Sompting Abbotts is a historic West Sussex preparatory school near Worthing, Brighton and Steyning that welcomes boys and girls aged 2-13. It was founded in 1921 and has been run by three generations of the Sinclair family.
Individualised education for your individual child
Being a parent today is challenging. It’s probably the hardest job you’ll ever love…
You don’t only have to think about raising your child the best way you can. You have to worry about choosing a school that will be as invested in their future as you are.
Like any loving parent, you’ve big ambitions for your son or daughter
What matters, too, are your child’s dreams.
Yours always has their head in a book and wants to be the next Roald Dahl? Or loves hunting for caterpillars and is destined for a career as an environmental scientist? Or is a natural performer and imagining a career on the stage? Or loves their Lego and who knows what robotic creation they'll design in the future?
Your child is an individual – not just a test score – and destined for a future filled with possibilities. They deserve to:
Be stretched and achieve the fullest academic potential for their educational journey ahead
Discover new passions and inspiring experiences to open their eyes to possibilities
Be as intellectual, sporty, arty or dramatic as they like, to be true to themselves
Master the social and emotional skills that will make the difference to their working lives
Aspire to more – and to feel no regrets about what they could have done or been
We prepare your child for a stronger future
We believe that the foundations for success get laid down during the first impressionable years of schooling.
Perhaps you question whether your own education fulfilled your true potential?
Or you know your child’s not receiving everything you want for them at the school they’ve been allocated?
Or you did have the benefits of an individualized education and want the same opportunity for your child?
You know, too, that working life ahead for your child will be very different to yours. It’s a worry. What the jobs of the future will look like is beyond even Siri or Alexa...
But your child was born curious and creative. If you can foster that creativity and fuel that curiosity, you’ll inspire a love of lifelong learning.
One that will equip your child for the world you can’t yet foresee.
"I can't believe how well you know my child"
This is what our pupils' parents often say. To make sure your child gets enough one-to-one teacher attention to uncover their strengths and weaknesses, we limit places at our school so class sizes remain small (maximum 15).
Our pledge to you is that we will:
Give your child a rounded education, enriched by exciting and mind-stretching extra-curricular activities, to open their eyes to possibilities
Place emphasis on character skills such as resilience and leadership, as well as social and people skills such as courtesy and respect, to take them further in life
Use all the opportunities technology creates for learning to mobilize your digital native for the future
But we will always believe this:
The best ‘apps’ for your child’s learning are their dedicated and experienced teachers...
School days they'll always feel nostalgic about
We provide your child with a fantastic childhood to remember. One that's full of friendships, fun and laughter. Because we know that happy children grow into happy successful adults.
With 30 acres of grounds, woodlands and open space, your child will have heaps of opportunities to get immersed in forest-school-style activities and self-discovery.
They’ll get to do plenty of the 'old-fashioned' stuff children love most. Like playing lots of different sports and den-building, spotting squirrels, climbing trees and finding conkers.
The educational path that best suits your child
Most children stay until age 13 – rather than moving to secondary school at age 11.
They benefit from this time to develop more confidence and take on positions of responsibility such as prefects and house captains.
Many achieve scholarships and move onto leading independent schools, including Lancing, Brighton and Hurst, as well as high-performing state schools such as Steyning Grammar.
But, your child will find no hothouse atmosphere here and definitely no underlying sense of entitlement…
Ours is a truly child-focused approach. Our promise to you is that we will nurture your child’s particular talents, whatever they are.
So, when you kiss your child goodnight, you’ll know that you could be putting to bed a future writer, environmental scientist, robotics engineer or performer – or whatever they dream of being…
Because you connected the dots for your child between the value of an individualized education and their future possibilities.
There is no charge for before- and after-school care at Sompting Abbotts Prep School
Many of our parents have hectic working lives and make full use of our free wrap-around care. You can leave your Pre-Prep child (under 8s) in our care from 8am - 4.30pm and Prep-age child (8 - 13) from 7.30am to 6pm. We make no extra charge for before- or after-school care.
Traditional values and progressive education in the heart of the Sussex countryside to future-proof the magic of childhood
Knowledge, creativity, curiosity, agility, determination and insight. These are the qualities we inspire in our children at West Sussex independent school, Sompting Abbotts. Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is an independent school near Worthing and Steyning that welcomes children aged 2-13. Ours is a family-owned country school set amidst the South Downs National Park. It has 30 acres of open grounds, a heated swimming pool and excellent sports facilities. The school prides itself on giving its pupils a magical childhood while developing their full academic potential and nurturing all their different talents. Sompting Abbotts Prep School is proud of its record of scholarship achievement to leading senior schools. As an independent stand-alone prep school, the school has the freedom to prepare your child for the educational path that best suits him or her. The school provides small class sizes, quality 'rounded' teaching and an outstanding educational experience. Wrap-around care is free.
Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is an independent day school in West Sussex within easy reach of Worthing, Steyning, Hove and Shoreham-by-Sea.