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Pennthorpe Rudgwick, West Sussex Visit
280 pupils, ages 2-13


This gem of a prep school on the Surrey-Sussex border isn’t always on people’s radars – but it should be. ‘It’s the best school people don’t know about,’ one parent told us. Learning is brought to life with immersive lessons – actors turn up in character for topics such as the Second World War with pupils dressed up as evacuees. The grounds are enchanting, with a beautiful woodland (lots of lessons happen outside), a storytelling throne and Woody the Wizard, a life-sized statue carved from a tree. And the pupils are some of the happiest we&rs...
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Boys in red aprons making pizzas
Boy in navy and gold sports kit jumping in the sports hall
Girls in navy and gold tops standing arm in arm
Boys and girls sitting outside at a wooden table working in the sunshine
Boy in a white lab coat in a science laboratory
Boy running into a yellow tackle bag with a rugby ball
Pupils in blue blazers sitting in a tree in the woods
Pupils walking up a leafy path through the trees wearing their school uniform
Boys in sky blue shirts and striped ties standing together with a yellow football
Pupils in blue shirts modelling clay in an art class
Boy in a blue blazer and tie playing the guitar
Teacher in a black dress sitting on a step in the garden with a boy reading
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  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 1£4,180
    Year 2£5,100
    Year 3£5,415
    Year 4£6,050
    Year 5£6,625
    Year 6£6,625
    Year 7£6,625
    Year 8 £6,625


    The senior leadership team, and school governors, have developed Pennthorpe’s bursary offering in order to help families who would otherwise be unable to send their children to the school. A means-tested bursary system offers potential financial assistance, depending upon the circumstances of each applicant. The size and duration of bursary support will depend upon each applicant’s financial circumstances. 

    Pupils do not need to qualify for a scholarship in order to be considered for a bursary. All bursaries are means tested on an annual basis, and can be awarded in combination with other concessions (e.g. bursaries may be awarded to pupils already receiving a sibling discount), although this will also be taken into account when determining the amount to be granted.

    Bursary contact:
    Assistant Bursar Lisa Freeman
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School Updates

  • Pennthorpe wins Pfizer’s ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ 2023 Competition

    Pennthorpe is delighted to announce their second consecutive victory in Pfizer's annual school competition, 'Superbugs: Join the fight' Pennthorpe's Year 6 Romilly emerged as the 2023 Key Stage 1/2 winner, triumphing over other entries from schools nationwide.
    Pennthorpe wins Pfizer’s ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ 2023 Competition
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Pennthorpe is
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Church Street, Rudgwick, West Sussex RH12 3HJ

01403 822391


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Term Dates


Open Days

Open days and how to visit View Open Days Register for open Day

Open Morning
28 September 2023
Open Morning
16 November 2023

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