Address: Cothill, Near Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6JL
Founded: 1870
Number of Pupils: 200
Fees: £9,500
Ages: 8–13
Head Teacher: Duncan Bailey
Religious Affiliation: Church of England, all faiths welcome
Entrance Procedure: School tour and informal interview with the Headmaster. Assessment in January for September admission, but can be arranged throughout the year.
Contact: Jane Woodcock
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Visits can be arranged by contacting the Registrar.

The Curriculum

Pupils are prepared for Common Entrance or scholarships at 13+. Cothill has a tradition of innovation in academic study: the boys spend a term at the school’s very own château in France. Annual Theme Weeks provide the boys with popular deeper learning opportunities – last year’s STEM week was inspirational.

Games & The Arts

 A progressive approach to games; traditional sports are played daily with external professionals teaching polo, golf and tennis. Art, design, ceramics and CDT are much loved (a full sized shepherd’s hut was a recent woodwork triumph). The school’s celebrated choir regularly performs at concerts, and the summer rock music festival, Rock Hill, is an annual highlight.  

Pastoral Care

Happiness and fun are at the heart of our ethos. Boarding is at the core of life at Cothill and we ensure each boy thrives in our secure and safe environment, whilst learning to respect and live with others. Each boy has a form tutor who encourages them in all aspects of their school life, helping them to get the most out of it.

Recent Scholarships

Eton (King’s Scholar), Winchester College (Election), Charterhouse (All-rounder), Harrow (Academic), Marlborough (Academic), Malvern (Sports), Oundle (Academic), Radley (Academic), Sherborne (Academic) and Stowe (Art).

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Cothill is a school where boys can be boys. We provide an education rich with opportunities, encouraging the boys to experience everything. Boys are recognised for exceptional teamwork, good manners and generosity of spirit. 

Outstanding Characteristics

Cothill is a happy, caring community of boys and staff. Uniquely situated in a picturesque Oxfordshire village in the Vale of the White Horse, boys are outside as much as possible. Oxford is minutes away, providing a rich array of museums and galleries for regular school trips. Weekends are spent building dens in the woods, fishing and playing sport with local club teams. The stunning new year 8 boarding house, Bowlers, with views across the cricket pitches is a big hit!