Year 9 Admissions

Outstanding boarding for boys and girls aged 13 to 18


Building on the success of our coeducational Sixth Form – where girls have flourished since 1971 – 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.

Charterhouse is an academically selective school and admission is by competitive assessment, interview, and subject to a reference from a candidate’s current school. Most of our pupils join us from a wide range of Prep Schools after taking either the Foundation Scholarship or Common Entrance examinations.

Candidates who are not at a Prep School will sit Charterhouse’s own entrance assessments in the January prior to entry in the September.

The majority of children choose to board at Charterhouse; however, we offer a few day boarder places which are available each year for children who live within easy reach of the School.

Admissions Process

Process for Children studying in the UK

VISITS

The best way to discover Charterhouse is to visit during term-time. 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 take place during term-time, usually 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 contact Mrs Sara Russell on 01483 291726 or visits@charterhouse.org.uk

Registration

Children should be registered for Charterhouse by the 1st October, when they are in their Year 6 (aged ten or eleven).  To register for Charterhouse, parents need to complete the registration form and pay a non-returnable registration fee to secure a place for their child on the list for their year of entry.

The Pre-tests

Children will sit the ISEB Common Pre-test to Charterhouse in the Autumn Term of their Year 6. This is an age-standardised series of on-line assessments in Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning and the assessment 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.

Interview & Activity Afternoons

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.

Offers of a Place

At the end of the Spring Term of Year 6, we will make offers of places to boys and girls 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, their own Year 8 curriculum or Charterhouse’s own entrance assessments which we expect them to pass comfortably in the Spring or Summer term of their Year 8. 

Accepting a Place

Parents will be asked to sign an acceptance form and pay a non-refundable initial deposit when accepting the place.

Discover Charterhouse

Once the assessments are over, the children will be invited to a number of events at Charterhouse. They will be able to explore the School and get to know the other children who will be joining at the same time. These events include House Selection, the annual Candle-lit Carols and a range of activities at Charterhouse.

Boarding House Selection

The House is very much the centre of a pupil’s daily life at Charterhouse and their ‘home’ during their time at the School. It is fair to say that every Carthusian feels that their House is the best!

We hold a number of House Selection Days during Year 7 and families will meet two or three Housemasters / Housemistresses; after which they will be asked to state their order of preference. We endeavour to offer all families their choice of House, but we are not always in a position to do this if demand for a particular House is high. Sibling and family connections are, of course, given priority and we aim to ensure that we have a balance of talent across the Houses for each year group. In the event that we are unable to offer a child a place in their chosen House, we will invite the family to come back to Charterhouse to visit more Houses. House places will be confirmed towards the end of Year 7, once all the House Selection Days have taken place.

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 and 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 contact Mrs Sara Russell on 01483 291726 or visits@charterhouse.org.uk

Registration

We require all candidates who attend an international school to complete the UKiset pre-test prior to registration.  The Ukiset is an online test that measures ability in non-verbal reasoning, maths and vocabulary.  More information can be found on the UKiset website (www.ukiset.com).

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.

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

Selection

The entrance assessments are in English, Science 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 (www.academic-asia.com) 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.

Headmaster’s List

We reserve about 25% of our places for the Headmaster 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 pre-assessed in Year 6. These children sit the ISEB Common Pre-tests in the Autumn Term of Year 7 and shortlisted candidates are invited for interview in the Spring Term.

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

For entry in 2019, please contact Mrs Iona Hutchinson, Director of Admissions: admissions@charterhouse.org.uk

For entry in 2020, the ISEB Common Pre-tests will be in the Autumn Term of Year 7.

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