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Château de Sauveterre

WELCOME Set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, Cothill House provides an inspirational all-round boarding education and unrivalled opportunities for boys aged 8 to 13. Our aim is to foster each boy’s happiness, confidence and individual passions, helping each one to achieve their potential, to cultivate their love of learning and to stimulate their love of life. There is tremendous breadth to a Cothill education with recognised excellence in sports, music and the arts. Taught by outstanding, enthusiastic and committed staff, boys are encouraged to ‘get stuck in’, to challenge themselves and, as a result, to thrive within our vibrant community.

immersed in the culture and language of the Gers in the south of France and where they have an unforgettable life experience. Celebrating our values and the school’s unique ethos, our prospectus offers a small taste of life at Cothill House. However, the best way to get a true sense of all that is on offer at our remarkable school is to visit - Maria and I would be delighted to welcome you to Cothill House.

A unique and exceptional element of our offer is the term boys spend at the Château de Sauveterre, where they are Duncan Bailey, Headmaster


Learning is the core of school life. Tailored to the needs of the boys and their aspirations, our innovative curriculum ensures every pupil is inspired and motivated. From General Studies through to a diverse enrichment programme, boys are challenged to develop their learning skills throughout their time at Cothill.

Cothill’s happy, caring boarding community encourages independence. Year 7 boys spend a term at Cothill’s French site, the Château de Sauveterre, immersed in the local culture and language, typically returning as fluent French speakers. As the oldest boys, Year 8s are housed at nearby Chandlings, giving them space and a measure of independence, whilst encouraging just the right amount of self-reliance to ready them for their future schools.


“Fun-filled weekends jam packed with activities for all... boys can build dens or bird boxes, go pond dipping or interpret Notre Dame Cathedral in clay to their hearts’ content” Good Schools Guide


A wide range of opportunities inspire all the boys.

“Spectacular drama, with frequent plays and shows, including original works written by Cothill teachers. Around 80 per cent of the boys play a musical instrument and there are bands and choirs galore for boys to showcase their talents.� Good Schools Guide

“ A wealth of retreats where boys can spend as much free time as they like indulging creative passions such as woodwork (a real favourite with boys, guided by former police officer known as ‘PC’), pottery and art” Good Schools Guide “Excellent breath of opportunity” Independent Schools Inspectorate


Each boy is treated as an individual, nurtured and encouraged to find their strengths.


Exceptional relationships between the boys, and between boys and their teachers, are at the very foundation of Cothill’s community.

“Top notch pastoral care” Good Schools Guide “Along with our outstanding team of matrons, the boarding parents and I are always on hand to support our boys” Maria Bailey “Positive wellbeing is central to life at Cothill” Richard Sutton, Deputy Head, Pastoral


Cothill is a school where boys can be boys, whatever their age.

“Boys are confident, smiley and polite with no sign of entitlement or arrogance, with shirts untucked and ties askew” Good Schools Guide “ From re-enacting the Dambusters on the school field to building tanks for the Battle of Cambrai, fun and the very best of Britishness are at the heart of Cothill’s DNA” Parent


A Cothillian understands that knowing what is right doesn’t mean much, unless you do what is right as well.

“Pupils achieve highly in sporting events, as exemplified by the considerable success of the school’s rugby, football and cricket teams and the standards reached in a wide range of other individual and team sports.” Independent Schools Inspectorate

“Our ethos focuses on enabling all boys to reach their full sporting potential. In an environment of healthy competition, technical and physical skills are continually developed, whilst teamwork, resilience, leadership and decision-making are fostered and encouraged. Participation in sport creates more rounded individuals and, as such, is a fundamental aspect of Cothill life.� James Foster & Ed Hawkins (Director of Sport & Director of Sport Development)


Boys leave Cothill with a passion for learning and discovery.

‘Imaginative and creative teaching strategies make lessons fun and learning highly enjoyable” Independent Schools Inspectorate

“Teaching at Cothill is all about getting boys out of their seats and experiencing things first hand” Good Schools Guide

“The Head meets with every pupil, every week, to discuss their learning and progress - a standout aspect of the Cothill education” Parent

LOVE OF LIFE At Cothill, the boys make the most of every minute and embrace the wealth of opportunities on offer. “A Swallows and Amazons approach to education” Good Schools Guide “Grounds buzzing with happy boys chasing each other and mucking about” Tatler “Free time on their rollerblades, ripsticks or exploring the woods” Good Schools Guide

Established in 1870, Cothill is one of the country’s leading boys’ boarding prep schools, recognised globally for preparing boys for the top public schools. Set in a picturesque village in the Vale of the White Horse, Cothill is conveniently located 15 minutes from Oxford within easy access of the A34, M4, M40 and Didcot Parkway station.

“Nestled in 26 acres of grounds, playing fields and woodland... facilities include a super indoor pool, six all-weather tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a squash court cum table tennis room and a fleet of shiny BMXs for tearing around the woods.” Good Schools Guide

Cothill House, Cothill, Oxfordshire, OX13 6JL T 01865 390 800 @cothillhouse @cothillhouse @cothill_house Cothill House is part of the Cothill Trust


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