Cokethorpe is an independent HMC, IAPS and SHMIS day school for 660 girls and boys aged between 4 and 18. Founded in 1957, pupils come from a wide area, mainly using the extensive network of School buses. Teaching takes place in a range of modern buildings around the elegant Queen Anne Mansion House. The School is set in a beautiful and inspiring parkland estate of nearly 150 acres, 2 miles south of Witney and 10 miles from Oxford.
About the school
Founded in 1957, Cokethorpe’s 150 acres of beautiful grounds are a breathtaking surprise as you drive between Witney and Abingdon. It is now a vibrant community of 660 girls and boys aged from 4 to 18. An excellent network of school buses to Oxford and the surrounding area takes nearly 80% of the pupils to and from the School each day. Much of the teaching, creative arts and sporting activities take place in a range of modern buildings, built around a series of courtyards. These new buildings contrast with, but in no way detract from, the character of the original buildings. There has been a continuous programme of development and expansion, including the new Dining Hall and Sixth Form Centre, which opened in September 2009. Cokethorpe is unique in many ways. Not only is the setting unsurpassed but it is the only co-educational day school in Oxfordshire with both Junior and Senior Schools on the same site. The mélange of age groups, gender, brothers and sisters, creates an atmosphere built on mutual respect and a sense of identity. The diversity of backgrounds and abilities adds variety, normality and reality. Children discover unsuspected gifts and develop aspects of their characters that can rarely be brought out in the classroom alone but which are integral to life in a balanced community. Parents are encouraged to attend an Open Day, which is an opportunity for an informal visit to see a little deeper into the School's life. Parents are also welcome to contact the Registrar, Mrs Lynne Berry, to arrange an individual tour.
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
Bursaries are means-tested awards offering financial assistance related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family.
A pupil who is the subject of an award is required to work hard, to contribute positively to the life of the School, to be a credit to the School and to set a good example to other pupils. The award is granted on the understanding that the amount of the award is kept in strictest confidence, both by the School and by the parents and pupil.
The School offers bursary awards to those parents whose income is such that they would not otherwise be able to pay the full fees. Awards are made at the discretion of the Headmaster in consultation with the Bursar and in accordance with the policy agreed by the Board of Governors. The awards are based on the degree of assistance required, determined by an annual declaration of income and assets.
The bursary will continue for every year in which the pupil remains at the School, unless financial circumstances change. We may ask parents to pay a greater proportion of the fees if their income should rise, but there is no obligation on the School’s part to increase the percentage should their income fall; in the latter situation each particular case will be judged on its merits. During each Lent Term, therefore, parents will be asked to complete a new Declaration of Income form and to provide details of their income for the previous fiscal year.
Parents whose income is less than £20,000 may be offered full remission of fees. Those parents whose income in any tax year exceeds £80,000 will not usually qualify for assistance.
Parents are invited to discuss their potential eligibility with the Bursar, Mrs Landon.
How To Apply For A Bursary Assisted Place
If you wish to be considered for a Bursary Assisted Place please contact the Registrar, Mrs Copeland. On receipt of a pupil’s Registration Form, parents will be sent a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances form, which should be returned to the Bursar, Mrs Landon. The request for a bursary will be considered as part of the application process. Bursary awards will be notified in writing.
Parents will be provided with explanatory notes in order to help them complete the Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances form.
Applications from parents with children already in the School, who experience unexpected financial difficulties, will be considered sympathetically for a temporary bursary, with priority given to those at a critical time in their education (GCSEs or A Levels).
The termly fees cover school tuition and lunch. There are three terms in an academic year.
Extra charges are kept to a minimum. All charges for tuition are made in advance and are due for payment on the first day of term. Payment can be made by cheque or via internet banking. Membership of the majority of clubs and societies is covered by the School fee.
The Admissions Team at Cokethorpe supports prospective parents and pupils throughout the process of choosing the right school; from initial fact finding, to welcoming you to an open event, through to the registration process, preparing for assessments and a pupil’s first day with us.
We welcome applications from pupils of all educational backgrounds and entry procedures are intended to identify applicants who will thrive at Cokethorpe. We look for candidates who will respond to the School's care, opportunities and values, and who will, in return, contribute to the School with their talents and enthusiasm. Our intention is that they will develop as young people through an all-round education.
There are a number of standard entry points for pupils joining Cokethorpe in September. For the Junior School, entry is usually in the Reception Class or Year 3. For the Senior School main entry points are in the First Form (11+), Third Form (13+) and in the Lower Sixth (16+) for Sixth Form entry. Information about the specific admissions process for each of these entry points can be found in the following pages.
We also consider applications for pupils to join in other year groups and at other times of the academic year and these are considered on an individual basis and are subject to available places. For more information about alternative entry points please contact us.
We recognise that selecting the right school for a child of any age relies on an open, two-way process and we are pleased to receive enquiries from, and offer guidance to, any parents interested in their son or daughter joining us at Cokethorpe.