Drop into our open afternoon on Friday 6th October 3.30-6pm and stay for tea and home-baked cakes. 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, if you want, have a tour of the school. We've got lots going on to entertain all children aged 2 - 12 years. Just pick the sessions your child would enjoy the most. All the details are below. We look forward to seeing you! All welcome.


  • 3.30pm: Welcome! Tea and cakes will be served in Main School Dining Room

  • 3.45pm: Address to parents by Principal Mrs Patricia Sinclair and Headmaster Mr Stuart Douch

  • 4pm-6pm: Free activities for children to enjoy. You're welcome to take a guided tour with a school parent, member of staff or senior pupil. Our staff will be available throughout to chat to and to answer any questions you have.

Activities on offer


As a taster of the forest-school and outdoor activities we run for children at Sompting Abbotts, we'll have a bonfire on the go at our Open Afternoon. We'll be toasting marshmallows for everyone too!

  • 4-5pm: Little ones are invited to join in with our nursery rhyme sing-along session to piano music followed by story-telling. Free access to Walled Garden and adventure playground. For pre-schoolers. Where? The Stables Block.
  • 4.30-6pm: Forest-school activity for all ages. We'll have a bonfire and we'll be toasting marshmallows. Where? The Fairy Ring in the woods.
  • 4.30-5.30pm: Get stuck into some awesome science experiments. For ages 7 upwards. Where? The Science Lab.
  • 4.30-5.30pm: Make some real honey mead bread in our Anglo-Saxon Club. For ages 7 upwards. Where? Main School.
  • 4.30-5.30pm: Try computer programming at our Coding Club. For ages 8 upwards. Where? IT Suite. 
  • 4.30-5.30pm: Aim for the target. For ages 10 upwards. Where? Indoor shooting range.
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm: Improve your batting and bowling technique with guidance from our cricket master. For ages 8 upwards. Where? School grounds and cricket nets.
  • 4.30-5.30pm: Get arty with a mixture of art media. For ages 5 upwards. Where? Art Block.

No need to book, you can simply turn up. Though it would help us with numbers if you could email us at office@somptingabbotts.com and let us know your name and that you're coming. Park in the school car parks. For more details or to book to come and see us at another time, call us on 01903 235960 or email: office@somptingabbotts.com


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Looking for a Day Nursery? Sompting Abbotts Early Years Day Nursery is for Pre-Schoolers Aged 2 - 4 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 or go to any other school. 

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