Reasons why parents say they chose Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School as the Sussex independent school for their child:

(Answers reproduced from Sompting Abbotts 2017 School-wide Parent Satisfaction Survey)

Why do we like Sompting Abbotts? The grounds, relaxed atmosphere and sense of adventure created by the school. Plus, children are actually allowed to climb trees!
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At a state school I don’t think my son would be in any sports teams, plays or music concerts but Sompting Abbotts is inclusive so everyone gets to do all these things. These opportunities teach the children the importance of getting on with stuff no matter your natural talent, always making an effort, having confidence and coping when things go wrong (!). These softer skills are probably more important in future life than many academic qualifications. Sompting Abbotts gives you both.
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A wonderful environment, a caring and attentive school that strives to educate children based upon their individual strengths. Children are free to be children, while learning traditional values of empathy, respect and kindness.
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I think the main thing driving us to Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School as a West Sussex private school was the class size. The scholarship record was also amazing but not massively highlighted, nor the sporting opportunities (there’s a variety of sports not possible at state school) and fact that everyone is on the team (not possible at state school). If you’ve had a poor state school experience, most likely it was due to teachers who are one-year qualified and shattered. Most of the teachers here are highly experienced and part-time and full of enthusiasm. Love that school lunches are eaten together with other children and teachers and served by the children. I love the wrap-around care and that I see the children using Late Room time to relax or play ping pong, practice musical instruments, read, or watch sport with Mr Mac, the sports head.
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I knew the incredible grounds and outside country lifestyle would capture my children’s sense of fun and adventure. No other school in our area encourages den building, conkers and exploring copses. My children can now identify Sparrow Hawks and Buzzards; they know the sound of a Song Thrush and Blackbirds.
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It’s an extremely well run school. Mrs Sinclair’s experience and her patience are evident in all areas of school life. The staff have adopted her ethos and it’s clear she values every single one of them. Sompting Abbotts Prep School is in a lovely setting and the facilities are great. The teachers are dedicated, interested and go the extra mile.
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Small, friendly and family orientated school encompassing traditional values allowing your child to develop and flourish as an individual to reach their potential. The beautiful extensive grounds are an added extra, giving the school a special touch and are greatly used and loved by the children and parents.
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I like that Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is a Sussex private school that’s independent from the senior schools and will help us find the right senior school(s) for our children. I like the traditional values and family feel. The grounds are beautiful and give the children plenty of room to let off steam. Parking is easy for drop off and collection. I liked that during our first visit we saw different children working on different things within a class, depending on their ability.
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It’s an exceptional family run school. The headmaster is gregarious and hard working and the owner and her son have exemplary manners and charming personalities. It would be hard not to like the school.
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Results from 2017 Sompting Abbotts School-wide Parent Satisfaction Survey
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My children are so happy at school, both thriving at lessons and growing into kind considerate children.
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Unique and like a big family however suitably challenging on the academic side.
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Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School’s a delightful, special place and I’m sure that every parent that discovers it feels a huge sense of relief that they’ve found this wonderful place where their children will receive the best start in life … a proper education full of encouragement, ambition, manners and friendships.
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Beautiful setting, outdoor learning experiences, friendly caring feel, lots of exciting extra-curricular clubs and activities (cookery etc.). Small class sizes, focus on manners, children play across years and show exceptional manners.
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High standard of teaching with staff teaching their specialised subjects. Personalised education for all abilities. Small class sizes.
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