Transitioning from School to University

Embarking on the journey from an international school to prestigious worldwide universities can be a transformative, yet daunting experience for both students and parents. Here at Charterhouse Malaysia we prepare students for this transition, emphasizing the importance of pre-university preparation and strategies for adapting to university life, ensuring a smooth path to university success.

How we support students at Charterhouse Malaysia

As our Carthusians step out from the familiar environment of an international school like Charterhouse Malaysia and into the prestigious halls of universities like Ivy League institutions: Yale and Cornell, Oxbridge, London Schools of Economics (LSE) and St. Andrews University, to name a few institutes from our previous alumni, they face a world brimming with challenges and opportunities. This transition is crucial, marking a significant milestone in their academic and personal development. At Charterhouse Malaysia, we understand the magnitude of this step and are committed to preparing our students not just academically, but also by equipping them with the life skills necessary for success in the world’s top universities through our Future Pathways curriculum: IGNITE.

Navigating the University Admission Process

The journey to gaining admission into top universities begins with understanding the unique requirements and expectations of each institution. From Ivy League schools to Oxbridge, each has its set of criteria, and it is crucial that all staff, students and parents understand, and are involved in this process.

Charterhouse Malaysia’s IGNITE tailored programme helps students build a compelling application, highlighting their strengths, achievements, and potential. The pastoral team, tutors, School Leadership Team, alongside I, Ms. Amy Candiano, Head of Futures, ensure our guidance includes personalised recommendation letters, preparation for entrance interviews, and advice on crafting essays that stand out, making the dream of attending prestigious universities a reality. Students receive one to one support throughout not just their sixth form journey, but here at Charterhouse Malaysia, we begin the process with our Year 9 (IGCSE Foundation) and Key Stage 4 students, so they can begin planning their future pathway even earlier.

Academic Excellence for Elite Institutions

The academic rigour of top universities like Oxbridge, Yale and LSE demands a strong foundation in critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills. At Charterhouse Malaysia, our Future Ready curriculum is designed to challenge students, fostering a love for learning and an appetite for intellectual exploration through developing SMART skills, completing subject specific Design Thinking and Independent Learning Projects. All these traits that are highly valued by elite universities. Through in house support, external university provision and specialized IGNITE programmes, our students are well-prepared to excel in the demanding academic environment of prestigious universities. Every student is different and therefore we tailor our support.

Cultivating a Global Perspective

Universities such as NYU and King’s College London are renowned for their diverse student bodies and global outlook. Adapting to such environments requires an understanding and appreciation of different cultures. Charterhouse Malaysia’s diverse community offers a microcosm of the global stage, preparing students for the multicultural interactions that are a hallmark of top universities. Our programmes encourage students to engage with global issues, such as Sustainability Goals and World Economic Forum skills goals fostering the open-mindedness and cultural sensitivity needed for success at an international level.

Leadership and Extracurricular Achievements

Beyond academics, top universities like St Andrews and Ivy League colleges seek well-rounded individuals who demonstrate leadership and active engagement in extracurricular activities. Charterhouse Malaysia encourages students to take leadership roles in the Charterhouse Forum, Clubs & Societies, sports teams, and community service projects, helping them develop a profile that resonates with the holistic selection criteria of prestigious universities. We also assist students with internships in Year 12 to ensure they gain experience in their future pathway field. These internships with many prestigious organisations we have build, sets our students apart from many other applicants.

Embracing Independence and Self-Management

 

The transition to university life, especially in a different country, requires students to be independent, resilient, and self-reliant. Our student-led initiatives at Charterhouse Malaysia such as the student led Brew Pod Café and Charterhouse Forum, simulate the university living experience, teaching students valuable life skills such as time management, budgeting, and self-care.

Preparing for Future Careers

The path from university to career is an important consideration for students aspiring to attend renowned institutions. Understanding the connection between academic choices and career opportunities is vital. Through our IGNITE programme and internship opportunities, Charterhouse Malaysia provides our students with insights into various career paths and real-world experience, aligning their university studies with future aspirations.

Conclusion

Charterhouse Malaysia stands as a beacon for students aiming for the pinnacle of academic achievement — admission into world-renowned universities such as the Cornell, Yale, NYU, LSE, Kings, Oxbridge, and St Andrews. Our holistic educational approach ensures that our students are not just academically prepared but are also well-equipped with the skills and experiences needed to thrive in prestigious universities and beyond.

For more information on how we prepare our students for the transition to top universities, visit our IGNITE page or explore our internship and career-related contents.

Let Charterhouse Malaysia be your bridge to the world’s top universities, opening doors to a future ready career filled with possibilities.

Written by Ms. Amy Candiano, Head of Futures at Charterhouse Malaysia

Get in touch with our Admissions Team at admissions@charterhouse-htms.edu.my to IGNITE your child’s education journey.

Internship: A Strategic Advantage for Pre-University Students

Internships are increasingly recognised as pivotal in shaping the early trajectory of pre-university students, providing them with invaluable opportunities to bridge academic knowledge with practical real-world application. At Charterhouse Malaysia, we prioritise experiential learning through our Charterhouse IGNITE programme, committed to nurturing holistic development and equipping students with the essential skills and experiences necessary to thrive globally.

Strategic Benefits of Pre-U Internships for Future University Success

A cornerstone of our IGNITE programme, the Pre-University Internship, offers students a unique opportunity to engage directly in professional environments. These experiences are not just about gaining insights into various industries; they are crucial from a university admissions perspective. Here’s why:

Enhanced University Applications

Universities are increasingly looking for candidates who demonstrate practical experience in their field of interest. Internships provide tangible evidence of a student’s commitment and their proactive approach to understanding their chosen field. This experience can significantly strengthen university applications, distinguishing our students from their peers.

Development of University-Level Skills

Beyond practical skills, internships help students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and independent learning skills. These are exactly the attributes that universities value as they indicate a student’s ability to adapt and succeed in a demanding academic environment.

Informed Course and Career Decisions

Through internships, students gain a clearer understanding of their academic and career preferences, which in turn informs their choices of university courses. This alignment of course selection with practical experience leads to more focused and motivated university students, who are likely to excel in their chosen fields.

Expanding Horizons through Diverse Internship Opportunities

At Charterhouse Malaysia, we maintain robust partnerships with leading organisations across a spectrum of industries. These connections enable us to offer internships in IT, finance, marketing, healthcare, law, and more, providing our students with the breadth of experience necessary to make informed decisions about their future studies and careers.

The Transformative Impact of Internships

Participating in internships exposes students to professional settings and develops essential skills that are crucial for both university and subsequent career success. Our internships also offer invaluable networking opportunities, allowing students to connect with professionals and gain insights into industry trends and best practices. The personal growth and clearer career direction reported by our students highlight the profound impact of these experiences:

Adriel experienced a transformative journey during her internship at Kevin Wu Law Firm. Beyond understanding legal procedures, she critically engaged with complex case studies, enhancing her analytical thinking and advocacy skills. This experience has not only solidified her ambition to pursue law but has also instilled a robust ethical foundation, preparing her for the rigorous demands of legal studies.

Katelynn’s time at Mont Hope Clinic was pivotal. Working alongside experienced professionals, she navigated challenging scenarios ranging from routine examinations to more complex scenarios. This exposure confirmed her dedication to medicine, deeply understanding the compassionate and patient-centric approach required in healthcare.

Sameer at Tuas Capital delved into the nuances of financial markets, developing sophisticated analytical skills and a strategic mindset. His internship was instrumental in honing his decision-making capabilities, preparing him for high-stakes environments in finance and economics studies.

Marissa found her calling during her internship at Kindlehouse Dental Clinic, where she learnt the importance of dental care and patient communication, especially with children and those with special needs. Her experience has been enriching, confirming her passion for dentistry and inspiring her to advocate for accessible dental care in underserved communities.

Conclusion

Internships serve as a crucial bridge between academic study and practical application, offering pre-university students at Charterhouse Malaysia a distinctive advantage. By participating in our tailored internship programmes, students not only enhance their university applications but also lay a solid foundation for future academic and professional success. As we continue to expand our internship offerings, our commitment remains firm: to empower our students to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Written by Ms. Tan Hui Ru, Student Development & Outreach Manager at Charterhouse Malaysia

Get in touch with our Admissions Team at admissions@charterhouse-htms.edu.my to IGNITE your child’s education journey.

The Crucial Advantage of an Early Start for University Preparation

In the landscape of education and professional development, the journey towards university and subsequent career paths begins much earlier than the threshold of tertiary education. At Charterhouse Malaysia, we firmly believe in the power of an early start for university preparation, a philosophy that is deeply embedded in our Future Ready Programme. This early engagement is not merely beneficial; it is essential, providing students with a comprehensive suite of skills, knowledge, and experiences that are pivotal in today’s rapidly evolving world.

The Early Start: Building a Robust Foundation

Why Starting Early Matters

Commencing university preparation as early as Year 9, through initiatives such as the IGCSE Foundation Programme, sets the stage for a deeper, more meaningful educational journey. This early onset allows students to:

  • Explore Broadly and Deeply: Engage with a wide range of subjects and disciplines, fostering a broader perspective and aiding in the discovery of their passions and strengths. It further allows them to explore the links between subject areas and also apply what they are learning to real world situations. It is essential to remove the limits of a traditional exam curriculum.
  • Develop Essential Skills: Through Project, Problem and Inquiry based learning students are able to cultivate critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills crucial for higher education and beyond. It is not just through the academic programme that students develop these essential skills, the opportunities to run their own clubs and societies, to define their purpose and to have a positive impact on society through service learning is at the heart of the Charterhouse Malaysia Future Ready Programme.
  • Build Resilience and Adaptability: Building resilience and adaptability in students is not just an educational goal; it’s a necessity for thriving in both academic and life challenges. At Charterhouse Malaysia, these attributes are intricately woven into the fabric of our Future Ready Programme, particularly through the Spectra Smarts framework. This approach ensures that students are not merely academically prepared but are also equipped with the personal attributes needed to confidently navigate the complexities of the future.
  • Integrating the Future Ready Programme

Spectra Smarts

Our Spectra Smarts framework encapsulates seven dimensions of intelligence, from academic and meta-cognitive to social and emotional intelligences. An early start enables students to develop these intelligences holistically, ensuring they are well-rounded, empathetic, and equipped to tackle complex problems creatively.

Independent Learner Projects & Design Thinking

By engaging in Independent Learner Projects and Design Thinking processes from an early stage, students learn to apply knowledge in real-world contexts, enhancing their ability to think critically and innovate. These projects foster a sense of ownership over their learning, encouraging self-motivation and a deep commitment to their educational journey.

The Incubator & The IGNITE Programme

The Incubator, a hub for creativity and innovation, along with the IGNITE Programme, which focuses on career and university preparation, offer platforms for practical, hands-on learning and personal development. Starting these programmes early ensures students are not only academically prepared but are also insightful, future-ready individuals capable of making informed decisions about their careers and tertiary education.

The Forum & The Charterhouse Community Partnership

Participation in The Forum and engagement with The Charterhouse Community Partnership from Year 9 onwards encourage students to think globally and act locally. These platforms offer opportunities for leadership, community service, and global citizenship, fostering a sense of responsibility and ethical leadership essential for success in the modern world.

The Learner Portfolio

Documenting achievements, reflections, and learnings in The Learner Portfolio throughout their time at Charterhouse Malaysia enables students to track their growth, set goals, and articulate their experiences and skills effectively, a crucial advantage in the university admissions process.

Conclusion: The Transformative Power of an Early Start

At Charterhouse Malaysia, starting university preparation early through our Future Ready Programme is not just about gaining an academic edge; it’s about holistic development. It’s about equipping students with the tools, mindsets, and experiences they need to thrive in higher education and the careers of tomorrow. By laying a solid foundation from Year 9, we ensure our students are not only ready for the challenges of university but are also poised to become leaders, innovators, and compassionate citizens of the world. This early start is the cornerstone of a Future Ready education, setting our students on a path to success, fulfilment, and impact.

Get in touch with our Admissions Team at admissions@charterhouse-htms.edu.my if you would like to know more about Charterhouse Malaysia. 

Charterhouse UK Visit to Charterhouse Malaysia Campus

Written by Balvinder, Parent Committee Member

On the 9th of March we had the privilege of meeting 3 very esteemed gentlemen from Charterhouse UK. Charterhouse Malaysia had organised a lovely tea party to welcome them and to also give the opportunity to parents to have some brainstorming and constructive discussions regarding the future of their children.

Present were also alumni of CHUK who had a chance to meet their teachers and reminisce the good old days. The evening was so beautifully organised with students showcasing their skills with musical instruments as well as their melodious voices. A number of parents took this opportunity to speak to Mr Simon Allen (Assistant Headteacher) and Mr. Andrew Turner (Senior Deputy Headteacher) and in fact I myself had a wonderful chat with Dr. Alex Peterken (Headteacher) about how to ensure our children do the right subjects and decide their future without pressuring them and limiting their future choices. Mr. Peterken was very reassuring and in fact eased a lot of our concerns including what if the child changes his/her mind whilst in university. Whilst Charterhouse Malaysia has equally qualified counsellors, it was heartwarming and reassuring to get a different perspective.

Thank you Charterhouse Malaysia for organising this special event and for including the parents in a very productive session with fabulous exchanges of information and ideas.

Top 5 Emerging Industries – And How Charterhouse Prepares Students

When you think of the future, you probably think of what new technologies, industries, and job opportunities will be available to you in 10, 20, or even 30 years. But what about now? Are there new career opportunities that you could explore right now? Here are five emerging careers and industries that you should consider for your future.

We are in an era of exponential technological advancement and it’s not just in the way we live our lives – it is also in how we earn a living. The world is experiencing a paradigm shift in various industries. Industries which were not being considered relevant in the past are becoming vital driving forces of growth and development today. 

The last two years have seen a surge in adoption of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud computing, the Internet of Things and non-humanoid robots. These industries are poised to grow in the coming years and offer lucrative careers for those who are willing to learn the ins and outs of the industry. 

It’s not just about finding a great job. It’s also about taking the time to consider what career path is right for you. And while you’ll face a lot of decisions along the way, you’ll likely come out the other side a better person for it.” 

The only constant is change, and the global economy is one filled with it. In order to be successful, students need to learn skills that will allow them to work in emerging industries. Students who have the right skill sets can satisfy their long-term career ambitions while pursuing passion projects. Here are five of the most promising industries that will be available for students in 2025 and beyond:

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Artificial intelligence and robotics are two separate fields with enormous potential to change the world. Artificial intelligence deals with computers understanding common language and translating those orders into programmes to be actioned, just like humans and animals can react based on senses of sight, sound, hearing, taste and touch. Robots can be thought of as a form of artificial intelligence in action. Fictional robots such as R2D2 from Star Wars are often mentioned as examples of what AI could bring us, with the way he was able to take care of all kinds of tasks like computer hacking without human control.

If you’re interested in artificial intelligence, robotics or computer vision, it’s likely that you will want to embark on an education path that is similar. Computer science and engineering are good areas for honing the technical skills needed to succeed in these fields. Once you have chosen the right education path, you can then begin planning what you would like to do next in your career!

Data Science and Analytics

Data science is not just about programming computers with lots of algorithms and formulas or developing complex logic using array functionality. It’s about figuring out the most efficient way to collect, organise, process and model large and voluminous datasets. Businesses are doing the same with data; understanding how it can be used to solve real-life problems.

Data science has become one of the most diverse and fastest-growing industries in the world. 

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, Data Analysts and scientists are one of the top job roles increasing in demand across industries. 

If you are interested in a career in data, you will have to pursue an undergraduate degree in a relevant course such as Mathematics, Statistics, Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics or Information Management. Once you have a strong foundation in data analytics, you will be ready to take on your dreams in your data science career. 

Cyber Security

Cyber security is essential to everything we share digitally and it is becoming increasingly important as more businesses share and collect data – think of all the online forms you are filling right now! 

If you’re looking to get into the field of Cybersecurity, it’s important that you realise that it’s not just about breaking into one’s computer or hacking passwords; it’s about protecting our own data and identity while we work online. 

There are many challenges to overcome before one completely understands this fascinating field, but a good place to begin is by pursuing your passion through an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information systems or Cybersecurity. 

This will educate you on the very best technical areas relating to cybersecurity, along with elements of business and computer science to give you a well-rounded idea of what the industry entails and how far one can reach while operating within its sphere. After graduation, you will be fast-track ready to take the next steps towards carving out your niche within this particular field!

Fintech and Payments

Fintech, or financial technology and payments, both form large industries within the business world. Fintech focusses on developing software solutions that help people deal with their finances and other solutions in order to secure transactions. 

Payments serve a universal purpose: they help customers transfer money from one account to another, while preserving trust and security. So what exactly are some fintech or payment-based jobs? Both industries are surprisingly high in demand due to their ability to set up merchant services for businesses, individuals and companies alike. 

From logistics to customer relations, anything is possible within these areas! However, if you’re interested in fintech and payments, you’ll also want to make sure that you have a solid understanding of the technical elements involved in these fields. An undergraduate programme in Commerce, Economics, Management, Finance or Engineering will all prepare you to set your foot in the Fintech industry.

Blockchain

You’ve likely heard a lot about blockchain, but it’s important to remember that blockchain is still in its early stages. Blockchain is a digital recording system that eliminates the need for any financial middlemen. 

Essentially, blockchain offers a degree of security and efficiency by removing third parties from transactions – using secure cryptographic techniques to not only allow the exchange of value but also to validate them. It has a lot of potential in the future, with many industries already making use of it now such as baking, automotive, telecommunications and more. 

Blockchain technology has the potential to improve financial services – from everyday people sending money to their families across the world to large international corporations. This technology will only continue to grow as more and more industries begin to understand its value.

Future-ready education – How does Charterhouse prepare the students?

Charterhouse Malaysia’s dedication to individualised learning and a growth mindset is designed to develop each student’s emotional intelligence to better prepare them for the future. Our unique education programme equips students with the skills and knowledge required to tackle real-world problems. 

Students at Charterhouse are equipped with both social and emotional intelligence and learn how to help others as well as themselves in a collaborative, creative manner. Charterhouse Malaysia’s Spectra Smarts approach develops students’ full range of human intelligence and is designed to bring out the best of what it means to be human so that graduates are ‘Future Ready’ and equipped with the tools needed to succeed in a high-tech future. 

In addition, students learn to solve problems using Design Thinking – a powerful, human-centred thinking methodology used by scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs to solve the world’s most complex problems. This flexible, creative approach to problem-solving gives students an edge, enabling them to use their innately human qualities such as empathy to complement rather than compete with Artificial Intelligence in the changing landscape of work and industry.

As students become more confident in their own beliefs while remaining receptive and open-minded to others’ ideas, Charterhouse prepares them to be men and women of service who can make concrete contributions to the community as a whole. Each student is required to complete an Independent Learning Project, combining students’ newfound innovation and emotional intelligence skills with a commitment to serve. 

At Charterhouse Malaysia, we believe all of our students are leaders. Consequently, during their time at the school, students will have numerous opportunities to impact both their peers and the community alike. All students are automatically members of Charterhouse Forum, a student-run body responsible for the personal development of the students. It provides various opportunities for students to learn how to be proficient in leadership through diverse involvement in activities across the spectrum from sports, arts and culture, technology, to community outreach and travel.

To conclude…

There are so many things that can capture your attention as a secondary school student. Whether you’re interested in healthcare, science, arts or finance, there’s a lot out there for students to explore and take interest in. In such a dynamic environment, it’s important to remember that every step is different and changes as life continues. 

Patience is required and the key to being successful as a student is constant hard work and curiosity. Make sure you keep learning new skill sets and continue to explore different opportunities because they will all be worth exploring at some point!

What Is IGCSE and Why Is It The Best Choice for My Child?

The penultimate years in school are quite demanding and, if the appropriate programme of study is selected, probably the most rewarding of a student’s life. As children enter high school, it suffices to say that parents would want them to have a strong foundation for higher education and life beyond. The importance of teaching children under an international curriculum cannot be overstated in a world where globalisation is rapidly expanding its impact throughout nations. The international curricula are created in such a way that they not only prepare the younger generation for the globalised future ahead but also equip them with the life skills that allow them to compete in an increasingly competitive environment.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the most popular curricula chosen by parents and children across the globe. Widely acclaimed and recognised by universities worldwide, IGCSE is a content-rich, flexible and inspiring curriculum that prepares students for the challenges of the future world.

What is IGCSE?

The IGCSE is founded on the GCSE curriculum of the United Kingdom, however, it has been updated for a more multinational student population. Exams are used to assess students, and they are administered by the school’s choice of the exam board. In Malaysia, Edexcel and the Cambridge Assessment International Education are two of the choice boards. There are over 70 disciplines, including 30 languages, available through the Cambridge exam board. The goal is to be as welcoming to students from a wide range of language backgrounds as feasible. As a result, they can continue to study in their mother tongue or language of choice. Across many subjects, the IGCSE provides for different levels of skill by giving both Core and Extended curriculum papers.

IGCSE curriculum

The IGCSE curriculum was created by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. The IGCSE course is a two-year curriculum for students aged 14 to 16, beginning at the Year 10 level. Pupils who pass the IGCSE exams will get an internationally recognised credential. IGCSE offers a comprehensive and versatile study curriculum that includes humanities, arithmetic, languages, social sciences, innovative, technical, and vocational disciplines. For every discipline chosen, one earns an “IGCSE” certification. Students can appear for Core and Extended curriculum exams based on their level of aptitude.

Available subject categories include:

Group 1: Languages – (First, second or foreign)

Group 2 – Humanities and Social Sciences – (History, Geography, English Literature, etc.)

Group 3 – Sciences – (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Group 4 – Mathematics – (Arithmetic, Additional Mathematics, etc)

Group 5 – Creative, Technical and Vocational – (Computer studies, Music, Business Studies, etc)

These five key areas are used to categorise the programme’s 70 subjects. However, not all 70 topics are offered at every school, thus, parents should explore their selections with an academic adviser to have a greater comprehension of their possibilities. A minimum of five and a maximum of fourteen disciplines are needed for students. Because of its versatility, IGCSE is the most sought-after curriculum.

The Examination Boards

Cambridge Assessment International Education and Edexcel are the two principal exam boards that provide the IGCSE curriculum. The choice of test board is normally left to individual institutions. Although the material remains similar, the test format differs between the two.

Edexcel, for example, provides a single 3-hour geography exam, but Cambridge has four different papers. The school is free to choose whatever board they want to utilise. Universities make no distinction between the two boards, and there is no preference for one over the other.

Scoring and Grading

Students will be evaluated on a scale of A* to F or G for IGCSE. In Cambridge IGCSE, A* is the highest grade while G is the lowest grade. IGCSE scale scores from A* to G is currently utilised in more than 145 countries, in over 6,000 schools, and are approved by colleges and companies worldwide. In addition to ordinary grades, IGCSE percentage marks will be given. The percentage mark is a scale in the system that measures how many pupils scored high, average and low. The percentage marks will show in the results report but not on the certificate of completion. For instance, a student receiving an A* will be put in the 90-100 percentile range, whereas a student receiving a D will be placed in the 50-59 percentile range.

Below is a detailed table for the IGCSE percentage scale:

Grade Percentage uniform mark range
A*90-100
A80-89
B70-79
C60-69
D50-59
E40-49
F30-39
G20-29

The advantages of the IGCSE curriculum for students:

  1. They are recognised by institutions of higher education globally

The IGCSE is recognised as a formal certification in practically every country, and it may function as a ticket to the greatest schools and universities. The IGCSEs are held in high esteem by some of the world’s leading institutions.

  1. The emphasis is on performance rather than grades

The IGCSE curriculum is a gift to the students since it provides them with a bold platform to show their understanding of many disciplines. The evaluation pattern is designed to reduce children’s worry and tension over their academic achievement. Students and teachers collaborate on areas of development regularly.

  1. A student-centred design

Because the curriculum is diversified in terms of difficulty level, the IGCSE programme is available to students of practically all skill levels. It is tailored to fulfil the needs of both proficient and capable pupils and those who find studies tough. Each student’s learning is enhanced by the use of appropriate teaching methods.

  1. A plethora of intriguing courses available

For students who aspire to pursue high-level professional courses and build on their CV during their time at school, IGCSE would be the ideal choice. IGCSE offers a wide range of arts, sciences, and professional subjects, from hospitality & tourism to religious studies. As a result, these diverse course selections can assist you in determining your passion and discovering disciplines that you may want to pursue in the future.

  1. An excellent university preparation programme

The IGCSE programme prepares pupils to think critically and study independently. This is a necessary skill for those who plan to attend university courses and higher learning. Students are expected to be accountable for their learning in higher education, which requires self-discipline, motivation and a strong work ethic. As early as high school, IGCSE students will be taught these duties and qualities.

  1. Rigorous evaluations

The vast majority of students, as well as their parents, believe that the assessments are reasonable. They’re also adaptable because the emphasis isn’t on what the child has grasped. It is based on the child’s conceptual understanding.

Is IGCSE the right programme for your child?

Depending on the school, while the programme remains the same, the IGCSE subjects offered, exam boards and method of delivery might differ.

What makes the programme in Charterhouse Malaysia unique is the curriculum, designed for a future-ready education. With programmes such as Design ThinkingSpectra Smarts and more, students benefit from a holistic education that moulds them into independent individuals, capable of critical thinking and developing creative solutions.

The contemporary campus and modern school environment are the perfect domain for learning, as the design is informed by the work of educational futurist, David Thornburg. With four archetypal learning spaces that inspire the students and teachers, learning is seen through a different lens; rather than something that is necessary, our community sees it as a valuable trait – A lifelong love for knowledge.

We maintain a small number of students per class, up to 18 students in an IGCSE class, to ensure an optimal ratio of students to teachers. Lessons will not only be delivered in classes but will be supported with a multitude of other activities that include Independent Learning Projects that embeds the Carthusian values of responsibility, moral courage, perseverance, open-mindedness and kindness.

Charterhouse Malaysia offers subjects such as Mandarin, Spanish and French as foreign languages and other optional subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Design Technology, to name a few.

Consult with our education counsellors to find out which subjects are suitable for your child’s career pathway of choice.


­­­­­­­­­­­Charterhouse Malaysia is an English-medium International School located in the heart of Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Our comprehensive and holistic pedagogy focuses on equipping students with a Future Ready perspective and skills. Be part of a Future Ready education and Apply for term 2022.

Age vs. Maturity – Helping Teens Develop Confidence

Teens are involved in making potentially life-changing decisions every day. Be it their career, risk behaviour, or school involvement, the choices teenagers make have the power to influence various aspects of their lives in the future.

Yet, most of them are not equipped with the skills that empower them to make healthy decisions when faced with difficult situations. As a result, they struggle when they have to decide: Should I get a job or pursue higher studies? Should I ask someone for a date? Should I go out with friends to a party where they are going to try questionable items?

According to a study published in NCBI, the steps involved in any decision include:

  1. Recognising that a decision must be made
  2. Understanding the goals that one hopes to attain
  3. Making a list of options
  4. Determining the consequences – both positive and negative – of each option
  5. Determining the desirability of each consequence
  6. Evaluating the likelihood of each consequence
  7. Integrating all the information

Every step of the process highlights an underlying life skill that one must possess to achieve the final goal of making the right decision. Thus, having good decision-making skills also shows that you possess a wide variety of skills such as intuition, critical thinking, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, leadership, reasoning, and creativity; making it one of the most sought after life skills by employers.

The Standford Children’s Health states that children in the age group 12 to 18 years consistently grow in their thinking capacity, moving from concrete thinking to formal logical operations. In late adolescence, children can use complex thinking to focus on less self-centred concepts and personal decision-making. In addition, they also begin to focus on career decisions and their emerging role in society.

Thus, teenagers, given the confidence and guidance to think rationally, can make the right decisions for themselves.

Parenting Teens: Helping Teens Develop Confidence

As parents of teenagers, we might often think, “Is my teen mature enough to handle important decisions in life?” It might be hard for you as a parent to let go, but it is important to understand that your child’s need for autonomy and responsibility increases later during late adolescence. To mature into responsible adults, they need to learn to make good decisions and benefit from their experiences. However, the shift of responsibility needs to be gradual and depends on the level of maturity of your child.

Individuals develop critical thinking skills by first being confident. The ability to make wise decisions rely on an individual’s confidence level. The same applies to teenagers – They must first be confident in themselves, their judgement, and intelligence, in order to independently and confidently make decisions. Here are a few ways to help your teen develop confidence:

Show love, respect and support

Teenagers need love, respect and support from their parents to become independent. Strong relationships with parents help them feel safe and secure and makes it easier for them to face challenges and overcome them. You can show your love by spending time with your children, listening to them when they need you and respecting their feelings. Taking interest in their friends and hobbies and giving them space is also a great way to connect with them and show your support.

Set clear limits and rules

Setting clear family limits and rules about socialising can help your child understand your family values and what you expect from them. Encourage them to have a healthy lifestyle and stay active by exercising. It is also good to praise them when they follow the rules. According to Dr Beth Stomshark “Positive parenting really means forming a positive relationship with your child that’s focused more on praise, support, and incentives and less on negative things like yelling, criticizing, or nagging.” It is often helpful to involve teenagers in the forming of the family rules and what the consequences might be if they do not live up to them.

Brainstorming solutions together

You can help your child develop decision-making skills by helping them through some basic steps when they have to make a decision. For example, if your teen needs to choose electives for a particular year, you can talk about the pros and cons of different options and help them make the right choice by understanding their interests. Children are most likely to stick to the decision when you involve them in it instead of taking the entire process into your hands.

As you help your teen become independent, it is important to remember that making mistakes and learning from them is a part of the journey. Your role is to give them the support required to develop decision-making skills without overwhelming them.

Empowering Carthusians with Decision-making Skills

The school day at Charterhouse is designed to provide students with opportunities for collaboration and student leadership. Charterhouse Malaysia creates an environment that nurtures independence and responsibility so that when students graduate, they are well prepared for life and beyond. We engage students in projects that encourage them to think and learn independently. How exactly have we managed to do that?

With meticulous planning and great attention to detail, Charterhouse Malaysia successfully gave form to a Future Ready learning programme:

Independent Learning Programme

The Independent Learning Programme (ILP) forms an integral part of our curriculum at Charterhouse Malaysia. Throughout the programme, our learners conduct an Independent Research Project aimed at solving a real-world problem in a community. By devising innovative solutions to social issues, they build confidence and leadership skills and a deeper sense of social responsibility.

Design Thinking

We teach students to solve problems using design thinking, an innovative process widely used by scientists, inventors and innovators. It involves five phases – empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test. When students have mastered the skills central to this approach, they can apply them to solve any problem. Charterhouse Malaysia’s approach to design thinking is called “WEAVE”:

Wonder, students engage with a problem or unanswered question;

Explore, they use research skills to consider the barriers to solving the problem;

Apply, they prototype possible solutions;

Value, they refine their work based on feedback from their peers, teachers and the community; and

Exhibit, they launch their finished product.

Spectra Smarts

We recognise that human intelligence is broad. It is not limited to academic intelligence but includes social and emotional intelligence as well as the ability to think deeply, evaluate that thinking, grasp new situations quickly and, most importantly, be able to assess personal abilities. Our unique Spectra Smarts programme aims to develop a student’s full range of potential, ensuring that they are well equipped to make their mark in the world.

Individualised Learning and Career Guidance

In addition to an in-depth curriculum, Charterhouse Malaysia classrooms accept no more than 12 students per class. This small number ensures that each student gets the optimal attention required to reach their full potential. Students get the opportunity of 1-1 coaching sessions with the house tutor to discuss their development as well as fortnightly written feedback from highly experienced subject teachers based on their unique strengths and areas for development.

We also support our students in making important career decisions through University admissions assistance from our specialist University counsellors. Students are also offered personalised guidance to develop the ‘Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio’, a digital record of achievements, experience and skills to share with University admissions tutors.

Our unique education programme ensures that Carthusians have a confident take on the world’s complexities and opportunities as they develop an ability to make the right decisions for themselves. Our school culture and curriculum are designed to develop core qualities in students. Hence, when they graduate, they will have both the academic results and the life skills to achieve their full potential. In short, they will be future-ready, willing to take up the challenges that lie ahead.


Are you ready to be part of a Future Ready curriculum? Enrol at Charterhouse Malaysia today and make the most out of The Founding Carthusian Award. Find out more information at https://www.charterhouse-htms.edu.my/open-days-school-visits/ 

What Is It Like Learning at Charterhouse?

“Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information.” – Albert Einstein

From providing education for a new reality to the modern design of the learning spaces, learning at Charterhouse is not just confined to the boundaries of the classroom, it is an experience that translates into every area of their life, preparing them for university and the real world beyond.

Modern Learning Environment at Charterhouse Malaysia

Charterhouse Malaysia is an English-medium International School with a modern international outlook. Set in the heart of Sri Hartamas, we prepare our students for the Cambridge A levels and IGCSE exams in a varied and dynamic learning environment. As an Asian edition of one of Britain’s most prestigious public schools, we believe we have the best of both worlds, benefitting from the legacy of heritage while positioned to harness the exciting potential of the future. Our shared DNA with Charterhouse UK means the values and traditions of our parent school are ingrained in the culture of our school, sustaining the quality of English education. Everything about the school, from the curriculum design to the layout of learning spaces, is derived from our education ethos, Study, Create, and Inspire.

Study

Study is not about memorising and regurgitating information. It’s about being able to think, solve problems, adapt to new situations and learning how to learn.Our intelligence-based curriculum prepares students to think critically, creatively and inquisitively about the information they acquire.

Create

Creative thinking is fundamental to deep learning and is at the heart of everything we do. All students engage in independent learning projects and through the process of design thinking learn how to creatively problem-solve.

Inspire

Students are given opportunities within the school and through projects in the wider community to make a difference and inspire others. We instill in students a sense of comradeship and community which is extended beyond the walls of traditional learning.

Our well-designed campus allows for flexibility and student movement which in turn leads to better academic performance, improved concentration and increased social engagement.

Discussions can be taken outside the classroom and students gather in small groups to collaborate and share ideas. This gives them the chance to get to grips with complex ideas while learning to communicate and build strong relationships among teachers and peers.

Throughout the campus, quiet spaces are set aside for contemplation and independent learning, so that when the class gathers again as a group, the students have had the opportunity to reflect on the material and gain deeper insight. This approach helps prepare young people not just for university life but the real world beyond.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our campus is informed by the work of one of the leading futurists in educational technology, David Thornburg. He identified four archetypal learning spaces – the campfire, cave, watering hole and mountain top – that work together to boost learning outcomes. We have developed these varied and creative learning environments in our school using cutting-edge design and materials.

At Charterhouse Malaysia, the “campfire” is the classroom where students gather to listen to their teacher, stories are told, questions are asked, and the group learns from each other.

Thornburg’s notion of “cave” is found in the library spaces and quiet corners where students can withdraw from the noise of the classroom for quiet reflection, giving them the private time needed to consolidate learning.

There are plenty of “watering holes” scattered around the campus – informal spaces where students can gather to share ideas and information, collaborate and learn from each other.

And when students are ready to publicly demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, there is the “mountain top” – the auditorium, gallery spaces and multimedia networks.

Education for A New Reality

Through holistic education, Charterhouse Malaysia prepares students to meet the demands of university life and beyond. We believe intellectual development is not just limited to academic intelligence and the accumulation of knowledge. It includes being smart about people, understanding, thinking, feelings, situations and oneself.

In the coming age of Artificial Intelligence, when automation will dominate the industry, those who will flourish will be the ones who can work with the robots, not be outsmarted by them. Our unique approach, Spectra Smarts, is designed to bring out the best of what it means to be human so that our graduates are ready to succeed in a high-tech future.

In addition, our students are taught to solve problems using design thinking – an innovative process widely used by scientists, inventors and innovators. It gives students the skills to solve problems creatively and use their innately human qualities to complement rather than compete with AI.

Charterhouse Malaysia’s approach to design thinking is called “WEAVE”: Wonder, students engage with a problem or unanswered question; Explore, they use research skills to consider the barriers to solving the problem; Apply, they prototype possible solutions; Value, they refine their work based on feedback from their peers, teachers and the community; and Exhibit, they launch their finished product.

Charterhouse also emphasises independent learning projects and commitment to service to get the students active in the community. The independent learning programme encourages students to reach out and go into the community, interact with the people, work with them to identify the challenges and come up with solutions. In this way, they learn to have a real and meaningful impact on the community they are in and carry the valuable life lessons with them, be it in the university or their workplace in the future.

Charterhouse Malaysia – Revolutionising the Learning Experience

Launched in 2021, Charterhouse Malaysia represents an exclusive partnership with one of Britain’s most reputable public schools. We have integrated the practice and traditions of Charterhouse UK with contemporary teaching methods and philosophy to create a distinctive education that is uniquely suited to Asia. Charterhouse Malaysia is the first in a network of these new schools across the region.

While the approach to teaching and the facilities are modern, the Charterhouse UK values of perseverance, open-mindedness, responsibility, moral courage, and kindness remain the same. Inspired by tradition and informed by contemporary thinking, we give students the skills that will enable them to thrive in the future.

We are proud of our British roots, secure in our Asian identity, and committed to serve a diverse international community. Our vision is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and passion to make a positive impact not only on their communities but on the wider world.

The school’s ethos is rooted in the three ambitions we have for our students – to study, to create and to inspire.

The Elements of a Future Ready Education – Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio

How would you describe success at different stages in your life? Would it be sufficient to achieve the highest grades, or get access to the best universities globally for your future career and beyond?

The new normal has changed the face of education and learning like never before. Robotics,  automation and artificial intelligence are already transforming the workplace and no one can predict what successful careers or professions will look like in the future. However, we can forecast the quality of the people who will thrive in times of change.

The exponential rise in technological advancements and changing scenarios of jobs and workplaces clearly calls for students and future leaders who have the knowledge, skills, creativity, thinking and ability to learn and adapt in unprecedented times.

– The Fourth Industrial Revolution

At Charterhouse Malaysia, we believe in educating students for the new reality so that they are flexible in the face of change and resilient against setbacks. We allow students to take ownership of their learning, exercising agency in their education and life beyond. Hence, Charterhouse provides ample opportunities, supportive environment and structured framework you need to become the driving force behind your growth and development. Our Cambridge IGCSE and A Levels programmes are deliberately and carefully designed to provide students with the opportunities and support needed for personal and collective growth, and the framework within which you can plan, monitor, reflect, evaluate, adjust and showcase your learning journey.

Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio – Nurturing future leaders

The belief at Charterhouse International school puts faith in our students as leaders and consequently, during their time with us, they will be provided with numerous ways in which to inspire others. All students are automatically members of the Charterhouse Forum, a student-led body that is responsible for the personal development of all our students. The Forum is democratically led by an Executive Committee and subcommittees reporting to the executive providing many leadership opportunities under many different strands of activity such as sports, performing arts, community outreach, technology, trips, well-being etc.

Students taking the Cambridge IGCSE or A-Levels are expected to participate in a broad range of activities where they develop skills that will be transferable to all walks of life, whatever they choose to be in the future. Their participation and development within the Forum will be guided by our Design Thinking process (WEAVE) and will be evidenced in their Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio, in readiness for their applications to top universities globally.

Hence, Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio (CLP) will act as the vehicle through which you chart your intellectual, ethical and spiritual growth. For personal growth to occur, the development of the CLP involves real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes; personal challenges or tasks that extend you but are achievable in scope; thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting, reflection on outcomes and personal learning.

Here are 7 elements of the Learner’s Portfolio that make it an integral part of future-ready education.

1. What kind of activities/tasks does CLP include?

The strands of CLP include:

  • Academic
  • Independent Learning Projects
  • Career and University Research
  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Health, Fitness and Sport
  • Life and 21st Century Skills
  • Community Service
  • Enterprise
  • Student Leadership

2. What life skills will you develop through CLP?

 Through the building of your Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio you will:

  • become a reflective thinker: you will understand your own strengths and limitations, identify personal goals and devise strategies for personal growth
  • be adventurous and courageous: willing to accept new challenges and new roles, often outside of your own comfort zone
  • be aware of yourself as members of communities: with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
  • be socially responsible: be an active participant in sustained, collaborative projects
  • find balance: you will enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative, and emotional experiences.
  • become SPECTRA Smartembracing the full depth of human intelligence.
  • be ‘Future Ready’: equipped with the skills and resilience needed to succeed in an uncertain future.

3. How does CLP showcase your talent and abilities?

The CLP will provide evidence that you have:

  • increased your awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth
  • undertaken new challenges
  • planned and initiated activities
  • worked collaboratively with others
  • shown perseverance and commitment to a project
  • engaged with issues of local, national and global importance
  • considered the ethical implications of your actions
  • developed new skills
  • embraced the full breadth of your human intelligence

4. What evidence does CLP provide to support your application?

  • Digital portfolio
  • Self, peer, mentor and teacher assessments
  • Community impact testimonials
  • Certificates of participation and/or achievement accompanied by self, peer, mentor and teacher reflections and feedback
  • Activity/Event participation logs accompanied by self, peer, mentor and teacher reflections and feedback
  • Smart Targets/Goals with appropriate documentation to demonstrate monitoring and reflection
  • Records and examples of growth in academic work, skills and SPECTRA Smarts
  • Records of Leadership positions held: Job description, goals, growth within the role, accomplishments
  • Career Tests, University and course summaries with evaluations

5. How is the progress of CLP monitored?

House Tutors will be responsible for monitoring your progress with your CLP and ensuring that you are fully engaged. Planning activities and other opportunities to develop within each of the strands and in respect of the 9 learning outcomes is a key responsibility of the House Tutor in partnership with you, although some activities will be the responsibility of the Charterhouse Forum, House Guardians, committees of teachers and School Leadership Team.

A Canvas course will be created for each House Tutor Group where the planning, monitoring and evaluation of all activities of your learning journey will be recorded. In essence, this is your working folder and is for internal use only. You will be expected to organise your folder into the different strands and provide supporting evidence of your learning journey.

6. How do you present the CLP in school?

We will be using Portfolium for the presentation of your CLP. Each of you will create an account online and at designated times in the Term will be asked to upload evidence to your personal portfolio. Links to your CLP will be shared with the admissions teams at the various universities that you apply to. This will be via your personal statement or reference from the school.

7. How does the grading of the CLP take place?

CLPs will be awarded one of 4 possible grades:

  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass
  • Not passed

The academic performance of students will be expressed as a percentage at the end of their academic programme and will count with the CLP towards their graduation honour in the ratio of 80:20.

Charterhouse Malaysia – Education for a new reality

Our take on the Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels involves moving away from a traditional education model that focuses exclusively on academic intelligence and the accumulation of knowledge – to one which empowers the students and embraces the full depth of human intelligence; we prepare young people for future successes. In the coming age of AI, when everything that can be automated will be, those who will flourish will be the ones who can work with the robots, not be outsmarted by them. They will be able to manage interpersonal relationships and successfully cooperate and collaborate with others. They will also be alert to their environment and able to adapt; understand the process of learning and be committed lifelong learners; be physically healthy and active, and be compassionate and caring towards others.

We refer to these five qualities  –  connect, notice, learn, move and give – as “Five for Life”,  a  cornerstone of Charterhouse Asia’s unique education programme. Our school culture and curriculum are designed to develop these core qualities in students. When they graduate, they will have both the exam results and the life skills to achieve their full potential. They will be “Future-ready”, having a confident take on the world’s complexity and opportunity.


Charterhouse Malaysia is an English-medium International School offering Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels. We are located in the heart of Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Our comprehensive and holistic pedagogy focuses on equipping students with a Future Ready perspective and skills.

Future Ready – Education for A New Reality

In an era where technology is transforming the future of the workplace to an extent that it is difficult to predict what successful professions will look like in the next 10 years, there is a need for a ‘Future Ready’ education that caters to the new reality.

In a report entitled THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION AND SKILLS, EDUCATION 2030, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) mentioned that “Future-ready students need to exercise agency, in their own education and throughout life. Agency implies a sense of responsibility to participate in the world and, in so doing, to influence people, events and circumstances for the better.” It further states that “To help enable agency, educators must not only recognise learners’ individuality, but also acknowledge the wider set of relationships – with their teachers, peers, families and communities – that influence their learning.”

The world is clearly looking forward to students and future leaders who have the knowledge, skills, creativity, thinking and ability to learn and adapt in unprecedented times.

But What Does a Future-Ready Education Look Like?

The first step towards creating a future-ready education is a paradigm shift from the traditional teacher led-learning to student-centred learning. Student-led learning is a powerful method that steps away from the one-size fits all approach. It embraces the concept of personalised learning which allows learners to discover their passion and interests while reaching their full potential.

It also allows students to make mistakes, learn from them and try again – a great way to promote creative thinking, problem-solving and innovation.  The most amazing thing about student-led learning is that it empowers students to play an active role in their education, motivating them to be committed lifelong learners.

To prepare students for the world of tomorrow, schools need to focus more on the skills and adaptability required to match the competition faced in this changing world. They need to develop the skills that artificial intelligence and robotics cannot substitute for.

This calls for learning on a deeper level- an environment that provides opportunities for critical thinking and the application of skills in real-life situations.

Finally, it is time for schools to allow students to exercise agency. When students are allowed to take ownership or responsibility for their learning, it motivates them to grow and be actively involved in the process.

Future-Ready Education at Charterhouse Malaysia

Charterhouse Malaysia’s unique education programme ensures that our students will have the confidence to take on the world’s complexities and opportunities. The school day is designed to furnish students with opportunities for collaboration and leadership.

Charterhouse Malaysia’s Spectra Smarts approach develops students’ full range of human intelligence and is designed to bring out the best of what it means to be human so that graduates are ‘Future Ready’, and equipped with the tools needed to succeed in a high-tech future. In addition, students learn to solve problems using Design Thinking – a powerful, human-centred thinking methodology used by scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs to solve the world’s most complex problems. This flexible, creative approach to problem-solving gives students an edge, enabling them to use their innately human qualities such as empathy to complement rather than compete with Artificial Intelligence in the changing landscape of work and industry.

Charterhouse Malaysia requires each student to complete an  Independent Learning Project, combining students’ newfound innovation and emotional intelligence skills with a commitment to serve. Working with the community enables students to engage in active learning, and to acquire valuable life lessons by using ethical research approaches to solve problems in the community. These opportunities and experiences culminate in the submission of an academic essay, earning students the Cambridge International Project Qualification (IPQ). The qualification is worth 1 AS level and is highly regarded by the worlds’ top universities.

The culture of Charterhouse is designed in a way that nurtures independence, maturity and responsibility to best prepare students for the transition to university. A focus on interdependence and interconnectedness among the students, the school and the local community, instil respect for strong relationships and the value of good community ties.

We also give students the time to explore their own academic and personal strengths and passions. Whether it be learning to play the violin or getting to grips with advanced physics, Charterhouse ensures that they discover the value of learning something in depth.

Charterhouse Forum – Creating Future Leaders

At Charterhouse Malaysia we believe all our students are leaders and consequently during their time with us they will be provided with numerous ways in which to inspire others. All students are automatically members of the Charterhouse Forum which acts as a vehicle for them to explore leadership opportunities; to take on roles of leadership or to be active team members, and to have a substantial impact on the Charterhouse Malaysia community and beyond.

The Charterhouse Forum is a student-led body that is responsible for the personal development of all our students. The Forum is democratically led by an Executive Committee and subcommittees reporting to the executive providing many leadership opportunities under many different strands of activity such as sports, performing arts, community outreach, technology, trips, well-being etc.

Students are expected to participate in a broad range of activities where they develop skills that will be transferable to all walks of life, whatever they choose to be in the future. Their participation and development within the Forum will be guided by our Design Thinking process (WEAVE) and will be evidenced in their Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio in readiness for their applications to top universities globally.

Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio

Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio is a unique part of our ground-breaking programme which acts as the vehicle through which you chart your intellectual, ethical and spiritual growth: your learning journey.

While the Learner’s Portfolio provides the framework within which this Learning Journey will evolve, students will apply Design Thinking and WEAVE within this as their guides for mapping the journey out.

The Charterhouse Learner’s Portfolio will provide evidence that you have:

  • increased your awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth
  • undertaken new challenges
  • planned and initiated activities
  • worked collaboratively with others
  • shown perseverance and commitment
  • engaged with issues of local, national and global importance
  • considered the ethical implications of your actions
  • developed new skills
  • embraced the full breadth of your human intelligence

It is our belief that a student that achieves top academic results will open the doors to the best opportunities after school, but the student with a well-developed Learner’s Portfolio will have the depth and breadth of experiences, knowledge, skills and understanding that will allow them to walk through these doors. The Forum, our leadership programme, will develop students that are ‘Future Ready’.

At Charterhouse Malaysia, we do not see our goal solely as being able to help you gain access to the best universities globally or achieve the highest A-Level grades. We aim for you to be ready to succeed at school, at university and in your careers and lives beyond. To achieve this we will ensure that you are “Future Ready”.


Charterhouse Malaysia is an English-medium International School located in the heart of Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Our comprehensive and holistic pedagogy focuses on equipping students with a Future Ready perspective and skills. Be a Founding Carthusian and apply for A Levels here.