Scholarships and Bursaries


The Governors at Copthorne Prep School are committed to broadening access to the school by offering, to eligible parents, means tested financial assistance with the payment of school fees. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please carefully read our Means Tested Bursary Policy & Guidance 2021 before contacting the Bursar, Mr P Flowerday at


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.

Scholarship Assessment 2021

For further information on our 2021 scholarship assessment process, please download our guide below. To apply on behalf of your child, please ensure that you return the application form, together with our registration form and the non-refundable registration fee of £100.  The registration fee may be paid either by cheque (made payable to ‘Copthorne School Trust Ltd’) or directly into the school account: Account number: 31370322   Sort code: 60-06-20. We will, of course, acknowledge safe receipt of your forms and payment.

* Please send your application to our Registrar Kathryn Billingham-West on

Key Dates

Academic Scholarship – children will be assessed during the week commencing Monday 17 May 2021

Art/Music/Drama/Sport/All-Rounder Assessments will be held in the week commencing Monday 17 May 2021 (Please note that portfolio’s/external references/supporting evidence etc. will need to be submitted to the school by Friday 7 May 2021 at the latest).

Results will be emailed to parents by Friday 28 May 2021.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar Kathryn Billingham-West on


Application Form:

Registration Form:

Our contact details

Copthorne Preparatory School
Effingham Lane
West Sussex
RH10 3HR

Office:  01342 712311
Admissions: 01342 859954

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