Cothill House

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Cothill House, Cothill
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OX13 6JL

TypeIndependent boarding school
Preparatory School
MottoDum spiro spero ("While I breathe, I hope")
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1860 (moved to present location in 1870)
ChairDr Ralph Townsend
Head MasterDuncan Bailey
Age8 to 13
PublicationThe Cothill Magazine
Former pupilsOld 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 theatre, six hard tennis courts, 20 music practice rooms, 2 drum rooms, a squash court, games room, a library, a science lab, a computer room and a teaching block. The headmaster's house is attached to the main school.

The school is operated by the Cothill Educational Trust, a charity registered in England,[1] which also runs the nearby Chandlings School, Kennington (a co-educational preparatory day school serving ages 2–11), the Château de Sauveterre, Ashdown House, Kitebrook House, the Old Malthouse, Mowden Hall in Northumberland, and the campus of the former St Aubyns School, Rottingdean, which it acquired in 2012 and closed in 2013, now awaiting redevelopment. Trustees include Ralph Townsend, head of Winchester College.


Cothill House 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. Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were registered to attend Cothill, which was the choice of their father Charles, Prince of Wales,[2] but in the end they both attended a rival establishment, Ludgrove, instead.

Notable Old Cothillians[edit]


The school was founded in 1860 (in Dry Sandford) , before moving to its present location in 1870.


  1. ^ Charity Commission. Cothill Educational Trust, registered charity no. 309639.
  2. ^ The Ladies' Home Journal, vol. 106 (1989), p. 171
  3. ^ Dhananajaya Singh, The House of Marwar (Lotus Collection, Roli Books, 1994), p. 204
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 'General Sir Hugh Stockwell' in Patricia Burgess & Trish Burgess, eds., The Annual Obituary 1986 (Chicago & London: St James Press, 1989), p. 677
  6. ^ 'MACNAB of Macnab, James Charles', in Who's Who 2012 (London: A. & C. Black, 2012)
  7. ^ '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