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Cottesmore Preparatory School

Address: Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, Crawley RH11 9AU

Description Cottesmore Preparatory School

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Established: in 1894
  • Location of Cottesmore School: United Kingdom, suburb of Brighton
  • Students age: from 7 to 13 years
  • Curriculum: primary school
  • The total number of students in Cottesmore Preparatory School: 150 people, all at the boarding house (100%).
  • Type of study: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: residence.

Cottesmore School is in Sussex County: the road to Brighton is only about half an hour, and you can get to central London in one hour. The school was founded in 1894, and at present it has been operating since 1946, the end of World War II.

The total campus area reaches 30 acres. This cozy, majestic estate, built in Victorian style, surrounded by well-kept green gardens and parks. From the windows of the school a beautiful view of the nearby lake opens.

About 150 people live and study at the Cottesmore Preparatory School today. The size of the school allows it simultaneously to ensure the formation of a high British level of education and at the same time to maintain a chamber, friendly atmosphere where almost all students know each other and are familiar with all teachers. Each child is respected as an independent and unique personality, employees take into account all their needs and requirements, they are able to develop strengths, abilities and talents. The studying program  harmoniously combines academic studies and extracurricular program, so that it is possible to achieve a balanced, all-round development of students.

Cottesmore School is proud of its family, chamber and tranquil atmosphere: it strives to achieve a balance between personal freedom and public order, personal and social needs and responsibilities. Students are encouraged to work hard, to participate in extracurricular activities, any manifestation of their own talents and abilities, to help other students.

Employees seek to make the school a second home for students: each child has a special mentor with whom he can always talk, share difficulties or secrets, ask for advice. Shortly before the arrival, the children together with their parents can visit the school to get acquainted with employees and teachers, other children and to find a mentor and assistant child. Every week, children write letters home, parents or guardians, they can also call home at any time, use a fax or a unique own e-mail address. To visit parents and relatives the school is always open: you can attend a sports game and cheer for your children, have a cup of tea with teachers and discuss the academic success of children. Parents receive a full report on the child's progress every 4 weeks plus a report with comments from each teacher at the end of each semester.

Graduates demonstrate high results in various exams and tests, profound and thorough knowledge of the subjects and disciplines of the school course. This helps them to continue their studies in prestigious schools and universities:

  • Wycombe Abbey
  • King's Canterbury
  • Eton
  • Benenden
  • Marlborough
  • Roedean
  • Radley
  • Canford
  • Wellington
  • Sevenoaks
  • Bryanston
  • Charterhouse.

Cottesmore School maintains reliable communications and partnership with many educational institutions and is always ready to advise their pupils, to suggest the most optimal and profitable option for further education.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Cottesmore Preparatory School

Program name
from 10 550 £ / term

Quick overview: Primary school for international children. The ratio of "teacher-pupils" here is 1: 9. Groups are formed small so that each student can receive from the teacher the maximum amount of attention, participation and care.

About the educational program: Teaching staff carefully monitor the successes and achievements of each, pay attention to difficult moments and aspects, if necessary, adjusting the program.

Particular attention is paid to the study of basic, fundamental subjects:

  • English;
  • French;
  • natural Sciences;
  • mathematics.

Educational schedule also includes lessons on different fields:

  • Information technology;
  • Art;
  • Music;
  • Computing technologies.

Also, international students attend classes on geography and history of religious teachings, then the Latin language is added. Particularly gifted students of the upper grades can add to the curriculum lessons of the Greek language.

Accommodation, housing and food

All children of Cottesmore Preparatory School are living in comfortable residences: when settling in the rooms, the age parameter is taken into account, as well as the personal wishes of the pupils - with whom they are friends and would like to live together. In the hostel five teachers are constantly on duty (two of them are professional nannies with excellent recommendations and extensive work experience), as well as a hostel director who promptly resolves any issues.

Younger children go to bed earlier - for them fairy tales, fascinating stories and legends are provided. Every evening the director and his wife wish the students good night, and they respond to them in the same way that they support a family, warm atmosphere.

Meals are organized in a common dining room: both school staff, teachers and children eat at the same table - this is a great chance to communicate in an informal atmosphere,  to share news. The chef is responsible for the meals of the schoolchildren: all meals are prepared exclusively on the school's territory, fresh products of local suppliers are constantly used.

Subjects, specialties, faculties and sport

Subjects list : art, Computational methods, English, English literature, French, geography, Greek language, history, Latin language, maths, music, Religious studies
Events list: Athletics, basketball, billiards, cinema, cricket, fishing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, karate, netball, rowing, rugby, Sports running, Squash, surfing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, Trampoline jumping,  chess

Equipment Cottesmore Preparatory School

Cottesmore School pays great attention to the development of musical abilities of its pupils. Approximately 80% of children play musical instruments, 3 choral departments work here, which constantly tour and perform concerts in Venice, Florence, Salzburg. Also on the basis of the school an excellent orchestra is assembled.

The dramatic and theatrical direction is no less developed. In the year, schoolchildren give about 7 performances, not only they play and stage, but also prepare for the performance: they sew costumes, make scenery, and do lighting.

In school, students can manifest themselves in a variety of forms of creativity and art - let's name just a few:

  • Oratory
  • Pottery
  • Culinary art
  • Gardening
  • Engraving
  • Fishing
  • Simulation
  • Chess
  • Train models
  • Roller skating
  • Photography
  • Collecting the badges
  • Carpentry
  • Philately and etc.

All studios, interest clubs and circles are well equipped, equipped with the necessary materials and equipment, professional teachers and instructors work in them .

Cottesmore School considers sporting and physical development of schoolchildren equally important. This is not only an improvement in personal physical form, but also constant interaction with other students, the opportunity to establish strong friendships. At the same time, teachers ensure that healthy competition between the guys lead only to better results, so that students do not compare themselves with unattainable ideals, that they seek new achievements, and not drop their hands. In leisure-free hours, the international students can devote time to the following sports and outdoor activities:

  • Swimming
  • Cricket
  • Track and field athletics
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Netball
  • Roller hockey
  • Shooting from the bow
  • Water polo
  • Shooting
  • Bowling
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaks
  • Squash
  • Windsurfing
  • Golf
  • Snooker and billiards
  • Judo
  • Table tennis (ping-pong)
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Cross-country running, etc.

On the campus there are well equipped playgrounds and fields, tennis courts with various surfaces (grass and hard), a golf course, a spacious swimming pool where every student can quickly learn how to swim, lawns for cricket.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year is divided into traditional trimesters alternating with vacations for the rest of the pupils:

  • Autumn: from September 9 to December 16 (vacation from October 23 to November 8)
  • Spring: From 13 January to 23 March (vacation from 12 to 21 February)
  • Summer: April 13 - July 6 (holidays from 11 to 19 June).

The cost of one trimester of study is 7360 £, one year - 22080 £.

Please note that there are some additional payments and fees not included in the basic cost of the program:

  • Registration fee = 100 £
  • Deposit for confirmation of place on the program = 1000 £
  • Semester deposit
  • Supporting English language courses for foreign boarders = 1200 £ / term
  • Registration in the guardian agency and guardian services
  • Initial knowledge level testing.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 1000 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Cottesmore Preparatory School reviews

Maria T.

My child went abroad for education with the help of Smapse, studying at Cottesmore School. Of course, at first it was very scary and exciting: the daughter was only 8 years old, and at this age to leave alone to a foreign country ... But she adapted very quickly: she calls often, her voice is cheerful, she talks about the new school and friends in awe. We visit her every vacation, and on summer it will fly to us. However difficult it may be for us, we understand that good (namely, British) education is a gift for her future.

The school was chosen as a wonderful one: on the one hand, there is a strict discipline, constant supervision of children, a 24-hour guarded closed territory (Cottesmore School - boarding school, that is, children and study, and live on campus). On the other hand, the teachers are very friendly, patient, tactful: they explain how the daughter says, it's interesting, they always arrange games, skits, songs, so that the children do not get tired.

Thank you to Smapse for the professional organization of our studying abroad! I myself could not have done it right, and the guys helped me to choose and arrange everything, and provided significant psychological support: they told me about other students (including younger children), showed testimonials and photos - if everyone succeeds, then we will !! Thank you!


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- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
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