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Nursery | Pre-Prep | Prep

There is no better way to get a feel for life at Copthorne Prep than by visiting us in person. During your visit, you will be able to tour our beautiful grounds and facilities, meet our Headmaster, pupils and teachers, see our school in action and enjoy some refreshments too.

Come and see for yourself why Copthorne Prep is such a special place to learn.

Our next open morning is Monday 15 January 2024.

Full size Floodlit AstroTurf


Art and DT Suite

Indoor Heated Pool

Science Labs

Welcome to Copthorne Prep

Copthorne Prep is situated in the heart of Sussex, in beautiful countryside, 10 minutes from Gatwick, one hour from London and 40 minutes from Brighton. Copthorne Prep retains a special place in the hearts of all those who have taught and been taught here over its 120 year history.


Our children are encouraged to develop a love of learning through a range of exciting and challenging opportunities both within and outside the classroom. We aim to inspire confident learners who will thrive in an ever-changing world.

Pre-Prep and Prep School

An independent prep school for children aged 2-12


Enriched learning is at the heart of everything we do. We offer an exciting curriculum with diverse immersive activities for the liveliest and most enquiring minds.


We are proudly non-selective in our approach and welcome children of all aptitudes and abilities. At the heart of our children’s success is hugely inspiring, supportive and very caring staff who work incredibly hard to provide both a stimulating and challenging curriculum. So that when our children eventually do leave us, they do so with a real sense of who they are and what they can achieve.


Pupils visit theatres, concerts and art galleries, take part in regular music concerts and a range of drama productions. Visiting speakers for our ‘day in the life of …’ and workshops in art, drama, music and English all help to widen the curriculum.


Our facilities include a theatre, swimming pool, sports fields, full-size Astroturf, climbing wall, playgrounds, sandpits, an actual forest for forest school, chapel and so much more…

Welcome to Copthorne Prep


Our nursery is the very start of your child’s learning journey where we promote imagination, confidence and happiness. Where every child learns to love learning.


Amid the sea of waterproofs and wellington boots you will find children using their imaginations, being absorbed by new experiences and generally having fun. These are the foundations on which Copthorne Prep has been built and prepares our children well for the pre-prep years.


The range of nursery activities is huge. Some, like dance, Spanish and football, are optional. Others, like swimming, forest school, music and French, are all part of the curriculum … depending on your child’s age. Your child will be spoilt for choice.


The only choice you have to make is how often your child attends. This is entirely up to you. The minimum is two mornings a week for the younger children and three mornings a week for the rising fours. You can also take advantage of our after-school care until 6.00pm.

Extra Curricular Activities

Copthorne has a strong tradition of encouraging pupils to take part in the performing and expressive arts and there are numerous opportunities for pupils to develop their skills in these areas including an art club, pottery club, ballet, jazz dance, street dance, choir, school orchestra, speech and drama groups and tuition in a range of musical instruments to name but a few.


Extra-curricular sports include football, rugby, cricket, swimming, athletics, tennis, table tennis, fencing, karate, golf and gymnastics and we promote involvement in national and local competitions. We also offer cookery, STEM club, IT club, history, and craft clubs. Tuition in chess has also helped us develop a hugely successful chess squad.



Wellbeing is of paramount importance to all of us at Copthorne Prep and we have always had a range of strategies to help pupils negotiate the pressure of growing up and building resilience to face a changing modern world. We have our own Director of Wellbeing who guides us to ensure the wellbeing of all our pupils. 


Our role is to support and promote the wellbeing and mental health of all those in our community, including pupils, staff and parents. By focusing on wellbeing we create a safe space for children to learn and develop physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually and to enjoy their learning journey.

Why Choose Copthorne Prep?

  • Outstanding pupil outcomes with a high percentage of scholarships awarded each year for leading Secondary Schools

  • Rated Excellent and Outstanding (EYFS) by ISI

  • Focused on Wellbeing and providing a diverse education experience

  • A wealth of extra-curricular and sporting opportunities

  • Full size Astroturf, Swimming Pool, Climbing Wall

  • Theatre, Dance Classes, Music, Concerts

  • Forest school for all years from nursery to year 8
Netball champions

Termly Fees

from £954

Pre-prep (YR – Y2)
from £3,490

Prep (Y3-Y8)
from £4,820

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