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A famous football school - Spurs 'Legend' directs the game - with seven teams in each year and masses of matches for all. Very much a school for joiners-in. 'They do their best to make them try out everything. So even lazy boys get really pushed to try things.' 'Not frighteningly academic if you've come from a pushy London day school,' we were told by one parent, while another said, 'It's far more academically rigorous than we'd expected.' The advent of sixth form girls into what many still feel is a very male establishment is a source of joy for most. 'The boys love it when the girls arrive,' one seasoned father of boys told us...

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What the school says...

Founded in 1611, Charterhouse is one of the great historic public schools of England. With four centuries of history behind it, the School is committed to being at the forefront of educational progress in the twenty‑first century.

The School is situated on a magnificent and inspiring 250 acre campus in the beautiful Surrey countryside, conveniently located just off the A3 and to the south of Guildford.

Building on the success of the Sixth Form – where girls have flourished since 1971 – the School is moving to full coeducation from the age of 13, and will welcome the first girls into Year 9 in September 2021. There will be girls in every year group from September 2023.

The pupil roll will grow over the next decade from 820 today to around 1,000, with the increase representing additional places for girls. All pupils are boarders, except for about 25 day boarders.

Academic excellence is at the centre of all we do. The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11, followed by a choice of Cambridge Pre-U / A Level courses or the IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form. We aim to stretch and challenge all our pupils, in many cases well beyond the demands of the syllabus, and the university destinations of our leavers reflect both their abilities and the quality of the education we provide.

We hope our pupils will leave us having achieved the very best they are capable of, having found out what it is that they love and are good at, having learned to challenge themselves and to value other people.

We hope our pupils will leave us having achieved the very best they are capable of, having found out what it is that they love and are good at and learned to challenge themselves and to value other people.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Independent School (Pre-U Principal Subject)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)

Curricula

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

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

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Headmaster

Since January 2018, Dr Alex Peterken BA MA DEd (30s), previously head of Cheltenham College and returning to his roots. Before joining Cheltenham in 2008 as deputy head he spent 12 years at Charterhouse, as head of higher education and careers and latterly housemaster of Saunderites. Educated at The Prebendal School, Chichester where he was head boy and head chorister, thence to Eton College as a music exhibitioner. BA in theology from Durham, MA in educational management from London and a doctorate in education from Surrey. Six children; he enjoys choral singing (bass) and walking.

Dr Peterken replaces Richard Pleming MA, who joined in January 2014. We took to him at once. However, others didn't. There was a campaign against him from the outset and things have run less than...

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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