Outstanding boarding for boys and girls aged 13 to 18

Founded in 1611, Charterhouse is one of the great historic public schools of England. With four centuries of history behind it, the School is committed to being at the forefront of educational progress in the twenty‑first century.

The School moved to its present magnificent 250 acre site near Godalming, Surrey in 1872.

Building on the success of the Sixth Form – where girls have flourished since 1971 – the School is moving to full coeducation from the age of 13. We look forward to welcoming our first girls into Year 9 in September 2021, the year in which we will celebrate half a century of girls at Charterhouse. There will be girls in every year group from September 2023.

The pupil roll will grow over the next decade from 820 today to around 1,000, with the increase representing additional places for girls.All pupils are boarders, except for about 25 day boarders.

Academic excellence is at the centre of all we do. The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11, followed by a choice of Cambridge Pre-U / A Level courses or the IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form. We aim to stretch and challenge all our pupils, in many cases well beyond the demands of the syllabus, and the university destinations of our leavers reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education we provide.

We hope our pupils will leave us having achieved the very best they are capable of, having found out what it is that they love and are good at, having learned to challenge themselves and to value other people.


Charterhouse aims to be an academically-focused, all-round school. Although our priorities are primarily academic, that does not mean achieving only qualifications by passing examinations. We aim to stimulate independent enquiry and intellectual curiosity, to enrich spiritual awareness, to match physical fitness with love of the arts, and to promote individuality together with a sense of duty and commitment to friends and society.

School Motto

Deo Dante Dedi – ‘God having given, I gave’

Governing Body

Governing Body
Mr Peter Norris, MA (Chair)

Mr Julian Ide, LLM

Ms Camilla Baldwin, MA

Mr Dale Jennings, MA, Dip Arch, RIBA

Mr Durell Barnes, BA

Mr David Macey, FCA

Mr James Bovill, BA

Mr Charles Oulton, MA

Professor Michael Collins, MA, DPhil

Mr Andrew Reid, MA, MBA

Cllr Clare Curran, BSc

Mr David Royds, BSc

Professor Vince Emery, PhD, FSB

Dr Ralph Townsend, MA, DPhil

The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams, MA


The Chair of the Governing Body may be contacted via Ms Lindsay Gowland, Clerk to the Governing Body, Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2DX. E:

SENIOR Leadership Team

The Headmaster has a Senior Leadership Team to assist him with the day-to-day running of the School.

Senior Leadership Team


Dr Alex Peterken, MA, EdD

Second Master

Mr Andrew Turner, BA, LLM 

Director of Finance & Strategy

Mr David Armitage, MBE, MSc

Director of Business Development & External Relations

Mr James Davey, MEng

Deputy Head (Academic)

Mr Simon Brian, MA (w.e.f. Sept 2018)

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Ms Karen Davies, MA, MBA (w.e.f. Sept 2018)

Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) and 
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr John Richardson, BA

Assistant Head (Pastoral)

Miss Annabel Hawkins, BA

Assistant Head (Academic)

Mr Simon Allen, MA, MEd

Director of Admissions

Mrs Iona Hutchinson, BA

Senior Housemaster 

Mr Jon Tully, BEng, FICS, FRGS

Calendar, Events & Term Dates

School Shop

Information for Parents

Charterhouse Terminology

Charterhouse Club

The Carthusian Magazine