Frequently Asked Questions

Moving to a coedUCATIONAL School

Why are you going fully coeducational?

The governors have taken this decision as part of Charterhouse’s strategic development. Going fully coeducational is a key part of a cohesive plan to grow and develop the School, one that has been evolving over the last few years. We want to extend the considerable opportunities of a 5-year education at Charterhouse to girls as well as boys.

Going full coeducational is a natural extension of our current approach. Coeducation has a long history at Charterhouse: in 2021 we will be celebrating 50 years of boys and girls studying together in the Sixth Form.

We believe that learning together in the classroom will benefit both boys and girls. Working together intellectually and socially will build confidence and help develop realistic relationships for the future. 

Why now?

The world and work is undergoing a transformation unlike anything seen before in its scale, scope and complexity. The next generation will need new levels of intellectual engagement, flexibility and individual resourcefulness.

We believe the mindset for a rewarding and fulfilling life in this uncertain future is best developed by girls and boys learning together as partners and equals – just as they will work together as adults to take on opportunities and tackle challenges.

Our new Headmaster, Alex Peterken who joins in January 2018 is leading this programme and has experience of successfully growing the coed offering at his current school, Cheltenham College.

When will girls arrive in the School?

They are already here! We have nearly 50 years of experience in providing coeducation and there are currently 150 girls in our Sixth Form. Younger girls will be able to join the Fourth Form (Year 9) at 13+ in September 2021. From September 2023 there will be girls in every year group. 

How many places will there be for girls?  Will this reduce the number of places for boys?

Over the next decade, our pupil roll will grow from 800 today to over 1,000 to accommodate more girls. This carefully planned and coordinated growth will come from new places for girls – the number of boys’ places will stay broadly the same.

How many girls will there be in the first year of this scheme?

Numbers are not yet finalised, but we are aiming for a cohort that is large enough to retain a clear identity and create a healthy social mix and extra curricular opportunities for the girls.

What will the girl / boy ratio be?

As we grow to become fully coeducational we will seek to achieve a strong and diverse mixed gender environment for both sexes. We are always subject to market demand, especially for boarding places, however our initial aim is to achieve a 60:40 (male:female) split in the long term.

How will year groups grow?

There will be a gradual increase in the size of the Under School over the first three years as girls join the School.

How will going fully coeducational change the School?

The values and ethos of the School will not change. The fundamentals of a Charterhouse education has stood the test of time and it is just as relevant today as it was when the School was founded more than 400 years ago.

Younger girls will thrive as well as our boys and older girls on our commitment to care, independent learning, pupil leadership, and academic and extra-curricular challenge and breadth. Indeed, because they will contribute fresh perspectives and new interests, our new girls will help and extend all that we offer even further, for everyone’s benefit.

Academic tuition will be coeducational. The vast array of extra-curricular activities will be open to all and, being partly pupil driven, the offer is expected to broaden further with the arrival of younger girls.

Boarding houses will be single sex from 2019. We are establishing new girls’ houses and making improvements to the existing boys’ houses.

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