Sompting Abbotts stars as film location for BAFTA-awarded director's new film Old Boys

Sompting Abbotts stars as film location for BAFTA-awarded director's new film Old Boys

Sompting Abbotts Prep School is set to hit cinema screens around the UK as the location for BAFTA-award-winning Director Toby MacDonald’s new film Old Boys. The school’s Grade II-listed Neo-Gothic building and well-preserved interior made it the perfect backdrop for the film set in a posh English boys’ boarding school called Caldermount during the 1980s.

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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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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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Remembering the Great Storm of 1987 at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School

Remembering the Great Storm of 1987 at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School

It's over 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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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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