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Welcome to our Virtual Open Day

Take a look at Manor House School, Bookham from the comfort of your own home, on a day and time to suit you. Then book onto our next Open Day on Saturday 3 October 2020 at 10am.

Start your virtual journey with us by listening to Tracey Fantham, Headteacher, in her introductory video and ‘Audio Welcome’ (below).  From there, you can peruse our series of videos.

Our Head Girls talk of their experiences as students during their time at Manor House School and this is followed by our Heads of Art, Drama, Music and Sport who have pre-recorded their own messages for your benefit.

If you are seeking a place in our Nursery School or Reception Class, then listen to the presentation by our Head of Early Years, Yvonne Ferrey, who talks passionately of our offering in the Lower Prep School.

Take a Photo Tour of the School in our gallery. Scroll down and you will find our interactive ‘aerial view’ map which, by clicking on the various icons, will allow you to find out more about areas of the school.

If you have questions or would like to discuss next steps or arrange a virtual meeting with our Headteacher, contact Jane or Mary at e: admissions@manorhouseschool.org – We offer remote assessments and can arrange socially distanced tours.

(Pictured below: Artwork undertaken as a virtual learning project by Year 10 pupils entitled ‘Reflection’).

Head’s Welcome

“We aim to create an environment in which girls can believe in their abilities and achieve more than they ever thought was possible.”

Head Girl, Chelsea

“I can confidently say that joining Manor House was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Deputy Head Girl, Rosie

“One of the most valuable things I’ve enjoyed at Manor House is the amount of opportunities that the girls are offered here …”

Head of Art and Drama, Mrs Teresa Williams

“There is great enthusiasm for Art and Drama … and many girls go on to study these subjects at A Level and university.”

Director of Music, Mrs Jessica Harman

“There is lots of enjoyment in Music … of course, there are so many performance opportunities as well … For me, Manor House is a real family.”

Head of Sport, Mrs Hannah Tauber – Our Approach

“Through our Sports strategy … we help to develop strong, confident young women who feel empowered to achieve their very best.”

Head of Early Years

“… Parents recognise our aim to ensure their children gain a love of learning without realising they are learning … that (for me) is the best feedback of all.”

Who We Are – Video

“Our (GCSE) performance is on average over 1/2 grade higher compared to girls in other independent schools.” (Source: MidYis data)

Sofia’s Story – School Video

Based on the work of a member of our Talented Writers Club, an adaptation of the true story of one girl’s dream to find a place where she could be herself.

Photo Tour Gallery

Take a photo tour of the School ….

Manor House

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.

Arcot Hall and Performing Arts Space

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.

The Dining Hall

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 Conservatory

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.

Netball and Tennis Courts

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.

Sports Fields

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.

Swimming Pool

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’ and Sports Department

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.

Elizabeth Green Hall

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.

Forest School

‘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.

All Saints Church

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.

Mason Block

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.

Summer Garden

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

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.

Main Block

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.

Art Room

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.

Music and LAMDA Rooms

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.

Food Technology

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.

Nursery School

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.

Lower Prep School - Reception Class and Years 1 and 2

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.

Orchard Garden

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.

This shows an aerial view of our school, with each building or facility marked accordingly. Please click on any of the icons to learn more about them.
Manor House School
OPEN MORNING 2020

SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER: 10am
Nursery, Prep and Senior Schools

REGISTER FOR YOUR PLACE HERE