Pennthorpe School

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Pennthorpe School
Pennthorpe School logo.jpg
Motto Non nobis solum nati
(Born not for ourselves alone)
Established 1930
Type Independent School
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Matthew King
Location Church Street
West Sussex
RH12 3HJ
Gender Mixed
Ages 2–13
Houses 4
Colours Navy blue and gold
Publication Penfriend
Former pupils Pennthorpians
Website Pennthorpe School

Pennthorpe School is co-educational independent school in Rudgwick, West Sussex, England. As of 2011, around 300 pupils between the ages of two and thirteen attend. The school was founded in 1930 in Kent as a Christian Boarding school for boys. Several years later the school moved to its current location in a manor house in Rudgwick. The school remained an all-boys school until the early 1980s, when under the Headmaster Rev John Spencer it officially became co-educational. Pupils usually pass onto their chosen secondary schools at age 13 through Common Entrance or Common Academic Scholarship exams. Since the turn of the 21st century the school has had an unbelievable 100% Common Entrance record.[citation needed] Matthew King is currently the headmaster since September 2011.

School houses[edit]

There are four houses at Pennthorpe. Each pupil belongs to one house, to which they are assigned when they join the school. The houses are:

  • Baynards: House colour red.
  • Gaskyns: House colour green.
  • Pallinghurst: House colour blue.
  • Tismans: House colour yellow.


Pennthorpe has an open campus and school life occurs across a variety of buildings. The Main Building, formerly the manor house. The Clock Block - a block of ten classrooms (including the Sky Lab and the Dry Lab ) completed in 2002. The Sports Hall opened in 1987. This is where indoor sports take place. It is also converted into a theatre (complete with staging, tiered seating, and a full lighting system) in the event of dramatic productions. The Pre Prep, building opened in 2009 housing the Beehive Kindergarten through to Year 2.

Art and Design Technology take place in the Art Block, in which an Mac computer suite is installed. A converted barn houses the Chapel and music school, with a chapel dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi on the first floor and the music department below.


In 2010, Pennthorpe's 25 Year 8 Leavers were awarded 27 scholarships, including the top Art Scholarship and top Academic Scholarship to Brighton College, as well as numerous academic, sport, music, drama and all-rounder scholarships to a variety of schools.

In 2009, a total of 7 academic, drama, all-rounder, music, and dance scholarships were won by leavers - including the top all-rounder scholarship to Reed's School and the "King's" academic scholarship to the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.

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Coordinates: 51°05′14″N 0°27′09″W / 51.08726°N 0.45244°W / 51.08726; -0.45244