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Rated excellent in every category in its latest ISI report, this non-selective newly co-ed day school delivers academically. Not a hothouse, rather a happy, very down to earth school that aims to inspire curiosity and confidence...

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‘To challenge, cherish and inspire’

Recently receiving the highest grade of ‘excellent’ in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, The Manor Preparatory School, situated in Abingdon, Oxfordshire offers children an unrivalled start to their education.
Welcoming children aged 2-11, The Manor creates an atmosphere of happiness and warmth where every individual is actively encouraged to give their absolute best so they can reach their potential and beyond. Children are delightfully self-confident and there are many opportunities for them to shine during their time at the school.
The children’s personal development is further strengthened by staff who act as outstanding role models. By offering small classes, children receive the care and attention they need to flourish. Parents constantly praise the dedicated teaching staff, noticed also in a visit from the Good Schools Guide.’ There are far more people at The Manor that go the extra mile for every child than in other schools’ (read the whole review at
The school has an excellent record in ensuring leavers move on to the next school that is perfectly suited to each individual. Scholarships, awards and exhibitions feature highly in all areas. Aside from a wealth of enviable achievements academically, on the sports field and in creative and performing arts, the outstanding pastoral care is renowned for preparing children for life and not just for secondary school.
Beyond a stimulating start to school life, The Manor recognises that many parents are juggling busy lives and so offers fully flexible wraparound care which parents are able to change on a daily basis. Making the school easily accessible, children in Reception and beyond can take advantage of the Minibuses that run daily and have a dedicated supervisor on board. The in-bus supervisors really get to know the children and ensure a smooth and stress free start and end to the day.
The school is very proud of the exceptionally happy, creative and colourful journey offered to the children. Come and see for yourself and learn how each child is challenged, cherished and inspired. To arrange a tour, please email Mrs Nicole Burroughs at [email protected] or call 01235 858462.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Alastair Thomas (40s). Educated at Kingshott Prep and Felsted (music scholar, playing flute and sax) followed by a gap year in New Zealand and then on to King’s College, London to read French. Having toyed with a career in retail post university, he very quickly knew it wasn't for him and hot-footed it back to his alma mater to take up a post as year 4 teacher, progressing to head of French. Thence to The Downs, Malvern, as head of French and Latin before joining Lambrook as deputy head academic, and then on to his first headship at The Elms School, Malvern. Has taught English, maths, history and sport. Lured to The Manor by the challenge of managing the integration of boys from years 3 to 6.


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Special Education Needs

Based in The Cottage, our Learning Support Department is an integral part of The Manor available to all children, staff and parents, with an ‘open door’ policy where everyone is welcome. Working holistically, the main aim of the department is to build each child’s self esteem and confidence to take risks and utilise their strengths in order to realise their learning potential. Working within the limits of our resources, we are fully committed to promoting early identification and support and our child centred, personalised approach acknowledges that all of our pupils learn in different ways. We recognise the need for pupils to have a positive and confident attitude to learning in order to ensure success in the classroom. The Cottage offers a welcoming environment where pupils feel sufficiently secure to take risks in their learning. The Department is extremely well-equipped, with children having access to the latest evidence-based learning resources. With a graduated approach, most children’s needs can be met within the classroom. We work closely with teachers to provide strategies in class and to promote active engagement to help children to work towards becoming independent and confident learners and to help them achieve their potential.

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