Year 9 Admissions

Below is the Year 9 Admissions process for boys at UK Prep Schools. For families living overseas, please refer to Overseas Admissions.


Registration is the first stage of the admissions process and shows that parents are interested in a place for their son at Charterhouse. Parents fill in the registration form and pay a non-returnable fee to secure a place for their son on the list for his year of entry (Year 9 – usually, the September after his 13th birthday). Parents normally visit the School before registration, although some prefer to register their sons when they are very young. Recently, the list has been closed nearly three years in advance; at the latest, it is essential to contact us when boys are starting Year 6.

Common Pre-test and Prep School report

In the Lent term of Year 6, we will ask boys who are registered with us to sit the ISEB Common Pre-test at their Prep School. These online multiple-choice tests include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics. 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 we will always talk to Prep School Heads if the pre-test results are not in line with the report. Only if both the pre-test results and the report show that a boy is unsuitable for Charterhouse will he be rejected at this stage. Some boys who have not reached an appropriate standard, but whose Prep School reports suggest they have yet to reach their full potential, will be offered places on the Headmaster’s List and will be reassessed during Year 7.


In the Summer term of Year 6, we will invite applicants to visit Charterhouse for an Interview and Activities Afternoon. During the afternoon, boys will be interviewed and will take part in three other activities that are designed to give them the chance to show their full capabilities and to experience a taste of life at Charterhouse.

Offers of conditional places

At the end of the Summer term of Year 6, we will offer places at Charterhouse to boys who have done well in the pre-selection process. These are conditional on success in the Common Entrance examinations (or sitting for a Foundation Scholarship). We expect all these boys to pass Common Entrance comfortably if they continue to work hard and make the expected progress at their Prep Schools. Boys who have performed less well may be offered places on the Headmaster’s List (see below). 

Parents will be asked to pay an initial deposit to confirm the place and also to indicate whether Charterhouse is their first choice school. 

House selection

Parents who have paid deposits will be invited with their sons to attend one of a number of House Selection Days during Year 7. Parents and boys will visit two or three Houses, after which they will be asked to state their order of preference between them. The Houses to be visited will be decided by the Director of Admissions, but those with close family links to a particular House will be able to visit that House, if they choose. House places will be offered (where possible in the first or second choice House) early in the Summer term of Year 7. If parents choose to reject the House place, their sons will be placed on the General List and will choose their House during Year 8.

Lesson Observation Mornings

These are held in March and October for boys due to come to the School the following year. Boys and their parents will be invited to see lessons taking place in all departments before meeting members of the teaching staff over lunch. 

Headmaster's list

The Headmaster’s List is for boys who have just missed out on places in Year 6 and also for boys who have registered too late to be pre-assessed in Year 6. These boys will sit the Common Pre-test in the Lent term of Year 7 and will be interviewed at Charterhouse during the Summer term. Conditional places (conditional upon passing Common Entrance) will be offered to those who are successful in this process. They will be placed on the General List and choose their House during Year 8.

Second deposit

In November of Year 8, we will write to parents for a second deposit. 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.

Common Entrance

Apart from those who sit for a Foundation Scholarship, all boys at Prep Schools take Common Entrance and are expected to reach the pass mark of 60%. We do not aim to fail a specific number of boys – indeed we never have more boys taking Common Entrance than there are places available, so all candidates are expected to pass. Those who are in danger of failing will have been warned in advance and encouraged to find another school. Common Entrance results are important because we use them to place boys in forms and sets when they arrive.


A limited number of boys who live within very easy reach of Charterhouse can be admitted as day boarders. Each day boarder becomes a member of one of the boarding Houses and participates fully in the life of the School. They are expected to attend Chapel and remain at School in the evening until their Housemaster gives them permission to go home (not before 9.00pm).

PROSPECTUS and Information request FORM

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