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Pennthorpe School
Pennthorpe School logo.jpg
Motto Non nobis solum nati
(Born not for ourselves alone)
Established 1930
Type Independent School
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Simon Moll
Location Church Street
West Sussex
RH12 9HJ
Gender Mixed
Ages 2 to 13
Houses 4
Colours Navy blue and gold
Publication Pennthorpian
Former pupils Old Pennthorpians
Website Pennthorpe School

Pennthorpe School is mixed independent school in Rudgwick, West Sussex, England. As of 2009, around 300 pupils between the ages of two and thirteen attend. The school was founded in 1930 in Kent as a Christian Boarding school for boys. Several years later the school moved to its current location in a manor house in Rudgwick. The school remained an all boys school until the early 1980's when under the Headmaster Rev John Spencer it officially became co-educational. Pupils usually pass onto their chosen secondary schools at age 13 through Common Entrance or Common Academic Scholarship exams. Many of the pupils go to such schools as Ardingly College, Hurstpierpoint College, Reigate Grammar School, Brighton College and Lancing College. Since the turn of the century the school has had an impressive 100% Common Entrance record. Simon Moll is currently the headmaster. The school's most famous pupil was Philip Roper (currently heading a consortium banking firm of the coast of Panama).


Organization of Year Groups

Pennthorpe's year groups are split into four 'schools':

  • Kindergarten (ages 2-4)
  • Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2)
  • Middle School (Year 3 to Year 5)
  • Senior School (Year 6 to Year 8)

School Houses

There are four houses at Pennthorpe, each named after a local area. Each pupil belongs to one house, to which they are assigned when they join the school. Throughout the school year, pupils collect pluses (for good work) and minuses (for misbehaviour), and these are added to (or subtracted from) the houses' totals. At the end of each term, each house's total is added to points it won in House Events and the house with the most points wins the House Shield. This system was reformed in 2008 in an attempt to end Baynards' monopoly on the house shield, and now takes inter-house competitions more into account. The houses are:

  • Baynards: House colour red. Underwent a glorious, record-breaking 13-term run of victory from 2004 to 2008. Since then, Baynards has struggled and not won the house shield once. Baynards has always enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Pallinghurst.
  • Gaskyns: House colour green. Gaskyns has won the House Shield twice in the last five terms.
  • Pallinghurst: House colour blue. Pallinghurst has won the House Shield three times in the last five terms, and are doing all they can to ensure that they avenge Baynards' four-year winning streak.
  • Tismans: House colour yellow. Despite having having not won the house shield in the last seven years, Tismans retain hope that one day they will revisit the glory days of the 1980s.


Pennthorpe has an open campus and school life occurs across a variety of buildings. The Main Building, formerly the manor house, now houses the dining room, kitchens, learning support, offices and ICT room. Most Senior School academic lessons take place in the Clock Block - a new block of nine classrooms (including a laboratory) completed in 2002. The Sports Hall opened in 1987. This is where indoor sports take place. It is also converted into a theatre (complete with staging, tiered seating, and a full lighting system) in the event of dramatic productions.

Art and Design Technology take place in the Art Block, in which an all-Macintosh secondary computer room is to be installed in Summer 2010. A converted barn houses the Chapel and music school, with a chapel dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi on the first floor and the music school below. The Pre-Prep is housed in the Pre-Prep Building - the newest building, completed in Autumn 2009. Finally, the Kindergarten comprises two buildings: the Beehive and the Honeypot.


In 2008, Pennthorpe's 36 Year 8 Leavers were awarded 27 scholarships, including the top Art Scholarship and top Academic Scholarship to Brighton College, as well as numerous academic, sport, music, drama and all-rounder scholarships to a variety of schools.

In 2009, a total of 15 academic, drama, all-rounder, music, and dance scholarships were won by leavers - including the top all-rounder scholarship to Reed's School and the "King's" academic scholarship to the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.

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Coordinates: 51°05′14″N 0°27′09″W / 51.08726°N 0.45244°W / 51.08726; -0.45244


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