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Celebrating Over 100 Years: 1920-2021
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Welcome to Manor House School, Bookham

Manor House School, Bookham is an independent (private) girls’ school, with a nursery school for boys and girls, located near Leatherhead, in Surrey. As a day school opening at 7.45am and finishing at 6.00pm, many of our pupils travel from the local villages of Ashtead, Bookham, Cobham, Dorking, Effingham, Fetcham, East and West Horsley and nearby Surrey Hills villages. However, we have many girls who travel on our minibus routes from Esher, Kingston, Merrow, Surbiton and Wimbledon.

Manor House School, Bookham is a through school. This means that girls can join us as early as Nursery School aged 2,  and then join our Prep School at age 4-11 years old. From there, most girls move into our Senior School at age 11+. Our Senior School finishes at Year 11, when students leave at age 16 to take up places at their future sixth forms. However, pupils may join us at any entry year, subject to the availability of school places.

Our Headteacher, Tracey Fantham BA (Hons) MA NPQH, has led Manor House School since September 2016 and has a teaching background in Physical Education and Psychology. Ms Fantham has worked on leadership teams of successful schools in Surrey, both as Assistant/Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher, developing teaching and learning and quality pastoral care. Ms Fantham works as part of an Apple global community of education leaders who share expertise on integrating technology into learning environments with other educators and policy makers.

Ms Fantham has a passion for sport, championing participation and sporting excellence and is a keen triathlete. To this end, she is also a Youth Sport Trust Headteacher Ambassador and represents South Central on the GSA (Girls’ Schools Association) Sports Committee.

Life at Manor House School, Bookham

Manor House School was founded in 1920 and has been providing an independent education for over 100 years.  School life continues to be vibrant and creative on a day to day basis. School productions, music concerts and individual performances illustrate the breadth and depths of pupils’ creativity. Drama, Art and Music continue to play a major part in the life of our pupils, promoting creative expression and positive self-esteem. Academically, we have delivered some of the best academic results of local girls’ schools in recent years. We continue to track, monitor and support all girls in their quest for academic excellence.

The special and enduring ethos that we feel on a day to day basis is important to us. Whilst each section of the school is growing, we continue to reinforce and instil the values and qualities that enable our girls to develop into confident, happy and well-rounded individuals.

We aim to provide the best facilities that we can within our beautiful school environment, creating an inspiring and safe, teaching and learning space for pupils and staff.

‘To Love is to Live’ was chosen as the school motto in 1921 by the Bishop of Plymouth. Today, we wish our pupils to ‘love learning’ by being engaged and curious learners who enjoy the opportunities offered. We encourage our pupils to ‘love each other’ by being members of our community who demonstrate kindness, respect, celebrate diversity and develop leadership skills. Finally, to ‘love themselves’ by developing positive self-esteem, confidence and responsibility.

22nd January 2021

Sports Strava Club and Chelsea Football Club

Virtual PE lessons Chelsea Football Club's 'Check-In with Chelsea and our new Strava Club to allow parents pupils and staff...
Virtual PE lessons, Chelsea Football Club's 'Check-In with Chelsea and our new Strava Club to allow parents, pupils and staff to compete!

16th December 2020

Prep School Reverse Advent for North Guildford Food Bank

Years to of the Prep School participated in a Reverse Advent initiative this year for the local food bank...
Years 3 to 6 of the Prep School participated in a Reverse Advent initiative this year for the local food bank.

20th November 2020

Prep School Celebration Assembly

At Manor House School we have many different ways of recognising pupils for their achievements or work ethic and we...
At Manor House School, we have many different ways of recognising pupils for their achievements or work ethic and we recognise the importance of sharing these with each other. Regular social bubble assemblies are one of the ways in which we do this.

20th November 2020

A Victorian School Day by Lexie, Year 5

Last Friday Class M had a day in the life of Victorian children We were supposed to go to the...
Last Friday, Class 5M had a day in the life of Victorian children. We were supposed to go to the Guildford Museum but, because of Covid 19, we couldn’t. It didn’t matter though because we had a brilliant day at school and dressed as Victorian children. 
The large, light filled art room at Manor House School provides an exciting environment for our girls to develop and explore their artistic potential.
Drama at Manor House School is seen as a valuable tool for increasing self-confidence and communication skills, as well as enabling girls to enjoy the sheer thrill and professionalism of being involved in one of our major school productions or drama evenings.
At Manor House School we want all girls to enjoy music. Girls up to Year 9 receive weekly music lessons and then girls can opt to take GCSE in Years 10 and 11. Teaching schemes have been designed in line...
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Book a place at our next Open Event on Wednesday 12 May at 9.30am here. You can also view our Virtual Open Day

Our Admissions Team are available to discuss new applications for the Prep and Senior Schools for 2021 and 2022. Please email:

As part of the national response to Covid-19, the School site is currently closed to pupils, except those of key worker and vulnerable children. We continue to teach and support all our Prep and Senior School pupils via a virtual (on-screen) learning approach, enabling live lessons and engagement across all subjects. If you wish to access the latest initial information from our Headteacher regarding a return to school from Monday 8 March 2020, click here

‘To Love is to Live’. (School motto – 1920-2021) – Celebrating over 100 Years of Education.