The progressive Academic Curriculum at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School, a private school in West Sussex
A traditional yet flexible curriculum prepares our pupils for life in Senior School. Specialist staff contribute to the teaching of our oldest pupils across subject areas. However, the link to the form teacher is always maintained so that the care and progress of each child is followed closely.
Interactive learning with digital tools
Independence in learning, self-discipline and taking responsibility are encouraged at this stage, as is a sense of fun, exploration and curiosity.
Creativity is encouraged in the delivery of lessons. Staff make full use of IT resources and technology – tablets, Smart interactive boards and Chromebooks – to enhance learning. We prioritise ‘computational thinking’ to get your child ready for studies ahead and so that he or she will be equipped to participate effectively in today's digital world.
We challenge and nurture our children to develop their skills in listening, literacy and numeracy and provide a curriculum that has a strong focus on teaching the core subjects of English, maths and science.
Solid preparation for your child's future
Our aim academically is to prepare Year 8 pupils for entry into the senior school or future educational path of their choice.
Assessments become gradually more formal through Years 5 and 6, and then in Year 7 examinations will take place at the end of all three terms.
This is in preparation for Year 8 where mock scholarship and Common Entrance examinations will take place in November and February, before senior school entrance examinations later in the year.
Special educational needs
If your child needs extra learning support, we provide either in-class help or one-to-one sessions. Mrs Cathy Camfield is the Learning Support Coordinator at Sompting Abbotts Prep School. She is qualified with an APC/TPC, DTLLS, PGCE Diploma at Level 7 in S. LD (Specific Learning Difficulties).
Mrs Camfield specialises in one-to-one support along with the setting of achievable and individual targets. The pupils enjoy the benefits of a specialist room known as the Sunflower Room and with her help and guidance have gone on to achieve extremely pleasing results at Common Entrance level.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report states: "Pupils with SEND and EAL make good progress as a result of the high quality of the support they receive in lessons and one-to-one."