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  • Sir Roger Manwood's School
    Manwood Road
    CT13 9JX
  • Head: Mr Lee Hunter
  • T 01304 610200
  • F 01304 615336
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,027; sixth formers: 260
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Boarding £11,898 pa; Day - Free
  • Open days: September (for Year 7); November (for Year 12)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 26th April 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 24th November 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Trips abroad are referred to as Global Awareness and the ethos is ‘let’s go out and experience it’. Annual visits to twinned schools in China, the Gambia, Germany...‘We cram so much in and are encouraged to do as much as possible and try new things,’ said a pupil, ‘and there are prizes for everything.’ The girls have banished all institutional language from their boarding house and so their common room has become the living room and the kitchen is the social centre of the house, with lots of baking and toast and pot noodles...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

What the parents say...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Religious Studies at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Government & Politics at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Chinese at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)

School associations

State boarding school

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Lee Hunter MA (Cantab) PGCE. Originally from the East End where his father was a docker, he was educated at Campion Grammar School, Hornchurch before it became a comprehensive and he says it was this grammar school education which gave him the chance to go to Cambridge. Read natural sciences, turned down a research post and seriously considered making a career in youth work. He then took his PGCE at Durham and his first job was teaching chemistry at a truly comprehensive comprehensive where some pupils in his class were highly academic and others were illiterate – one of his rowing pupils became national champion. He then spent three years at the small British School in Milan where he was promoted to head of chemistry, age 25. He made many friends here...

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