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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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Manor House School is a selective independent day school for girls aged 4 to 16, with co-educational nursery, in Bookham, Surrey.

The school was established in 1920 and aims to develop happy young women who believe in their abilities and achieve their personal and academic best.

The school provides a well-rounded education enhanced by a strong co-curricular enrichment programme. The school maxim - 'An individual approach to academic success' - promotes the extent to which staff get to know all of the pupils individually and are therefore able to truly develop each girl's talents.

In recent years, Manor House School has consistently produced the best GCSE girls' school results in the Mole Valley area with 61% of all subjects achieving A*-A in 2017.

There is the option to to take GCSE subjects early as part of a Gifted and Talented programme for girls with particular strengths in subjects and tailor an A Level programme to their needs. Some girls take additional GCSEs, such as Psychology or Creative Writing, to broaden their knowledge.

Life at Manor House provides opportunities for pupils to explore their creative side, particularly through participation in music, art and drama productions, or to develop their physical skills in a variety of sports, dance clubs and outdoor activities. There are around 50 different extra curricular clubs per term that the girls can take part in at lunchtimes or after school.

The relationships between older and younger girls at Manor House School are very special. House events go across the age groups and older girls mentor new girls as they arrive. These opportunities help to build leadership qualities that the girls rely on in later life and promote future leaders.

Manor House Schools welcomes individual visits and tours at a time to suit. There are additionally three open morning events per year in October, February and May.
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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.

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Headteacher

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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Special Education Needs

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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