Cottesmore School win ‘Boarding school of the year’ – TES Independent School Awards 2019

05 Mar 2019

Cottesmore School has been awarded ‘Boarding school of the year’ at the prestigious national TES Independent School Awards 2019.

Founded in 1894, Cottesmore School has been a “home-from-home” for young people for more than a century. Described by one schools guide as a “fabulously old-fashioned country prep,” the judges said the school epitomises many of the best qualities of British boarding.

New starters are made to feel welcome through a “buddy” system to support their transition into boarding. Long-standing traditions form an integral element of school life, from ‘Cottesmore’s got talent,’ to the 100 year-old Carson Cup cross country run and the leavers’ boat race on the school lake. Extensive trips, which last year included trekking on the glaciers of Iceland, as well as a broad array of clubs and facilities such as grass tennis courts and adventure playground, mean pupils have space to explore all of their interests and talents.

The school also prides itself on creating a close-knit community filled with warmth where teachers and pupils get to know each other well. The entire staff are trained in mental health and children are encouraged to express their feelings. All aspects of life at Cottesmore are underpinned by the school’s unofficial motto: “Everyone has a talent.”

Other schools nominated for awards at the ceremony included Eton College, Rugby School and Wellington College.

Lead judge John Dunston said Cottesmore offered a “strong reflection of why boarding, in general, is a good thing” and highlighted how it “encouraged boarders to recognise how they need to contribute to the community and that the world doesn’t just revolve around them”. Head of Boarding at Cottesmore, David Revill, said “we are absolutely thrilled with this award and to be recognised by such a prestigious name in education is incredible. These are really exciting times for the whole team at Cottesmore”.

In addition to winning ‘Boarding school of the year’, Cottesmore was one of 3 finalists for the ‘Independent school of the year’.

The entire school has marked this accomplishment with celebrations over the weekend, including a fun ‘stay up’ for the children.

To learn more about Cottesmore, or to arrange a visit, please contact the Admissions Department, on 01293 520648 or by email: Cottesmore’s next Open Morning will be held on Saturday 2nd March at 10am until 12pm