Drop into our Open Afternoon on Friday 17th May 3.30-5.00pm and see what our school’s all about. Our pupils act as your guides so you can ask all the no-holds-barred questions you like!

It's the perfect opportunity to drive through the gates, see our historic Neo-Gothic house and 30 acres of grounds, meet our friendly staff and pupils, and have a tour of the school. 

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

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To broaden accessibility, we have launched a Merit-based Scholarships & Means-based Bursaries Programme

Is your child academic, musical, arty or sporty?

Every year a limited number of scholarships are available through the Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School Scholarships Programme.

Our 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

The focus age groups are 7+ and 11+ years but feel free to talk to us or apply if your child is younger or outside these age groups.

We've plenty going on to entertain children aged 2 - 12 years. Pick the sessions your child would enjoy joining in with: all the details are below. Our school tours start at 4pm but latecomers are welcome. Please drive through the gates and find a space in the school car parking area.

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

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

What will be going on?

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

3.30 – 5.00pm: Discover the Main School. Visit the school, tour the classrooms and meet teachers. Your children are welcome to watch or join in with any of our 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: We'll be cooking hot dogs and toasted marshmallows on a fire in the grounds - all visitors are invited to come and get some!

No need to book, you can simply turn up. It would help us with numbers, though, if you  email us at office@somptingabbotts.com to let us know your name and that you're coming. For more details or to arrange to see us at another time, call us on 01903 235960 or email office@somptingabbotts.com


Looking for a day nursery or pre-school? Sompting Abbotts Early Years Nursery accepts children aged 2 - 5 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.


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