Pennthorpe School

Born not for ourselves alone.

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    Pennthorpe School

    Pennthorpe is a co-educational independent Pre-prep and Preparatory day school. We are renowned for an innovative curriculum, exceptional pastoral care, immaculate, child-friendly campus and exceptional record for Scholarships and Common Entrance results.

    “Non nobis solum nati” is Pennthorpe’s official motto: “Born not for ourselves alone”. The ‘Pennthorpe Purpose’ relays the importance of positive contribution to the lives, and for the benefit, of others – not just to serve our own intentions. The children enjoy the most compelling educational experience possible; to nurture their positivity, tolerance, resilience and collaboration; and to prepare them to pursue their individual aspirations and contribute to the world.

    Whether it’s academic achievement, consideration and kindness towards others, or an energetic and positive attitude – excellence underpins all that we do at Pennthorpe, and all that we strive to be together. Pennthorpe has been successfully preparing children for a variety of public senior schools since 1930.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 138 Boys / / 132 Girls

    Age Range: 2-13 Years

    Founded: 1930

    Location Description

    Pennthorpe School is located in the village of Rudgwick, along the Surrey/Sussex border and sits within a beautiful 25-acre site with extensive facilities and 16 acres of luscious woodland.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mrs Lydia Waller

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs Tilly Strong, Head's PA

    Church Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3HJ

    Tel: 01403 822391



    Sports Hall

    On-site Nursery

    On-site Pre-Prep dedicated building

    On-site Prep dedicated building

    Prep Library

    Pre-Prep Library

    Performing Arts Studio

    Chapel & Music School

    Art Studio, DT Workshop and Computing Suite

    16-acre woodland with outdoor classroom

    Treehouse adventure playground

    Play garden


    Conker Corner

    Woodland Play Trail


    7+ Scholarship: the ‘Goddard Scholarship’

    11+ Scholarship: the ‘Braby Scholarship’



    Nursery: £3,100 (£2,280 with max. FE*)

    Reception: £3,250 (£2,430 with max. FE*)

    Years 1 – 4: £3650 – £5280 per term

    Years 5-8: £5780 per term

    * For details view FEES


    The Good School Guide, Pre-Senior Baccalaureate, ISI,

    Downloadable Resources


    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Open Morning: Thursday 22 Sep 2022 - Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Open Morning: Friday 25 Nov 2022 - Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Our Open Mornings at Pennthorpe are a great opportunity to see what makes the school so special. All Open Mornings are held in core school time, so offer insight into a typical school day. You will be able to meet pupils and teachers, see lessons in progress, explore our site and facilities, meet the Headmistress, and chat with her and other members of the senior team about your child and your desires for their education.

    Open MorningBook your place

    If this date is not suitable, please do get in touch to arrange to visit privately on an alternative date.

    For details contact 01403 822391 or  .


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