Year 9 Admissions

Outstanding boarding 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 an admissions process for children studying at schools in the UK and a different process for children studying at international schools. 

Admissions Process

Process for Children studying in the UK


The best way to discover Charterhouse is to visit. Our events are very popular and we advise families to book in advance to guarantee availability.

Open Mornings

Families considering Charterhouse for their children at 13+ entry are warmly invited to join us at one of our Open Mornings. These usually take place on a Saturday, when families can see a normal working morning and meet the Headmaster and his staff. Following a tour of the School with one of our pupils, the morning concludes with a question and answer session with the Headmaster.

Individual Appointments

We have a limited number of morning visits available on some weekdays during term-time. These appointments are primarily for families who would like a follow up meeting with the Director of Admissions.

To book a visit, please go to:

Book A Visits Form | Internal page 


Step 1: Registration

Children should be registered for Charterhouse by 1st October, 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.

Step 2: The Pre-tests

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

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.

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.

Process for Children Studying at International Schools

Visitor Afternoons

The first step is to attend one of our visitor afternoons. These afternoons are for families whose children attend international schools and are considering Year 9 or Year 10 entry to Charterhouse.

The afternoon includes a tour of the School and the opportunity to discuss the admissions procedure with the Director of Admissions.

To book a visit, please go to: 

Book A Visits Form | INternal page 


We require all candidates who attend an international school to successfully complete the UKiset pre-test prior to registration. The UKiset is an online test that measures ability in non-Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and Vocabulary.  More information can be found on the UKiset website (

Please note that success in the UKiset pre-tests does not guarantee a place at Charterhouse. The UKiset results should be sent to Charterhouse by 1st September of the year before entry in order for an application to be considered.

Please complete our enquiry form below before taking the UKiset pre-test. When you contact UKiset, please ask them to send the report directly to Charterhouse.

Enquiry Form | Internal Page

Candidates must then be registered by 1st November of the year before entry. Parents complete our registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee to secure a place for their child on the list for their year of entry.


The entrance assessments are in English and Mathematics, and the School will ask for a reference from the candidate’s school. Assessments are held on specified days in January at Charterhouse, or arrangements can be made to have the assessments sent to a candidate’s own school or a recognised testing centre. Candidates who have successfully passed the assessments will be invited to Charterhouse for an interview.

Successful candidates will be offered places and parents will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure the place. Some reserve places may also be offered.

Candidates from Hong Kong and mainland China Candidates for Year 9 (and Year 10) entry should contact Academic Asia ( by late August of the year before entry. They will be interviewed at the Top Schools Event held in Hong Kong in September and then sit the entrance tests in Hong Kong in November. Offers of places will be made in December.

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