Lancing College Preparatory School at Worthing - a very bright future

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.

Note from the Head

Lancing Prep at Worthing is an independent day school for boys and girls from Nursery to Year 8. A green oasis close to the heart of Worthing, Lancing Prep offers a caring, stimulating and inspirational environment in which children grow and develop to the fullness of their potential. As part of the Lancing College family our pupils are able to benefit from the outstanding facilities of the College just ten minutes’ drive away.

Our children are encouraged to achieve at the highest standards academically and our Common Entrance and academic scholarship results are testament to the importance we place on high quality teaching and learning which takes place in small classes. We recognise that children have different skills and talents and care is taken to ensure that all are appropriately challenged.

Our children are encouraged discover their unique talents through a wide range of activities. We firmly believe that all children should have the opportunity to excel, and importance is placed on the contribution of high quality creative and sporting experiences to our lively, balanced and broad curriculum. All our pupils are encouraged to try new activities in a positive and happy atmosphere which will widen their horizons and enable them to live life to the full.

Lancing Prep at Worthing is a Christian foundation and respect for each other and the world around us are central to our daily life. Children of all faiths or no faith are warmly welcomed into our close-knit community and parents are valued as part of our community too.

I warmly invite you to visit the school to see what we can offer your child.

Mrs HJ Beeby


“For us when we see our children able to communicate at all levels, be part of something good and to be kind to others it is enough however, we are very lucky that they have achieved so much more than we could have imagined.”
The Armstrong Family

“The school gave our son confidence, a sense of presence and a strong team ethos.
Whilst praising his efforts they challenged him always to do better. He also left with a strong sense of social obligation and how his own individual contributions can help society.”
The Potts Family

“It was a home from home; pupils were seen and known as individuals. What always struck me from the first time I visited the school is the friendly and supportive atmosphere.”
The Chick Family

School news

19th Mar 2018
Alison Lapper MBE shared her experiences and spoke about her work as a professional artist in a whole Prep school assembly, with a group of Lancing College 3rd formers also in attendance. Alison then took Year 3 and Year 4 pupils in art workshops, where they undertook painting as mouth and foot ... more
1st Nov 2017
Lancing Prep Worthing has celebrated the opening of its brand new Drama studio in fine style. A light and airy space of some 75 sq m, the studio is an attractive, cedar-clad building with bi-fold double glazed aluminium glass doors that will enable its use as a performance area for an outdoor ... more
26th Oct 2017
Lancing Prep Worthing has celebrated the opening of its brand new Drama studio in fine style. A light and airy space of some 75 sq m, the studio is an attractive, cedar-clad building with bi-fold double glazed aluminium glass doors that will enable its use as a performance area for an outdoor ... more
8th Mar 2017
Heather Beeby, Head of Lancing Prep at Worthing, believes firmly that the library should be the beating heart of a school. Her aim was to create a welcoming and inspiring place for children to read, learn, research and enjoy. Under the expert guidance of Lancing College Librarian, Serena ... more
28th Feb 2017
Keen historian and academic scholar Alex, who lives in Storrington, was entered for the prestigious annual Townsend-Warner History Prize competition and made the cut for the second stage of the competition.  The prize itself has a long history in the prep school world, having been established ... more

School details

Address: Broadwater Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 8HU
Phone: 01903 201123
Head: Mrs HJ Beeby
Founded: 1930
Pupils: Pupils: 127, Boys: 79, Girls: 48
Ages: 2-13
Ofsted / ISI: Click to view the report
Prospectus: N/A


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