A rare sighting of Santa beside the chimneys on the roof of the Neo-Gothic Sompting Abbotts Prep School building
This year the school near Worthing in West Sussex has received lots of local children through its gates.
What was the big attraction? The big man himself: Santa Claus!
A very twinkly Father Christmas was ensconced in his Grotto each day of the week from Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December between the twilight hours of 3.15pm to 5.15pm.
"I listened keenly to all visiting children's wish lists, asked them about their behaviour this year, and then my chief elf presented each one with a specially wrapped gift," said Santa.
The lovely snowy Santa's Grotto in the school's Pre-Prep Old Stables Building was a team effort by pupils, parents and staff. Outdoors, they created a beautifully-lit Winter Wonderland. Pupils also helped serve homemade teas and cakes to all the young visitors and their parents.
The school used its Facebook page to publicise and share the event across the county, driving up excitement each day with 'Santa's been spotted!' photographs.
The images showed Santa high on the Neo-Gothic school roof, creeping around the Main School building and hiding behind trees in the school's grounds.
Headmaster Stuart Douch says: "We've been so delighted with the response from the local public and the number of new children who came through our gates. All children love going to see Father Christmas at this time of year and we were aware that tickets to Santa's Grottos in large stores can be pricey, plus it can be hard to park in town. Our grotto cost just £2.50 per child and there was plenty of free parking in our school car park."
It was, he added, an event that had really captured the pupils' enthusiasm and had been a great team-building exercise. "It was also very positive publicity and a good way to attract new children to visit us and see our school and grounds."