Girls have studies in their Houses, and are as much involved as the boys during the day. The Housemasters have overall responsibility for the academic and pastoral welfare of every Specialist but each girl also has an academic tutor and access to a network of pastoral care including Head of Girls, House Matron, staff in the halls of residence, the School Medical Officer and nurses, and the School Counsellors.
At night, they return to their halls of residence, Chetwynd, or the three neighbouring halls, Northridge, Stainers and Long Meadow. In Chetwynd there are 60 spacious study bedrooms each with en-suite shower and wc. There are five butteries where girls are able to prepare their own breakfasts and snacks. Lunch and 'homebill' (the evening meal) are taken in the House dining room with the boys. The butteries are equipped with microwave oven, fridge, dishwasher, toaster, cooker with hot plates and individual food lockers.
Head of Girls
M H SWIFT BDS (Hons) PGCE
Maggy Swift read Dentistry at Guy’s Hospital Dental School. Following a career break raising her three children Helen, William and Henrietta, she completed a PGCE and started to teach science. She has been a member of the Biology Department at Charterhouse for 12 years.
Maggy became Head of Girls in September 2001, combining the role with Warden of Chetwynd Hall 3 years later. She is a tutor in Bodeites and is the school Deputy Child Protection Officer.
Maggy’s interests include reading and sports (and her children whom were pupils at the School).
Head of Girls' Statement
Charterhouse welcomes girls into its mixed sixth form. Whilst academic work is the priority, Carthusiennes have the opportunity to broaden and to enrich their education by engaging in a plethora of diverse and exciting extra-curricular activities. They are fully integrated and valued members of the twelve Houses, and benefit from working alongside and sharing responsibilities with the boys. Having separate halls of residence enables girls to share ‘girl time’ at the end of the day and to rapidly establish friendships with their peers.
As The Head of Girls I have a pastoral role, engaging with Carthusiennes on a personal level and offering guidance and support. Participation in wider school life is encouraged and girls learn to become more self-directed and to effectively balance work and leisure pursuits. In Charterhouse’s safe and friendly environment girls develop the confidence to take risks and to embrace challenge. Leavers are perfectly poised to face the rigours of University life with intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm and assurance.
- Maggy Swift