Great enthusiasm at the Advance Programme Experience Day

On Tuesday 15 January the College welcomed 85 pupils to take part in our 2021 Advance Programme Experience Day. The pupils, aged between nine and ten years, came together from a wide range of prep schools across London and the South East. They enjoyed an enriching day of exploring and showcasing their various skills and interests.

During the day pupils completed a read and understand exercise, did a ‘show and tell’ on a topic of their choice and had a tour of the College. The atmosphere was one of great enthusiasm and parents joined the pupils at the end of the day for an afternoon tea and a round-up from Deputy Head Dr John Herbert.

Now in its second year, the programme has proved extremely popular with positive feedback from parents and applications which exceed expectations. The programme has been designed as an early entry route for pupils to gain a place at the College in the Third Form. Pupils sit the ISEB pre-test at their own school and are then invited to participate in the Experience Day. The day is uniquely designed to allow us to get to know prospective pupils and identify their strengths in academic, sporting and other fields. The day also offers a unique opportunity to visit the school guided by the College Prefects and find out more about what it’s like to be a pupil at Lancing.

Many parents reported back the following day with positive comments:

My son said the teachers he spoke to were super interested and asked lots of questions which made him feel very special!

It is a good challenge for children at an early age where it is emphasised that there is no pressure per se and that they should enjoy themselves

We were extremely impressed with the kindness and friendliness of the school community