Welcome to Dorset House Pre-Prep. Our aim is to make school a happy and exciting place that enables our children to both learn and develop their confidence. “Pupils show great tolerance and respect for each other, and responsibility towards other people. Throughout their time in the school pupils develop their self-esteem and confidence, recognising their own strengths and weaknesses.” (ISI 2012). We have excellent class teachers who deliver a stimulating, challenging and broad curriculum. We make the most of our idyllic location, nestled in woodland and on the banks of the River Arun, through outdoor learning, without forgetting the need to awaken an interest in the wider world beyond West Sussex. In the Pre-Prep our children begin their learning through a variety of play-based activities in Reception, and gradually move on to more formal methods of teaching as they progress through Key Stage 1 and into Year 3.
We are incredibly lucky to have wonderful sports facilities and share all areas of the school site with the Prep school. As children move up into Years 2 and 3 subjects such as Music, Science and French are taught in subject specific rooms housed in the senior part of the school.
Dorset House prides itself on being one big family. All the children in the Pre-Prep spend their morning break in the woods building camps, enjoying a real childhood. The children mix with the older pupils at morning break and it is not uncommon to find football matches taking place where the players range in age from 5 to 13!