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 the traditional academic disciplines. Our aim is for every child to develop a life-long love of learning and we feel with the breadth of our curriculum finds so many different avenues for them to be excited by. All Year 7 pupils spend one whole term at the school’s Château near Toulouse, where there is immersion in all things French. 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.

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 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.