Our Review of Eaton House the Manor Girls’ School
We regularly review the UK’s leading independent schools, as part of our Education Consultancy service. In this article, we review Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School, an independent prep school for pupils aged 4 to 11.
Eaton House Schools include Eaton House Belgravia and Eaton House the Manor Boys’ and Eaton House The Manor Girls’ Schools. This review is focused on Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School, a modern purpose-built building situated on a 1.5 acre site which is fronted by Eaton House The Manor Prep for boys, a charming Georgian building overlooking Clapham Common. There are 260 girls, aged between 4-11, who are encouraged to develop their academic potential, leadership skills and ability to communicate in a team-spirited environment.
If you find yourself walking across Clapham Common during the school run, you will be welcomed by a sea of straw hats and groups of excited children dressed in their distinctive red and green uniforms. Most of the children in the school live locally and there is a strong sense of community between students, staff and parents – with a lot of siblings attending either the boys’ or girls’ schools.
Mr Oliver Snowball became Headmaster in 2016 and since then the school has gone from strength to strength. He has introduced a focus around seven key character traits, which he believes will help the girls excel as rounded individuals. These include grit, empathy, optimism and trust, which help shape the children’s behaviour and create a positive school ethos. Success for Mr Snowball is knowing that when each girl leaves Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School, to move onto the next stage of their education journey, she will leave feeling confident, with a genuine love of learning and a deep-rooted respect for people and places.
When people speak of Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School, a recurring theme is the excellent pastoral care. This comes from several different areas; approachable, caring and friendly staff, a well-functioning House system with highly experienced Heads of Houses, and a network of children that look out for one another. This ethos has been built from the top down and it is something Mr Snowball should be immensely proud of. There are four houses in total, each named after a famous castle: Balmoral, Windsor, Arundel and Stirling. There are bi-weekly House meetings and regular inter-House competitions. This allows the girls to mix across year groups and encourages a healthy level of competition across different disciplines, including music, drama and sport.
Highlights in the school calendar include the House music competition, where girls get the opportunity to perform in front of the whole school, and sports day, which takes place on Clapham Common. The girls enjoy taking part in a traditional parade at the start of the event where they march along to music waiting for the Headmaster to call ‘school blazers off!’ and the girls proceed by removing their blazers in unison. The girls also love getting involved in drama, either through speech and drama lessons or via the school play or festival performance put on by each year group.
Class sizes vary between 14-18 pupils in each year group class, with reception, Year 1 and Year 2 split by age and Year 3 upwards split randomly with age and ability. The lower school class teachers are supported by a teaching assistant who helps with classroom organisation, preparing resources and helping children with their work.
The school also has an SEN department that runs booster group sessions within year groups focused on maths, spelling and phonics.
The school is equipped with fantastic facilities including a sports hall, two large lunch halls, a theatre, gym, library, computer room, three separate playgrounds and senior art studio. The facilities support the large array of extracurricular activities and clubs on offer. Miss Charlotte (Year 1 teacher) mentioned popular clubs being the sports clubs, Greek mythology, creative writing and young enterprise. The school also offers a supervised ‘Early Room’ where parents can drop their child off earlier than the usual time if they need to.
Sport plays a huge part in school life, as part of the curriculum but also beyond that via inter-House competitions and regular inter-school fixtures. The three major sports on offer are hockey, netball and cricket, but there are also opportunities to do cross-country, athletics and gymnastics, to name a few. Each class will have one full afternoon of sport and Year 3 and above also have a lunchtime session. Most of the sport is run on the facilities across the road on Clapham Common, apart from hockey, which takes place on pitches in Crystal Palace and Brixton. Coaches take the girl to and from the pitches.
There is no doubt that Eaton House turns young girls into well-rounded and ambitious individuals who want to continue their education journey at fantastic senior schools. Valuing the differences and benefits of all schools Eaton House feed girls into a wide range of schools, both day and boarding.
They included: Academic Scholarships to JAGS, Rodean, Streatham & Clapham High School, Putney High School, Wimbledon High School, and Woldingham; Music Scholarships to JAGS, Streatham & Clapham High School, and Wimbledon High School; Drama Scholarships to Roedean and Woldingham and Art Scholarships, a Sports Scholarship, and a Performing Arts Exhibition to Roedean. The girls also had offers to Wycombe Abbey, City of London, Godolphin & Latymer, Alleyn’s, Downe House and St Mary’s Ascot, and more schools.
If you want to send your daughter to a dynamic, friendly and academic environment where she will be presented with opportunities to create, debate and problem solve, while also developing a strong sense of respect for other people and the planet, then Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School would be a great option.
Listen to our podcast with Headmaster, Oliver Snowball, below. We discuss day to day life at Eaton House, clubs and extracurricular activities, and preparing the girls for their next stage of their educational journey.
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