Charterhouse Guide: Reviews, Rankings, Fees and More

Charterhouse was founded in 1611 and is one of the UK’s leading independent boarding schools. With the success of the coeducational structure of the Sixth Form, Charterhouse has recently moved towards becoming a fully co-educational school for children aged 13-18.

Charterhouse Guide
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Summary Of School

  • Type of school: Co-educational
  • Age range: 13-18
  • Pupils: 930; sixth formers: 393
  • Boarders: 80%
  • Fees: Day £38,367 per annum; Boarding £47,535 per annum
  • 2023 IB Results: 34 Point Average
  • 2023 A-Level Results: 55% A*-A
  • 2023 GCSE Results: 72% 9-7


With Christian values as the foundation of Charterhouse education, pupils are guided to lead fulfilled and purposeful lives through an all-round education. The institution aims to provide a balance of a focused academic curriculum and a vibrant school life with plenty of opportunities in the fields of art, music, linguistics, sports and sciences.

The 250-acre campus of Charterhouse is nestled in the prestigious town of Godalming. The historic architectural structures and cultivated fields are just an hour away from central London and 50 minutes away from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. With international pupils from over 46 countries, Charterhouse creates a highly diverse learning experience.

Charterhouse Courses & Programmes

The curriculum at Charterhouse follows the normal path to (I)GCSE in Year 11 followed by a choice of A Level courses or IB Diploma Programme in the Sixth Form. The courses and programmes are as follows:

  • Year 9 (Fourth Form)
  • Year 10 and 11 (Remove and Fifth Form)
  • Year 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

Charterhouse Application Deadline

Below us the Years 9&10 application deadlines:

Timeline2024 Entry2025 Entry2026 entry
Registrations required by30 Sept 202230 Sept 202330 Sept 2024
Pre-testOct/Nov 2022Oct/Nov 2023Oct/Nov 2024
Results of Pre-testJan 2023Jan 2024Jan 2025
Entrance Assessments at CharterhouseSpring Term 2023Spring Term 2024Spring Term 2025

The Final Result

April 2023April 2024April 2025

Sixth Form

Application Process – Timeline for 2025 entry

8 June 2024 (Saturday)

Sixth Form Open Event at Charterhouse. Please book online.

5 October 2024 (Saturday)

Sixth Form Open Event at Charterhouse. Please book online.

30 September 2023

Application Form submission closes.

Shortlisted Candidates

1 June – 9 October 2024

Shortlisted candidates are invited to complete the online Registration and Candidate Forms, with a non-refundable £350 registration fee

From September 2024

Confidential reference will be requested from current school

9 November 2024 (Saturday)

Assessment Day at Charterhouse

1 December 2024

Results are sent to parents

Charterhouse Ranking

Charterhouse ranked 104 in our GCSE League Table in 2023. For IB, students scored an average of 34 points in 2023 (36 points in 2022). Charterhouse Sixth Form pupils secure spots at some of the world’s top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, and UCL in the UK and Bocconi, NYU, Stern, Princeton, Brown, Columbia and Chicago overseas. These results are a testament to the school’s commitment to providing high quality education.

Charterhouse 2023 A Level & IB Results

In 2023, 55% of students scored A*-A for their A Levels examination . The results were reported on the Charterhouse official websiteCharterhouse’s IB cohort managed to score a 36.4 Point Average at the 2023 exams.

Charterhouse 2023 GCSE Results

In 2023, 72% of students scored 9-7 for their GCSE examinations. The results were reported on the Charterhouse official website.

Charterhouse Fees

The following are the Charterhouse School Fees for the 2024-2025 academic year.

School Fees  2024-25
  Term Annum
Boarding Fees£15,845£47,535
Day Fees£12,789


For a detailed fees breakdown, feel free to contact us for further information.

Charterhouse Entry Requirements


Here is the process for entry at Charterhouse:

Step 1: Registration

Children should be registered for Charterhouse by 20 September (kindly see Charterhouse Application Deadline section) when they are in their Year 6. Parents are required to complete the registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee to secure a place for their child on the list of their year of entry.

Step 2: The Online Assessment (The ISEB Pre-test)

Children need to take the ISEB Common Pre-test to Charterhouse in the Autumn Term of Year 6. ISEB Common Pre-test is an age-standardised series of online assessments in Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The results will be reviewed together with the reference from their Prep School. Successful applicants will be invited to an Interview and Activity Afternoon early in the Spring Term of Year 6.

Step 3: Interview and Activity Afternoon

The Interview and Activity Afternoon is an informal interview and a selection of activities. This is designed to give the children the chance to showcase their interests and capabilities. This is also a chance for the children to experience school life at Charterhouse.

Step 4: Offers of a Place

Offers of places will be made by the end of Spring Term of Year 6 for successful applicants. Children are expected to continue their education and take the Common Entrance Examinations for the Year 8 curriculum. Since the children are assessed at a very young age, Charterhouse seeks reference from the children’s Prep School at the start of their Year 8 and conducts reassessment should there be any concerns.

Step 5: Accepting a Place

Parents will be asked to sign an acceptance form and pay a non-refundable deposit to accept the place. Joining families are invited to a series of events at Charterhouse to welcome them into the community.

The Headmaster’s List (Assessment in Year 7)

Charterhouse reserves about 25 per cent of the places for the Headmaster’s List each year. This is intended for children who missed the places on Year 6. Applicants will have to take the ISEB Common Pre-test in the Autumn of Year 7 and shortlisted candidates are invited for the Interview and Activity Afternoon in the Spring Term. 

Late Applications

Late places occasionally become available after the registration deadlines have passed. For more information, email [email protected].

 YEAR 12

Sixth Form at Charterhouse are referred to as Specialists. While the offers are unconditional, competition for places are tough; successful candidates are expected to achieve grades of A* and As or equivalent in (I)GCSE. All candidates are welcome with particular interests and talents in art, drama music, sports and many other fields.

Applications for the Sixth Form open at the start of the Summer Term of Year 10 and should be returned by October of Year 11 (the year before entry). Admission is done by examination and interview. The assessment is done in November and offers are made in December. Academic, Art, Music, and Sport Scholarships and Awards are available.

Here is the process for Sixth Form admissions at Charterhouse:

1) Registration

Charterhouse requires all candidates to submit their latest school report. For overseas candidates, the UKiset report should also be submitted. UKiset is an adaptive cognitive test that measures the underlying ability and language proficiency. For more information visit

Documents must be sent to [email protected]. Charterhouse will review the documents and invite the candidate to register for assessment.

2) School Reference

Charterhouse requests confidential references from candidate schools in October after the application deadline has passed. For candidates that have changed schools, confidential references will also be requested from their previous school.

3) Selection Day

The selection day at Charterhouse is held in November (Year 11). All candidates are required to take Charterhouse standard tests in English, arithmetic and reasoning, and a two 45-minute examination on the subjects of their own choice.  All candidates are interviewed by a senior member of staff. This creates an opportunity for candidates to experience school life and spend time with current pupils.

4) Offers

Offers are made in December (Year 11) for all candidates who passed the examination and interview. Parents are asked to secure the place by signing an acceptance form and paying a deposit. Reservation of offers may be made. Late applications may also be considered and are expected to undergo through the same process. Charterhouse strongly advises to apply on time to increase the chances of success.


Families are welcome to visit Charterhouse. The Sixth Form Open event is held in September (Year 11). Candidates are invited to meet the Headmaster and other members of the staff, tour the campus with other pupils, and explore the Sixth Form curriculum and co-curricular opportunities.

House Preference

Pupils who join Sixth Form at Charterhouse become full members of one of the Houses. House preferences can be noted on the application form. Charterhouse will try accommodate all  requests.

Charterhouse Reviews


The school places emphasis on the academics and boys have to pass an entry test and interview; regular reports/grades are posted online for parents and are discussed with tutors. Outside the classroom, the standard of sports is very high. Pupils are also expected to engage in a wide range of artistic and cultural activities and there is an impressive choice of societies to join. Socially, there is a lot going on, in and out of school. Discipline is strict – and they are super aware of any bullying. Pupils are also made aware of how lucky they are, and engage in social programmes. All in all, a pretty impressive traditional but forward-thinking school.


My son went from not being able to finish a school year to being on the A honor roll 2 semesters in a row!! The staff goes out of their way to let me know what’s going on and if I need something above and beyond what a typical school would do they don’t hesitate to figure a way to help my son. Thanks Charterhouse and all the exceptional staff who work there!!

Year 11 pupil

Boarding school is the best choice I’ve ever made. Although it felt foreign at first, Chetwynd is a second home to me and I have made friendships that will last for years after I leave Charterhouse.


Charterhouse has been a wonder for parents like me who send their kids abroad to a boarding school. We get regular updates from the staff here and it does make a big difference knowing that they care about their students’ wellbeing.

Year 13 pupil

Being a founding member of an all-girls house has been such an honourable experience and I am excited to see the school go completely co-ed next year. Our housemistress has developed a comfortable and nurturing environment for all pupils that are lucky enough to board there.


The teachers were extremely professional and well-organized. You can feel that they care and truly want the best for your child. It’s always a pleasure to chat with them whenever the school sends us updates about our son’s progress.


My children looks forward to school everyday! They enjoy their time boarding here a lot and they’re learning new things everyday. They also participate in a lot of school activities and enjoy being around their classmates and teachers a lot. It always sounds like they have a great time here!

Charterhouse Accommodation

Boarding at the historical grounds of Charterhouse creates the ideal environment for children to learn and grow from a real community. Accommodation at Charterhouse is impressive. The boarding houses (called House) offer private and shared bedrooms, study rooms, dining halls, and facilities for art, music, linguistics, sports and sciences.

The House is central to every Carthusian’s life. Every House has a resident Housemaster and Housemistress who are supported by assistants called the Matron and a team of Tutors. The House also has an appointed Head of House and House Monitors to help care for pupils in the House.

Boy’s Houses:

  • Bodeites
  • Hodgsonites
  • Saunderites
  • Daviesites
  • Lockites
  • Verites
  • Girdlestonenites
  • Pageites
  • Weekites
  • Gownboys
  • Robinites

Girl’s Houses:

  • Fletcherites
  • Chetwynd
  • Sutton
  • Northbrook

Charterhouse Student Services And Extra-Curricular Activities

Charterhouse provides an all-around education with a rich balance between academics and school life.

The Charterhouse campus has 17 grass sport pitches, 3 full-sized Astroturf pitches, an athletics stadium, a sports centre, 24 tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course. The campus also has a 235-seat seat theatre and separate music performance and art display spaces.

Pupils at Charterhouse (especially Sixth Form) are encouraged to take an active role in their societies, developing their own interests and sharing their knowledge and experience by guiding the younger year groups. With a strong department of creative arts focusing on theatre, arts and music, a wide selection of outdoor activities and over 60 co-curricular Clubs and Societies, there are plenty of opportunities for Charterhouse pupils.

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