“Manor House School gives you an opportunity to find your niche, without ever putting you in a box.” Laura, Alumna
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“We aim to create an environment in which girls can believe in their abilities and achieve more than they ever thought was possible.”
Tracey Fantham, Headteacher
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The seventeenth century Manor House was built in the mid-eighteenth century and is the central hub of our School. Here, visitors are welcomed in the main entrance hall, complete with log fire, adjacent to the Headteacher’s Office. The building is used by all pupils and the ground floor houses the Dining Hall, Conservatory, Arcot Hall, the School Office and Medical Room, in addition to a number of classrooms.
Built in 1937, Arcot Hall is situated to the left-hand side of the main house and is utilised primarily as a Performing Arts space and for smaller assemblies or extra-curricular activities.
Every pupil enjoys a weekly lesson in Performing Arts up to and including Year 9. Drama is a strong subject area throughout the school and a popular and successful GCSE course. All girls are involved with the major Preparatory and Senior School productions each year. There is also the popular, annual, House Arts event, led by Year 10 and our involvement in the Shakespeare Festival in Seniors. Our annual Theme Week takes place at the end of the summer term and allows girls to experience many new skills and challenges.
Our modern and contemporary Dining Hall serves lunch daily to our Nursery, Prep and Senior pupils. We offer a full range of hot and cold meat and vegetarian options accompanied by fresh vegetables, salad selections, hot dessert, fruit and yogurt bars. Afternoon Tea is served after school at 4.00pm before students go off to after-school clubs and activities.
The light and airy Conservatory is used for our morning Breakfast Club (served from 8.00am to 8.30am with a cooked breakfast on Fridays). It brings added flexibility to the Dining Hall space and is used for school events, to serve ‘After-Match Teas’ and by Year 11’s (only) at break-time.
There are five courts in total, the first of which are situated alongside Elizabeth Green Hall (as shown) and the remainder on the left and right-hand side of the Sports fields. We hold our Tennis Academy on Mondays and Wednesdays after school.
Our seventeen-acre site has plenty of room for outdoor sports activities. Our, outdoor Hockey/Football, Rounders pitches, Cross Country and Athletics tracks are well utilised by Prep and Senior pupils during weekly lessons and regular sporting fixtures.
Our fully heated outdoor swimming pool is used throughout the Summer term and, weather permitting, up to Autumn half-term. It is also open to families during the Summer holidays. We compete in many swimming galas and competitions with our Junior and Senior Swim Squads. Pupils in the Lower Prep (Reception to Year 2) swim at a local indoor pool all year round.
The Octagon is where our Sports Department is based (as well as The Octagon being used as a reception/foyer space for major events). The Sports Department’s slogan ‘Enjoy, Empower, Excel’ was introduced in 2020 and encompasses the all-inclusive approach to sport and well-being at Manor House School. (Watch the video by Head of Sport, Mrs Hannah Tauber). Manor House competes at District and County level in eight major sports; Netball, Hockey, Football, Cross-Country, Athletics, Rounders, Swimming and Gymnastics, as well as offering its’ own Tennis Academy. Additional sports include Taekwondo and Poomsae Taekwondo, Cricket and Rugby and girls take part in Volleyball, Table-Tennis, Dance and Fitness lessons as part of the curriculum.
Fondly referred to as ‘EGH’, this impressive space, with mezzanine gallery, is named after our founder Elizabeth Green and was opened on 15 March 1997 by Mr Richard Thornton, OBE, JP, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Surrey. It is our main hall used for sport, assemblies, productions and concerts and offers the opportunity to add flexible theatre-style seating, when required.
‘The Dell’ is where you will find the Mud Kitchen, camp-fire seating, climbing areas and other outdoor activities. Nursery, Reception and Lower Prep children enjoy a weekly Forest School lesson with our own Forest School Leader. We like to use our extensive grounds as much as possible to assist with practical learning.
At Manor House School, we welcome girls of all faiths. All our pupils join in regular assemblies within school, which lie at the heart of our life together as a community. Year groups also take it in turns to enjoy a church service in the beautiful Saxon church, All Saints, adjacent to the school. Whole school services are special occasions. We also hold Lunchtime Concerts here with performances by our GCSE students, Music Scholars, Choirs and instrumentalists.
This building houses our ICT Suite used by all year groups, individual Science laboratories; Biology, Chemistry and Physics (used from Year 6 and above), and Senior School classrooms including Humanities and Mathematics.
The Summer Garden is one of our many outdoor spaces and is used extensively by Upper Prep and Senior girls during break and lunch periods.
The Library is housed in one of the oldest parts of the School. It provides +16,000 resources to students and staff, boasting regular author visits and girls often donate a book to the library on their birthday. There is a supplementary Careers Room here, where Senior girls can access information and advice relating to their future Sixth Form Destination or chosen career path.
This Senior School block is the home of the English Department, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish) Latin/Classical Civilisation, Religious Studies and History rooms. For details of our recent academic results, which have consistently out-performed many other local girl’s schools, please visit our academic results page.
Our large, light filled Art Room at Manor House School provides an exciting environment for pupils to develop and explore their artistic potential and work in a variety of materials including paint, pencil, textiles, collage, clay, print-making, plaster and wire. Many girls go on to study Art at A level or Art College. There are four Art clubs – two for Preps, one for Seniors and one for GCSE students.
We encourage all pupils to enjoy music and students benefit from specialist weekly music lessons from Nursery right the way up to Senior School, when they can opt to take GCSE in Years 10 and 11. A plethora of musical opportunities are on offer from additional music lessons, to Vocalists – Senior Choir, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Parent Choir – and Instrumentalists – Orchestra (J4-S11), Jazz Band, KS3 Rock Bands, KS4 Rock Bands, Senior String Group, Woodwind Ensemble, Senior Production Band. Teaching schemes have been designed in line with the National Curriculum, the Key Stage 3 Music Strategy and the Music Manifesto. All students are taught the main musical skills of composition, performance, listening and appraising through a variety of genres from Classical to Popular to World Music. Our suite of 26″ iMacs with Logic, Garageband and Sibelius, gives all girls the opportunity to improve their music technology skills.
LAMDA – We also offer LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) lessons from Year 1 upwards in the Drama Suite.
Our purpose-built Food Technology facility is enjoyed by all age groups across the school from Reception Class to girls in Upper Prep and the Senior School. At Key Stage 3 in Seniors, girls are taught Food and Nutrition and Textiles supported by a weekly Textiles Club. Practical lessons take place every other week, interspersed by theory lessons. At GCSE level, both Food Preparation & Nutrition and Child Development are offered. The practical element and high level of controlled assessment (50%) make it a popular choice.
The Nursery School welcomes boys and girls aged 2-4 and is split into two classes; Nursery (aged 2-3 years) and Kindergarten (aged 3-4 years). In the Nursery, staff strive to create an environment specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual child. An excellent curriculum provides first class Early Years teaching, supplemented with specialist lessons in Performing Arts, French, Music and PE and Forest school sessions in our outdoor classroom, The Dell. The Nursery benefits from its’ own outdoor playground and shares the Orchard Garden with Lower Prep.
Our Reception Class is housed in excellent purpose-built facilities, adjacent to our Nursery School, with large, modern and light classrooms and access to a dedicated all-weather playground. Years 1 and 2 are situated in the spacious Garden Block, overlooking the Summer Garden and next to the Orchard Garden. Our teachers encourage pupils to be happy, confident individuals with the values, skills and knowledge necessary to take on the challenges of life in the Prep School and beyond. Each class has a full-time teacher and access to a qualified teaching assistant. From Reception, we are committed to maintaining smaller class sizes to get the best out of every girl. A broad, balanced curriculum allows us to celebrate and value creativity, whilst giving the girls plenty of time to develop at their own pace, with teaching tailored to the needs of each individual.
Our Orchard Garden is another one of our outdoor play areas, enjoyed by Nursery, Reception Class and Years 1 and 2. Complete with climbing frames, a Pirate Ship and play-house and many other play items, this is where girls forge friendships across the year groups and enjoy time together in the lower school.