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How to get into Charterhouse School
July 17, 2015
Everything you need to know about Charterhouse School and their admissions process at 13+ and Sixth Form.
Type: Independent day and boarding school for boys, ages 13 - 18, and girls 16 - 18
Boarding fees per term: £12,258 (£36,774, per annum)
Day boarding fees per term: £10,129 (£30,387, per annum)
If your child is musical, or would like to learn a musical instrument, Charterhouse charges £37.75 per 40 minute session for your child's first instrument, or £34.75 per 40 minute session for your child's second and subsequent instruments.
Current Head: Richard Pleming
About Charterhouse Boarding School
Charterhouse School was founded in 1611 by Thomas Sutton and is considered one of the most historic schools of England. Currently, there are about 800 boarders at the school, plus around 20 day boarders.
Charterhouse aims to "stimulate independent inquiry and intellectual curiosity, to enrich spiritual awareness, to match physical fitness with love of the arts, and to promote individuality together with a sense of duty and commitment to friends and society."
Why is it so popular?
Charterhouse School has a reputation for nurturing academically proficient students. In 2011, 80% of students received an A* - A at GCSE. Then, after they replaced A Levels with International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Pre-U programs, 96% of exams were awarded with Distinction or Merit.
Charterhouse School 13+ Admissions Procedure
First, boys are requested to register with Charterhouse to sit the ISEB Common Pre-test in the Lent term of Year 6. This test includes Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal reasoning, English and Maths.
In the Summer Term of Year 6, boys will be invited to visit Charterhouse for an interview day. Your son will spend the afternoon at the school, where he will be interviewed, assessed, and given a taste of what life at Charterhouse is like.
At the end of summer term, successful boys will be offered placements at the school, conditional on their Common Entrance Results. In most cases, the school isn't too concerned about the results, so long as he achieves at least a 60% at CE, and demonstrates that he gave his best effort. Primarily, the school will use your son's Common Entrance results to decide his subject sets if he decides to attend Charterhouse.
In Year 7 your son will be invited to the school for a number of "house selection days." You and your son will choose 3 houses to visit, and then submit them in order of preference. Although your son's house is ultimately decided by the registrar, those with close family ties to a particular house will be given the option to visit.
Does the school use a pre-test to determine 13+ entry?
Before September 2018—no, because they do not believe it accurately measures the child’s academic ability, but they do require a prep school report. All candidates will also take a Common Entrance exam on which they are expected to achieve 60%, but this does not affect whether your child will gain entry.
After September 2018—Your son will have to sit the ISEB Common Pre-test at their prep school. These are online multiple choice tests which include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English, and Maths. However, the school will still talk to the preparatory school’s head teacher and require a report that will largely decide your child's candidacy. More information about the ISEB examination can be found on their website.
Charterhouse Sixth Form Admissions Procedure
At Sixth Form, an additional 30 boys and 75 girls join the school. All students will sit exams in vocabulary, arithmetic, and non-verbal reasoning, as well as two 45 minute papers in subjects of their choice and an academic interview.
As a general guide, students who get into Charterhouse School tend to be those who achieved a high level of As and A*s at GCSE. Charterhouse also looks for students who connect with the ethos and culture of the school, and are dedicated to continuing their academic legacy.
Admissions are open to students in the Summer Term of Year 10, and close in the first term of Year 11 in October.
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