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Barfield School

An Independent Preparatory School for Girls and Boys

The Cothill Trust

Barfield School is delighted to be part of The Cothill Trust which comprises a number of educational establishments. 

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The Cothill Trust is a UK charity committed to providing high standard preparatory school education across a diverse range of day and boarding schools. The Trust currently comprises of 6 preparatory schools in England and the Chateau de Sauveterre near Toulouse in France.

Each school retains its individuality while offering academic excellence and a commitment to the whole child in a caring environment. Allowing children to fulfil their potential while retaining their childhood is our aim.

The Cothill Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who delegate management responsibility to the Executive Officer, the  Chief Executive ,  who leads the strategic development of the Trust and supports the Heads of each individual school.  All schools are centrally supported by Head Office but are free to retain their own individuality and ethos.

Each member school has a Local Advisory Group (LAG) which supports the Head and the teaching staff through the consideration and testing of ideas for the school’s best management and service to parents and pupils. Each LAG, made up of a Trustee, the Chief Executive, the Head and parents, meets regularly throughout the year and serves as an important communications channel between the Board of Trustees, the school and the parent community.

If you would like to speak to the Chief Executive of The Cothill Trust, Tom Beardmore-Gray, then please contact him either by email at or by post at the address below.  

The Chairman of the Trustees is Dr Ralph Townsend and all correspondence should be sent to the address below.

The Cothill Trust
7 Cothill
OX13 6JN

For general queries please email