Cottesmore School

Cottesmore School is an award-winning country boarding prep school for boys and girls in West Sussex, less than an hour from London. Tatler Schools ‘Prep School of the Year 2020’ and Tes ‘Boarding School of the Year’ 2019.

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    Cottesmore School

    Cottesmore School has been preparing children for major public schools since 1894 and continues to provide excellent preparation for senior boarding schools who share Cottesmore’s belief in nurturing a rounded, dynamic individual.

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 106 Boys / / 94 Girls

    Age Range: 4-13 Years

    Founded: 1894

    Location Description

    Victorian mansion situated in 35 acres of beautiful West Sussex countryside, one hour from London and just south of Gatwick airport at the end of the M23.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Tom F Rogerson

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs Lottie Rogerson, Registrar, Principal of Pre-Prep and Head's PA

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

    Tel: 01293 520648



    Indoor heated swimming pool, Grass Tennis Courts, Astro pitch and covered astro, Cricket, Football and Rugby pitches, Fishing Lake, Shooting Range, Bowling Alley, ICT Suite, Outdoor Classroom, 3D Printers, Drones, Design Technology Workshop, Two Science Laboratories, Cottesmore Croft (Farm) and Adventure Playground.



    To see which Public Schools our Year 8 children have moved onto visit

    Entrance Requirements

    The entry requirements involve an informal meeting with the Headmaster. You will be requested to submit your child’s last three terms’ school reports. A test may need to be completed if the child is unable to attend the meeting.




    Reception and Year 1: £4,057 per term. Year 2: £4,395 per term. Year 3: £5,409 per term.



    Day Boarding: £7,595 per term. Full Boarding: £11,160 per term. International Boarding: £12,283 per term.

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Open Morning: Saturday 21 Sep 2024 - Time: 10:00 am

    Open Day: Please REGISTER your place

    For further details on our Open Mornings, or for more information on Cottesmore School’s Pre-prep or Prep departments,  please contact us via email;; or by telephone; 01293 520648.


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    • Cottesmore School welcomes Joe Wicks

      The Cottesmore team and children were incredibly excited to welcome the nation’s favourite PE teacher, Joe Wicks. He visited Cottesmore School West Sussex as part of his school tour for his new children’s picture book ‘The Burpee Bears’. Cottesmore’s Pre-prep and Prep children enjoyed an energetic ‘Burpee Bear’ workout. This was followed by a story...

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    • Cottesmore Connected welcomes Winchester College’s...

        We are delighted to confirm we will be hosting Tim Hands, Winchester College’s Headmaster, on the Cottesmore Connected webinar on Wednesday March 10th at 5pm.   The registration link is available on our website, here:   The topic for discussion will be ‘a 21st century vision’ and of course, with Winchester recently announcing the...

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    • Cottesmore School and Place2Be host...

      Cottesmore School and Place2Be host ‘Cottesmore Connected’ webinar to mark ‘Children’s Mental Health Week 2021’ Cottesmore School are delighted to confirm leading UK children’s charity Place2Be will be joining the 17th instalment of the ‘Cottesmore Connected’ webinar series on 4th February, as part of Place2Be’s ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’ from 1st to 7th February. Angelica...

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       Cottesmore School is absolutely thrilled to report that it has been announced as ‘Prep School of the Year’ at this year’s Tatler Schools Awards. The Tatler Schools Awards panel carefully selected the winners from the 244 schools that were handpicked for the Tatler Schools Guide. Taking a slightly different approach this year, the annual awards...

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    • Cottesmore School launches ‘Cottesmore Connected’...

      Cottesmore School is excited to announce the launch of the new ‘Cottesmore Connected’ webinar series.  In recognition of the digital transition all schools will undoubtedly be exploring, Cottesmore have introduced the webinar series which will be accessible to all parents who are supporting their children with remote learning. The inaugural webinar will take place today...

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      Cottesmore School have unveiled the first Prep school ‘e-sport tournament’. In light of recent events, and with all sporting fixtures cancelled for the remainder of the Easter Term, this digital tournament invites all local Prep schools that Cottesmore would typically face on the playing fields to an online tournament of football. Cottesmore have invested in...

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      In light of recent unprecedented events, Cottesmore School has embraced the new challenges that it has been presented with and, with a focus on the school community, the teaching team have responded with an entirely digital learning programme for all children which is accessible online. This new online learning programme has been adopted by both...

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      Cottesmore School was delighted to attend Tomorrow’s Engineers Robotic Challenge 2019-2020 competition in Hove. The Lego Mindstorms event is open to all nationally and approximately 500 schools are involved. Cottesmore competed in the regional finals for Sussex against 11 other schools in the county. Cottesmore’s team comprised of 7 girls and boys, ranging from Year...

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      On Friday 3rd May, Cottesmore School’s clay shooting team attended IAPS National Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships in West London. A...

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