Copthorne Prep School

West Sussex
Boys (2 - 13)
Girls (2 - 13)
Weekly Boarding
Copthorne Prep School

A leading Independent Day and Boarding School with an outstanding Nursery and EYFS, just 7 miles from London Gatwick Airport in West Sussex, for girls and boys aged 2-13

About the school

Children are unique and every child deserves a school that is dedicated to developing individual abilities and confidence.

This is an ethos that informs everything we do here at Copthorne Prep; a local independent prep school nestling in 55 acres of beautiful West Sussex/Surrey countryside. Catering for children aged between 2-13 years, we believe in offering our boys and girls the very best all round education, together with a stimulating range of sports and activities.

This structured approach gives every one of our children the freedom to learn and grow within a safe nurturing environment.

To achieve this, a close partnership is established between each child and their teacher while ensuring that our class sizes remain small. Our commitment  to providing exceptional pastoral care is also reflected in the strong sense of community that children enjoy at the school, coupled with a culture that encourages trust, tolerance and achievement.

To discover why Copthorne Prep School is the perfect fit for your child, please feel free to contact us or browse our website for further information.



Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 12 (7 to 13)
  • Girls' Boarding: 10 (7 to 13)
  • Total Pupils: 359
  • Day Fees: £3080 to £5365/term
  • Boarding Fees: £5855 to £7995/term

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events

Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Copthorne Prep School has an outstanding reputation for helping children successfully gain entry into the senior school of their choice and many of these children enter with scholarships. Last year 58% of our Year 8 children received scholarships to their next schools and 100% of children were successful at gaining a place in their first choice school. On average, over the last 13 years, every child has got into their first choice school and over 50% have done this with a scholarship.

In order to maintain and enhance this impressive record, we offer scholarships for outstanding children who excel academically, or have a particular talent in music, sport, art, chess or drama. A combination of strengths could result in an all-rounder scholarship.

Information for 2020 scholarships will be published in the Autumn Term.

Fees Information

Termly Fees – 2018-2019
Nursery - Morning £2,105 | Afternoon £1,280 (EYFE*)
Reception - £3,080
Year 1  -  £3,175
Year 2  -  £3,230
Year 3  -  £4,260
Year 4  -  £4,675
Years 5 – 8  -  £5,365
Weekly Boarding  -  £5,855
Full Termly Boarding  -  £7,995
Occasional Boarding  -  £28 per night
Sibling Discount (Reception – Year 8) - Second child 5%   Third child 15%

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Admissions Process

Initial Visit
We strongly recommend a visit to Copthorne Prep School to experience all that Copthorne Prep can offer. We hold Open Mornings on a termly basis. Our senior pupils act as unscripted guides and all members of teaching staff are available to answer any queries that you might have along with our Headmaster, Deputy Head, Governors and parent representatives.

Aside from our Copthorne Café, serving refreshments, our music scholars perform side by side with our LAMDA students throughout the morning. Our art scholars may be seen working on their latest pieces and a selection of our many sports are show cased in the sports hall or on the playing fields. We aim to offer our Open Morning visitors a real sense of what makes Copthorne Prep School so special.

We are also delighted to welcome prospective parents at any time. To arrange an individual visit, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Kathryn Billingham-West on 01342 712311 or email

Following your visit(s) and if you feel that Copthorne Prep is the right school for your child, the next stage in the admissions process is to complete and return our Registration Form. The Registration Form should be returned to the Registrar together with a non-refundable fee of £50 per family.

Upon receipt, your form and payment will be acknowledged by letter and the registrar will remain in touch with you to guide you through the admissions process.

For a place in our Nursery, we recommend that you register your child by the age of 18 months and for entry into Reception by the age of 3. Children entering into Year 3 in the Prep School should be registered with us by the beginning of Year 2.

Taster Sessions
Once registered, we will invite your child to attend either a taster session or a full taster day, depending upon their age. Children will spend their time within their appropriate age group and experience a ‘typical’ morning or day at Copthorne Prep.

Full details of the taster day, including timings and any necessities to bring, will be confirmed with you via email beforehand.

As part of the taster experience, we do assess the children either informally or formally depending upon the age of the child. We do not formally assess children joining us in the Nursery or starting Reception, however informal observations will be carried out during the taster session (usually a morning which lasts about three hours). Children joining the school during their reception year upwards will be invited to spend a full day at Copthorne, with their peer group, during which some assessment work will be carried out in reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. This will help us gauge the levels they are currently working at. We will also request a report from their current school or nursery.

Formal Offer
Subject to the availability of places, a satisfactory taster day assessment and report from your child’s school or nursery, a place will be formally offered by letter. This will be accompanied by a set of terms and conditions and an acceptance form, known as the Parent Contract. At this time, we will also request a deposit of £500 which is refundable when your child leaves us, assuming that a full term’s notice has been given. If parents wish to accept the offer of a place, the completed Parent Contract should be returned to the Registrar along with the deposit.

Finding out more

Effingham Lane, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3HR
01342 712311
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Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 12 (7 to 13)
  • Girls' Boarding: 10 (7 to 13)
  • Total Pupils: 359
  • Day Fees: £3080 to £5365/term
  • Boarding Fees: £5855 to £7995/term
  • ISI Inspection Report

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events