Founded in 1611, on the site of a Carthusian monastery in London, and moved to Godalming in 1872. It stands in a superb estate of 250 acres on a plateau above the River Wey with fine views south and south-west. With its towers and spires and its blend of neo-Gothic buildings, it presents an almost emblematic image of the traditional English public school. Over the years a large number of modern buildings have been added and it now has virtually every facility. A broad education is provided, including the International Baccalaureate as an alternative to the current sixth-form curriculum. Examination results are excellent and large numbers go on to Oxbridge each year. The staff:pupil ratio is about 1:8. Very strong in music, drama and art. It has the advantages of exceptionally good libraries, art studio, design and technology centre, music school and a fine theatre. Outdoor pursuits are varied and popular. There is an impressive range of extra-curricular activities. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and community service (locally and in London) are vigorously supported. There is a strong sporting tradition and a wide range of sports and games, played successfully at school, county and national levels.
Building on the success of its mixed Sixth Form, the School is moving to full coeducation from the age of 13, and will welcome the first girls into Year 9 in September 2021. There will be girls in every year group from September 2023.
The pupil roll will grow over the next decade to around 1,000, with the increase representing additional places for girls.