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Parents uniformly impressed with teaching staff: ‘there are way more people here that go the extra mile for every child than in other schools’ and ‘they are so upbeat – religiously so’. Will they have to adapt their teaching styles to accommodate older boys, we wondered? Apparently just ‘tweaking’ is required; all staff have taught boys before and tend to use the interactive, hands on techniques often preferred by boys already, although...

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Founded in 1907 and situated in Abingdon, the Manor Preparatory School is an independent co-educational preparatory day school that welcomes boys and girls aged 2-11.
The school has a wonderfully happy, creative atmosphere where every individual is valued and nurtured to reach their potential. The Manor’s most recent ISI Inspection took place in April 2017, with every area of school life receiving the highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’. Inspectors commented that “Pupils approach every day with an overwhelming passion to learn and develop.”
This is in part due to the exceptionally caring and invigorating tone of the school, where laughter is an essential part of the school day, and also by children’s personal development being further strengthened by staff who act as excellent role models. Every child is encouraged to push themselves to new challenges and fulfil their own potential, resulting in outstanding results academically, on the sports field, and in creative and performing arts.
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.
Completion of a new Sports Hall in September 2018 underpins the exciting development programme that is underway, and extends even further the breadth of opportunities that are on offer to the children.
The school aims to simplify the logistics of family life as well, and so have created an extensive daily bus service covering Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire, and fully flexible wraparound care.
For further information please visit our website or contact Mrs Karen Copson, Director of Admissions and Communications on 01235 858462 or [email protected]
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Since January 2018, 2018, Alastair Thomas (40s). Educated at Kingshott Prep, Felsted (music scholar, playing flute and sax) and King’s College, London (BA in French). Brief flirtation with graduate career in retail before realising that corporate life wasn’t for him, at which point he contacted alma mater Kingshott and returned post haste as year 4 teacher, eventually becoming head of French. From there to The Downs Malvern, where he was head of French and Latin before joining Lambrook as deputy head, academic. First headship at The Elms School, Malvern before joining The Manor. Says there was ‘no need for revolution’ when he arrived, and indeed seems to have slipped seamlessly into the shoes of his popular predecessor (retired – still coaches school debating team). Focused on ‘the exciting move’ towards a fully co-ed cohort....

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