Handcross Park School

Handcross Park School is an independent co-educational preparatory school in Handcross, between Crawley, Horsham and Haywards Heath in West Sussex, England. The school provides private co-education from the Nursery aged 2, through Pre-Prep and into Prep until aged 13, with a mix of day pupils and weekly and full boarders. The school traces its origins back to 1887, and moved to its current site in 1968. The School was formed as a result of the merger of two prep schools , Newells and Desmoor. Newells had to move to this site following a fire in which one pupil died. The staff and pupils of Desmoor then moved from Ewhurst in Surrey. Originally there were two headmasters, Captain Peter Hope-Lang and Mr McNeil, until Hope-Lang's death in 1970. For a time the school was also known as Newells and Desmoor School.

Handcross Park School
Handcross Park School Coat of arms.svg
London Road

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RH17 6HF

TypeIndependent preparatory
MottoBe Trewe
Head MasterRichard Brown
Colour(s)Blue & Gold         

As of 2016, the School has 362 pupils.

The current Headmaster, Richard Brown, joined the school in September 2016 taking over from Graeme Owton who became Head in 2011. Graeme Owton has become Executive Head of the Brighton College Prep Schools.

In June 2011 a merger with Brighton College was announced.[1]


House Colours
Britons Red     
Normans Green     
Saxons Yellow     
Vikings Blue     



Apart from Brighton College (which they are merged with), Handcross leavers get a wide range of offers at Public boarding schools such as Worth, Wellington, Charterhouse, Epsom, Harrow, Sevenoaks, Winchester and Shrewsbury amongst others.[3]


The school continues use of the badge that was in use when the school was at Newells, Lower Beeding, and before then, at Seafield Park, Lee-on-Solent. It is a device comprising an heraldic style shield of gold on a blue background, over the motto, worded in Middle English, "Be Trewe".[4]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Handcross Park School to become part of Brighton College (From The Argus)". The Argus (Brighton). 30 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  2. ^ School houses
  3. ^ Senior school admissions
  4. ^ Middle English Dictionary, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, USA 1997, p. 1053

Coordinates: 51°3′43.61″N 0°11′48.36″W / 51.0621139°N 0.1967667°W / 51.0621139; -0.1967667