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  • Emanuel School
    Battersea Rise
    SW11 1HS
  • Head: Robert Milne
  • T 020 8870 4171
  • F 020 8877 1424
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • Emanuel School is an English independent day school for boys and girls aged 10 to 18, located in Battersea, south-west London. The school educates over 1,000 pupils and was founded in 1594 by Anne Sackville, Lady Dacre and Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wandsworth
  • Pupils: 930; sixth formers: 200
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: £17,997 pa
  • Open days: One major open day in April and one in September each year. Otherwise frequent Wednesday mornings (please ring to book a place).
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

A school with a history – founded in Westminster in 1594 by Lady Dacre. The school’s magazine, Portcullis, has just reached its 300th edition. Unusually, it was co-educational from the start with just 10 boys and 10 girls. As befits the happy and relaxed atmosphere of the school, children don’t seem to feel too intensively pressured. A typical report: ‘Children seem to be prepared for exams without being over stressed.’ Passports at the ready – too many international trips, sports tours, departmental exchanges and adventures to mention covering what seems like the entire of Europe and further afield to India and the US...

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What the school says...

At the time of the founding of the school in 1594, Lady Dacre, our foundress, wrote that one of the main aims was, 'for the bringing up of children in virtue and good and laudable arts so that they might better live in time to come by their honest labour'.
Today, Emanuel is also committed to
promoting independent thought and a life-long curiosity for learning
the pursuit of academic excellence
providing a broad-based education enabling all pupils to discover their strengths, develop their individual talents and prepare for higher education and adult life
providing supportive pastoral care that nurtures health and well being, emotional maturity and spiritual richness
engendering respect, tolerance and understanding of the importance of caring for others and the environment.

The end result is a vibrant and friendly school - come and see for yourself.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Drama & Theatre Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2017, Robert Milne previously deputy head (pastoral) at King's College Wimbledon, where he also taught English and coached a variety of sports. Started off teaching English at Oundle; after this he moved to King Edward's Birmingham as housemaster of a day house, before moving to Magdalen College School as head of English.

Academic matters

Both A level and GCSE grades have been steadily improving year on year. In 2018, 31 per cent of A level grades A*/A (83 per cent A*-B), and 64 per cent A*-A/9-7 at GCSE. Grades in chemistry and physics at GCSE are streets ahead of the rest. Strong results in maths but mathematicians sometimes outclassed by a huge cohort of historians who really shine at A level too. Politics and economics are also popular. Linguists in handfuls.

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

About 10-15% of students at Emanuel are mildly dyslexic or dyspraxic, and we have a small learning support unit of three teachers who work with these pupils to improve their performance by means of small group work. This service is included in the tuition fee. Additional one-to-one assistance is available, on request, but this may be charged as an extra to the school fee. We have very few students at the school with other special needs at present, but we are always happy to discuss your son or daughter's needs with you to see if we can help. For example we have had some students with ADHD who have coped well here, and similarly students with hearing difficulties. So it is worth discussing the specific issues with us, to see whether we can provide the necessary support and assistance your child may need.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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