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 theatre, six hard tennis courts, 16 music practice rooms, 2 drum rooms, a squash court, games room, a library, a computer room and a teaching block.

The school is operated by the Cothill Educational Trust, a charity registered in England,[1] which also runs Chandlings School (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 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. 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]


  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