Cothill House

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Cothill House, Cothill
Motto Dum Spiro Spero ("While I breathe, I hope")
Established 1860 (moved to present location in 1870)
Type Independent boarding school
Preparatory School
Religion Church of England
Head Master Duncan Bailey
Chair Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, 8th Baronet
Location Oxfordshire
OX13 6JL
Gender Boys
Ages 8–13
Publication The Cothill Magazine
Former pupils Old Cothillians

Cothill House is a boarding boys' independent school for preparatory pupils in Cothill, Oxfordshire, which houses around 220 boys from the ages 8–13.

General information[edit]

The school is junior and full boarding, with around 220 pupils. A range of music scholarships and bursaries are provided in term time. Facilities include a CDT Centre, Golf Course, Swimming Pool (covered), a newly installed theatre, six hard tennis courts, 16 music practice rooms, 2 drum rooms, a squash court, games room, a library, a computer room containing only iMacs and a state-of-the-art teaching block.

The school is operated by the Cothill Educational Trust, which also runs Chandlings School, the Château de Sauveterre, Ashdown House, Kitebrook House, the Old Malthouse, Mowden Hall in Northumberland, and St. Aubyns School in Rottingdean, East Sussex. Trustees include Ralph Townsend, head of Winchester College.


Cothill is a full boarding school, meaning all of the 220 pupils there board full-time, and the only times they are allowed home are on organised weekends, exeats, half-terms and end-of-terms. In the Sixes (year 4), pupils board in dormitories in the main house. In the Fives (year 5), pupils board at 'The Bungalow', a small bungalow in the grounds run by 2 houseparents. In the Lower Removes (year 6), pupils return to the main house for the entire year and they board in dormitories. In the Middle Removes (year 7) pupils board for 2 terms in the main house, but spend one term (either the autumn or winter term) at the Château de Sauveterre in France to learn French. The Leavers (year 8) board at Chandlings School, a day school 5 minutes away and operated by the Cothill Educational Trust. This is to give the leavers a feel of life in a public school boarding house, and prepare them for their next schools.

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were registered to attend Cothill, which was the choice of their father Charles, Prince of Wales,[1] but in the event they both attended a rival establishment, Ludgrove, instead.


Alongside academic lessons, there are a number of co-curricular subjects available. Golf lessons, tennis lessons, squash lessons, music lessons and many other lessons are available.

Subjects taught[edit]

Timetabled subjects are: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing/IT, Design & Technology (CDT), English, French, General Studies (comprising Current Affairs, Ethics and History of Art), Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music (Classical, and to a certain extent, Rock), Physics and Religious Studies. Chinese is also available as an extra.

Future Schools[edit]

The majority of Cothillians go on to major British boys public schools such as Eton, Harrow and Radley. However, a number of Cothillians go to other public schools such as Marlborough, Wellington, Stowe, Rugby and many other establishments. A page with a list of schools Cothill leavers have gone to can be found here.

School trips[edit]

Since 2006 the school has run regular trips to Berlin for those in the Ls (year 6). Fifteen boys and two teachers travel by minibus and plane on a Friday, spend the weekend exploring the city centre and return on the Monday. This affords many cultural and historical insights, photo opportunities and a break from the school routine. 'Dreadlock Holiday' by '10cc' has been adopted as the trip theme tune.

School song[edit]

At footer, golf or cricket
We play as hard as nails;
At goal or club or wicket
Our judgement rarely fails;
We win the day with pleasure
But yet are in no measure
Despondent when we lose,
For while we are breathing we are hoping
With our heart and soul and will;
There's no time for slacking or moping
At the best School, our School, COTHILL
And when our work is over,
All Latin verbs are done,
We tolerate no shirking,
The fight is fairly won,
All things are tackled cleanly,
No advantage taken meanly,
We still remember then
That while we're breathing we are hoping
With our heart and soul and will;
There's no time for slacking or moping
At the best School, our School, COTHILL

Notable Old Cothillians[edit]


  1. ^ The Ladies' Home Journal, vol. 106 (1989), p. 171
  2. ^ Dhananajaya Singh, The House of Marwar (Lotus Collection, Roli Books, 1994), p. 204
  3. ^ George Edward Cokayne, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom: extant, extinct, or dormant, vol. 13 (The St Catherine Press Ltd, 1940), p. 408
  4. ^ 'General Sir Hugh Stockwell' in Patricia Burgess & Trish Burgess, eds., The Annual Obituary 1986 (Chicago & London: St James Press, 1989), p. 677
  5. ^ 'MACNAB of Macnab, James Charles', in Who's Who 2012(London: A. & C. Black, 2012)
  6. ^ 'Aberdeen and Temair, 7th Marquess of' in Who's Who 2012 (London: A. & C. Black, 2011

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Coordinates: 51°41′35″N 1°19′52″W / 51.693°N 1.331°W / 51.693; -1.331