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Outdoor Education

Charterhouse’s programme of Outdoor Education aims to develop the self-reliance, teamwork and leadership skills of Carthusians, as well as enabling them to enjoy the countryside safely. The programme includes the following activities:

  • Monday Activities
  • Pioneers
  • Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Expeditions

The Monday Activity programme

the Monday Activities Programme runs from 4.15 pm - 6.00 pm (summer timetable) and 2.15 pm - 4.00 pm (winter timetable), and involves all pupils in the Under School (Years 9-11).

One weekend in Oration Quarter (Autumn Term) and one weekend in Long Quarter (Spring Term) are designated as Activities Weekends, starting on a Saturday afternoon and finishing on a Monday evening. This allows up to two days for those activities requiring time for expeditions away from School.

Annual Monday Activities

Year Group

Oration Quarter (Autumn term)

Long Quarter (Spring term)

Cricket Quarter (Summer term)

Fourths (Year 9) Orientation and PHSE PHSE* CCF or Pioneers
Removes (Year 10) CCF or Pioneers CCF or Pioneers  CCF or Pioneers
Fifths (Year 11) CCF/Pioneers/DoE CCF/DoE/Pioneers [Examinations]

Fourths (Year 9) begin with a two-term programme of orientation to Charterhouse and its environment as well as a PHSE programme.

  • *In Long Quarter five Mondays will be given over to Yearlings Hockey.
  • During Long Quarter they make choices regarding their programme for the following two years from a choice of CCF or Pioneers.
  • Fourths begin these two-year courses at the start of Cricket Quarter and complete them at the end of Long Quarter of the Fifths.
  • Fourths and Removes make use of the last week of Cricket Quarter for outdoor activities connected with these courses. Removes have the opportunity to apply for entry into the Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme during the second half of Cricket Quarter.

Please note that Under School will not normally be able to change their activity once they have started.


The Pioneer programme for Fourths and Removes aims to develop self-reliance, leadership and teamwork skills through participation in a range of outdoor-orientated activities. The programme includes activities such as orienteering, team-building tasks, first aid, indoor climbing, and cooking. Activities Weekends for Removes in Oration Quarter and Long Quarter will require teams of Pioneers to plan and walk a route, first in the local area and then along the South Downs.

 In the Fifth Form, Pioneers may either work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award or continue their outdoor education by undertaking a series of environmental projects both on and off site. Most of these tasks have a conservation focus and the Carthusians work closely with Waverley Council Countryside Rangers. Recent activities have included clearing trees and scrubland in local parks and heathland, and working on the school site widening paths, fixing woodland steps and building deer guards.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Through a structured programme of both military and adventurous training, cadets develop powers of leadership to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. There is keen competition for places and cadets are selected to join one of four sections: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force. Once part of the CCF, cadets are trained in such military skills as weapon handling, drill and navigation, and enjoy adventurous training such as canoeing, hill walking, sailing and climbing. All cadets are strongly encouraged to attend camps and courses run by the regular forces. Cadets may also work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (see below); indeed, service as an NCO will count towards the Volunteering section of the Award. Cadets may continue their service in the CCF as Specialists as part of their CAS programme.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people. The Award is valued by parents, university admissions tutors, employers and others as it demonstrates that the holder possesses valuable qualities. The Award comprises four sections:

Volunteering, where participants undertake some form of community service; Physical, where they take part in some physical activity such as sport; Skill, where they develop some non-physical interest; and Expedition where they plan and carry out an expedition (usually on foot), in open or wild country, which involves camping out overnight. For further information see


Charterhouse makes available a range of opportunities for its pupils to challenge themselves further afield through expeditions:

  • All Removes (Year 10) take part in a three-day expedition which acts as a practice expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award (and increasing numbers of Carthusians graduate to the challenges of the Gold Award)
  • The CCF regularly undertakes Adventurous Training in wild country such as Snowdonia and Dartmoor
  • Hill-walkers in the Mallory Group, named after the famous climber George Mallory who was for a time a member of Brooke Hall (the Common Room), also become familiar with these areas
  • Expeditions run by the World Challenge organisation have recently undertaken adventurous journeys in Peru, Mongolia, Madagascar and Tanzania.
  • Classics trips to Italy, Greece and North Africa
  • Art trips to New York and Moscow
  • Music and sports tours to Europe, South Africa and the Far East, to name but a few.

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