Chemistry is an extremely successful subject at Charterhouse and the department can boast the discoverer of two elements (Pd, Rh) amongst its Old Carthusians.
The department is staffed by a well-qualified team of subject specialists several of whom have taught Chemistry at a university level. The labs are well stocked with modern laboratory equipment including UV-Vis spectrometers and a diamond IR-spectrometer.
Chemistry is a core compulsory subject in the Under School (Years 9-11) and a popular choice for pupils in the Sixth Form, with over a quarter of pupils choosing to study Chemistry beyond GCSE level. Each year many pupils go on to read Chemistry or a related subject, such as Natural Sciences or Medicine, at university.
For full details of the curriculum, please use the link below.
- Mr Timothy Hingston, MA, PGCE - Head of Science
- Mr David Dickinson BSc MChem - Head of Chemistry
- Mr Andrew Johnson, MSc
- Mr Anthony Kane, BSc, PGCE
- Mrs Jani Lambeth, BSc, PGCE
- Mr Robert Morgan, BSc
- Dr Robert Snell, BSc, MChem, DPhil
- Miss Jeni Tod, MSc
Mr Hingston joined Charterhouse in 2017 from Merchant Taylors’ School where he taught for eight years and where he held the post of Head of Chemistry. He studied Chemistry at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, before completing his PGCE at UWIC (now Cardiff Met). Mr Hingston is a keen hockey player and also enjoys golf, skiing and walking.
Prior to joining Charterhouse as Head of Chemistry, Mr Dickinson taught Chemistry at Tonbridge School where he was also Senior Student Housemaster for 3 years. He graduated with a First Class degree in Chemistry from the University of York. He is an enthusiastic SCUBA diving instructor and rarely goes abroad without his diving gear. Mr Dickinson is learning to play the piano and spends much of his spare time practicing, reading or walking his dog.
After being awarded the Rex Whinfield Prize for obtaining the top First Class Honours at the University of York, Mr Johnson then took up his life-long passion to become a teacher and joined Charterhouse's Chemistry Department in 1989. Since then he has fully embraced the life of a boarding school teacher running a variety of co-curricular activities, though focussing mainly on the sporting and outward bound areas, and in the interim has been the Head of the Yearlings, run the Chemistry Department for five years and been the School's safeguarding lead. Currently he is the Head of Racquets and Examinations.
Mr Kane joined Charterhouse in 2019 from Wimbledon High School, where he taught Chemistry for three years, and was also the Head of Houses. Educated at Charterhouse (g11), he then read Chemistry at the University of Durham, and completed his PGCE at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Mr Kane is an enthusiastic sportsman, particularly in cricket, hockey, and fives, and enjoys musicals, baking, and reading. As well as teaching Chemistry, Mr Kane is also the Deputy Head of Weekites.
Mrs Lambeth joined Charterhouse in 2019 after nine years at Bede’s Senior School where she taught Biology, Science and PE, and was also a Housemistress. Prior to her time at Bede's, Mrs Lambeth was Head of Year 7 & Head of Year 10 (concurrently) at Wisewood School and Community Sports College, and prior to that, taught at Felsted School. As well as teaching Biology and Chemistry, Mrs Lambeth is also Senior Head of House and Head of Sutton.
Mr Morgan is a teacher with twenty-two years’ experience teaching Chemistry, formerly at Wisbech Grammar School where he was the Head of Chemistry. After gaining a BSc in Biochemistry at University College Swansea, Mr Morgan worked as a process manager at ICI Chemicals and Polymers. He started teaching after he took a PGCE at the University of Worcester. His interests include running, cycling, tennis, squash, reading and travel.
Dr Snell joined Charterhouse in 2013 following the completion of his post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge. Dr Snell specialises in organic chemistry, in particular the synthesis of natural products, he holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College). Dr Snell completed his undergraduate studies at the universities of Exeter and Bath and has worked in numerous academic and industrial labs across the UK and in Singapore. Outside of the classroom he has an active interest in cycling, rock climbing, martial arts and is involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Rock Climbing and hockey within the School. He is a House Tutor in Pageites.
Miss Tod studied Chemistry at Oxford University specialising in Physical Chemistry. After working as a business consultant she undertook teacher training at the Institute of Education in London. Her first teaching post was at Highgate school in North London, before she moved to Charterhouse in 2011. Miss Tod has previously been Warden of Chetwynd and Master of the Specialists (Sixth Form), and is currently a tutor in Robinites.