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Charterhouse and Cranleigh

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oriol Fri 20-Feb-15 11:46:50

Can anybody tell me what the main differences are between these schools, I know Charterhouse is single sex until the sixth form and Cranleigh is co-ed, I am interested in the differences in ethos, academics and the type of children who thrive in each.

happygardening Fri 20-Feb-15 12:25:52

I always think Charterhouse is more academic, especially as it offers the Pre U for some subjects and is often the first choice of those failing to get into Eton. It has a macho reputation rightly or wrongly.
Friends sent their bright cricket obsessed DS to Cranleigh (other cricket obsessed/rising crickets stars at DS's prep also went there so I'm assuming the cricket is good) they really like it, they're abroad and can't praise the pastoral care high enough, it's less selective, and IME attracts conservative with a small c parents.
Both are weekly boarding, our friends only complaint, especially in the lower years.

oriol Tue 24-Feb-15 17:56:36

Thank you happygardening. Is the sport still strong at Charterhouse? Somebody suggested to me it is not as good as it was, boys more interested in parties! On balance, would you say Charterhouse is more macho than, say Radley or Harrow? I thought football rather than rugby would reduce macho ethos. Perhaps co-ed is the best guarantee that a school is not too macho, or are the girls impressed with macho? I think it is hard not to be one of the "cool" set at a co-ed school, but maybe it depends on the pupils. Any thoughts?

mummytime Tue 24-Feb-15 22:55:02

I've heard more negative things about Cranleigh (things boarding parents don't necessarily hear but day parents gossip about). Charterhouse is pretty much weekly boarding, and a gorgeous set of buildings, very good gym (also used as a private gym by local yummy mummys).

In my impressions (which doesn't know Radley or Harrow much) Charterhouse is less macho, not more.

happygardening Wed 25-Feb-15 00:06:31

I think sport is strong at Charterhouse because sport is always going to be pretty strong in most boarding schools because it's usually compulsory 3-4 times a week I don't think it matters if they do rugby or not. My DS met the boys at Charterhouse at a recents sports thing he said they were rude, 1 of only two schools he says this about. Ive also heard gossip about the Charterhouse boys liking to party and have fun can't comment if this is true or not. I've met a lot of boys from Radley they are always very polite and I would say almost slightly unworldly which rather surprised me. It's a very strong rugby school the one on the circuit everyone hopes to beat but I don't think this makes them more macho than others. We have adult friends who went to Radley they're all of a type but that's far from macho. I can't comment on Harrow all boys from DS's prep who went there weren't particularly macho but many wanted to be "cool".
Coed definitely changes the general ethos of a place I think, and some girls are inevitably impressed with macho, other like cool and of course others don't dare.
I think in single sex the boys form very deep bonds between each other, and it can become very collegiate, perhaps there's less going into other houses than you get in coed. I'm not sure.
Interesting mummy about you hearing negative things about Cranleigh, all we know with DC's there like it very much but all do have DC's boarding.

oriol Wed 25-Feb-15 20:23:13

May I ask the name of the other school where the boys are rude? I too have found the few Radley boys I know to be very polite - although I think if you insist on manners at home, they are less likely to be rude at school, or indeed anywhere. It may say more about the parent body than the school?

summerends Wed 25-Feb-15 21:37:31

I think schools like Radley and Charterhouse are macho as defined by the first team in rugby (for Radley) or football (Charterhouse) are still put on a pedestal compared to other non-sporty pursuits. That overlaps with a cool party set not least because first team boys attract the girls. That does n't mean that non-sporty boys can't enjoy themselves and do well there.
I hear mixed reports of behaviours on the match circuit (don't know about rugby) of all these schools, I don't think one school particularly stands out for uniformly bad or good behaviour. I know nothing about Cranleigh.

happygardening Wed 25-Feb-15 22:14:42

I'm not going to post it on here as I'm likely to bring the wrath of some members of MN down on my head! I'll PM you.

Return2blighty Mon 27-Feb-17 00:26:45

I removed my son from the school after one year. A lot of bullying. The boys I encountered were rude and arrogant. You may care to know that 6 boys left the school during the same year. I asked for my son to move House as he thought he would be happier. I was told that "this had never happened in the history of Charterhouse and if it is that bad then perhaps it is not the school for him." It wasn't and I regret I did not remove him the day I was spoken to that way. I heard later a young boy was allowed to change House. Probably more to do with losing more fees than the welfare of the boy.

mummytime Mon 27-Feb-17 11:24:27

Zombie!

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