Charterhouse: Godalming, Surrey, UK

Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom

Charterhouse: Godalming, Surrey, UK

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum


A truly British boarding school with a great past! Charterhouse, with 400 years of history, is one of the leading best independent schools in the world.  The School moved from London to its current 250 acre site in Godalming, Surrey in 1872. Charterhouse remains predominantly a boarding school with around 800 pupils, taking boys from 13 and girls in the Sixth Form. 13 - 18 year old boys boarding 16 - 18 year old girls and boys boarding and day school.

Nearest intrnational airport Heathrow/ Gatwick (50km/ 60km) Number of pupils 805 Number of boarders 768
Year of foundation: 1611
Some history: Charterhouse is one of the great historic schools of England and among the most beautiful. Drawing deeply on the heritage of the past, within a framework of sensible discipline based on sound Christian values, the School strives to stimulate independent inquiry and intellectual curiosity, to match physical fitness with a love of the arts, and to foster a secure sense of individuality to be placed at the service of society. The founder, Thomas Sutton, held high public office and through shrewd investment became one of the wealthiest men in Jacobean England. In 1611, the year of his death, Sutton made provision for the establishment of a hospital for pensioners and a school for boys. Buildings near Smithfield in London which had once housed a Carthusian monastery, established in the fourteenth century, were purchased, and Sutton was buried in the chapel. Pupils have always been referred to as Carthusians. A few years later, the Headmaster, Robert Brooke, a royalist, was dismissed by Cromwell. The masters used to meet in his study and the Charterhouse common room is still known today as Brooke Hall. Brooke's courageous independence of mind is a quality nurtured in their pupils by the present teaching staff who are known collectively as members of Brooke Hall. In response to the recommendations of the Public Schools Commission of 1864, and with the support of the Headmaster, William Haig Brown, the Governors eventually agreed to move the School from London. They purchased 68 and a half acres of the Deanery Farm Estate, just outside Godalming, having sold the School's original site to Merchant Taylors'. The School arrived in Godalming in June 1872, with 120 boys in three boarding houses: Saunderites (Headmaster's House), Verites and Gownboys. An increase in pupil numbers led to further houses being built at the expense of those masters whose names they now bear. By 1921, all eight additional houses had become the property of the Governing Body. Further purchases of land to the north and west increased the size of the School's grounds to around 200 acres. The magnificent chapel, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was consecrated in 1927 as a memorial to nearly 700 Carthusians who died in the Great War. It is the largest war memorial in England. Some 350 names have been added to commemorate those who died in the Second World War and other conflicts of the twentieth century. Close to the chapel stands a bright red telephone box, another of Scott's distinctive designs. Recent additions to the campus include seven new Houses built in the 1970s, the Art Studio, the John Derry Technology Centre, the Ben Travers Theatre, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Music Centre, the Halford Hewitt Golf Course, the Queen's Sports Centre, the Sir Greville Spratt athletics track, Chetwynd (a hall of residence for girls), the Modern Languages Centre, The Hunt Health Centre and Fletcherites (a sixth form House).
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Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: £12,258

Day school only cost: £10,129

About the school

Long description: Most boys arrive at Charterhouse from preparatory schools at the age of thirteen, though some are admitted from other schools in Britain and overseas. They enter the Under School and pass successively through Year 9 (Fourth Form), Year 10 (Remove) and Year 11 (Fifth Form). Girls join in the Sixth Form (Specialists). There are 800 pupils in the School, with 400 pupils in the Specialists of whom 110 are girls. The curriculum follows the normal path to (I)GCSEs in Year 11 and Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form, but every effort is made to teach according to pupils' abilities, and to stretch the ablest well beyond the demands of the syllabus. The Assistant Headmaster, Academic, Mr James Kazi, oversees all academic matters and reports directly to the Headmaster. Teaching is organised in academic departments, the heads of which report to the Assistant Headmaster, Academic. Brooke Hall (the teachers’ common room) has over 100 members

Academic life

What we offer?

Year 9 (Fourth Form) Curriculum

The aim of this first year in the School is to provide a broad academic foundation at the appropriate standard, and to start preparing pupils for the subjects they will go on to take at (I)GCSE and in the Sixth Form.

All boys normally study English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, History, Religious Education, Art, Design Technology and Music. Boys also study Geography or Greek, German or Spanish and Latin or Classical Civilisation. During their first year the use of IT is closely integrated into the teaching of other subjects. Pupils gain much experience in using software as a tool to support their learning rather than as an individual academic subject.

Year 10 and Year 11 (remove and fifth) Curriculum

All boys study English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a main Modern Language (French, Spanish or German) for IGCSE. They also study our own internally assessed English Literature course which is designed to develop the skills of literary appreciation and analysis above and beyond (I)GCSE: this leads to an examination certified by Charterhouse.

In addition, each boy also chooses three other subjects to study for the two years, leading to a GCSE or IGCSE qualification: these options include Art, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, Latin, Music, Religious Studies and Spanish.

Most subject combinations are possible and advice on suitable subjects is given towards the end of the Fourth Form.

Public examinations in the option subjects are taken at either GCSE or IGCSE at the end of the Fifth Form. Departments choose the best course for their subject and the two qualifications are viewed as equivalent for the purposes of university entrance. Further information is available from the Head of Department of the subject concerned or from the subject teacher.

Charterhouse provides pupils with a choice of two complementary courses of study: the IB Diploma Programme or a combination of Pre-U and A Level subjects. Both of these academically rigorous courses prepare pupils effectively for university and enable applicants from Charterhouse to stand out in an increasingly crowded field. Pupils do not sit examinations until the end of the second year of study and this provides valuable additional teaching time. Every opportunity is taken to promote a genuine appreciation of academic disciplines as well as fostering life-long learning.

The virtues of both of these courses and their grading structures have been widely recognised and very much appreciated by admissions tutors at British universities including Cambridge; Oxford; Imperial College, London and other prestigious universities in the Russell Group. In addition, the IB Diploma Programme benefits from significant widespread international recognition.

In addition to the courses mentioned above, all Specialist pupils complete a Research Essay or the IB Diploma Programme’s Extended Essay as well as a course in Creativity, Action and Service.

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