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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...

Charterhouse is a wonderful school with four centuries of history behind it, and one that is committed to being at the forefront of educational progress in the twenty-first century.

The School is conveniently located on a magnificent 250 acre site just off the A3 and to the south of Guildford. Charterhouse has around 815 pupils and accepts boys at 13+ and girls at 16+.

Academic excellence is at the centre of all that we do, and our pupils go on to study at the very best universities in Britain, and indeed around the world. We value intellectual development in the broadest sense, and we offer an outstanding range and quality of extra-curricular activities, as well as excellent pastoral care to support and sustain our pupils throughout their time at Charterhouse and beyond.

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)


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.





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Acting headmaster

Andrew Turner is holding the fort until the new head takes over to replace 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 smoothly since, in some respects. He stood down as head in December 2016.

The new head from January 2018 will be Dr Alex Peterken BA MA DEd (30s), currently 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...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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