Cokethorpe School

Cokethorpe School

Set in 150 acres, just south of Witney, the school has at its heart the Queen Anne Mansion built by the first Lord Harcourt.  Now part of a campus for 700 pupils the out-lying buildings form a series of courtyards, contrasting with, but in no way detracting from, the character of the original buildings.

The Dining Hall & Sixth Form Centre


BHM were known to Cokethorpe having been responsible for their Design & Technology building a few years previously.  However, challenges for a new building at Cokethorpe were greater as the curtilage of the original mansion had no spare space for further improvements to the school.  The new building therefore sits outside the kitchen wall of the original house creating a new courtyard, mirroring the other courtyards on the main building as a pavilion in its own right in reconstituted stone topped by two glass cupolas.

Two interlocking cubes house the dining hall and sixth form centre.

The dining hall is a traditional hall with benches, minstrels’ gallery (much used) and a large open hearth fire.  It is served from an entirely new kitchen built on the ground floor of the adjoining cube with a sixth form study and social area on the first floor.


"From the outset, BHM provided invaluable advice and we are delighted with our dining hall. Their skill and vision in taking our ideas and thoughts and turning them into reality proved priceless."

Damian Ettinger