Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School launches Scholarships & Bursaries Programme

Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School launches Scholarships & Bursaries Programme.

Is your child academic, musical, arty or sporty? Sompting Abbotts has announced a new scholarships programme to help bright pupils aged 5 - 13. The scheme will broaden access to independent school education for less well-off local families.
The school, located between Worthing and Steyning, is a historic independent preparatory school established in 1921. It accepts boys and girls aged 2 – 13 years and achieves strong scholarship results in academics, music, art and drama.
A limited number of scholarships and bursaries are now being made available by the school to help able children. These offer a school fees reduction. Parents on lower incomes can also apply for a means-tested bursary to top up the Scholarship Award.

'Parents who apply to us for the programme often feel they've a bright child who's rather 'lost in a crowd'. They say they're not getting everything they want for their son or daughter's potential from their current school,' says Headmaster Stuart Douch.
'One third of children educated in independent schools in the UK receive financial help with fees,' he added. 'Sompting Abbotts' Assisted Places Scheme is open to pupils from both the state and independent sectors. The fee reduction will be valid throughout the pupil’s time at Sompting Abbotts. Places are limited however.' He said that scholarship holders would be seen as an example to other pupils: 'When we accept children, we do expect them to demonstrate high standards of work and behaviour to maintain their scholarship place. In return, we give them ample opportunities to be stretched and to shine.'

Mr Douch said that entry into the school could offer a pathway for scholarships and bursaries to independent senior schools such as Lancing College. All children attending Sompting Abbotts are also eligible for entry to Steyning Grammar.

The school is offering scholarships and bursaries in these categories: Academic; All-rounder; Sports; Music, Drama and Art, at the focus entry points of 7+ (Year 3, 4, 5) or 11+ (Year 6, 7, 8). The school will consider able children in younger age groups too.

There are two rounds of applications, in Spring and Autumn. The closing date for the Autumn Term is the 8th October 2018. Parents can call the Principal Mrs Patricia Sinclair beforehand to arrange an informal discussion about their child.

Application forms may be obtained via
Mrs Sinclair. T: 01903 235960
or E:
or downloaded from the school's website.
For full details, visit the website at:

Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is a historic school in West Sussex for children aged 2-13. It was founded in 1921 and is set amidst 30 acres of grounds in the South Downs National Park. Its pupils move on aged 13 to a range of well-regarded state, grammar and independent schools. The main destination independent senior schools to which pupils have gained scholarships, exhibitions and awards since 2007 include Lancing College, Brighton College, Hurstpierpoint College, Seaford College, Winchester, Sherborne, Worth, Dulwich College, Farlington, Burgess Hill Girls and Towers Convent School.

Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School, Church Lane, West Sussex, BN15 OAZ.
Tel: 01903 235960.
For press enquiries contact Sarah Monaghan:
Tel: 07905 916610
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