The Charterhouse Academic Scholars’ Programme exists to inspire and enable all pupils to explore independently their full academic potential beyond the curriculum.

We help pupils build the skills to do this and create opportunities for them to use those skills during their time at Charterhouse. Certain skill development and opportunities are tailored to year groups, others are open to everyone across the School.

Opportunities for all

Annual academic investigation theme

The current theme is Creative Thinking. Pupils are given a reading list and get to meet the author of a specific title. There is a termly guest speaker on the theme.

Essay competition

An annual competition, this year following The Economist’s ‘What If’ format

Annual academic day trip

A university open day, academic conference or visit to a city to explore key cultural sites.

Scholars’ Society

Scholars meet with the Head of Scholars twice per term to debate a hot topic or present on their own area of interest.

Debating Society

Pupils receive coaching in parliamentary debating and meet to debate every two weeks.

Opportunities for individual year groups

Year 9 and Year 10

Presentation skills training, debating coaching, public speaking event

Year 11

Research Project on a topic of their choice

Sixth Form

Essay Society (presenting an essay to a small group led by the Head), Speaker Series (15 minute presentation to peer group and academic staff followed by Q&A)