Academic Overview

13-18 year old boys boarding. 16-18 year old girls and boys boarding and day.


Most boys arrive at Charterhouse from preparatory schools at the age of thirteen, though some are admitted from other schools in Britain and overseas. They enter the Under School  and pass successively through Year 9 (Fourth Form), Year 10 (Remove) and Year 11 (Fifth Form). Girls join in the Sixth Form (Specialists). There are 800 pupils in the School, with 400 pupils in the Specialists of whom 110 are girls.

The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11 and Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form, but every effort is made to teach according to pupils' abilities, and to stretch the ablest well beyond the demands of the syllabus.

The Deputy Headmaster (Academic) Mr James Kazi, oversees all academic matters and reports directly to the Headmaster. Teaching is organised in academic departments, the heads of which report to the Deputy Headmaster (Academic). Brooke Hall (the teachers’ common room) has over 100 members:

Brooke Hall Academic Staff | PDF (191KB) 

Carthusians (pupils) speak well of their beaks (teachers) and find them very ready to give extra help when needed. The relationship between Brooke Hall and pupils is relaxed - Carthusians are usually ready questioners, easy to talk to, unselfconscious with strangers or adults, and on good terms with their teachers.

James McConnell

Pupils' academic progress is closely monitored. In the traditional ceremony of Calling Over, the form master presents his class to the Master of the Under School (Mr Edward Reid), who praises those who have shown good effort, and encourages the less hard-working to greater endeavour. Specialists are also awarded regular grades for attainment and effort, which are scrutinised by the Master of the Specialists (Miss Catherine Robinson and Miss Jeni Tod). Parents receive detailed reports at the end of each term (Quarter), and have a formal opportunity to meet their son's or daughter's teachers every year to discuss progress. The Higher Education and Careers Department provides guidance and training throughout the process of selecting and applying to university.


To learn more about the academic disciplines at Charterhouse please view the videos below:

Welcome to Charterhouse | Video Clip
Our Curriculum | Video Clip
Cultural Activities | Video Clip
Studying Art | Video Clip
Drama & Theatre Studies | Video Clip