Cottesmore School


Tatler Schools Guide - Cottesmore Recent Reviews

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“Cottesmore is first and foremost a family school, so Tom and Lottie Rogerson’s new baby, Bear, will have 150 keen babysitters – big brother Wilf is already in the school’s nursery, and spaniels Buchan and Lolly oversee proceedings. This is a proper full-boarding prep (no day, flexi or weekly), small enough to give children abe spoke education and the academic wings to fly on to Benenden, Downe House, Marlborough et al. Our mole was wowed by the ‘wonderfully imaginative creations’ in the art and DT classrooms. Mr R is IT-savvy and has invested in iPads and Chromebooks, but the clear message is ‘we’d rather go fishing’. On the pitches, the first football XI, U11 netball and hockey girls and U9 rugby boys all celebrated unbeaten seasons. A mother praises the collective sense of humour – anyone for a whole-school water-pistol fight?”



We challenge you to find a more fabulously old-fashioned country prep. Generations of Cottesmorians have pelted along these panelled halls en route to Eton, Harrow and Winchester. Tom Rogerson, a charming Old Etonian, is a third generation head who cherishes his lovely small co-ed like an extended family, along with his wife Lottie and their ever-present spaniel, Buchan. And the full boarding is 'so thoughtfully and carefully done that children settle in easily', a London mother tells us. Personal devices are strictly verboten, even if iPads, Chromebooks and Raspberry Pi now proliferate in classrooms. Real-life fun abounds, the latest frolics being human table football, trampolining and treasure-hunts. A good fit for a sociable, vigorous sort with what the school winningly calls 'a skip to their step and a twinkle in their eye'.