Caterham

Caterham
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Caterham School, Harestone Valley, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6YA
CR3 6YA
London – Outer (within M25)
01883 343028
Co-ed
1140, Upper sixth 140
Σ2635Š—–Σ5361 (Day), Σ9488Š—–Σ10,003 (Boarding)
The Registrar

Founded in 1811 in Lewisham, the school moved to Caterham in 1884. It stands in 80 acres of delightful grounds in a wooded valley of the North Downs, south of London. In 1995 the school became fully co-educational, after taking girls in the sixth form for 15 years. The prep school has its own buildings and staff. The senior school has very pleasant modern buildings and excellent facilities with more planned. It is a family school with Christian values. Academic standards are high and examination results very good. The school also aims to develop the whole person, to equip pupils with necessary information skills and to think independently, so they leave ready for life at university and beyond. The drama, music and creative arts departments are strong. 18 sports are offered over the year and standards are high in the major games – rugby, netball, lacrosse, cricket and hockey (many county representatives). Both the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the CCF are thriving and there are around 35 clubs and societies for co-curricular activities. Pastoral care is a key feature.

Headmaster: Julian Thomas, in post since 2007. Educated at King’s College London (computer science) and Cambridge University (PGCE); also MBA. Previously Second Master at Hampton and Director of Studies at Portsmouth Grammar School; worked at Lloyds Bank and BP before going into teaching. Also qualified rugby, cricket, hockey and netball coach. Teaching staff: 105 full time (senior school).
GCSE: 126 pupils in fifth: 99% gained at least grade C in 7+ subjects (including English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels: 139 in upper sixth, achieving an average final point score of 426.
All sixth-form leavers normally go on to a degree course (10% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 15% take courses in medicine or biomedical sciences, 18% in science and engineering, 12% in business, 12% economics, 44% in other subjects eg law, social sciences and humanities.
Rugby, hockey, cricket major sports for boys; netball, lacrosse, tennis for girls. Also available are swimming, athletics, squash, badminton, equestrian, tae kwon do etc. Many pupils in county cricket, lacrosse, netball, hockey and rugby teams. GCSE and A-level PE offered. Bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; CCF optional (pupils regularly win armed forces scholarships). Some 36 clubs, from chess to ceramics, debating to dance.
Sixth form have ensuite rooms (upper sixth in singles, lower sixth share); younger pupils share with 3-4 others. All boarders in 2 single-sex houses. All weekends are flexi-weekends; other days out at weekends, depending on seniority. Visits to local village permitted on request.
Run by Ms Alina Rennie, c/o the school.
Geraint Jones (organist, conductor); Angus Deayton (television presenter); Sir Alan Moncrieff (first Nuffield Professor of Child Health); Sir Arthur James (Court of Appeal).