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During the lockdown we continue to open for Nursery, key worker and vulnerable children and deliver on-line learning for all our home schooled pupils.

Our Admissions team continue to be available on registrar@sunninghill.dorset.sch.uk and will answer any questions you may have about the school. For those families who were hoping to visit us, please call our main reception on 01305 262306 and we can speak further via video call or phone call.

Welcome to Sunninghill Prep School. Located at the heart of the county town of Dorchester, we are passionate about ensuring that all our pupils are supported, encouraged, challenged and ultimately achieve their personal best. We are a co-ed, non-boarding day school.  Have a look around our website and when you’re ready, come and visit us. Only when you meet our inspirational staff, fantastic pupils and experience our unique setting, will you have a real feel for what makes our Dorchester Prep school so special.

To see what it’s really like to be a pupil at Sunninghill, watch our video below. Shot over a few days at the school and in the surrounding area, it’s a snapshot of pupil life at our welcoming and inspiring school.

Unfortunately we cannot deliver our traditional open mornings at the moment. In their place, we would be delighted to arrange a personal video or phone call for you.

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A very warm welcome to Sunninghill Prep School!

‘I am often asked what are the essential ingredients that we blend together to make such a wonderful school. The recipe is a traditional one that has stood the test of time for many excellent schools…’

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Academic rigour is part of everyday life at Sunninghill.

Driven by inspirational teachers who understand the need to go the extra mile, academic rigour is a standard part of everyday life at Sunninghill…

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Our aim is for every pupil to achieve their full potential.

We feel it is important to share the principles on which our school will develop and thrive. These are the things that inspire and guide our behaviour…

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Pupils at Sunninghill are confident and self-aware.

We work hard to ensure that everyone feels valued and all pupils are inspired to achieve to the best of their ability, gaining an understanding of how to become responsible citizens through actively helping each other…

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A school rich in history.

There has been a Dorchester Prep school for many years. Sunninghill Prep began life in Herringston road in Dorchester in 1939. We moved to our current site at South Court in South Walks Road in 1997…

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Here you will find everything that’s been happening in school. We hope you like it!

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Latest news from Sunninghill

This is where you can find the latest school news and an archive of Hermes, our weekly school community newsletter.