Frequently asked questions
Where is Cothill House?
Cothill House is in the village of Cothill, in the Vale of the White Horse, conveniently located between Abingdon and Oxford in the county of Oxfordshire, close to Didcot Parkway Station. To find directions click here and to find out more about the area click here.
Why do parents choose Cothill for their son?
Cothill provides an inspirational education and unrivalled opportunities for boys aged 8 to 13. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent academic and all-round education in a welcoming environment. The school is renowned for the excellent levels of pastoral care on offer. Boys enjoy busy school days, participating in everything our corner of Oxfordshire has to offer. Whether they are climbing trees, riding BMX's , den building or playing sports, being outside (and getting muddy) is definitely seen as a very good thing at Cothill! To find out more about the school click here.
Where do the boys go after Cothill?
Boys progress on to a number of leading schools, mostly boarding, with many achieving scholarships. The most popular schools are Eton, Radley, Harrow, Marlborough and Stowe. A full list of schools can be found by clicking here.
Who can my child receive support from?
The relationships between boys and between boys and staff are excellent, and open communication is actively encouraged. Boys meet their Tutors every day and receive support them with their academic , sporting and activity goals. We have an exceptional team of matrons who are always on hand to help and Mrs Bailey lives on site and is a great maternal influence. More information about caring for the boys can be found here.
How do I know if boarding is the right thing for my child?
Most boys love boarding and thrive within our busy, happy community. A boy who likes discovering new experiences and getting 'stuck in' will love life at Cothill.
Is there enough for boys to do at the weekends?
Weekends are busy! There is lots on offer from fishing to laser tag to riding BMX's in the woods to external trips. Likewise, if they want to do art, pottery or woodwork these activities are always something to enjoy. Unlike many schools, Cothill is a full boarding school and at weekends, the boys always have plenty of friends around. Find out more here.
Does my son need to sit an ‘entry test’?
Cothill is gently selective. We invite prospective boys to an Assessment Day where they will take part in a range of activities. We observe them throughout the day to see if they will flourish at Cothill. We also ask their current schools for a reference to make sure that they will be able to get the most out of life at the school. More information can be found here.
When should interested parents apply?
Parents may register their sons from birth but there are typically one or two places available up to a year prior to entry in Years 4, 5 and 6. Full admissions information can be found here.
Do I need to wait for an Open Day to visit?
Open Days provide an excellent opportunity to meet the Headmaster, have a tour with pupils and hear their views about school life, as well as to meet other parents. However, the Headmaster and Registrar are delighted to welcome families for visits throughout the year. More information can be found by clicking here or to arrange a visit, please contact the Registrar, Jane Woodcock, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865390800
Do I have to wait until September for my son to join?
Places occasionally become available at other times of the year. More information can be found about the School's admissions process by clicking here or by contacting our Registrar, Jane Woodcock, on email@example.com or 0186539080.