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Mowden School
The Droveway, BN3 6LU, UK Hove
+44 (0)1273 503452

Lancing College Preparatory School at Mowden home page

Lancing College Preparatory School at Mowden is an independent Nursery, Pre-preparatory and Preparatory School for about 150 children between the ages of 3 and 13. The Headmaster is a member of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools.

Mowden School, as it was originally known, was founded by Mr B A Snell at Mowden Hall, in Essex, in 1896. In 1901, it moved to Lansdowne Place, Hove and in 1913 moved again to its present site. Mr Edward Snell took over from his father in 1937 and, on his death in 1973, his son, Christopher, became Headmaster.

In September 2002, the School passed into the care of Lancing College and the current Headmaster, Mr Alan Laurent, took over from the Snells. Although the house was purpose built for a preparatory school in 1913 by Christopher Snell¹s grandfather, there has been a continuing programme of modernisation and development.

In addition to a dedicated IT Room, each classroom has its own computer and there is a well-equipped Science Laboratory, Technology Room and an attractive Library and Reading Room. Spacious sports fields surround the School, which accommodate pitches for all the main games and sports, including an all-weather Astroturf area.

Lancing Prep pupils are also fortunate to be able to share the magnificent facilities of Lancing College, for which a mini-bus link is in place. Traditionally the School was for boys only, but in September 2002, girls were accepted for the first time and the School became co-educational.

Mowden School became Lancing College Preparatory School at Mowden (or Lancing Prep as it is known) in September 2005.


An educational ladder for children from the ages 3-13 through Nursery, Pre-preparatory and Preparatory classes.

The Nursery and Pre-prep. caters for boys and girls in the age range 3-6 years. Educationally, the early years are so vital to a child¹s development and at Lancing Prep we believe we are able to provide an academically successful and enjoyable beginning to their School career, with the added obvious advantage of the continuity offered by moving up though the Prep. School.

The Pre-prep. children are taught by fully qualified and experienced teachers, supported by an excellent team of classroom assistants. While the children have their own dedicated area and facilities, they are also able to share those enjoyed by the Prep. School.

The children arrive at school by 8.25am in time for their own Pre-prep. Assembly at 8.30am. The Nursery children may do half a day finishing at noon or 1.00pm, or leave at 3.30pm along with the Reception Class.  Children in Year 1 finish at 3.40pm and in Year 2 at 4.00pm.

After-school clubs are available until 5.15pm, ranging from art to football.


All subjects necessary for the Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations to the Public Schools are taught in small classes by qualified teachers, thereby achieving a balanced curriculum.

The Prep. School children arrive by 8.25am in time for assembly at 8.30 am. Lessons end at 4.30pm, at which point they can choose to join one of the many extra-curricular activities, remain in class to complete home work or be collected in order to take it home.

School work

The progress of each child is followed closely, so that any weaknesses can be addressed and additional help made available to those experiencing difficulties. During term time, regular assessments are sent to parents in addition to end-of-term reports. At least once a year, parents are invited to meet staff to discuss the progress of their children. Rewards for effort are taken into account as well as for achievement.

Audiovisual aids are used when appropriate, but are not considered a substitute for good teaching. The School Library is well stocked with up-to-date books. It is comfortably furnished and daily papers and weekly periodicals are provided. Each form also has a small library. The School has an impressive record of Scholarship successes, which have been achieved in the normal course of schoolwork.

Information Technology - Computer skills are recognised as essential tools to academic learning and IT, therefore, forms an important part of the curriculum.

Art and Design Technology - Small groups are taught and greatly enjoyed by the children. An Art Room and a purpose-built Technology Room provide a wide range of opportunities including painting, clay modelling and wire figures. Even the less artistically talented find they are capable of producing exciting work.  The older pupils enjoy the facilities provided by the senior school on a weekly basis.

Drama - An important part of the curriculum and every child is encouraged to take part in a Form Play each year, either as an actor, stagehand, electrician or in scenery production. Parents are invited to all dramatic productions.

Music - A strong part of the curriculum involves music and there are Senior and Junior choirs and a School Orchestra. Many girls and boys take up playing an instrument and private tuition can be provided as an optional extra. Instrumentalists also have the opportunity to attend Preparatory School music days and courses, held at Lancing College.

Sport - Full fixture lists are arranged for all age groups in the Prep. School. The main games are soccer, rugby, hockey and cricket. In the Summer, there are also athletics, tennis and rounders. Hockey and basketball are played throughout the year on the Astroturf and PE is held in the gym. Lancing Prep enjoys an enviable record of success in Inter-school matches.

Whilst it is acknowledged that sport should be enjoyed by everyone, the School has a competitive spirit and coaching is taken seriously. There is also a wide range of recreational activities available.


Lancing is an Independent Boarding and Day School for boys and girls aged 13-18.

The College offers an exciting education in a beautiful environment. The students are well cared for and they make good friends here. A busy community enables students to work hard, as well as take advantage of a huge range of opportunities outside the classroom.

Visitors are welcome throughout the year.

"I came to the school to learn, and I went away knowing that I had been to a school where students and staff are learning much more than comes from formal lessons. They are finding out together what it means to be human, and how much it adds to life to be as caring for others as for oneself."

Lord Dearing, on his visit to Lancing,
February 2001


"Every day is an Open day!"

Prospective parents are encouraged to visit the School at any time during the school year, by making an appointment with the Headmaster. There is also the opportunity to see the School, meet the staff and learn of our plans for the future, at our Open Mornings.

The majority of pupils enter the School in the Pre-prep, though some are accepted later. In the first instance, parents come to see the School and meet the Headmaster.

Registration and Admission - Complete our enquiry form and details will be sent out upon receipt. Once a visit has been made to the school and entry has been approved by the Headmaster an Application Form must be returned together with a cheque for £350 which covers the registration fee and deposit.  An Acceptance Form must then be completed and returned in order to secure the place. The deposit will be refunded in the last term's fees of the pupil's final year subject to adherence to our Terms and Conditions. Failure to take up an accepted place will result in forfeiture of the deposit.

Fees, Insurance and Withdrawals - Details of fees are set out below:

  • Registration Fee (non returnable): £50
  • Deposit (refunded on the final account): £300

Nursery Termly Fee:

  • Full day (8.30 am - 3.30pm) - £1,690 including lunch 
  • Half day (am or pm) - £935 including lunch 
    Half-Day Hours: 8.30am until 12.00 noon or 1.00pm and 11.50am or 1pm until 3.30pm

    NB - Should you wish to introduce your child to our Nursery gradually and do not wish him or her to attend every day, this can be arranged and the fees reduced on a pro-rata basis. 
    Lancing Prep is registered for Nursery Education Grants

Pre-Prep. and Prep. Termly Fee:

  • Reception – Year 2 - £2,130 including lunch
  • Year 3 - £3,545 including lunch and most school clubs
  • Year 4 – Year 8 - £3,725 including lunch and most school clubs

Cheques should be made payable to ‘LANCING COLLEGE LTD.’

All fees are payable in advance and, in any case, not later than the first day of term. Failure to take up an accepted place will result in forfeiture of the deposit.

No remission of fees can be allowed for absence through illness.  Parents are, therefore, recommended to avail themselves of the School Fees Refund Scheme, particulars of which are available from the Headmaster’s PA. 

In the event of withdrawal of a pupil from the School, a full term’s notice in writing must be given or payment of a full term’s fees in lieu of such notice.All fees are payable in advance and, in any case, not later than the first day of term.

Clothes - The school uniform is kept as simple and inexpensive as possible, a list is provided when a pupil is accepted.

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