WELCOME TO Dorset House School
"...this is a school that really does empower"
(Tatler Schools Guide)


At Dorset House, we aim to provide a magical prep school experience for our pupils in an environment where children are engaged, enthused and inspired.  We are often described as a greenhouse not a hot house and we find that pupils grow in confidence in our high challenge/low threat atmosphere.

Our committed and talented staff foster close links between home and school and we know every child well, meaning that we are aware of any successes achieved or issues they are facing.

Our optional flexi and weekly boarding for our Prep children, promote independence.

Happy, confident – not arrogant young people, who can relate to and communicate with others – Dorset House children often win awards and scholarships to senior schools and regularly going on to hold positions of responsibility.

Prospective parents often comment on the warmth of this school and if that is something which is important to your family, please call to make an appointment to visit us.  We look forward to meeting you.

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Meet the Headmaster and pupils

Meet the Headmaster and pupils





We have been blown away by the warmth, devotion and dedication of your staff and you have all given our daughter the best possible start.


You are providing a wholesome and nurturing education that a lot of schools say they provide but the reality is not everyone can do it as well.


It’s Local, it’s outstanding in its facilities and teaching, it’s beautiful, and small enough to care…

…..the kids absolutely love the place and you get the feeling that the staff love working there. That’s golden.

The core values of DH are what most people want for their child. It’s a kind and gentle place…it encourages and nurtures, and your child is a valued member of the whole school

Everybody gets a go….and Art, Drama and music are given tremendous focus…

Parents reckon this is a school that really does empower

Tatler Schools Guide

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At Prizegiving, we wished Paul Keane, our Head of Science, a long and happy retirement.
Headmaster, Matt Thomas said, 'Paul’s infectious enthusiasm for his subject has inspired so many children throughout his time at DH; simply put, he is a truly outstanding teacher. He has truly fostered a joy and love for science, for everyone who has been lucky enough to have been taught by him over the past three decades.'
We've been shortlisted!
We are so pleased to have been shortlisted for an Independent School of the Year award in the Best Small Independent School category. 
This news arrived just as we were enjoying all the end of term celebrations and saying `goodbye' to our amazing Year 8 cohort who had achieved so much at DH. 
This group of 17 pupils won 9 awards to 9 different senior schools. Baleares International College (BIS), @bedalesschool, @BritishInternationalSchool, Boston @Gordon's School, @hurst_college, @lancing_college, @marlboroughcollege, @seafordcollege, @slindoncollege.
If you would like to see what sets us apart, you can book a tour via our website www.dorsethouseschool.com
Our next Open Morning will be held on Friday 27th September
On a rather blustery Saturday morning, we celebrated all the successes of the year at DH. Prizegiving was rounded off with Peter Gunn Theme, by Mancini.
Mr Marconi joined musicians Francesca and Alice on saxophones and Jensen (drums) and Beatrice (bass guitar).
Everyone enjoyed a drink in the Walled Garden before heading off for their summer breaks.
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Our next Open Morning will be on 27th September 2024

...but visitors are always welcome. Please call the school to arrange an appointment (01798 831456)

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Hands up if you know how to extract salt and vinegar from a packet of crisps... Reception are about to find out as they are spending an exciting lesson with Mr Keane in the lab. https://t.co/GE19Qd7tYC
A fantastic afternoon of athletics @HurstSport. A great effort from all our athletes and congratulations to those who claimed a winners medal. https://t.co/8R8oHEEZRC
We are thrilled to have been Highly Commended in the `Best Sense of School Spirit' category in the @muddystilettosschools awards. Over 40 schools entered this year - across 13 categories. https://t.co/XvTQEoYJ1G