Woodcote House School, Windlesham, Surrey, UK

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Woodcote House, set in 35 acres, is the ultimate family-run boys' prep school. With 100 pupils and an average class size of just 10, the boys are treated as individuals. Acting, art and music are considered important, as are reading, good manners and, of course, fun. All sports are coached to a very high standard. Academic, Sport and Music Scholarships to top senior schools are regularly won

Number of students

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7 days boarding: 

7,950 per term

About the school

Woodcote House has been in the Paterson family since 1931, although the school’s history dates back to 1816. 

Woodcote’s 30 acres of stunning grounds include numerous sports pitches, an indoor swimming pool, four tennis courts, two astro turf pitches, a 9-hole golf course and a shooting range

About 75% of  pupils are boarders, and the school’s staff works hard to ensure that boarding is a secure, positive and rewarding experience for each child. Boys can begin boarding at any age from 7 to 13, and prospective boarders are encouraged to spend a night or two at Woodcote before they start.
Housed in the main building, small dormitories are cheerful and cosy. Bright sea-blue walls, primary-coloured duvets, superhero posters and striped curtains create a relaxed, home-from-home feel. Bedtimes range from 8.00pm to 9.30pm, depending on age. The Head of Pastoral Care and her team of four Matrons look after the boys in the evenings and sleep within easy reach of the dormitories.

Boys can use a landline, a simple mobile phone and Skype in the evenings to call their parents, and they also write a proper letter home each week. With Open and Exeat weekends throughout each term, boarders can also spend plenty of time at home with their families. Boarders have the option of going home after matches for the rest of the weekend.

Weekends provide a healthy balance of planned activities and free time. The popular Friday night entertainment programme includes visiting speakers. Saturday morning school (8.20am to 12:30pm) is usually followed by matches against other schools. All parents are welcome to attend Chapel on most Saturday mornings (followed by a glass of wine and lunch) before supporting matches.

On Sundays, the boys enjoy outings such as sailing, dry-slope skiing, paintballing, climbing, cinema trips and mackerel fishing.

All Year 8 boys spend a term living in Dominies, the house in the school grounds, to give them a taste of teenage life in a boarding house at public school. Here boys live with houseparents and are given greater responsibility for their belongings and clothes. They also enjoy special privileges including the opportunity to have barbecues, cook Sunday breakfast and watch Sky Sports.

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Academic life

The curriculum at Woodcote includes Art, CDT, English, French, Geography, History, ICT, Latin, Maths, Music, RE, Science, Spanish and Sport. Spanish begins in Year 5 whilst Latin is taught from Year 7. The school’s staff take a holistic approach to learning, linking topics to subject areas – so talk of battlefields in History will link to their locations in Geography and relevant poetry in English. The Woodcote academic week runs from Monday morning through to Saturday afternoon, allowing boys ample time for lessons, Prep, extra-curricular activities and free time with their friends.

Sport and culture

Woodcote House School London junior school for boys only

The following sports are available at Woodcote: Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Judo, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining

Art Department is very popular, with all boys having at least two lessons per week, and plenty of opportunity for extra curricular sessions.


Music plays an important part in  boys’ lives and over 75% of the boys learn at least one instrument, with daily practice scheduled into their day. Each year we prepare a number of outstanding musicians for scholarships to senior schools.

There are three major theatre productions each year, often written by staff and involving as many boys as possible in acting, set design and stage management. There are also reviews and recitations throughout the year, and visits to local and London theatres.

Location Description

Heathrow Airport is 25 minutes away and Gatwick is 40 minutes from the school.

Sunningdale (2 miles) is the nearest train station, 40 minutes from London Waterloo.

Salisbury, Winchester and Oxford are all within one hour’s drive.

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