Hodgsonites was founded by JT Hodgson in 1872 with just four boys in a property on the south side of Godalming High Street. This meant a walk of a mile and a half up the hill to School for Chapel at 7.45am; they were allowed breakfast in Verites, but treated as outsiders. In1873 the increased House population of ten boys were relieved to move to “The Hermitage” on Frith Hill Road, much closer to School.  In January 1874 a new home was ready for habitation but, as all the boys were of Under School age, some seniors were imported from other Houses.  The School bought the House in 1888.  The move to the present building, designed by the son of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of the Memorial Chapel, took place in 1974. In 1977 the Old Hodgsonites Mantlepiece from the Old Charterhouse was reconstructed within the boundary wall of the House.

Hodgsonites is conveniently situated close to the Central Dining Rooms, the Queen's Sports Centre, golf course and playing fields.


Housemaster's WELCOME

My aim in House is very simple, I try to create a civilised homely atmosphere where all the pupils can thrive and realise their full potential in everything they do. Respect for each other is vital to this aim and I am pleased to say that everyone from the newest Fourth (Year 9) to the Head of House is equally important to us, and their achievements are a source of pride to all members of the House, whether it be success in academic or extra curricular activities.

I am pleased to say that we have built up a House which is full of talented students all of whom have a broad range of interests. We have some fine sportsmen, we have some excellent musicians and can produce a House Orchestra of over 20 players, as well as excellent actors and artists.

We are a cosmopolitan House with pupils from many countries. Our pupils are actively involved in the many weekend activities on offer, and  I am pleased that the House is busy seven days a week.

We have a strong Old Hodgsonite Association (OHA) and I am delighted that they take an active interest in the House. We jointly organise a Careers evening when Old Hodgsonites come back and talk to present Specialists about their chosen careers. The OHA have recently instituted a History prize for the Fourth Form World War One projects. Their excellent website can be found at  www.hodgsonites.com

Mr IS Richards, MA

Ian Richards has been Housemaster of Hodgsonites since 2015. 

Following a History degree from London University, Ian completed an MA at Warwick University in History and Politics. After a gap year working for the NHS, he undertook a PGCE teaching qualification at Wadham College, Oxford. Ian is currently studying towards an MEd in Educational Leadership. He taught in two state schools before coming to Charterhouse, the last of which was Dr Challoner’s High School, a girls' grammar school in Buckinghamshire. At Dr Challoner’s he was Head of Politics and Head of University Admissions.

Since joining Charterhouse in 2009 Ian has been keen to involve himself in many areas of school life, from football coaching and swimming through to organizing part of the outdoors education programme.  In his spare time, Ian enjoys cross country running and has competed in a number of 10K races.

Ian teaches Government and Politics and has a particular interest in political philosophy and ideology. He has written many articles for Politics Review magazine having previously served on its editorial board. Ian has three young children, all of whom love the boarding house life and like nothing better than spending time with the pupils in the House.

Contact Information

Mr IS Richards
T: +44 (0)1483 291570
E: isr@charterhouse.org.uk



Review by House Monitors

If you talk to pupils and teachers at Charterhouse, Hodgsonites is known to be a friendly and welcoming house. Its international spirit draws in a wide variety of cultures from all over the globe, making the House a place where we can expand our academic and cultural horizons. People come out of Hodgsonites with life-long friends from all over the world, something which is really quite special.

What is great about Hodgsonites is that we are not limited by having a particular reputation in any one area. Hodgsonites is a place where people’s talents thrive; where people can pursue their interests whether it be taxidermy, film making, or football – anything goes, within reason! Everyone – from their first to their last year – is welcome in Hodgsonites, whatever their academic, sporting, or cultural abilities, which means that no one ever feels out of place.

The informal interaction between pupils and teachers ensures that they are always approachable and willing to help out when things aren’t going so well. The role our tutors play and the interest they show in the House makes Hodgsonites an interesting and dynamic place to live in – especially at meal times!

Being apart from the academic heart of the school, being near the dining rooms and sports centre, and having fantastic views of the North Downs makes Hodgsonites a haven away from the hustle and bustle of daily Charterhouse life. A place where one can relax, study, have fun, and most importantly of all, feel at home.

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