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Cottesmore School

Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, Sussex, England RH11 9AU

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 4 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Full)

Cottesmore School is a boarding community that puts children first. Our Christian and family ethos enables us to enrich the lives of the young people in our care. Each child is cared for, valued, inspired, nurtured and educated to achieve personal...

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Word From The Head

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Tom Rogerson

Creating 'inner confidence' is key at Cottesmore. It is our mission to find something in which the child can excel - be it academics, sports, other areas of Cottesmore life. The personal knowledge that one has a passion and a skill, creates an inner confidence which filters through all aspects of one's life. At every possible opportunity each child is given school wide recognition for achievement and improvement.

The school is run very much as a family, with a natural balance between freedom and order, the needs of the individual and of the community.
Within a warm and secure atmosphere, the children are encouraged to work hard and to play hard. A child rarely leaves Cottesmore without having excelled in some field.

Cottesmore has recently been named 'Prep School of the Year' by Tatler Schools Awards in October 2020. In addition, Cottesmore was a confirmed finalist for the BSA's 'Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative Award' in September 2020 and 'Independent Prep School of the Year' by the Independent School of the Year Awards, respectively. Cottesmore was also awarded 'Boarding School of the Year' in February 2019 by Tes (formerly known as the 'Times Educational Supplement').

Pupils talk enthusiastically about their school and they have excellent attitudes to learning." ISI 2019 - Independent Schools Inspectorate (www.isi.net/)
"Cottesmore excels in providing the opportunity for every child to shine." - The Good Schools Guide (www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/).
"A strong reflection of why boarding, in general, is a good thing" and how Cottesmore "encouraged boarders to recognise how they need to contribute to the community and that the world doesn't just revolve around them" - Tes, 'Boarding School of the Year 2019'.

Cottesmore is a family school, which has been preparing children for the major Public Schools for over a century. It is a boarding co-educational preparatory school housing up to 200 boys and girls from the ages of four to thirteen, boarding starts at eight years old. We are large enough to be competitive in academic and sporting standards and facilities, but small and friendly enough to allow us to respect each boy and girl as an individual, and to take account of his or her strengths and needs.

Cottesmore is situated in thirty five acres of its own grounds and is surrounded by 1000 acres of parkland. The peaceful Sussex countryside with wonderful views to the North Downs is the setting for our playing fields, cricket pitches, all-weather cricket nets, grass and hard tennis courts, golf course, lake and gardens.

It has all the advantages of a country school yet is 1 mile from the end of the M23 at Pease Pottage, 10 minutes by car from Gatwick and less than 1 hour from Central London.

Open Days, Visits & Events

24-02-2024 - Open Morning

Our next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 24th February at 10am. Please do join us for an informal tour of Cottesmore; experience the warmth of Cottesmore, meet our teaching staff and enjoy a tour of the school led by current pupils. Our Headmaster, Tom Rogerson, welcomes your questions during the session.

11-05-2024 - Open Morning

What We Offer

  • Common Entrance
  • Classics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Polo
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Fishing
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Horticulture
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Early registration or registration at birth
  • Bursaries
  • Church of England
  • Inter-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range4 to 13
    Annual Day Fees *10080 to 18870
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *0 to 0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *28650 to 31650
    * Currency:

    Number Of Pupils

    87Full Boarding73
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 30
    Part-time: 15

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    ISI Report

    The family atmosphere throughout the school ensures that pupils from all ages mix happily and support each other.  

    ISI Report

    Pupils talk enthusiastically about their school and they have excellent attitudes to learning.  

    ISI Report

    Happy and self-confident pupils, with a high sense of self-esteem, resulting from a culture of praise and encouragement.