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So what makes Cothill stand out? It’s traditional, but never stuffy. Posh, but down to earth. Low profile locally, but well known to the cognoscenti. Proudly boarding, but surprisingly flexible. ‘There’s no hierarchy in the school’, a beaming parent told us, ‘and that includes among the staff’. The range of sport on offer is immense. If the main games, rugby, football, hockey and cricket, are not your thing, then perhaps golf, polo or the climbing wall? Tennis is a particular strength...


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What the school says...

Cothill is a small school, but a big family. Our scale allows us to ensure each boy is treated as an individual, nurtured and encouraged to find his strengths and develop his foundations. Whether as a boarder, a day boy or a combination of the two, boys are prepared for the challenges they will encounter at the next stage of their education and beyond.

The dedicated staff instil a love of discovery and learning among the boys, both in the classroom and beyond. We see ourselves as the protectors of childhood whilst giving our boys the skills they need for a bright future. A Cothill boy is a happy boy, a busy boy, a polite boy and a kind boy.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2023, George May, previously senior housemaster at Radley College. He was educated at Aysgarth Prep school and Eton College, and has a degree in architectural history from Edinburgh, after which he gained a place at the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), performing on stage, radio, film and TV as well as touring Europe and America before joining Radley in 2006. No wonder he’s known for getting stuck into school music and drama and he’s also closely involved in sport and supporting youngsters through the confirmation process.

He is married to Emi-Lou, a children’s picture book writer and food and nutrition teacher, with whom he has three daughters, a son and two dogs, Peppa and Chilli. A Newcastle United fan, he enjoys spending family time on Northumberland’s...

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Special Education Needs

Cothill has an exceptional SEN department with two full-time and three part-time staff. Provision is made for boys who have mild to moderate learning problems in English and the school also provides both extension and support classes in maths. Touch typing has been a recent school-wide enhancement and is routinely taught to all boys in year 5 in preparation for their year 6 pre-tests and as an essential skill for life.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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