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Cothill House

Cothill House

Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to our website, and welcome to our school in what are exciting times at Cothill House! After 150 years as a dedicated and successful prep boarding school, we have now opened applications for day places from September 2023.

Why are we doing this? Well, the world is a different place to what it was 150 years ago - and what some of today’s parents are looking for in terms of a Prep School education for their sons has changed too - so we will adapt and develop to meet their expectations without losing our special ethos, ambition and community. 

We will remain loyal to our boarding heritage and continue to offer an exciting, extensive and enriching education to our full boarding pupils.

The development will mean that we will be welcoming boys from the local Oxford area as day boys. They will be in school from breakfast through to after prep and will be so much more than day boys – in fact as close to boarding pupils as it’s possible to be. We should invent a new moniker that reflects their unique status. Day Boarders perhaps…or Home Boarders…or even Pre-Boarders!

All this means that what we offer will be open to more families, so if you are considering a full boarding or a day place for your son, then I hope you enjoy browsing through our website. You are all also welcome to sign up to one of our exciting Autumn Events dedicated to giving you and your son an enjoyable introduction to Cothill life. There is a link to more information and to a sign-up form at the top of this page. I would be delighted to welcome you.

Cothill House is globally recognised as one of the UK’s leading prep schools set in wonderful grounds just a short drive from central Oxford. Our pupils enjoy inspirational teaching and an amazing range of opportunities outside the classroom – not to mention proven preparation for entry to some of the country’s top schools. They leave us as confident, happy young men who know and embrace the value of hard work, integrity, teamwork and decency – young men of whom we are always incredibly proud, and who we know will forge a place and make a difference in the world.

Please do feel free to come and visit – Maria and I would be delighted to meet you, and to show you round our school.

Duncan Bailey


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