The next Drop-in Open Afternoon is Friday 4th October 2019 at 3.30-5.00pm

Visitors can discover the Neo-Gothic school building and 30 acres of grounds, meet the Headmaster, staff and pupils, and have a tour of the school. 

Current parents talk about their experience of their children's education at West Sussex independent school Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School. Click to play video.

School tours start at 4pm. Please drive through the gates and find a space in the school car parking area.

3.30 – 4pm: Informal talk with the Headmaster,  Principal and other staff over tea in the Library.                       

4 – 5.00pm: Tours of the school, woods, gardens, sports facilities and grounds; meet staff and pupils; join in or watch drop-in activities.


3.30 – 5.00pm: Discover the Pre-Prep. Parents of children aged 2 – 7 can visit the Pre-Prep Department and meet teachers. Children can join in with Sensory Activities in the Nursery or get stuck into crafts and activities on the upper floor. Or explore the woods and grounds or burn off steam in the adventure playground in the Walled Garden.

3.30 – 5.00pm: Discover the Main School. Visit the school, tour the classrooms and meet teachers. Children are welcome to watch or join in with Friday Afternoon Extra-Curricular Clubs: Dance, Mountain Biking, Shooting, Arduino Coding Club, French Club, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) or Saxon Club.

4.30 onwards: Hot dogs and toasted marshmallows served on a fire in the grounds. Visitors are invited to join in.


To broaden accessibility, Sompting Abbotts offers a Merit-based Scholarships & Means-based Bursaries Programme

Is your child academic, musical, arty or sporty? Each year a limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available. The Assisted Places scheme was established to help able children achieve their full potential.

Scholarships with a discretionary fee reduction are awarded to suitable applicants. These may be further subsidised with a means-tested bursary so that children from families with limited incomes. can benefit.

Focus age groups are 7+ and 11+ years. In some cases, parents may also apply if their child is younger or outside these age groups.

Sompting Abbotts Early Years Nursery accepts children aged two to five years

"The best outdoor learning and play facilities for nursery children in Sussex"

• Accepts West Sussex County Council's Extended Free Entitlement of 30 hours and Childcare Vouchers

• 30 acres of beautiful grounds, woodland and regular forest-school activities

• Walled garden with wooden adventure playground, sandpit and bikes and trikes

• Located close to Worthing, Shoreham, Lancing and Steyning

• Healthy home-cooked lunches

• Open from 8.30am to 3.15pm, with free wraparound care from 8am and until 4.30pm

• Well-equipped homely and nurturing family environment for pre-schoolers

• Specialist staff fully-qualified in Early Years Foundation

• Emphasis on child-led learning & free play

• Ofsted-registered and approved

You’re free to decide if you want your child to continue at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School for Reception Year.


This is a drop-in event so we are happy for you to simply turn up. If you can’t make the date and would like to arrange a visit at another time, please call 01903 235960 or email Mrs Patricia Sinclair at