Charterhouse

Outstanding boarding for boys and girls aged 13 to 18


Founded in 1611, Charterhouse is one of the UK’s leading independent boarding schools, providing a first class education with outstanding boarding for boys and girls aged 13 to 18.

Building on the success of our mixed Sixth Form, 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.

The School is set within an inspiring 250‑acre campus, conveniently located close to London and within 50 minutes of both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. With 17 grass sports pitches, 3 full‑sized Astroturf pitches, an athletics stadium, a sports centre, 24 tennis courts and a 9‑hole golf course, not to mention beautiful lawns and gardens, the campus is one of the best, if not the best, in the country. Combined with a 235‑seat theatre and separate music performance and art display spaces, the School’s setting encourages pupils to contribute, and provides a safe community in which to explore and grow.

Charterhouse is one of the very few schools now that is almost 100 per cent boarding, with daily life for all pupils revolving around the Houses. The Housemasters / Housemistresses and their families live in the Houses, with our boys and girls also supported by resident Matrons, Assistant House staff and a team of tutors. Each tutor has a small number of pupils with whom he or she meets at least once a week to provide the help and encouragement that enables every pupil to make the most of life at the School.

With more than 80 different sports and activities, including music, drama and other creative opportunities, everyone is encouraged to develop existing interests to exciting levels and take up new ones. A great many clubs and societies are pupil‑led, offering real leadership opportunities and few limits to what can be pursued.

Our curriculum is exciting, innovative and stretching. Our pupils arrive in Year 9 and develop their intellectual curiosity by following a real breadth of academic subjects. Their curriculum in years 10 and 11 culminates with (I)GCSEs, followed by a range of flexible pathways in the Sixth Form where A Level courses and the IB Diploma Programme are on offer.  We have the highest of expectations and aspirations for both pupils and teachers and aim to stretch and challenge all our pupils well beyond the demands of the syllabus.  The university destinations of our leavers reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education we provide. 

Aims

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’

THE FOURTH AGE OF CHARTERHOUSE

Great institutions do not rest on their laurels and Charterhouse is currently undergoing one of the most exciting transformations you will find in any independent school in the country. 

Alongside the modernisation of our curriculum, timetable and tutoring system we are updating our boarding model to ensure that we provide the most welcoming possible “home from home”. Significant investment in our academic, co-curricular, boarding and dining facilities, as well as in our beautiful campus, will contribute to an unrivalled environment in which all our pupils can flourish.

At the same time we remain proud of our 400-year heritage and the School’s enduring values. Kindness and Responsibility feature in our Founder’s motto “Deo Dante Dedi”  – “God having given I gave” – and in the contemporary boarding education we offer.

You can view our 'New Tomorrow' booklet below, which outlines our modernisation as the School expands and moves to full coeducation.

A NEW TOMORROW | PDF

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