Year 9 Admissions

Outstanding boarding for boys and girls aged 13 to 18

Charterhouse is an academically selective school and admission is by competitive examination and interview. We currently welcome around 130 boys into the Fourth Form (Year 9) and we will also be welcoming girls from 2021. Most of our pupils join us from a wide range of Prep Schools after taking the Foundation Scholarship or Common Entrance examinations.

Candidates who are not at a Prep School and not prepared for the Common Entrance examinations, will sit Charterhouse’s own entrance tests in the January before entry in the September. 

Charterhouse reserves a few places at Year 9 (13+ entry) to welcome candidates from overseas. Further information is availabe here.

Although the majority of children board at Charterhouse, we do have a few day boarding places which are available each year for children who live within easy reach of the School.

Admissions Process for children at UK Prep Schools

1. Registration 

Registration is the first stage of the admissions process and shows that parents are interested in a place for their son at Charterhouse. Parents are welcome to register at any stage, although the registrations will close on 1 October when their child is in Year 6. Parents complete the Registration Form and pay a non-returnable registration fee of £250.  Please contact the Admissions Office for the Registration form and payment details. 

2.  Common Pre-Tests and Prep School Report

In the Autumn term of Year 6, we will invite boys and girls who are registered with us to sit the ISEB Common Pre-tests at their Prep School. These are an age-standardised series of on-line tests in Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Further information can be found on the  ISEB  website ( We will look at the results of these tests in conjunction with Prep School reports and successful applicants will be invited to an Interview and Activity Afternoon in the Spring term.

3.  Interview and Activity Afternoons

During the afternoon, the children will have an interview and then will take part in three activities that are designed to give them the chance to show their full capabilities and to experience a taste of life at Charterhouse.

4.  Offers of Conditional Places

At the end of the Spring term of Year 6, we will make conditional offers to boys and girls who have done well in the pre-selection process. These offers are conditional on success in the Common Entrance examinations (or sitting for a Foundation Scholarship) when the children are in Year 8 and we expect all these children to pass Common Entrance comfortably.

Some children who have not reached an appropriate standard, but whose Prep School reports suggest that they have yet to reach their full potential, will be offered places on the Headmaster’s List (please see overleaf) and will be reassessed during Year 7.

5.  Deposit

The deposit is payable in two stages. Parents will be asked to pay a non-refundable initial deposit of £1,000 when accepting the conditional offer of a place. In November of Year 8, we will write to parents for the second part of the non-refundable deposit (a further £1,000 making the total deposit £2,000). If they have not done so before, this is the time when we ask parents to commit themselves to Charterhouse as their first-choice school.

6. House Selection

The House is very much the centre of a pupil’s daily life at Charterhouse and their ‘home’ during their time at the School. It is fair to say that every Carthusian feels that their House is the best.

Parents and children who accept the offer of a place at Charterhouse will be invited to attend one of a number of House Selection Days during Year 7. Families will meet two or three Housemasters, after which they will be asked to state their order of preference. House places will be confirmed towards the end of Year 7, once all the House Selection Days have taken place. We endeavour to offer all families their choice of House, but we are not always in a position to do this if demand for a particular House is high. Sibling and family connections are, of course, given priority and, in the unlikely event that we are unable to offer a child a place in his chosen House, we will invite the family to come back to Charterhouse in Year 8 to visit more Houses.

7.  Common Entrance

Apart from those who sit for a Foundation Scholarship, all children at Prep Schools take Common Entrance in June of Year 8 and are expected to reach the pass mark of 60%. We do not aim to fail a specific number of children – indeed, we never have more children taking Common Entrance than there are places available, so all candidates are expected to pass. Common Entrance results are important because we use them to place children in forms and sets when they arrive.

Headmaster’s List

The Headmaster’s List is for children who have just missed out on places in Year 6 and also for those who have registered too late to be pre-assessed in Year 6. These children will sit the ISEB Common Pre-tests in the Autumn term of Year 7 and we will then shortlist for interviews in the Spring term. Conditional places (conditional upon passing Common Entrance) will be offered to candidates who are successful in this process.

For entry in 2019, the ISEB Common Pre-tests will be in February 2018.

For entry in 2020 and beyond, the ISEB Common Pre-tests will be in the Autumn term of Year 7.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS FOR Children at other UK Schools

Charterhouse welcomes boys and girls at 13+ from other schools that do not prepare them for the Common Entrance examinations, such as state schools and 11-18 schools. These children will be invited to follow the same process as above, but their offer will be conditional upon them passing Charterhouse’s own Entrance Examinations in Mathematics, English and Science. The Charterhouse Entrance Examinations are held in January of the year of entry.


To request a prospectus and/or further information, please complete the Prospectus and Information Request Form using the link below: