Headmasters Welcome

 I’m delighted that you are interested in Copthorne, one of the premier independent prep schools in the South of England. 

As Headmaster it is my responsibility, and my privilege, to shape the direction of our school, support and encourage our fantastic team of staff, and ensure that every Copthorne pupil and parent gets the very best experiences and memories from the educational opportunities we offer. 

Our next open morning will take place virtually on 6 March 2021. By attending you’ll can take part in a live webinar with myself and other teachers, take a virtual tour of our school and watch some exclusive videos giving you an insight into life at Copthorne.  

I am in the fortunate position to see first hand the benefits Copthorne offers young people, whether they are day pupils, or taking advantage of full or flexi boarding. It is a place in which energy and enthusiasm is everywhere – academically, creatively and on the sports fields. All this activity creates a very strong sense of togetherness and youthful camaraderie among the pupils, and a deep-seated respect for themselves and everything around them. 

We have recently announced that we will be expanding our school to offer GCSE’s and will receive our first cohort of Year 9’s in 2023. The future is bright at Copthorne as we look build new facilities, including an Astroturf which will begin construction in August 2021. 

We hope to hear from you soon. 

Chris Jones


Virtual Open Day

We are looking forward to holding our upcoming virtual open day event.
Please register interest by clicking below.

6th March 2021

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Copthorne Values

Copthorne Prep School has developed an outstanding reputation for helping children to realise their full potential. By providing opportunities for all to succeed, children leave us as confident individuals, well prepared for their progression to senior schools of their choice. We inspire all our pupils to become lifelong learners, responsible global citizens and the very best that they can be.

We strive to:-

  • Instil a desire for excellence in all areas of learning, celebrating effort as well as achievement
  • Offer a well-considered, stimulating curriculum which provides opportunities for children to be challenged, to be curious and to develop as independent learners
  • Support talented and enthusiastic staff who seek to enable children to fulfil their potential
  • Provide a nurturing environment where all children are happy, valued and encouraged to develop as individuals
  • Develop a strong sense of school community that is kind, inclusive and reflects the increasingly diverse and international dimension of school life
  • Provide strong pastoral care based on traditional Christian values of mutual respect towards all members of the community
  • Develop a partnership with pupils, parents and staff to promote a culture of trust, ambition and high achievement

Put very simply our mission is to 

Develop Confidence

Provide Opportunity

Realise Potential


School Fees

Termly Fees – 2020/2021

Nursery Morning £2,190 | Afternoon £1,330 (EYFE*)
Reception £3,205
Year 1 £3,305
Year 2 £3,360
Year 3 £4,430
Year 4 £4,860
Years 5 – 8 £5,580
Weekly Boarding £6,800
Full Termly Boarding £8,500
Occasional Boarding £29 per night
Sibling Discount (Reception – Year 8) Second child 5%   Third child 15%

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"Our Child has thoroughly enjoyed his year in Reception. I feel he has excelled himself in all aspects of his work, with your support and guidance. He has grown in confidence and look forward to seeing his continued development next year!"
"We all adore Copthorne and I feel proud, happy and relaxed that my children attend this fantastic school. Thank you."
"Copthorne Prep has given both our children the most wonderful start to their education."