The Performing and Creative Arts are a big and bright part of our varied life at West Sussex prep school Sompting Abbotts. By offering pupils opportunities to immerse themselves in art, design, dance, debating, drama and music, we give them a truly rounded education. We also help them develop personal skills and a cultural appreciation of the Arts that will hopefully last a lifetime – and perhaps be the prelude to exciting careers too. 

A fine art

The spark for visual arts starts right in the Nursery where children learn to draw, splodge and have fun with colour. Then it's galvanized across the Pre-Prep and Main School years, with stimulating mixed-media art lessons indoors in our purpose-built art studio and in the vast outdoor classroom of our grounds. 

Take a walk around the school and you'll see lots of evidence of the artistic creativity of our pupils. Our lessons develop in students an appreciation for all forms of visual expression and give pupils the chance to explore a blend of artistic media. We're very proud of our art achievements and the fact that many pupils have gone on to achieve Art Scholarships. 

The curriculum presents good opportunities for pupils to develop their intellectual curiosity. In particular, art and music provide excellent additional opportunities for creative study and achievement.
— ISI, Independent Schools Inspectorate report

Music to our ears

Music education rocks at Sompting Abbotts! This is obvious from our concerts, recitals and charity events that take place throughout the year. The department achieves excellent exam and scholarship results and offers a dynamic, varied and inspirational music education.

From the earliest nursery sing-a-longs and music lessons right through to taking part in our colourful musicals and drama productions, pupils develop the confidence, sense of fun and communication skills that are important in life.

Music lessons are introduced early and many pupils take advantage of our specialist instrumental teaching staff. Visiting peripatetic teachers give pupils opportunities to learn instruments such as the piano, guitar, drums, violin, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Many of our children go on to excel in the Associated Board exams and achieve Music Scholarships too. 

All the school's a stage

Students in Years 3 to 8 have a weekly Drama lesson, with most of our school productions starring all children from Years 5 to 8. It's a long-standing tradition that students in the final year (Year 8) perform the lead roles in that year’s show.    

All our pupils – even the littlest ones – take part in performing assemblies too, before their peers, parents and teachers. They all gain self-assurance about communicating to an audience, even if it seems daunting at first!

Your child has the opportunity to take LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams in acting, verse & prose and public speaking too, to develop self-confidence, articulacy and social skills.

Being able to perform, speak confidently and get a point across to a group is a skill that's going to be invaluable in your child's future life – be it for college or job interviews or in their careers ahead.

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The hauntingly beautiful hit song inspired by the walled secret garden at Sompting Abbotts

 

 

Former Sompting Abbotts pupil Ned Mortimer is a successful musician who says the roots of his musical career lie in the musical education and choral and dramatic arts experience he enjoyed at the school.

 

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LAMDA at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School

What is LAMDA? It's the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Your child will work with our specialist staff to prepare and then perform in front of a LAMDA examiner.

Categories include Verse and Prose, Acting and Public Speaking. The training is a fantastic way to improve your child's confidence and deepen communication skills .

Most independent senior schools offer LAMDA exams. So your child having started early in prep school gets him or her well ahead.