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All but five of current year 8 pupils board and two year 3 girls have recently become boarders. Ten residential staff and empathetic head of boarding lives at one end of the house with her family. ‘I’ve never met a more genuine person,’ says one parent. ‘She deserves a sainthood.’  Many boarders are from military families and the school runs a Supporting Active Service group to support children whose parents are away on deployment... 

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Forres Sandle Manor is more than a school: it is an extended family, the members of which know and care for each other day by day, hour by hour. The aim of the school is, above all, to ensure that children are happy and secure in all that they do and that they discover and use their talents to the full. Our academic standards are outstanding and our teaching methods combine the best of traditional techniques with the most exciting modern ideas. A large number of awards are won to top independent senior schools and the music department is outstanding. We believe that the range of activities, hobbies and sports available to both boarders and day children is remarkable and weekends are reckoned to be the best part of the week! At Forres Sandle Manor we combine a close and caring community spirit with the belief that the future is exciting and challenging. Visiting parents are impressed by our facilities, by our plans for the future, by our dynamic and cheerful staff and, above all, by the warmth and courtesy of our children. ...Read more

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Since September 2021, Mike Stanley, previously deputy head at Walhampton School, Lymington. A historian and classicist, he started his career as head of history and a boarding house parent at Duke of Kent School, an RAF affiliated school, before moving to London where he spent seven years as head of years 5 and 6 at Rokeby School in Kingston. In 2005 he moved to the New Forest with his wife and young family where he spent 16 years at Walhampton.


Pupils arrive in all years, with boarding from 7. Non-selective but the school works from the premise of ‘will a child be happy here?’ No formal entrance exam but applicants attend a taster day.

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Centre at Forres Sandle Manor provides support for up to forty children with identified specific learning difficulties with literacy or with mathematics. The level of difficulty ranges from mild to severe. Teaching is one-to-one or in small groups depending on the need of the child. Children coming to the Centre must be able to cope with the intellectual demands of a mainstream prep school although a great deal of support is put in place. In addition, we have a fully qualified specialist teacher who supports children within the class. These may be children whose problems are very mild and they only require a 'boost' or they may be children within the Centre who require support within the class in order to access the curriculum. We liaise closely with Senior Schools so that the child's transition is a smooth one and we aim to ensure that the appropriate support will be in place. All children participate in Common Entrance examinations although, occasionally, these are modified in agreement with the Senior School. We believe that when children are happy and achieve, their learning differences should not be a barrier to their success. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
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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