Copthorne Preparatory School

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    Copthorne Preparatory School

    Copthorne Prep is a thriving day and boarding school with extensive after school activities that are becoming very attractive to the children as well as our parents. Set in 55 acres, Copthorne Prep children have lots of space to grow and learn from the Nursery right up to Year 8. Along with an indoor swimming pool, sports hall, theatre and extensive grounds which hosts lots of matches on Wednesday afternoons followed by scrummy match teas. Copthorne Prep School gives every child every opportunity to find his or her talent whatever that might be.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day & Boarding

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 160 Boys / 140 Girls

    Age Range: 2-13 Years

    Founded: 1902

    Location Description

    The school is situated on the Surrey/Sussex border and is surrounded by 55 acres of playing field and woodland. The school has excellent transport links being only 4 miles from the M23, and just 7 miles from Gatwick airport and railway station.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr C Jones

    Effingham Lane, Copthorne, West Sussex

    Tel: 01342 712311



    Our lovely Nursery building provides a happy, purposeful environment for your son or daughter. It has its own playground which opens on to the sports field and down to the tennis courts and woods. The Pre-Prep Department is housed in a separate self-contained area. The children here also enjoy the benefits of the main school facilities such as the Chapel, the Dining Room and Theatre, in addition to the Sports Hall, the Swimming Pool and the extensive playing fields as well as having their own computer suite. Each classroom has its own computer. At the main school the theatre has tiered seating and modern lighting and sound systems. The sports hall houses a tennis court, netball court, four badminton courts and two cricket nets, dance studio and viewing gallery. There is an Art Room and Design technology Room.

    With refurbished facilities and dynamic boarding staff, we provide the answer for parents who are working long hours and leading busy lives, and still want the best of family life. For weekly boarders, a warm, friendly and comfortable boarding house provides a secure and familiar environment to enjoy being with friends, the ability to do homework under supervision and make use of the school facilities for evening activities. Then it’s home to the family at the weekend, with London children being escorted safely back to the capital. Our full time boarders are able to enjoy wonderful weekends with us exploring the countryside.

    Extra music opportunities are available, besides the standard orchestral instruments, lessons are offered on piano, keyboard, percussion, recorder, guitar and voice. There is a choir, wind, string and recorder ensembles and an orchestra. Clubs include golf, squash, tennis, Judo, chess, horse riding and cookery.


    Scholarships are available to internal candidates at 7+ {Year 3 entry) and 11+ (Year 7 entry) and to external candidates at 7+, 8+, 9+, 10+, 11+ and 12+.

    Entrance Requirements

    The Scholarship Examination consists of tests in reading and spelling, English, Mathematics and Verbal or Non-Verbal Reasoning according to age.



    Nursery (age 2½yr. – 4+yr.) Please contact the school for details

    Day fees. Reception – Year2: £3325 – £3485. Year 3: £4595. Year 4: £5045.

    Years 5-8 (Day): £5790 . Weekly Boarding: £7055.

    All per term.

    Casual Boarding: £35 per night. Sibling discount: Second child 5%, Third child 15%.



    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Open Morning: Saturday 2 Oct 2021 -

    Please email our registrar to book an appointment or click here to register.
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