Cottesmore School

We are an award-winning country boarding prep school for boys and girls in West Sussex, less than an hour from London.


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Cottesmore School

Cottesmore is an academic boarding Prep school, which has been preparing children for the major public schools for over a century. We are large enough to be competitive in academic 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 needs, strengths and weaknesses. 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.

Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

Pupils: Co-Education

Type: Day & Boarding

Religious Affiliation: Church of England

Roll: 95 Boys / 80 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 T Rogerson

Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, West Sussex

Tel: 01293 520648




Chapel, Information Technology suite, Junior science laboratory, Art Room, Design Technology Room, indoor swimming pool, new Astroturf, fishing and boating lake, both grass and hard courts for tennis, squash, athletics, Judo, golf, cross country, basketball, archery, canoeing, windsurfing and shooting as well as the core sports of football, rugby, hockey, cricket, netball and rounders.

Pupils are able to take part in dance and drama productions, choir, orchestra, various ensembles and a wide range of instrumental lessons.

Separate Pre-Preparatory Department.

Entrance Requirements

Interview and Report from previous School.



Pre-Prep. Reception and Year 1: £3360per term. Year 2: £3640 per term. Year 3: £4480 per term.

Prep. Day Boarding: £6290 per term. Full Boarding: £9550 per term. International Boarding: £10,550 per term.



All visits are welcome, please contact the school

London Families’ Virtual Open Morning: Tuesday 21 Jul 2020 - Time: 10:00 am

For details of our Virtual Open Mornings please contact the school office on or tel. 01293 520648.

These webinars will provide attendees with a valuable insight into Cottesmore School, with our current parents providing first-hand experiences, and with the opportunity for registrants to ask questions and learn about life at our school.

For other information, prospective parents can contact


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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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