Staff Vacancies

Copthorne Prep is a flourishing independent day and boarding school with approximately 350 boys and girls from the ages of 2 to 13. Set in 55 acres of West Sussex/Surrey countryside, including its own woodland, the school is located between Crawley and East Grinstead, seven miles from Gatwick Airport.

‘Put very simply, our mission is to
develop confidence, provide opportunity and realise potential’

The school aims to create a nurturing environment where pupils develop confidence and self-esteem to strive for excellence and be the best they can be, through achieving individual success both in academic endeavours and across the full range of school’s activities. The school seeks to deliver an all-round, broad based education to enable pupils to meet the challenges of the next steps in their educational journey and become individuals ready to make a positive contribution to society.

Current Staff Vacancies


Head of Learning Support (SENCO) (full or part-time considered)

Required for January/April 2021 (or sooner if possible)

We are seeking a highly motivated, energetic, enthusiastic and suitably qualified SENCO to manage the Learning Support Department and lead a team of specialist teachers and LSA’s. The successful candidate will be experienced at working with children of this age both individually and in small groups and must be willing to contribute to all areas of extra-curricular life in this busy school. This role could be full time or part-time (around 0.6) depending on the amount of individual teaching the successful candidate was to undertake. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30 September 2020.

View the full job description here.

Complete the application form here.

We reserve the right to withdraw these vacancies at any time ahead of the closing date if there is a good level of response. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible.

If you would like to apply for any of these posts and feel you have the abilities and skills we are looking for at our busy and thriving school, you should complete the application form together with a short covering letter explaining why you believe yourself to be an excellent candidate for these rewarding roles. Please note that due to Safer Recruitment, we cannot accept a CV. All applicants are required to complete an application form. Copthorne Prep is a wonderful place to work and we are committed to developing our employees in their job role. Applications should be sent electronically to

All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you have not received an acknowledgement within 48 hours, please contact Mrs Mandy Marsh, HR, Copthorne Prep School by telephone on 01342 712311.

Copthorne Prep School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.  All successful applicants are required to complete an enhanced disclosure application with the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).  More details on the disclosure process can be found on Copthorne Prep School is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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Copthorne Preparatory School
Effingham Lane
West Sussex
RH10 3HR

01342 712311

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Virtual Open Day

Another Virtual Open Day!


Our next Virtual Open Day will take place on Saturday 3 October where we will share a link to an exclusive Open Morning page. The page will contain more information about our school and videos showing ‘A day in the Nursery/Pre-Prep/Prep School’.

Should you wish to speak to the Headmaster & Head of Pre-Prep in person, you are also invited for a 1:1 (socially distanced) chat at your convenience.

To book an appointment, or to register your place for the Virtual Open Day, please email our Registrar, Kathryn Billingham-West on