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Housed in a classically beautiful Queen Anne house set in formal gardens and parkland, tucked away in a surprisingly quiet and leafy Surrey lane close to the busy A3 and M25. Many speak of it being the right place for ‘quiet’ girls, with the school excelling at building up confidence. ‘Our girl was never the one to put her hand up in class, yet now she’s form captain,’ said one. Not for the wild child, the rebel or rule breaker: she would stick out like a sore thumb. And perhaps not...

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Founded in 1920 and soon to be celebrating its Centenary Year, Manor House School, Bookham can be found nestled amidst seventeen acres of gardens, woodland and sports fields in the village of Little Bookham in Surrey. The School provides an excellent all-rounded approach to education in a happy, friendly and caring school environment. An individual approach to teaching and learning enables each pupil at the School to achieve their personal best, both academically and personally. The aim is to develop happy young women who love coming to school and believe in their abilities to learn and succeed.

There is an extensive co-curricular enrichment programme with up to 50 extra-curricular clubs and activities operating across the school each term. Girls are encouraged to seek out new experiences and try something new.

Manor House achieves excellent Key Stage 2 and GCSE results and added value throughmanor
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Seven school values form the foundations of school life and the school motto ‘To Love is to Live’ was chosen in 1921 by the Bishop of Plymouth. Dr. Masterman, who was a close friend of one of the school’s original founders.

Manor House girls are increasingly enjoying high levels of success in all areas of Sport boasting some future world class soccer players, cyclists, triathletes and tennis stars in its midst.

There is a new and popular Senior Scholarships Programme from Year 7 (application in Year 6) offering Major and Minor Academic Scholarships at 50% and 40% of the basic annual tuition fee and up to 30% for an Art, Drama or Music award. Additionally, a new Year 3 scholarship, for Academic and Music entries, effective in September 2020, will be launched in September 2019 for Year 2 applicants.

The school has been voted in the top ten most beautiful schools in the country in recent years. Facilities include an award-winning Nursery, new Well-Being Centre, Forest School, indoor sports hall which transforms into a seated theatre space for professional productions, outdoor swimming pool, a Tennis Academy, tennis and netball courts and purpose-built science blocks.

Girls enjoy many opportunities in the creative and expressive arts, with additional music, singing and drama lessons a popular choice.

The School was shortlisted for an Independent Schools Award in the Creative and Expressive Arts in 2018 and again, in 2019, for Marketing.

The day operates from 7.45am to 6pm to accommodate working and/or busy parents. Fees include a daily hot lunch and afternoon tea is available as an optional extra each day at 4pm.

The School operates a minibus service in the mornings and afternoons and a late bus to the local train station which is serviced by good rail connections. The School bus routes service Ashtead, Dorking, Claygate, Cobham, Epsom, Esher, Fetcham, Hinchley Wood, Guildford, Kingswood, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Wimbledon/Kingston, West Byfleet and surrounding areas. For more information visit www.manorhouseschool. org.

There are three main Open Morning events per year in October, February and May. For more information, contact: [email protected]
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Since 2016, Tracey Fantham BA MA NPQH, previously headteacher of Blenheim High School in Epsom, one of Surrey's leading state schools. Prior to that, at The Howard of Effingham, another of Surrey’s best state offerings (which happens to back onto Manor House), where she joined as head of PE then moved up to assistant head. Childhood dream was to be a PE teacher (‘My dad was a professional sportsman and I was inspired by my own PE teachers’); did BA in PE at Carnegie Sports College (as was then) and PGCE at Loughborough.

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In line with the pastoral support at Manor House, it is recognised that students at any stage of their schooling may have a need which affects their ability to relate to parts of the curriculum. We aim to identify and meet the educational needs of each girl to maintain confidence, self-esteem, love of learning and help girls to achieve their full potential. Each girl's progress is closely monitored and assessed by observation and formal assessment in order to identify girls who are in need of extra support. We recognise that each girl is an individual and support is designed to meet the individual needs. The Academic Advancement department works closely with the teachers in each department, and girls who have received support have gone on to achieve excellent results in their examinations.

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