Cottesmore School

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Cottesmore School
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Established 1894[1]
Type Other Independent School
Headmaster Thomas Rogerson
Location Buchan Hill
Pease Pottage

West Sussex
RH11 9AU
 England Coordinates: 51°05′15″N 0°12′58″W / 51.08758°N 0.21605°W / 51.08758; -0.21605
Local authority West Sussex
DfE URN 126106
Students 160
Gender Coeducational
Ages 7–13

Cottesmore is a preparatory school in the United Kingdom, which has been preparing children for public schools since 1894. It is predominantly a full boarding school although there are a limited number of places for both weekly and day boarders. There are 150 boys and girls from the ages of 7 to 13.

Cottesmore is situated in 35 acres (140,000 m2) of its own grounds, the setting for its playing fields, cricket pitches, all-weather cricket nets, grass and hard tennis courts, golf course, lake and gardens.


Cottesmore was founded in 1894 in Hove, Sussex. The new buildings for the preparatory school were officially opened on 19 June 1897.[2] The school moved to its present site at Buchan Hill after World War II in 1946. The school is housed in a fine, Grade II-listed[3] Victorian mansion known as Buchan Hill that was built for an ostrich-farming millionaire named P Saillard in 1882-3.[4][5] The building is a large Elizabethan-style house, designed by the architects Eshart George and Harold Peto.[6] Buchan Hill was originally purchased in the early 19th century by Hon. Thomas Erskine (Lord Chancellor 1806-1807), son of the Earl of Buchan.


The school was the winner of the Best School Food Award Tatler Schools Awards in 2009.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Margaret Smallwood (2008), Cottesmore School, Independent Schools Inspectorate 
  2. ^ The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, March 29, 1897; pg. 5; Issue 38941. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  3. ^ English Heritage listing
  4. ^ Mark Girouard (1971), The Victorian Country House, Clarendon Press, p. 8 
  5. ^ Jill Franklin (1981), The Gentleman's Country House and its Plan, 1835-1914, Routledge & Kegan Paul, p. 257 
  6. ^ Main building to Cottesmore School. Listing on English Heritage's Images of England website
  7. ^ End of school dinners. The Evening Standard, (London, England), Tuesday, September 15, 2009
  8. ^ a b c d e f Cottesmore School, Educated School Guide 
  9. ^ The Almost Late Gordon Chater, Bantam Books, 1996, ISBN 9781863597975 
  10. ^ The Encyclopedia Britannica 20, 1929 

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