Year 9 Admissions

An outstanding education for boys and girls aged 13 to 18

Building on the success of our coeducational Sixth Form, we are moving to full coeducation from the age of 13. We look forward to welcoming our first girls into the Fourth Form (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. As the School is currently full, the School roll will grow over the next decade to around 1,000 pupils, the increase representing additional places for girls.

Each year we welcome children to Charterhouse from all educational backgrounds, including international schools, grammar schools and state schools.  The majority of children join us from a wide range of UK prep schools.

Charterhouse is an academically selective school and admission is by competitive assessment, interview, and subject to a reference from a candidate’s current school. 

There is a process for children studying at school in the UK and a process for children studying overseas at International Schools:


We very much look forward to the time when we can welcome you in person at Charterhouse. Until we are able to do this, we have put together some introductory videos and an interactive tour of the campus to start you on your journey to explore Charterhouse. Do join us for one of our Live Webinars, where you can meet the Headmaster and other members of staff.

Explore Charterhouse & Webinars | Internal Page

If you would prefer to register your interest, please complete the form below and we will contact you as soon as the Open Event dates for the Autumn Term 2020 are released.

Book A Visits PAGE | Internal page 


Step 1: Registration

Children should be registered for Charterhouse by 20 September, when they are in their Year 6. To register for Charterhouse, parents need to complete the registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee to secure a place for their child on the list for their year of entry.

year of Entry STATUS
2020 Registrations for Year 9 assessments are now closed
2021 Registrations for Year 9 assessments are now closed
2022 The Headmaster's List is currently open. Registrations for this list will close on 30 September 2020.

Registrations are open. This list will close on 30 September 2020.

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Step 2: The Online Assessment (The ISEB Pre-test)

Children will sit the ISEB Common Pre-test to Charterhouse in the Autumn Term of Year 6. This is an age-standardised series of on-line assessments in Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The results are reviewed in conjunction with a reference from their Prep School. Successful applicants will be invited to an Interview and Activity Afternoon early in the Spring Term of Year 6.

Step 3: Interview & Activity Afternoon

The Interview and Activity Afternoon involves an informal interview and a selection of activities, which have been designed to give the children the chance to show their full capabilities and to experience a taste of life at Charterhouse.

Step 4: Offers of a Place

At the end of the Spring Term of Year 6, we will make offers of places to children who have done well in the process.  The expectation is that these children will continue in their Schools and work towards either the Common Entrance examinations or their own Year 8 curriculum, which we expect them to pass comfortably.

We recognise that the children are very young when we make our offers.  We will therefore seek a reference from the child’s Prep School at the start of their year 8 to ensure that Charterhouse is still the best fit for the child.  In the unlikely event that a Prep School Head raises a concern, we reserve the right to reassess.

Step 5: Accepting a Place

Parents will be asked to sign an acceptance form and pay a non-refundable deposit when accepting the place. All our joining families are invited to a number of events at the School to welcome them into our community and give the children lots of opportunities to meet other boys and girls who will be joining at the same time. 

the headmaster's list (assessment in a child's Year 7)

We reserve about 25% of our places for the Headmaster's List each year. The Headmaster’s List is for children who have just missed out on places in Year 6 and also for those who registered too late to be assessed in Year 6. These children sit the ISEB Common Pre-test in the Autumn Term of Year 7 and shortlisted candidates are invited for interview and an Activity Afternoon in the Spring Term.

Places at Charterhouse will be offered to candidates who are successful in this process.

Late Applications

Occasionally late places come available after the registration deadlines have passed.  Please email if you wish to make an enquiry.

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