What not to do at a school open day

What not to do at a school open day

Don’t think you have to take your child to the Open Day. But, if your child is mature enough to come along, then definitely take them with you. Don’t rely on the school inspection report. They tell you little about the school’s ethos. Don’t turn down a school tour from a pupil. Don’t rely on the marketing materials. To get behind the gloss, there’s nothing like actually visiting a school.

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10 reasons why learning sports for children is more than one big game

10 reasons why learning sports for children is more than one big game

There’s a sport out there that every child (even the non-sporty types!) will love, says former Sompting Abbotts pupil Matt Richbell. Now Director of Sports at leading independent school Trinity in Croydon, he believes the life lessons sports teach children go far beyond the physical benefits. They will make your child more successful academically too.

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Our top 30 books recommendations for Key Stage 1 children (aged 5 – 7)

  Our top 30 books recommendations for Key Stage 1 children (aged 5 – 7)

Sompting Abbotts’ teachers pooled their knowledge and experience to create this list of top 30 books for Key Stage 1 children. It's across the ages of five and seven – in school terms this is Key Stage one: Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – when most children learn to read. Whether your children are reading alone or you’re reading to them, there’s some inspiring book choices here! 

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Wartime letter discovered under Sompting Abbotts' floorboards links son to family’s past

Wartime letter discovered under Sompting Abbotts' floorboards links son to family’s past

The unearthing of a letter from 1939 at Sompting Abbotts' Preparatory School has connected an Australian man to his British family during WW2. The letter was found under the floorboards of an old dormitory. Now, the school, intrigued by the letter’s discovery, has succeeded in tracing the identity of ‘Jim’ across continents to his son, Craig, in Australia.

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What's the difference between a feeder and non-feeder school in the independent school sector?

What's the difference between a feeder and non-feeder school in the independent school sector?

What's the difference between a feeder and non-feeder school in the independent schools sector? And how do you choose the right school for your child when not all children have the same needs, interests and abilities? Headmaster Stuart Douch explains Sompting Abbotts is a non-feeder school because he believes no single school will suit all children equally.

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The short story based upon Sompting Abbotts by best-selling author Alex Preston

The short story based upon Sompting Abbotts by best-selling author Alex Preston

International best-selling author Alex Preston wrote this short story based on Sompting Abbotts. It was included in the nation's favourite annual guide to the short story: Best British Short Stories in 2016. "It was 100% Sompting Abbotts that I was imagining in the story," said Alex Preston, a former pupil of the West Sussex independent school. Set after World War 1, it is about a boy who buys his prep school. The story has been illustrated with archive photographs and drawings produced by Year 8 pupils from Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School.

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How the best preparatory schools are honing children's 'sharp skills' for the workplace ahead

How the best preparatory schools are honing children's 'sharp skills' for the workplace ahead

Many jobs our children will be applying for haven’t yet been invented. But certain skills will be key to help them succeed in the new professional landscape. It’s abilities such as leadership, collaboration, problem solving, creativity and analytical thinking that they'll need to cope with technological innovation such as artificial intelligence, robotics and more. We talked to Mark Brotherton, Director of Education with the IAPS, to ask how prep schools can best prepare pupils to thrive in the workplace ahead.

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Sompting Abbotts' pupil Veronica makes CBeebies voiceover debut

Sompting Abbotts' pupil Veronica makes CBeebies voiceover debut

CBeebies’ new popular programme, Olobob Top, features the voice of Veronica Painter, a pupil at West Sussex independent school Sompting Abbotts. It was the debut voiceover performance for the 10-year-old who plays the character of an endearing squirrel called Crunch. So was it fun? And what’s involved with bringing a script off the page for an audience who can’t see you?

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Nick Linfield, OBE, on why he owes Sompting Abbotts "an enormous debt of gratitude"

Nick Linfield, OBE, on why he owes Sompting Abbotts "an enormous debt of gratitude"

Old Abbottonian Nicholas (Nick) Linfield was awarded an OBE for his Services to Defence in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. It’s 50 years since Nick began his education at West Sussex independent school Sompting Abbotts. We invited him to talk about his education and career – and to reveal why he’s proud to be the only former pupil on the school’s scholarship Honours’ Boards whose son and daughter feature there too …

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Remembering the Great Storm of 1987 at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School

Remembering the Great Storm of 1987 at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School

It's 30 years since the Great Storm of 1987 which tore through the South East of England, ripping great trees from their roots, damaging properties and causing loss of life. West Sussex independent school Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School, located high on its hilltop overlooking the south coast, would take the brunt, as the winds turned south-westerly and smashed straight into its path. 

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How much screen time is too much for your child?

How much screen time is too much for your child?

How much screen time is healthy for your child? Scientists have predicted that use of the Internet exposure may change the way children think. So are we in the middle of an unstoppable experiment with our children? So just what is the impact of screen-based technologies and social media on our children's well-being, attention spans, learning and creative abilities? And how do we balance the recognition that digital skills will be essential to our children’s futures in the workplace? 

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What exactly is a prep school? (And the answers to 10 more questions about preparatory schools)

What exactly is a prep school? (And the answers to 10 more questions about preparatory schools)

What is a 'prep' school in the UK? ‘Prep’ or preparatory schools are UK private schools that are the equivalent to the primary and middle schools of the state education sector. Most cater for children aged two to 13 years. Prep schools are independent so do not have to follow the National Curriculum although many use it as a starting point but go beyond it.

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The hauntingly beautiful hit song inspired by the walled secret garden at Sompting Abbotts

The hauntingly beautiful hit song inspired by the walled secret garden at Sompting Abbotts

Ned Mortimer, lead singer of the talented band August and After, has revealed that the lyrics to his successful track, The Orchard, from the album Embers, was inspired by his time as a child at West Sussex independent school Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School. Here he talks about his life today and just how he came to write that special song …

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Why learning music is important for STEM skills

Why learning music is important for STEM skills

I bet you never thought of music as a STEM skill? STEM is a buzzword you'll probably have heard a lot if you follow the education world as we do here. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and maths –  needed to fill the jobs of today. Yet music is a subject that's being cut

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What did an old letter, dated 1939 and found under the floorboards of a dorm at Sompting Abbotts, reveal?

What did an old letter, dated 1939 and found under the floorboards of a dorm at Sompting Abbotts, reveal?

There's a guilty thrill that comes with reading other people's letters, and doubly so, when that letter opens a window into the past. A well-thumbed hand-written letter, dated 1939, to a pupil at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School, a private school near Worthing, was discovered under the floorboards of an old dorm. It's a fascinating glimpse into the past.

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