Education in the Community

Charterhouse supports teaching and learning in various curriculum areas within the local community and these are outlined below:


Members of the Art Department regularly hold workshops for junior schools and prep schools in portraiture and identity, using photography and painting; painting in oils, acrylic and watercolour; ceramics and papermaking; drawing.


Members of the Classics Department teach Latin in local state schools, giving children who would otherwise have no education in the subject, an opportunity to participate in a Latin Club.


Charterhouse pupils are encouraged to participate in concerts within the local community, and in recent years a number of concerts have been given in aid of local charities and trusts in Godalming and in nearby villages. Regular contributions include the direction of both Senior and Junior Godalming Bands by a  member of the Charterhouse Music Department, and carol singing by pupils in the Robertson Nursing Home.


Members of the Science Department have been involved with 'Education in the Community' projects for a number of years.

A large part of the work at Charterhouse has been carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Physics in the important area of Physics teacher training. This involves developing and delivering workshops for NQTs and students at local teacher training universities.

Charterhouse believes that this is important national work which has a positive influence on the day-to-day work with pupils at Charterhouse.

Stimulating Physics Network Day

Charterhouse in collaboration with the Institute of Physics host a full day of Physics workshops and lectures for up to 180 of its members in July. For details of how to register for this free day, please contact the Institute of Physics.

Summer Residential Courses

Charterhouse School Governing Body, the Institute of Physics (IoP) and Surrey University work in partnership to produce two one-week residential course designed to boost Physics and Chemistry subject knowledge. The courses are run in early July at Charterhouse. The School's excellent laboratory facilities are put to good use delivering intensive courses that attract about thirty delegates from different teacher training institutions. A few more experienced teachers also attend.

Experienced teachers, university lecturers and guest presenters deliver talks and supervised lab work covering the basics of key stage 3 and 4. The delegates have an opportunity to meet recently qualified teachers during the evening sessions. 

The 2018 Physics Subject Booster Course

The 2018 Physics Subject Booster Courses will run on:

  • Week 1: Monday 2 July to Friday 6 July
    Week 2: Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July

To register for this year's free course please see the information and complete the registration form in the pdf below:

Physics Subject Booster Course 2018 | pdf

Saturday Knowledge Enhancement Sessions

Saturday Physics Subject Booster 2018-19 | PDF

Non-physics teacher training students and NQTs need extra help to build their confidence before entering the class room to teach KS3 and 4 Physics. Free subject booster sessions, held on a number of Saturdays in the Charterhouse labs, aim to help and encourage this process.


Feedback from teachers on the Courses

These Summer Residential Courses have been running for many years with a dedicated team of teachers and technicians. The following feedback encapsulates the many hundreds that have been attained over the years:


"Developed confidence in physics. Given a good understanding of the subject – able to teach at GCSE level due to revision exercises and practical skills gained from course."

"Clear explanation by excellent teachers and really fun and interesting demonstrations and experiments. Very useful teaching tips.  Brilliant, most helpful and enjoyable. Wish my science teachers had been like this!"


"The practicals were extremely useful and exciting. It was perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing. The presenters were amazing and were the highlight of each lesson. Special thanks to them and their patience with the students and their enthusiasm for chemistry."

"All three of the speakers were fantastic – I can’t honestly think of a way to improve. Excellent presenters with sound subject knowledge and experience."

"Superb teaching - lots of hands on experiments.  Exciting - lots of ideas to use with pupils."

Easter Revision Course

A free Easter Revision Course for GCSE pupils is now an annual event. Up to 100 local state school pupils study Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics over a hectic two-day period. This has encouraged a long standing relationship with a number of local state schools.


As well as holding an annual Fives Tournament for local Cub Scouts, members of the Sports Department assist with coaching local rugby, football and cricket teams. The School’s playing fields and facilities are regularly made available to Farncombe Youth Football Club and the Surrey County Cricket youth teams amongst others.

Taster Days for local Schools

In July 2013, Charterhouse ran a pilot project for able children from Godalming Junior School. The children were given taster sessions in Latin (Dr Adonis), Creative Writing (Mr Wakeham), Printing  (Mr Monkman) and Fives (Mr Troy helped by Mr Barley). The day was a great success and the children enjoyed the activities. We are planning on expanding it for future years to include more subjects and to involve other schools in the project.

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