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Pennthorpe School

Church Street, Rudgwick, Horsham, RH12 3HJ

Pennthorpe is a co-educational prep school situated on a 25-acre site on the border of Sussex and Surrey, which embodies the motto “Non nobis solum nati,” meaning “Born not for ourselves alone”. Our primary goal is to be a centre...
Pennthorpe School

Phone: 01403822391


Head: Mr Chris Murray

Registrar Details:

Mrs Catherine Pinder
01403 822391

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Pennthorpe is a co-educational prep school situated on a 25-acre site on the border of Sussex and Surrey, which embodies the motto “Non nobis solum nati,” meaning “Born not for ourselves alone”. Our primary goal is to be a centre of excellence for teaching and pupil outcomes, while developing a reflective, lifelong learning ethic in all of our children.

Notable Academic Facilities

Science Lab, Demo Room and Wet Lab. At Pennthorpe, we recognise pupils as individuals with unique strengths and weaknesses, gifts and talents, and we create opportunities for children of all abilities to nurture and flourish. We appreciate the individuality of all the children who come into our care, and support and nurture their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, irrespective of their starting points.

Recognising a child can be both challenged and gifted in different areas, we have brought our Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented provision together, to form our Individual Educational Needs programme. By doing so, we are able to provide highly tailored learning journeys for our pupils.

Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

Our dedicated pastoral hub, The Retreat, provides a dedicated space to focus on wellbeing. Each child has access to this facility, as well as a whole range of wellbeing sessions each term dedicated to their mental health. Together, the aim of these offerings it to provide regular emotional temperature checks, opportunities for discussion, and recognition that mental health struggles are common and they are not alone in their experiences. By recognising that others also face challenges, our pupils develop empathy and compassion towards others, are better able to support their friends who are struggling, and feel less isolated in their own struggles. As a result, they are also developing healthy coping mechanisms and communication skills, which will support their wellbeing and mental health now and in later life.

Our approach to achieving our positive mental health and wellbeing culture is whole school and interconnected; it relies upon the entire community working together, with the common purpose of creating an environment where everyone can flourish and thrive. Our ‘Be Well @ Pennthorpe’ campaign, and our bespoke wellbeing programmes, are proactive and reactive in design, and encompass a plethora of activities to help our pupils develop the tools they need to manage their emotions and cultivate habits that will help them live a happy and fulfilling life. From taught elements to experiential opportunities, from counselling services to mentoring, and from mindfulness to meditation, Pennthorpe’s supportive and nurturing environment is fundamental to a positive and inclusive school culture, where each child is empowered to reach their full potential.

Our school community forms an intricate web of pastoral care, where each pupil benefits from an extensive network of support. From Champions, to a Wellbeing Guardian, Tutors to Buddies, each child is assigned a team of super fans, whose role is to champion each child!

Typical Child

Whether it’s academic achievement, consideration and kindness towards others, or an energetic and positive attitude – excellence underpins all that we do and all that we strive to be together.

Highly Regarded For

The happiness and wellbeing of all pupils is our top priority.

We have a multifaceted approach to wellbeing, which ensures there are numerous systems and support mechanisms in place. We proactively teach about wellbeing and mental health in our Roots, Shoots and RISE programmes as well as through our PSHEE curriculum.

Our pastoral staff are well trained and qualified in supporting the wellbeing of young people and act as Tutors, Champions and Mentors. Our pastoral programme enables staff to hold regular emotional temperature checks, one-to-one sessions and small group discussions. We also have a ‘Wellbeing Guardian’ whose sole purpose at the school is to support the emotional wellbeing of pupils through counselling and empathic listening sessions.

Notable Points

At Pennthorpe, all of our teachers take responsibility for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Teaching such pupils is a whole-school responsibility, requiring a whole-school response. Central to the work of every class and every subject is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation that takes account of the range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the pupils.

Sector: Independent

Type: Nursery, Junior School

Day/Boarding: Day Only

Setting: Countryside

Ages Covered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gender: Co-ed

Opening Date: 01/09/1930

SEN: Comprehensive SEN support

Sibling Policy: No

Financial Assistance: Academic scholarship, Music scholarship, Design scholarship, Drama scholarship, Arts scholarship, STEM scholarship, Sports scholarship, Armed forces discount, Bursary, Sibling discount

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Selection: Not Academically Selective

Early Application: Available

Languages: French, Italian, Spanish


  • British
  • Early Years National Curriculum

Recreational Space:
Secure playground