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 preparatory school? Like every type of school, preparatory schools are all very different in their ethos and their goals. They’re also different from a mainstream school. Prep schools are independent so do not have to follow the National Curriculum although many use it as a starting point.

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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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11 facts you need to know about the Common Entrance exam

11 facts you need to know about the Common Entrance exam

What is the Common Entrance exam? Stuart Douch, Headmaster of West Sussex private school Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School, has the answers to all your questions. Firstly, it’s unique and not that 'common'. It's a series of examinations taken by children in the Summer term of Year 8. These prepare children superbly for GCSE. Today, schools like Brighton College, Lancing College and Hurst require all children to sit these for entry.     

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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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Hoping your child might win a prized scholarship? Here's what you need to know

Hoping your child might win a prized scholarship? Here's what you need to know

Hoping your child might win a prized academic scholarship? Independent schools have a strong record of honouring talented and hardworking pupils with scholarships. Scholarships are not only awarded for academic potential, but also for success and potential in sports, music, drama and art. Scholarships usually mean prestige and financial help.

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Best-selling author Alex Preston on the "warmth and genial eccentricity" of Sompting Abbotts Prep School

Best-selling author Alex Preston on the "warmth and genial eccentricity" of Sompting Abbotts Prep School

Celebrated novelist Alex Preston recalls his memories of his Worthing independent school Sompting Abbotts: "I saw the school, fell in love with it, and begged to be sent there. It was all of my Jennings/Malory Towers fantasies rolled into one gothic dream of a building."

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