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Woodcote House School

Woodcote House School

Surrey  I    100 pupils    I    7-13 years Boys only

Woodcote House School is a family-run boarding and day school for boys aged 7-13 years.  A school ‘where boys can still be boys’.

Woodcote House School really does have it all.  It is the ultimate family-run, traditional prep school, not just in fact but also in ethos. The motto ‘Live to learn and learn to live’ is put into practice throughout the school. Woodcote has been owned and run by the Paterson family for 89 years and David Paterson is very proud to be the 4th member of the Paterson family to be Headmaster of the school.  Born and educated at Woodcote, David is a hands-on Headmaster, teaching mathematics and providing a personal reference for each boy’s application to senior school.

Being small is one of its strengths because every boy who joins Woodcote becomes part of its extended Woodcote family, getting on with life and with each other.

Set in 30 acres of stunning grounds, the boys at Woodcote are encouraged to get out and explore, enjoying unrivalled freedom to play as hard as they work.  There are woodland areas, a rope assault course, campfire area, climbing ropes and a zip wire.  The boys can pursue a wide range of indoor and outdoor hobbies in their free time, including golf in their lunch breaks!  Woodcote is a school where boys really can be boys.

One of the most valuable lessons the boys learn is to live with different people, a skill that will benefit them throughout their future lives.  Woodcote provides a happy, secure environment where boys can live, learn and flourish as individuals. The school demands high standards of behaviour and manners and aims for them to be honest, confident, respectful and trustworthy, together with a sense of humour and a balanced perspective on life.

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Woodcote knows that if boys are enjoying themselves, they learn better.  So, they combine first class teaching in small classes that enable each boy to reach his full potential, both in and out of the classroom.  There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports and activities throughout the day.  Sport is timetabled every day, which enables the boys to be challenged both mentally and physically.  The benefit of a small school is that every boy has the opportunity to participate in and represent the school in team sport.  Fixtures against other schools take place on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and the boys take pride in being selected to play.

“Earth without Art is just ‘Eh’”, says a sign on the Art room wall.  The 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 equally important part in the boys’ lives and over 75% of the boys learn at least one instrument, with daily practice scheduled into their day.  Each year a number of outstanding musicians are prepared for scholarships to senior schools.

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Drama is also a key part of the curriculum with three major theatre productions each year, often written by staff and involving as many boys as possible in acting, set design and stage management. The ‘Woodcote girls’ are a celebrated tradition!

Woodcote offers flexible boarding with most boys choosing to board at least two nights per week from Year 5. The dormitories are bright and colourful and the boys enjoy a home from home experience under the care of a team of Matrons. Evening and weekend activities ensure the boys are kept entertained whilst ensuring a healthy balance between planned activities and free time.

Above all, Woodcote is a friendly school with good, clear lines of communication between staff and pupils, the school and its parents.

Every boy is important at Woodcote and no boy is forgotten.  Every leaver’s photograph is on permanent display in the school.

Woodcote House School


Windlesham, Surrey. Set in 30 acres of stunning grounds with great access to London and Heathrow & Gatwick Airports. Woodcote offers two bus services from London, with boarding for anyone from further afield.


Mr David Paterson


100 boys


7-13 years


£6,300 day, £8,450 full boarding.Flexible boarding is also available


Email or call 01276 472115 to arrange a personal tour or visit


Informal interview and assessment and ‘Taster Day’

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