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Nestled at the end of a country lane in a rural setting of fields housing the local pony population, the only clue to the urban environs of Manor Lodge is the M25 sign just visible on the horizon. Outdoor learning also takes places in the newly created forest and woodland gardens, and the more exotic Japanese garden: quite the place for horticulturally inclined, as well as the young. The trophy cabinet in reception tells visitors all they need to know about the sporting culture of the school which has, according to parents, ‘hugely improved'...

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Head

Since 2018, Alyson Lobo, previously deputy head and at the school since 2005. Prior to that she taught and was deputy head at a local infant school.

Entrance

Selective ‘to a certain extent’ at 4, with more than three applicants for every place. Assessment takes about an hour, and is equal in importance to interview with candidate and parents: ‘We’re looking for children with character and parents who recognise the importance of partnership with school for 11+ success,’ the previous head told us. Automatic entry for siblings, with around 25 per cent from the sibling-only nursery on site. Waiting lists for every year group, with those entering post-reception, mainly from state sector or due to relocations, invited to spend a morning in school and tested in maths and English.

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