An independent day and boarding school in West Sussex has announced it will expand with its own senior school offering GCSEs for the first time.
Copthorne Prep School, near Crawley, will see pupils starting year seven in September 2021 have the chance to be the school’s first GCSE students, taking their exams in 2026.
Established in 1902 as a boys’ preparatory boarding school, Copthorne Prep has undergone significant expansion already, first by becoming coeducational, then adding a pre-prep and a nursery.
Copthorne Senior School will offer small class sizes of no more than 20 pupils. There will be a maximum of 200 pupils in the senior school at capacity – there are 350 pupils at the entire school currently.
Pupils will be encouraged to take part in sports or a general exercise programme to develop physical and mental wellbeing, taking advantage of facilities such as the full-sized all weather astro turf pitch that will be brand new for September 2021.
Headmaster Chris Jones says: “Copthorne is a school which prides itself on developing pupils’ confidence, providing opportunity and realising pupils’ potential. We are also a school that has continually adapted throughout our 120-year history to meet the changing needs of our parents.
“What parents tell us they need now is a quality, senior school alternative if moving on to one of the increasingly academically selective independent schools is not right for their child. As much as we celebrate the 50% of our pupils who move on with scholarships to these schools, we know that our other pupils have just as much potential to succeed given the right environment.
What parents tell us they need now is a quality, senior school alternative if moving on to one of the increasingly academically selective independent schools is not right for their child – Chris Jones, Copthorne Prep School
“By expanding our provision to offer GCSEs, Copthorne Senior School will provide an ambitious environment for pupils to move on to from our prep school, or into from other local primary schools. We are fortunate that most of our department heads are already secondary-school trained and have experience teaching up to GCSE level.
“When they leave us at 16, pupils will have an excellent set of qualifications that reflect their hard work. They will also have benefited from a wide range of other opportunities to develop their skills, talents and interests in a nurturing environment where their physical and mental wellbeing is as important as their academic results.”
More information about the expansion can be found here.