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.


At Charterhouse we aim to equip pupils to lead fulfilled and purposeful lives by providing an all-round education based on Christian values. Teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do, although this does not mean achieving only qualifications and passing examinations. A Charterhouse education should endure long after examination results are published. We value all our pupils as individuals with unique talents and interests and seek to instil:

  • Academic rigour, intellectual curiosity and the ability to learn independently
  • The knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in a complex, fast-changing, multi-cultural society
  • A sense of personal values based on compassion, integrity and sound judgement
  • A commitment to the service of others and to society and a readiness to contribute to the common good
  • Spiritual, moral, cultural and aesthetic awareness which contributes to a balanced and well-informed approach to life.

School Motto

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

Governing Body

Governing Body
Mr Peter Norris, BA (Chair)

The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams, MA

Ms Camilla Baldwin, MA

Mr David Macey, FCA

Mr Durell Barnes, BA

Mr Charles Oulton, MA

Mr James Bovill, BA

Mr Andrew Reid, MA, MBA

Professor Michael Collins, MA, DPhil

Mr David Royds, BSc

Cllr Clare Curran, BSc

Dr Ralph Townsend, MA, DPhil

Professor Vince Emery, PhD, FSB


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 

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Ms Karen Davies, MA, MBA 

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

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Charterhouse Terminology

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