ensure a good mix of girls in each house with which the girls and their parents are happy.
Who will be my daughter’s Tutor?
Your child will keep the same tutor for the duration of his / her time at Charterhouse wherever possible; this will provide continuity of academic and pastoral provision for each boy or girl and ensure that the tutor team is composed of familiar staff who already know them well. UCAS references will draw on the contributions of all those who know the pupils best, including the Housemaster or Housemistress, Tutor and subject teachers.
How will the changes affect existing pupils?
We have the time to ensure a smooth and orderly transition to full coeducation and our Senior Leadership Team is developing detailed plans with that as a priority. Daily life at the School will continue uninterrupted for current pupils during the gradual transition.
Pupils will not experience any change in the composition of their year group other than when they become Specialists, as has been the case for many years. The 2017 Fourth Form intake will be in their final year by the time the first girls arrive in the Fourth Form.
How will the changes affect pupils who have registered for places?
The vast majority of those registered for places will see no change to the education they have chosen.
Sixth Form girls entering in September 2018 will spend their first year in the current system. They are members of a mixed boarding house that allows full and prompt integration into the life of the School and a broad network of socialising opportunities, but with separate overnight accommodation elsewhere on the campus. They will then move into the new girls’ boarding houses in their second year. They will have the unique opportunity to shape the girls’ boarding house experience for the benefit of the incoming girls in the years below them, with all the leadership responsibilities that will afford.