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Woodcote House School

Snow's Ride, Windlesham, Surrey, England GU20 6PF

Age Range & Fees

Age Range7 to 13
Annual Day Fees *£18900 to £18900
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£23775 to £23775
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£25350 to £25350
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
34Day0
28Full Boarding0
39Weekly Boarding0
101Total0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 32
Part-time: 4

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
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Mr David Paterson


The Paterson family have owned the school since 1931 and David Paterson is the 4th member of the family to be Headmaster.
David was born and educated at the school and returned with his own young family 26 years ago to teach mathematics and subsequently took on the role of Deputy Headmaster. David became Headmaster in September 2016 and is committed to ensuring that boys thrive in a happy, stable and nurturing environment with emphasis placed on hard work, good manners , tolerance and mutual respect.
With a settled and committed staff, some of whom live on site with their own families, Woodcote provides an exceptionally caring and supportive environment for both Boarders and Day Boys. The school is in a rural location, whilst being easily accessible from London. Heathrow Airport is 30 minutes by car and Gatwick 45 minutes.

Applicants are invited to spend a 'Taster Day' at the school during which they are assessed in a classroom environment. Scholarships are available and are awarded at the Headmaster's discretion for boys who show potential or ability in academics, sport, music and/or art. With an average class size of 10-12, boys are, of course, treated as individuals with strong emphasis on academic achievement. The younger forms are taught in their own wing; the older forms are streamed. Scholarships to senior schools are won regularly, and there is also extra help available for those who encounter difficulties.

Acting, art and music are considered very important, as are public speaking, good manners and fun. Rugby, football, cricket and hockey are coached to a high standard and there are teams at all levels of age and ability, with a high success rate for a small school. Other sports include tennis (the school has five courts), swimming, athletics, golf, judo, polo, squash, trampolining and rifle-shooting. Woodcote also has a Warhammer Dungeon!
Woodcote offers a unique education laying the vital foundations to prepare boys for the challenges that lie ahead and giving them the necessary skills, confidence and enthusiasm with which to succeed. Most importantly, we pride ourselves in preparing boys for their next school and finding the right senior school for each boy.
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Former parent



Sending our son to Woodcote House was one of the best decisions we made. It is a school that really understands how to teach boys brilliantly, both in and out of the classroom. It is a school that turns boys in to delightful young men ready for whatever their next step in education will be. We...

Year 4 & Year 6 Parent



Finding the right prep school is no mean feat but people often say that you just know when it's the right school for your kids. We certainly got this feeling when we went to see Woodcote. Two years in and our experience could not have been more fantastic. It's a close-knit, family-run school with a...

Year 5 Parent



I would like to extend my thanks to you and your colleagues for the amazing effort and dedication that you are inputting in tutoring our children. The tutors' patience is limitless and we can see how much hard work and planning has gone into the lessons, with every effort being made to continually...

    What we offer

    • Classics
    • Design technology
    • Drama/Theatre
    • ICT
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • English
    • English as foreign/2nd language
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Archery
    • Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cricket
    • Cross-country
    • Fencing
    • Fitness training
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Martial arts
    • Polo
    • Rugby
    • Squash
    • Swimming
    • Table tennis
    • Tennis
    • Touch rugby
    • Adventure training
    • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
    • Chess
    • Dance
    • Drama productions
    • First aid/life savers
    • Horticulture
    • Public speaking/Debating
    • Sailing
    • Shooting
    • Skiing
    • Band/Orchestra
    • Brass
    • Choir
    • Guitar
    • Keyboard
    • Percussion
    • Singing
    • Strings
    • Woodwind
    • Before school/Breakfast club
    • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
    • Experience of expatriates' children
    • Experience of gifted children
    • Experience of international students
    • Experience of services' children
    • Particular diets
    • Rail/Airport services
    • School bus service
    • Dyslexia
    • MLD
    • Aspergers
    • Physical Disabilities
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    Method of Entry

    • Assessment
    • Interview
    • This is a non-selective school
    • Please apply to school
    • Registration
    • Trial day at school
    • Visit school
    • Taster days

    Scholarships & Bursaries

    • Other bursaries
    • Drama
    • Academic
    • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
    • Art
    • Siblings
    • Music
    • Financial need
    • Boarding
    • All-rounder
    • Other scholarships
    • Sport

    Curriculum and Exams:

    • Common Entrance

    Religious Affliations:

    • All denominations welcome
    • Church of England


    Teaching Languages:

    • English
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