Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is an independent school in Sussex with 30 acres of beautiful grounds used as an extensive 'outdoor classroom'
Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is a Sussex private school with enviable facilities. The parkland estate means our children have ample opportunity for play, discovery and learning. And to let off steam.
We use our great green space as a rich teaching resource. We encourage pupils to make a connection with the natural world and get involved with the local flora and fauna.
Outdoor learning spaces
We've a wild pond and woodland areas for forest school-style activities. The estate includes rose gardens, fields where horses graze, and open grassland. Children at Sompting Abbotts get to be real children: to fill their lungs with fresh air, collect conkers, throw Autumn leaves up in the air, and scoop up frogspawn.
For sports, we have excellent grass playing pitches for rugby, cricket and soccer; tennis, five-a-side and netball courts, and a heated swimming pool. For our Early Years children, there's a safe walled garden with sandpit and adventure play equipment. A well-equipped gymnasium is used for indoor PE.
Our main school is a three-storey Neo-Gothic building. Many classroom windows face south with wonderful views of the English Channel. The school houses the library, music rooms, SEN room, refectory, assembly hall, language lab, IT suite and kitchens. Some fresh food for school meals is grown by the children in our vegetable plots and Victorian greenhouses.
The Early Years and Pre-Prep classrooms are housed in the Stables block (originally Sompting Abbotts' old coach house). A purpose-built art studio, cookery room, gymnasium and science lab are located here.
Watch this space ...
Walk through the estate of West Sussex independent school Sompting Abbotts and you might well hear the tap-tap of the greater spotted woodpecker. The grounds constitute an open-air classroom we use year-round. Children get fully immersed in the change of seasons and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting. Be it squirrels, rabbits, foxes, voles, bats or badgers. Or woodpeckers, corn bunting, skylark, lapwing or birds of prey. Or wildflowers such as Devil's Bit Scabious, Scarlet Pimpernel or a rare Burnt Orchid. The wild pond is an exciting wetland habitat to encounter water boatmen, dragonflies, newts and frogs.
Fly with us! Aerial tour of Sompting Abbotts Prep School. Click to play
The cricket pitch
The heated swimming pool
The tennis and netball courts
The Early Years walled garden