Cottesmore School

Cottesmore School


Please do forward this message on to anyone who may benefit from coming to have a look at Cottesmore School.

Cottesmore is the academic boarding prep school for girls and boys on the border of Surrey and Sussex.


Cottesmore School has an Open Morning at 10am on Saturday 7th May 2022.

Please register here:

Join us for an intimate drinks reception on 4th November at The Lansdowne Club, Mayfair, London.

We are very excited to have teamed up with five top boarding schools to host an informal drinks reception entitled 'Exploring Country Boarding'. The event is a chance to discuss the benefits of country boarding and preparing children for the best of the future. There will be the opportunity to meet key members of staff from all six schools, and understand the admissions process to prep and senior schools.

Please do join us, along with Wycombe Abbey Wi******er College Oundle School Cottesmore School and Beeston Hall School

Attendees are required to register:

Wonderful words of gratitude from an old Cottesmore School father on his Wykehamist son’s GCSE results day.

It really is such a rewarding part of the process to hear from Old Cottesmorian parents

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Wonderful artist and friend of Cottesmore School Jeremy Farmer painted the glorious view at Cottesmore from the Rose Garden toward Box Hill.

His clean lines and controlled palette calm the soul - they are the perfect antidote for the chaos surrounding us that the moment.

You can view his paintings on his website or the Saatchi Art website

Here’s his Instagram:
This young Cottesmore School chess star is playing for Sussex Junior Chess at the National Association Under 9 Team Championship Finals 2021 run by the English Primary Schools’ Chess Association. He is part of the team, representing Sussex County. He has been placed on board 5. He will play 5 games against the other National County finalists. By all accounts it is a big deal in the junior chess world and in ordinary times they would travel to the competition and it would involve a night away. It’s all part of the build up to trying to play for England. Send him good luck vibes!
Thank you to Anderson Education for giving us the opportunity to talk about Cottesmore School in your ‘One to One’ series on boarding schools.

Cottesmore is the first prep school in the series.

Boarding Schools' Association
Charity, Heart Felt Tips, was in the house this morning.

Founder of the charity, Artist Jeremy Houghton talked to us at 8.30am this morning at assembly.

The idea is that one fills a pencil case with new or nearly new stationery and sends it to Cottesmore School, or the collection point.

It will then be taken to the Food Bank from where the pencil cases will be dispersed to children who would otherwise struggle to get hold of good stationery.

Cottesmore’s last collection of pencil cases went to the children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire
Cottesmore School – education for the body, mind and soul since 1894 Cottesmore School

Cottesmore School is ‘Prep School of the Year’ Tatler Schools Guide 2020/21 and ‘Boarding Scho The school was founded 1894.

Cottesmore School is an academic boarding prep school in the United Kingdom. Cottesmore is situated in 35 acres (140,000 m2) of its own grounds, the setting for its playing fields, cricket/ football/ rugby/ hockey pitches, all-weather sports pitches, cricket nets, grass and hard tennis courts, golf course, lake and gardens.

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Cottesmore moved to its present site near Pease Pottage

Operating as usual


You're waiting for one Old Cottesmorian at the Burning Bush and two come at once • The Headmaster attended his 30-year reunion at Eton last night. He was also sent up as a postman, with some provisions for one OC - and another sidled by. He hopes to see more of you next time!


Reflecting on a busy and exciting start to the academic year at Cottesmore


The team wishes the Cottesmore class of 2018, and all those receiving their A Level results, the best of luck.

We know that you will smash it and move on to the next stage of your lives with confidence, optimism and energy as incredible, kind and helpful citizens of the world.

Onwards and upwards!


It’s the end of the Summer Term 2023!


Wishing everyone the very best for the weeks ahead and hoping that they are filled with sunshine, fun, rest & recuperation.

Have a great summer, all.

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An Old Cottesmorian brought this bunch of flowers for Mrs R on Old Cottesmorians’ Day Sunday yesterday - what a thoughtful gift!


Parents vs pupils cricket day • That was an epically long day of cricket! It started at 11am and we packed up at 6pm. Well done to all involved - plenty of core memories made


Wonderful to hear that Old Cottesmorian Prisca will be Head Girl at St Edward's Oxford from September - congratulations, Prisca!


Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces at Old Cottesmorians’ Day today

Photos from Cottesmore School's post 29/06/2023

Fourth Form Immersive Language Tour in France

Each year the Cottesmore Fourth Form spend a week in France learning the language and experiencing the culture. It is always a great highlight for the academic year. The beach experience looks particularly intriguing!


Old Cottesmorians are invited to Old Cottesmorians’ Day on Sunday - there will be drinks at 12 noon & lunch at 1pm.

The cricket will be going on all day & the golf will start at 9am at Cottesmore Golf Club.

Please respond using the email address [email protected]


Cottesmore match tea rehydration

What better way to refresh oneself on a sweltering match day than with a cold glass of icy and fruity Pimm’s?


Old Cottesmorians are always a strong feature of the Summer Term - we are very much looking forward to seeing all Old Cottesmorians this Sunday 2nd July for Old Cottesmorians’ Day. There will be drinks and lunch in the Headmaster’s garden and golf in the morning.

Photos from Cottesmore School's post 25/06/2023

More Old Cottesmorian cricket news • the Fraser brother are both playing for their 1st XI - Tom is in his first year! Huw is doing his GCSEs. What a wonderful achievement - yet more Cottesmorians playing cricket way beyond their years groups.


Love this picture of Oscar walking back from the lake today Sunday - so much going in it & so many questions!



Cottesmore nominated for “Independent Prep School of the Year” at the ‘Oscars of the Education World’

We hope that you will join us in applauding the whole Cottesmore community - girls, boys, the teaching team, parents and support team - for its wonderful nomination at the national Times Educational Supplement Awards 2023.

Cottesmore is the only boarding prep school chosen for a nomination for “Independent Prep School of the Year 2023” - one of the four biggest awards of the ceremony. The event was held on Park Lane in London at The Grosvenor and included both state schools and independent schools - there was a huge buzz and a tangible frisson of national-level excitement on the night.

A school in central Birmingham won the award in the end but we are still hugely honoured to have been chosen as nominees. Thank you to the Tes Institute team for bestowing upon Cottesmore this great honour.


Sunday chill time at the Cottesmore lake - gapper Emma last in!



Photos from Cottesmore School's post 15/06/2023

Cottesmore Lake Avengers assemble!


Fifer! Clearly energised by taking five wickets in the Saturday 1st XI match


CHAMPIONS! Cottesmore swimmers are national winners. There was a large squad of national qualifiers from Cottesmore and we are so proud of them all. The U11 relay team became national champions on the day. More detail to follow


Isabella - in her first year at Marlborough - has been playing in the 1st XI. She is the second Cottesmore cricketer recently to have played for the 1st XI from her 1st year at Marlborough. The other is Sophia Mordaunt. They are playing together this season


Colts boys won on the last ball yesterday - a real nail-biter!

Photos from Cottesmore School's post 21/05/2023

Tremendous win for this smashing cricket team yesterday


Now that’s a review…


Ready for the exeat return! Let’s hope this sun sticks around for Wednesday’s cricket matches.


Best Schools Awards 2023

Cottesmore has been named as a finalist in the national Best Schools Awards 2023 by Muddy Stilettos.

Well done to the matrons, Head of Boarding, medical team, cleaners, parents, Cottesmore girls and boys, chefs, catering team, secretaries, groundsmen, maintenance team, teaching team, Houseparents, finance team, conference delegates, gappers, dance teachers, independent listeners, music teachers, LAMDA coaches, inspectors (there are 17 inspections each year for various aspects of compliance life so thank you to those who perform those inspections), teachers, sporting opponents and their coaches, consultants, colleagues, advisors and friends!

Everyone who drives through the front gates, rings the Cottesmore lion’s head front doorbell and walks through the doors into Cottesmore School conspires relentlessly to make this school the best it can be.

If we win, or do not win, this is a wonderful acknowledgement of the efforts of every person at Cottesmore.


Looking forward to the cake stall at this afternoon’s Coronation Fete and Dog Show!


The Cottesmore Coronation Concert & new Coronation Grand Piano Unveiling starts at 2pm today


Coronation Weekend - Saturday Morning • So very special watching the coronation together and having a whole-school coronation lunch


Coronation Weekend - Saturday afternoon: The Cottesmore Coronation Sporting Bonanza and Coronation Match Tea!

We received 150 guests at Cottesmore on Saturday afternoon - siblings, Old Cottesmorians, cousins, grandparents, friends and wider family.

The wet-weather ‘Plan B’ was deployed - with no cricket but pretty much everything else - which saw plenty of Old Cottesmorians returning to try their hand at the various activities that they remember from their Cottesmore days.

There were three coronation craft stations - people were sowing coronation wash-bags, painting ceramic tiles and making decoupage creations - and plenty of coronation cakes and match tea, obviously.

Hockey, football, shooting, tennis and swimming were also taking place at the same time


Coronation countdown! These Cottesmore parents and Cottesmore girls & boys took the opportunity this exeat weekend bank holiday Monday to walk the coronation route. Here they are on Pall Mall


Sunday action! It was raining this morning, so the laser tag fun was brought inside.


Wonderful to see Old Cottesmorian Luke Wallace scoring at Twickenham Stadium yesterday in the Premiership. Televised on BT Sports yesterday, Harlequins v Bath Rugby was a thriller of a match.


In other sporting news:

GOOD LUCK TO Irfan H Latif FRSA and Sophie Bufton who are running the marathon today!

Help Irfan raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support on this link:

Help Sophie raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK:

Photos from Cottesmore School's post 17/04/2023

Cottesmore spring flower bonanza!

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