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Eaton House The Manor



Eaton House The Manor Prep takes boys aged from ages 8-13. It has achieved exceptional results in 2018, and pupils have moved on to a range of top day and boarding schools. There have been a cluster of scholarships, including a coveted John Colet Scholarship to St Paul's. We have great aspirations for every child, and the progress they make in their five years at the Prep school is remarkable.

Our boys are prepared for entry to the finest day and boarding schools, including Eton, Westminster, Tonbridge, Dulwich College, King’s Wimbledon, and many more.

Most of our pupils transition directly from Eaton House The Pre-Prep where registration is recommended from birth. However, a good proportion of boys join us from other schools at 8 and it is always worth asking about occasional places further up the school. At 11+ entry where there is a new intake of boys.

If the boys do brim with academic confidence, it’s in part due to the exceptional pastoral care provided by the school. The Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Segrave, is committed in her belief that, on her watch, every boy will be recognised as an individual and his potential maximised.

Our boys are prepared in all the core subjects for the finest day and boarding schools in the UK. They take a whole range of classes including Art, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Music, PSHE, Science and Theology, Philosophy and Religion. With a staff ratio of 1:6 our boys get all the specialist input that they need, whether they are aiming for scholarships, Common Entrance or entry to London Day schools at thirteen.

We want the boys to be inspired academically by their time at school. This is why we aim to provide stimulating, challenging lessons supported by an exceptional level of pastoral care. We encourage boys to think for themselves, to engage fully in class discussions and to take pride in their work.

Eaton House The Manor Preparatory offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities that go far beyond the classroom. The Manor Preparatory boys can often be seen out and about, whether exploring London’s world-class museums and galleries, taking advantage of the school’s prime location or playing out on Clapham Common. The school works to combine fun and learning activities by planning regular special trips both at home and abroad. One very special event this year involved a number of our oldest pupils completing the Three Peaks Challenge of climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours, raising £11,243 for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital children’s charity.

Every day after school, the boys have a huge range of clubs on offer. For autumn 2018 these include Art, DT, Newspaper, Music Theory, Spanish, Drama, Football Squad, Fitness and Circuits, French for Advanced Speakers, Junior Book, Creative Science, Code Breaking, Basketball, Movie Making, Classic Film Club, Yoga, Wallace Chess, Football, Politics and Current Affairs, Stem Science Club, The Shakespeare Project, Running Club, The Big Questions Breakfast Club, 100th Wandsworth Cubs and Sports Club. When it comes to clubs we can truly say there is something for everybody!

At Eaton House The Manor, pastoral care is of the highest importance. Knowing the boys, sharing their highs and lows and being there for them in every way is a fundamental cornerstone of our philosophy and intrinsic to all we do. Perhaps this is why the pupils follow their teachers in being so kind and caring. A recent ISI Report commented, ‘The pupils have an excellent moral understanding. They demonstrate an outstanding natural courtesy and consideration towards everyone.’

Sport is an integral part of life at school, whether representing school or house, or simply learning to be part of a team. In 2018, for example, we took part in 97 ESFA matches, winning 57, drawing 13 and losing only 27. In winter, we field as many as 20 teams a week, for both home and away matches. This sporting prowess is nurtured by specialist coaches with formidable professional CVs, and it proves useful beyond Prep school when boys are trialling for their senior schools.

At Eaton House The Manor, we are as musical and artistic as we are sporting! The musical life at the Manor is vibrant, with nearly three-quarters of our boys playing at least one instrument, sometimes several, to a high standard. Musical boys can join our Junior Choir, Senior Choir or Music Ensembles and can have the opportunity to join in House Music Competitions, which include singing. There are also special Music Assemblies attended by parents where boys can showcase their often quite exceptional progress on individual instruments.

In addition, over the last year we have introduced Year Group Recitals. In these recitals, each boy has the opportunity to play their instrument or to sing. There are no auditions and they are open to all abilities, giving all the boys a chance to make music together even if music is not their primary focus.

Every boy within the school has weekly drama lessons, and many become involved in complex and sophisticated theatrical productions. At Eaton House The Manor Preparatory School there are first class facilities available for the arts, including a state of the art theatre with full technical rig.

In the Prep School, the boys perform at a high level. The wide range of performance opportunities enable boys to share their talents with the community, allowing them to showcase what they have learned in their drama lessons.

There is a well-established and popular Drama Club and regular concerts, musical ensembles, art exhibitions and dance workshops that allow the boys to develop self-expression and gain in confidence.

Mrs Segrave believes that an outstanding education is one in which teachers are emotionally connected with their pupils and where the relationships between the staff, pupils and parents produce a common sense of purpose. Her contention is that an excellent school has passionate, intelligent staff united in their determination to make a difference every day.

Further, Mrs Segrave argues that a school is not a building, a curriculum or a timetable. Rather, it is a place where children grow intellectually and emotionally, guided by teachers who are determined that children succeed and are happy. As one former pupil wrote, ‘The thing that I will miss the most is the atmosphere, how everyone is so happy and so encouraging.’