Cothill House School

Established in 1870, Cothill is recognised globally as one of the country’s leading boys’ boarding prep schools with an exceptional record of preparing boys for the top public schools.

Set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, just outside Oxford, Cothill House provides an inspirational all-round boarding education and unrivalled opportunities for boys aged 8-13.The school has a proud history of academic achievement, with an exceptional record of boys achieving scholarships and academic awards to the major public schools. 

Our aim is to foster every boy’s happiness, confidence and individual passions, helping them to achieve their potential, to cultivate their love of learning and to stimulate their love of life. Cothill boys flourish in an environment where hard work, integrity and originality are both valued and rewarded.

There is tremendous breadth to a Cothill education with excellence in sports, music and the arts. Taught by outstanding, enthusiastic and committed staff, boys are encouraged to ‘get stuck in’ and challenge themselves. As a result, Cothill boys learn the benefits of teamwork, grow in courage and thrive within our vibrant community.

A unique element of the school's offer is the term boys spend at the Château de Sauveterre, where they are immersed in the culture and language of the Gers in the south of France and gain an unforgettable life experience.

School Information


Headmaster: Mr Duncan Bailey
Cothill, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6JL
01865 390800

  • Open Day 2019

    10:30 -1:00

    Our next Open Day is on Saturday 28th September 2019. The morning will begin with a talk from the Head, followed by tours and lunch. Our pupils will be conducting the tours, providing a chance for both you and your son to meet the staff and experience a little of Cothill life first hand. On Saturday 23rd November 2019 we will be running an informal working morning as an additional opportunity for parents and boys to meet the Head, join group tours and see lessons in action. Please email or visit to register your interest if you would like to attend.

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