Eaton House The Manor Prep
Eaton House the Manor Prep takes boys aged 8-13. It has achieved exceptional results in 2019, and our leavers have received offers from 16 top senior schools with 216 A* and A grades at Common Entrance, 13 scholarships and two CE prizes. They are part of a long tradition of academic excellence which has included a St Paul’s John Colet Scholarship in 2018. Our results are also extremely consistent. From 2010-2019, nearly 49 per cent of our boys went on to Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s, Dulwich, Tonbridge, Harrow and King’s College, Wimbledon and all pupils received offers to a range of top schools.
We are non-selective at age 4, so interest is keen and early application is advised. Later, outside entrants who are not coming to us from Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep will need to visit the school and be assessed academically. The Head of Admissions, Sam Feilding, is always happy to talk to parents about what is required. Assessments are always conducted in a friendly, informal and relaxed atmosphere and all the child’s previous schooling and experience is taken into account.
The boys brim with academic confidence, and it’s 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.
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 Pre 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 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 charity.
Every day after school, the boys have a huge range of clubs on offer. For autumn 2019, these include: Junior Art; Junior DT; Junior Basketball Club; Football Squad; Football Club; Running Club; Newspaper Club; Music Tech Club; Spanish for Beginners; Spanish for Intermediates; Musical Theatre Club; Performing Arts Club; 100th Wandsworth Clubs; Brilliant Public Speaking & Interview Skills; Football Club, Circuits & Fitness Club; Code Breaking; Creative Science Club; Debating Club; Code Today; Football Club; Book Creating Club; Classic Film Club; Comic Book Club; Brilliant Public Speaking & Interview Skills; French for Advanced Speakers; Wallace Chess Club; Politics and Current Affairs Club; Construction Club – Lego; Music Tech Club; Shakespeare Project; Big Question Breakfast Club; Model United Nations (MUN); Senior DT Club; Senior Basketball Club; Senior Art Club and Senior Science Club. When it comes to clubs we can truly say there is something for everybody!
At Eaton House The Manor Prep, 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 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, we have 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.
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. An excellent school has passionate, intelligent staff united in their determination to make a difference every day.
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.’
Sam Feilding, Head of Admissions, on 0203 917 5050