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The annual musical is open to all abilities and is a great confidence builder - ‘my son was too scared to say a word in public and now has a major speaking part in the school play,’ said a mother. Supportive group of parents - mostly hard working professionals who want to be part of their children’s lives. They have chosen the school for its small size where their children can be happy as well as academically challenged. ‘It is a major part of our lives and home and school have morphed into one’, said a parent...

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Formerly Broadwater Manor School, Lancing Prep Worthing joined the Lancing College family of schools in 2014 and our pupils regularly share the wonderful sporting facilities, and cultural and learning opportunities that the College offers on its magnificent campus some six miles away.

Our broad and balanced curriculum is enriched with high quality creative and physical activities to provide a vibrant learning environment. In working and playing together, our pupils develop a sense of service to each other, and the world beyond the school gates, which will characterise their future lives.

We aims to provide every child in our care with an excellent all-round education. We have small classes, dedicated teachers and outstanding pastoral care. In the classroom children flourish; they are able to achieve their potential in an enriching and very positive environment. We have high expectations and nurtures a love of learning which we hope will last a lifetime.
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Head

Since 2014, Heather Beeby MA PGCE. She was educated in the state system and did her PGCE at Roehampton and her masters at the Institute of Education (science education). She started her career with ILEA (the then Innter London Education Authority) and then spent nine years at Thomas’s in Battersea, finishing as senior mistress. This was followed by four and a half years as deputy head of Brighton College Prep and then head of St Christopher’s Hove, another Brighton College school, and seven years as head of Hurstpierpoint Prep. After a stint as director of communications at Hurst she joined the prep at Worthing soon after Lancing College took it over (it was previously called Broadwater Manor School).

She loves the humanity and integrity of the Lancing family of schools. It is not an exam factory and although the school has grown by 50 per cent since she took over, it is still small enough for her to get to know all the children and their families, ‘and even the names of their dogs.’ She loves a new challenge and says that as the children are expected to learn new things, so should the staff. She has recently taken up playing the trumpet and plays in the school band, and her handmade pheasants won the staff art competition. She also teaches some French and directs the annual musical.

She says she always acts with the ethos of the college in mind but has the freedom to make her own mark on the school and has the mutual support of Kirsty Keep, the headmistress of Lancing Prep at Hove. She says she is in a position to make an impact on the children and their lives – teaching them to love learning and to be kind, and helping them to believe that they can make a difference by encouraging them to go out into the world and do good.

She is always looking at ways to bring about positive change; she wants the children to be excited about coming to school and looks for innovative teachers with interesting ideas. ‘The school came alive when she joined,’ said a parent, ‘and the staff have been given a shot of energy and enthusiasm.’

On the rare occasions when she is not working she loves to walk on the South Downs and to spend time at the family house in France. Married to Nick, who is director of drama and dance at Lancing College; they have two adult daughters.

Entrance

Non-selective as long as the school can cope with a child’s needs. Cognitive ability tests (CAT) for entry into year 7 used to indicate the progression required for a pupil to join Lancing College in year 9. The main entry points are nursery, reception, year 3 and year 7, but will take children into any year where there are spaces.

Exit

Some 82 per cent to Lancing College. Other schools are Seaford College, Our Lady of Sion, Hurstpierpoint College, Brighton College, Christ’s Hospital, The Towers. Very few leave at 11+. Many get scholarships to the college.

Our view

Formerly known as Broadwater Manor, the school was founded in 1930 with five boys. It grew steadily and in 1968 opened the pre-prep and started admitting girls. The nursery was opened in 1981. It joined the Lancing family of schools in 2014 and became known as Lancing College Prep at Worthing, and is now very much a first choice school for parents.

It is set in a wisteria-clad Georgian manor house in two acres of grounds in the Broadwater area of Worthing. The school has managed to cram a lot into a small space and it has its own sports field, cricket nets and recently resurfaced netball courts, as well as a small sports hall. ‘Lancing College has spent a fortune since they bought the school – it has been rewired and generally spruced up,’ said a parent.

The multi-purpose hall is used for assemblies, concerts and art exhibitions and doubles up as the dining room. The Foundation Library opened in 2017 is a bright, welcoming space with green furniture, beanbags and masses of books. All children encouraged to read through the Drop Everything and Read scheme (DEAR).

The pre-prep is very much part of the school with bright airy classrooms. The nursery is more self-contained and most but not all the children move on to the pre-prep. They have their own nursery garden fenced with giant pencils but have lunch in the main hall.

The head describes the school as a ‘happy thriving community of learning – an academic school where children want to do well.’ ‘Teachers really care and go the extra mile,’ said a parent. Average class size is 14 and while not quite there yet, the school is aiming for two classes of 16 per year – big enough to challenge in class but small enough to give everyone enough time. Foreign languages a particular strength and reception and year 1 offered tasters in French, Spanish and German; they start French in year 2. Latin from year 4 and in year 7 children can choose to study either French, German or Spanish. Older children now take part in the modern foreign language programme at Lancing College reintroducing Spanish and German alongside French. Science is taught in old-fashioned labs in the former cricket pavilion – soon due for refurbishment. All are set in core subjects from year 6 and in all subjects in years 7 and 8. Potential scholars taught separately in year 8. ‘The school is brilliant at bringing out hidden talents and will stretch or support as necessary’, said a parent.

Everyone screened for dyslexia and bright dyslexics do well here but must have the desire to achieve, says the head. One full-time SENCo and a teaching assistant who helps with in class support. About 10 children have one-to-one help in a range of subjects. ‘Any learning difficulties are picked up quickly and dealt with,’ said a parent. Not much call for EAL help but school can provide it if required.

‘The school punches above its weight in sport,’ says the head. Senior children play most of their games and matches at the college. Boys play football, hockey and cricket but not contact rugby. The girls play hockey, netball and rounders and sometimes mixed football and hockey. Swimming from nursery upwards at the college and tennis played at a local club. Inclusive approach to matches and everyone has the chance to play in a team if they want. Football particularly strong and players have been signed for Brighton and Portsmouth.

Music is important to the head and ‘the school buzzes with music and children are excited by the opportunities.’ Music taught from nursery upwards and the new director of music is a classical clarinettist who makes music fun; she has increased the range of lessons in woodwind, brass and guitar and has introduced voice and percussion. There are many musical opportunities including junior and senior choir, and most children have the opportunity to perform either in the annual musical, in termly soirées or in the pre-prep summer concert.

A new and shiny drama studio in the grounds was given to the school by a generous benefactor. The annual musical is open to all abilities and is a great confidence builder - ‘my son was too scared to say a word in public and now has a major speaking part in the school play,’ said a mother. Masterclasses are held at the college and a visiting drama teacher prepares children for LAMDA exams, and almost all get distinctions. Numerous opportunities to stand up in public: children can read at the big services at the college and at the weekly eucharist service, they can lead assemblies and can take part in poetry reading competitions and in the Worthing Festival as well as the Strictly Come Historical Dancing competition.

Vibrant art department – children were making shoes out of clay when we visited and many get art scholarships to the senior school.

Pastoral care has always been strong. ‘An ethos of kindness pervades the school,’ said a mother. There is a palpable family feel, staff know the children well and any problems are sorted out quickly. There is also a sense of fun: ‘we laugh a lot here and children and staff laugh together,’ says the head. There is always someone to talk to - the first port of call is the form tutor and the senior master has overall responsibility for pastoral care. Good manners are important; children stand up when an adult comes into the room and staff and pupils eat together at lunchtime. Lancing is part of the Woodard Foundation which educates children in a broadly Christian community with a strong moral framework and a sense of service to others. Each house comes up with innovative ways of raising money for their chosen charity which include Open Arms, Malawi, The British Red Cross, The Snowdrop Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Children are taught about food and nutrition in PSHE and can learn to cook as part of culinary activities. Popular food and nutrition activity for year 8s culminates in a formal dinner for parents cooked by their children.

All children have a cultural passport where they set out their goals and ambitions - maybe speaking in assembly, reading a particular book or helping someone less fortunate than themselves.

Supportive group of parents - mostly hard working professionals who want to be part of their children’s lives. They have chosen the school for its small size where their children can be happy as well as academically challenged. ‘It is a major part of our lives and home and school have morphed into one’, said a parent. Active parents' group the LPW Association runs the Christmas and summer fairs and raises money for extras like the third generation day – an annual event designed to give the children such happy memories that they will pass them on to their grandchildren; recent third generation days include an outing to Kidzania in London, a code-breaking day designed to rescue the bursar who had been ‘kidnapped’ and a Harry Potter day when the college allowed owls in the dining room and Quidditch in the lower quad.

Very supportive of working parents with wraparound care from 8am to 6pm and holiday clubs and a minibus service which also stops at Lancing College.

Special Education Needs

Broadwater Manor School offers support to pupils with dyslexia or mild forms of other special needs. We have a part time SENCO who is supported by two learning support assistants. Children may be supported in class or withdrawn for some individual or small group work.

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