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  • Charterhouse
    Admissions Office
    GU7 2DX
  • Head: Dr Alex Peterken
  • T 01483 291501
  • F 01483 291507
  • E [email protected]
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  • Charterhouse is an English independent day and boarding school in Godalming, Surrey. It educates boys and girls from 13-18. It was founded in 1611 on the site of the old Carthusian monastery in Charterhouse Square, London.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 955; sixth formers: 393
  • Religion: Anglican
  • Fees: Day £38,367; Boarding £47,535 pa
  • Open days: Check school website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Pupils will try anything. One had discovered an unlikely hobby in reeling (‘I’d never even heard of kilts before I came to Charterhouse’); another was keen on dissection society, despite the fact that ‘the rat smelled'. Beautiful new entrepreneurship hub enables collaboration: chairs on wheels; interactive whiteboards everywhere; Macbooks strewn across the conference room table. Pupils who thrive here really are those that give back, though – this is no place for a teenager who wants to sit in the library with their books all day, or...

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What the school says...

Charterhouse is a beautiful school in a 250-acre campus – a wonderful setting for the whole community to live and work together and a splendid backdrop for teaching and learning.

Surrounded by a world of opportunity and connected by a feeling of belonging, each pupil at Charterhouse is educated to embrace life’s full potential, and empowered to carry this into their future. A Charterhouse education prepares for both academic success as well as laying the foundations for future professional, social and personal fulfilment. Shared values are central to school life, enabling each pupil to be themselves. Everything at Charterhouse begins with kindness. ...Read more

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Dr Alex Peterken. Previously head of Cheltenham College; before that, a housemaster here for 12 years. PhD in school leadership from Surrey. Got an early taste of what was to come as head boy and head chorister at the Prebendal School, Chichester; thence to Eton as a music exhibitioner and Durham, with a choral scholarship, to read theology. Not nearly as establishment as the narrative suggests, though. Now with six children of his own, Dr Peterken has been there, done that and we enjoyed his relaxed, open manner, the sense that he is one of us: ‘Often schools underestimate how blooming difficult being a parent of a teenager is.’ Modern and normal, not trying too hard to be trendy: always a tie, sometimes a touch of stubble.

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Special Education Needs

As the current Code of Practice requires, we are ready to take all necessary steps to ensure full access to our curriculum for students with any type of disability. We do not, however, specialise in any particular area of SEN. Whilst our entrance exams do not discriminate on SEN grounds alone, it should be remembered that we are a selective school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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