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Supervised homework club, great choice of extracurricular activities and a holiday club. Overall a strong all-round school. Parents say the approach is fairly formal but thankfully, Eaton House The Manor is less stuffy than it used to be...

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Head

Since September 2016, Mrs Sarah Seagrave(40s) BA Ed MA, previously head of the Eaton House the Manor Girls' School. BA in education and history from Durham and MA from the Institute of Education. She joined the Eaton House group of schools in 1993 as one of the founding teachers in the prep school. She taught history (her main passion) and Latin and was housemistress and year coordinator, taking on the headship of the pre-prep school in 2001. She became head of the girls' school in 2010 after an extended maternity leave,where she taught general studies to all age groups and enjoyed organising quizzes and history in action events. Cheery and practical, parents at the girls's school told us it really helps that she has young children herself and is able to relate to hopes and fears. She is married to Nick and they have two children, at the pre-prep and the girls' school.

Pre-prep head since September 2013, Mr Huw May, previously head of Sydenham High Junior School. Has also headed Roedean Junior School and St Aubyns Pre-Prep. A professional singer for several years before taking up teaching, he is also an ISI inspector.

Nursery head since 2004, Mrs Roosha Sue (30s).

Entrance

Non-selective at 3+ and 4+ for the nursery (co-ed) and pre-prep - first come first served waiting list operates. At 8+ for the prep school internal candidates are continually assessed to ensure their suitability for the prep. External candidates sit an 8+ entry examination; academic, music, sport, art and design and all-rounder scholarships for 8-year-olds.

Exit

At 8+ small number of boys opt for country boarding schools. At 11+ a few move to London day schools - Dulwich College, City of London. Majority sit 13+ for a good mixture of traditional public schools – Harrow (most popular), Eton, Winchester, Radley and Marlborough – or day schools like Westminster, St Paul's, King's College School (Wimbledon) and Dulwich.

Our view

The school opened in 1993 as a boys' pre-prep. Today The Manor hosts a co-ed nursery, boys' pre-prep and prep school and the most recent addition is a girls' school (see separate entry). All accommodated in an attractive Georgian manor house and its grounds in Clapham. Fortunately, the school sits on the edge of Clapham Common, which provides the ideal location for sports lessons as on-site outdoor space is limited.

The cheerful purpose-built nursery is the starting point and then on to the pre-prep. The same successful teaching methods are used as in its brother school across the Thames. Children are taught in small ability related groups within their classes. Pre-prep children also benefit from magic touches, which include structured creative writing classes and the all-important but often forgotten skill of handwriting.

Most boys go on to the prep school, where they are divided into two parallel classes per year group. Latin and French are introduced in the first year of the prep; most classes are taught by subject specialists and setting for English and maths.

School can support children with mild dyslexia/dyspraxia and ASD, an area that is being developed. Full-time SENCo makes referrals as necessary and runs a small team of teachers, most of whom have specialist training.

Bright airy classrooms, decorated with delightful art displays. Exciting range of art and design classes to suit all tastes and talents, wonderful top floor studio overlooking the London skyline. Music has been developing steadily - a good orchestra, string quartets, two choirs and frequent musical assemblies. Drama classes throughout the age groups, boys perform lively plays and sketches and a musical play each summer.

Parents are invited to help with stage designs for plays, hanging art displays and listening to children read. They are also active fundraisers for the school's charity of the year and annual fête. Supervised homework club, great choice of extracurricular activities and a holiday club. Overall a strong all-round school. Parents say the approach is fairly formal but, thankfully, less stuffy than it used to be.

Special Education Needs

LE (Learning Enrichment) is provided to a small number of pupils who require it in warm and inviting rooms. The team are experienced and will always do their best to ensure that any pupils on their list are well supported. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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