Academic Overview

Academic Overview

Our pupils enjoy a broad and exciting academic curriculum built around strong foundations in English and Maths. They are taught by subject specialists across the board, whose passion, dedication and skills enable every pupil to be brought on in a nurturing and supportive fashion.

The enthusiasm they [the teaching staff] bring to the classroom and the relationships they establish, enable pupils to develop their learning and personal skills to an extremely high standard 


At Cothill House class sizes are small - 18 is the maximum and 14 the average - enabling every pupil to receive plenty of individual attention across all of the traditional academic disciplines. However,  Cothill has also innovated over the years.  All Year 7 pupils spend one whole term at the school’s Château near Toulouse, where there is immersion in all things French. General Studies is also now an integral part of the curriculum from Year 5 upwards, giving our pupils a broad perspective on politics and current affairs, ethical issues and the story of art since the classical era. Theme Weeks are a highlight of every year.

A dedicated and experienced team of 33 full-time teachers drives Cothill’s academic life. In addition to the core subjects, English and Maths, the boys are taught French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Latin, Religious Studies, Geography, Music, Art, Pottery & Design, Computing and General Studies. Mandarin is optional.

Jack Phillips, Director of Studies

The progress that our pupils make is carefully monitored from the outset and extra support is made available wherever such a need is identified.  Parents are kept up to date about levels of effort and attainment through regular reporting and parent-teacher meetings.

Cothill prepares our pupils to move on to an array of the country’s top public schools (Leavers' destinations) and every year a number are successful in winning scholarships. While we are proud of our academic success, we never lose sight of the fact that we are preparing children, not just for examinations, but for life.

You can keep up to date with Academic news from Cothill House by following our departmental Twitter feeds: @cothillacademics@cothillgeography, @cothillhistory@cothillmusic, @cothillscience and @cothillsport.