Dorset House

West Sussex
Boys (4- 13)
Girls (4- 13)
Flexi Boarding

Dorset House is a co-educational, day and boarding school, aged 4 to 13 in West Sussex.

Dorset House School in West Sussex; one of the oldest prep schools in the country, founded in 1784. After various incarnations the school moved to its present site in 1964; it can be found next to the church in the quiet village of Bury, on a 16 acre site by the River Arun in the South Downs National Park. At the heart of Dorset House lies Bury’s 12th century Manor House, but the school also boasts modern teaching blocks, a 16th century barn and other facilities which include an amphitheatre, swimming pool, playing fields and an Astroturf. Dorset House is both a traditional and a forward-looking school. We are very proud to be one of the few small prep schools in the country — less than 150 pupils, 4-13, one form entry, co-educational, day and boarding. I feel that the benefit of this type of school is that it allows inclusivity and opportunity for all the children as well as fostering a balanced partnership between staff and parents. I also feel that Dorset House provides an antidote to a world where children grow up too quickly. It is a nurturing school which, as the Good Schools Guide highlighted, produces ‘open and chatty children where everyone knows everyone and where each child is able to find their niche.’ We offer excellent quality of teaching and learning and as our recent ISI report stated, ‘the school is highly successful in meeting its aim to inspire children through a challenging approach to academic learning. Pupils consistently gain their first choice place in competitive entry to senior independent schools and each year a considerable number are awarded academic, music and sporting scholarships.’

Key Facts

  • Founded: 1784
  • Religion: Christian
  • Boys' Boarding: 28 (8- 13)
  • Girls' Boarding: 17 (8- 13)
  • Total Pupils: 141
  • Day Fees: £2625 to £5625/term
  • Boarding Fees: £336 to £5625/term

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events

Scholarships and Bursaries

We do not offer scholarships.  However, means tested bursaries are offered on a case by case basis following discussion with the Bursar and the completion of a means testing form.

Boarding fees are for one night per week to four nights per week. Boarding is flexi and children are welcome to stay at school from Year 5 to Year 8 on Monday to Thursday night

Admissions Process

Dorset House School is a co-educational flexi-boarding and day school for children aged 4 to 13.  It is housed in three main buildings: Champions, which houses the Pre-prep (up to Year 3); Wildbrooks, which houses the Prep (Years 4 – 8) together with the IT Suite and Science laboratory; and The Manor, which is the boarding house and also includes administrative and catering facilities.

Dorset House is a single form entry school. Although non-selective, prospective pupils are screened to ensure that Dorset House is the right school for them and that the school feels able to provide an accessible curriculum which is not at the expense of other pupils. 

Dorset House is a non-selective school and, dependent on spaces being available, children are accepted throughout the year. 

After completing the Registration Form, assessments will be made to determine that Dorset House is the right school for the child in question.  Prospective pupils will be invited to attend “taster days”, reports from the child’s previous school will be sought and assessments in literacy and numeracy will also be undertaken Parents will then be invited to meet the Headmaster to discuss the progression of the application for a place at the School.
Dorset House does all that is reasonably possible to comply with the SENDA legislation in relation to the admission of pupils with disabilities or learning difficulties.  However, the School has limited facilities for the disabled and also seeks to maintain a balance of abilities within each year group.  The Headmaster has the responsibility for all decisions regarding the acceptance or non-acceptance of pupils with disabilities or special educational needs.
If a space is available and it is determined that Dorset House is the right school for the child in question, an Offer and Acceptance Form will be sent; acceptance of this offer will confirm a child’s place at the school.  If the child is due to start within twelve months of the date of the Offer and Acceptance Letter, a deposit of £750 is due at the same time.  The deposit is held by the school and is carried over from term to term until the pupil leaves the school.  The deposit (without interest) will then be refunded by means of a credit to the pupil’s final bill; If there is any remaining credit balance of the deposit, this will be refunded by cheque.
Places offered are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are secured only by the receipt of the Offer and Acceptance Form, together with the deposit.
Children enter the Reception class in the academic year in which they will be five.


Finding out more

Bury Manor, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1PB
01798 831456
Email Web

Key Facts

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events