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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: 146 Boys / / 134 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: Mr Chris Murray

    Contact for enquiries:Mrs Sam Curling

    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

    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

    new MUGA Astro pitch

    two fully functioning wet labs

    Wellbeing hut


    Pennthorpe Prodigy Programme



    Nursery: £2,895 – £3,750* per term

    Reception: £3,025 – £3,900* per term

    Years 1: £4,370  per term

    Year 2: £5,200  per term

    Year 3: £5,660  per term

    Year 4: £6,200  per term

    Years 5-8: £6,925 per term

    *The School is a registered provider of Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds


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

    Downloadable Resources


    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    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.

    For details contact 01403 822391 or  .


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    • Pennthorpe collaborate with Waterstones, Horsham

      Pennthorpe is delighted to present a window display with Waterstones, Horsham, featuring work crafted by students from Years 6, 7 and 8. This collaborative endeavour seamlessly intertwines the realms of English and Art, showcasing the creative abilities of Pennthorpe's budding talents. The focal point of this project is inspired by the prominent literary works actively...

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    • Pennthorpe unveil ‘Seasonal Spectacular’ Art...

      Pennthorpe is delighted to announce the launch of its ‘Seasonal Spectacular’ Art Exhibition, set to captivate visitors at John Lewis, Horsham, from Sunday, 11th February to Saturday, 17th February 2024. Embracing the beauty of nature and the enchantment of the changing seasons, this exhibition is a collective effort showcasing the artistic talents of Pennthorpe's children....

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    • Pennthorpe wins Pfizer’s ‘Superbugs: Join...

      Pennthorpe is delighted to announce their second consecutive victory in Pfizer's annual school competition, 'Superbugs: Join the fight'. Pennthorpe's Year 6 Romilly emerged as the 2023 Key Stage 1/2 winner, triumphing over other entries from schools nationwide. In 2019, Pfizer introduced the popular 'Superbugs: Join the fight' school program, which challenged children to develop creative...

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      Pennthorpe appoint new Headmaster, Chris Murray The Governing Body of Pennthorpe is delighted to announce that Mr Chris Murray has been...

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      Pennthorpe are thrilled to confirm Year 8 pupil, Vincent Jones, has placed 4th nationally in the Oxford University Computational Challenge. With over 9,500 students taking part in the first round, Vincent navigated his way to the final where students achieving full marks in the previous rounds were invited. With the final three places secured on...

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      Pennthorpe is delighted to confirm some pupils in Year 5 have recently finished as the leading British School, and 4th overall, in Codementum’s December 2022 International Coding Competition. Fourteen Year 5 Pennthorpe students recently participated in a 20-level competition using the Codementum coding programme. The Codementum platform encourages children to learn about Computer Science concepts...

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      Leading Prep school Pennthorpe in Rudgwick is thrilled to confirm a staggering 19 Pennthorpe children, ranging from Y5 to Y8, have been both selected and re-invited as District and Regional representatives in both Football and Cricket, this season. A hugely impressive 16 children have been chosen or re-invited by South East Pumas which includes three...

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    • Pennthorpe opens applications for the...

      Leading Prep school Pennthorpe in Rudgwick is delighted to open the applications for the Goddard Award (age 7+) and Braby Scholarship (age 11+) enrichment programmes for 2023. A historically successful initiative, Pennthorpe’s enrichment programmes are designed to challenge our most talented children, developing their skills through additional workshops, speakers, visits and challenges. The programmes are...

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    • New state-of-the-art, Multi Use Games...

      Pennthorpe is thrilled to launch its new state-of-the-art, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), all-weather Astro. The new 70m x 35m sand based Astro will accommodate a plethora of sport, namely hockey, football and netball all year round. The entire Pennthorpe community welcomed Old Pennthorpian Jake Wightman, Team GB and 1500m Gold medallist at the July...

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    • Pennthorpe win national ‘Superbugs’ competition

      Pennthorpe’s Aleya (in Year 6) has won Pfizer’s Superbugs school competition; this was a national competition competing with other entries from across the country, Aleya’s entry was named the K1/2 winner from all entries.     As part of the winner’s package, Pfizer visited Pennthorpe in July to run a full day workshop with Aleya...

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