Providing a modern education in a vibrant learning environment whilst upholding the values and traditions of the past is what Lancing College Preparatory School at Worthing aims to achieve.
This charming school with a strong sense of family is set to flourish and grow as it looks to build on the opportunities now available as the latest addition to the prestigious Lancing College family.
Head teacher Heather Beeby, who started at Worthing at the beginning of this academic year, is full of excitement and enthusiasm as she leads the school into a new era. Every child will be given amazing opportunities to help them flourish and grow to their full potential.
“Worthing is an incredibly welcoming, warm, friendly school that is academically strong, has great early years provision and a good breadth of opportunity, but it is the environment that makes it very special,” she explained. “It is about knowing the children.”
As a small school pupils get lots of individual attention, with no class size over 20, many are significantly smaller. Teachers really know the pupils. There are currently 124 children at the school, but it is hoping to increase that number to provide more opportunities.
Previously home to Broadwater Manor School, a family owned and run independent school, Lancing College Prep at Worthing wants to keep the family feel, heart and spirit that made the school special whilst taking the facilities into the modern era.
A large programme of renovation and modernisation is underway that aims to marry the history of the old manor house setting with the modern technology that is a prerequisite of a 21st century education. Smart boards have just been installed in the classrooms.
A love of learning is nurtured in all children, who are challenged and kept busy with a great mix of academic lessons, music, drama, PE, art and DT. The creative side of learning is actively encouraged with fantastic artwork on display throughout the building. A lovely field and all-weather pitch means there is lots of outside play.
Worthing itself has good facilities but as part of the Lancing College family the opportunities for pupils become exceptional – including the college’s working farm and its 550 acres of stunning Sussex countryside that will be used for camp outs in the summer.
Singing and music are particularly strong at Worthing. Drama lovers have the opportunity to extend their learning with LAMDA lessons. An annual production gives all pupils the chance to perform.
“Children being able to stand up and speak is vitally important,” said Mrs Beeby. “They need lots of opportunities when they are young to be heard in a positive way and develop that skill and the confidence needed.” Weekly assemblies, match reports and open morning are just a few of the occasions where they get to develop their public speaking.
It clearly works as was evident in assembly – to celebrate the Latin teacher’s birthday the school sang Happy Birthday in Latin, French and German, the one pupil volunteered to sing in Spanish, another in Russian and two in Mandarin. Finally the whole school joined together in English!
Worthing children leave with a good skill set on top of academic qualifications. “It is very important they have more than just a great set of exam results they need IT skills, communication skills, to work in a group, to be able to stand up and be heard and to also have perseverance,” explained Mrs Beeby.
Pupils are encouraged to strive to make the very best of themselves, secure in the knowledge they are valued as individuals, whatever their skills and talents.
The wisteria clad manor house setting brings with it a sense of a bygone era emphasised by imposing dark wood panelling, dramatic wide staircase and huge picture windows. But the school is all about looking to the future. Mrs Beeby believes the potential is huge and with her at the helm and the might of Lancing College behind it, Worthing’s future looks very bright indeed.