Manor House School is an independent day school for girls aged 2 through to 16 years. We are a supportive and nurturing educational environment delivering strong academic performance in a smaller setting. We make the academic difference by being small enough to know all our girls individually. This means that unlike so many larger schools with growth aspirations, Manor House School makes the difference by being smaller.
Manor House School's Nativity 'The Sleepy Stargazer' to Air on BBC Radio Surrey
Manor House School's Nativity Play is to air on BBC Radio Surrey on Friday 13 December at 2.05pm
Christmas is always an exciting time in the Prep School at Manor House School in Bookham. Last week, the girls were lucky enough to pre-record their Nativity Play, 'The Sleepy Stargazer', in a live studio recording with BBC Radio to be aired this Friday 13 December at 2.05pm. On Friday 6 December, girls in Years 1 and 2 made a trip to the BBC Radio Surrey studios in Guildford to record their Nativity. Please tune in to BBC Radio Surrey 104.6fm at 2.05pm to hear it. We look forward to listening but should you miss it on Friday, please go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcsurrey and choose Joe Talbot's show.
Earlier this week, the Early Years and Key Stage 1 children performed the production beautifully to their parents and grandparents on Tuesday 10 December. They spoke loudly and clearly and sang with great enthusiasm. Teachers and parents were all very proud and the Nativity Play was a lovely way to think about the true meaning of Christmas.
And they're off! Every girl at Manor House School ran in our very own 'Race for Life' in support of Cancer Research UK
It was fantastic to see such community spirit today, when our whole school came together in support of a very worthy charitable cause. Following our hugely successful Surrey Macmillan Cancer Big Breakfast Fundraiser in late September, we held another fundraising event today involving every year group, in support of Cancer Research UK. Every Manor House girl in the Prep and Senior School donated £2 to take part in our school's very own 'Race for Life', wearing an item of pink over their school uniform to run or walk as close to 5k as possible. It was a real occasion to see every year group running out onto the sports fields in recognition of helping others who are fighting cancer.
All proceeds will be sent to Cancer Research UK shortly.
Manor House School shortlisted in the Independent Schools of the Year 2019
Pupils and staff are celebrating after being praised by judges for showcasing the outstanding student experience and school ethos in their entry for Marketing Campaign of the Year.
Manor House School is one of a number of schools to be shortlisted in the Independent Schools of the Year 2019 competition, which is run by Independent School Parent magazine and open to independent schools from across the country.
Tracey Fantham, Headteacher, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted. This accolade reflects the hard work and collaboration of both our staff and the children, and our commitment to ensuring we provide our pupils with the very best educational experience there is to offer. We look forward now to sharing this success with the whole school community, including our parents, students, and our teaching teams.”
The awards ask to see evidence of success stories that feature both individuals and innovative practice, for a judging panel that is made up of heads, governors, parents and representatives of membership associations from across the sector and chaired by Dr Helen Wright, former President of the Girls School Association and Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools Commission.
David Moncrieff is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board at Independent School Parent magazine who run the awards. He said: “Following the huge success of the inaugural competition last year, which saw more than 250 school nominations entered, we are thrilled to have surpassed that figure for Independent Schools of the Year 2019. The awards have again been designed with the student experience at their heart and to provide schools with a platform to showcase their stories of innovation and success. The judges now have a tough job on their hands picking the winners from the shortlisted entries that were of such a consistently high standard.”
Neil Kirby is Marketing Director of Bupa Global, Sponsor of Independent Schools of the Year 2019. He said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Independent Schools of the Year 2019 awards, and to see so many schools taking up the opportunity to showcase the exceptional experience they offer their pupils. The entries gave a powerful insight into the choice and flexibility being afforded to students in the independent sector, and we are pleased to be part of such a new and exciting celebration of the hard work and dedication of all those involved in private education in the UK.”
This year saw a record number of entries from a wide range of schools; from tiny rural pre-preps through to large urban secondaries from a broad range of geographical areas. There were twenty different categories, a reflection of the depth and breadth of the independent school experience.
New Year 3 Scholarships Announced in Memory of Founding Headmistresses
For the first time, Manor House School will be offering Academic and Music Scholarships to girls in Year 3 from September 2020.
In recognition of our approaching Centenary Year, we are launching two new Scholarships for girls entering Year 3 in September 2020. They are called our Founder Scholarships – one will be Academic and the other awarded for Music - in memory of our two Founders, Elizabeth Green and Lillian Wheeler.
The Academic Scholarship will be awarded to the highest performing girl at our (new) Year 3 Entrance Examinations Day on Friday 10 January 2020. Girls who wish to join Manor House School at Year 3 in September 2020 and future years, will now be required to sit an entrance examination in Literacy and Mathematics.
The Music Scholarship will be awarded to a girl who demonstrates a high level of ability and potential talent in Music. Girls applying for this Scholarship will need to attend an assessment day on either Thursday 28 or Friday 29 November 2019.
We welcome scholarship applications from external candidates at all independent and state schools, as well as scholarships being open to our existing pupils. The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday 15 November 2019. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and an application form, available from early September.
Our next Open Morning on Saturday 5 October at 10.00am will be a prime opportunity to learn about Year 3 and the Prep School.
Manor House School is known for providing girls with a happy and nurturing smaller school environment and achieving excellent academic results through an individual approach to teaching and learning.
Over Half of All GCSE Grades Score 9-7 at Manor House School
Manor House School pupils are again celebrating examination success today with some excellent headline GCSE results.
This news follows on from the school's very successful GCSE results last year and continues a consistently strong GCSE performance in recent years.
Over 90% of pupils gained a 9-7 in Biology, as well as in French, German, Latin, History and Music. In fact, there were eight subjects where more than 75% of the cohort gained 9-7 grades, the equivalent to the old A*-A grade.
The English Department performed well with 21% of girls gaining a 9 in English Language or Literature and 61% of all English results scoring a celebratory 9-7.
Every single pupil gained a 9-4 in Sciences (separate or combined), a department that regularly delivers strong results year on year. Specifically, 54% of all those who took Biology gained a 9.
Following a fantastic GCSE Art exhibition, over half of all grades in Art were 9-7.
Overall, 55% of all pupils achieved grades 9–7, compared with 21% nationally. Fourteen per cent of all grades achieved the highest score of 9 with 36% of all grades achieving 9-8.
Pupils receiving their results today will now progress onto a variety of local independent and mainstream sixth forms and colleges including Reed’s, CLFS, St John’s, Reigate Grammar, The Howard of Effingham, George Abbott and Godalming College.
Tracey Fantham, Headteacher said “One pupil gained the highest grade of 9 in seven out of her eight individual subjects for which she should be immensely proud. However, it is hard to single out individual girls because for each, it has been a personal journey and they have shown that hard work and perseverance reaps rewards. My gratitude goes to all staff who go above and beyond to ensure that our students are successful in all aspects of school life.”
Prep Girls join Leatherhead Choral Society in 'The Pied Piper' Choir Performance
Girls in Years 4 and 5 were invited to join Leatherhead Choral Society in a performance of local composer, Ian Assersohn's, ‘The Pied Piper’ on Saturday 29 July. The girls learnt the children's choir part alongside the Aladdin songs during music lessons with Mrs Hawksley and Mrs Harman.
Girls in Years 4 and 5 of Manor House School were invited to join Leatherhead Choral Society in a performance of local composer, Ian Assersohn's ‘The Pied Piper’ on Saturday 29 July. The girls learnt the children's choir part alongside songs from this year's Prep Production, Aladdin, during music lessons with Mrs Hawksley and Mrs Harman.
Despite the music being challenging in both pitch and rhythm, the girls were complimented for their performance and vocal ability by Cole Bendall from Surrey Arts and Surrey Youth Choir. We had been fortunate enough to benefit from two vocal workshops with Cole, one with the whole of Year 4 and 5 in May and another with the girls who had chosen to take part in the concert in June.
The Pied Piper was made up of 7 short pieces telling the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and the sinister tale of his eradication of rats from the town. The music included several vocal canons, vocalisations and the use of body percussion. The girls particularly enjoyed singing the Latin-styled 'La la la' section that represented the children being led off by the Pied Piper.
The concert was in The Old Barn Hall in Bookham and was conducted by the composer Ian Assersohn who is also the Musical Director of Leatherhead Choral Society. On the hottest day of the year so far, it was certainly very warm - even in summer dresses - but the girls maintained their composure. Thank you to Mrs Triantafillou for bringing the project to our attention, to Mrs Hawksley and Mrs Harman from the Music Department and also to Mrs Redward and Mrs Waterhouse for their support in staffing the external rehearsals. We hope this will be the start of many more community events within the Prep School.
We were delighted this year to again take part in the Bookham Village Day Parade with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the Old Barn Hall and Bookham Community Association.
Thank you to all the children and parents, who turned up for the annual Bookham Village Day on Saturday.
The sun shone and everyone looked amazing in their 'under the sea costumes'.
A very special thank you to the parents, who came up with the strong message of ‘reducing plastic’ and for making all the fabulous banners and waves for the older girls and parents to carry during the parade.
We felt that we were certainly all winners and represented our School with pride. #CreativeandCollaborative