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The Manor Preparatory School

Faringdon Road, Shippon, Abingdon, OX13 6LN

The Manor Preparatory School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-11. It is situated upon 9 acres of land just outside Abingdon, within a beautiful Georgian Manor House. The School was founded in 1907 for girls only,...

Phone: 01235858458

Website: www.manorprep.org

Head: Alastair Thomas

Registrar Details:

Nicole Burroughs

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The Manor Preparatory School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-11. It is situated upon 9 acres of land just outside Abingdon, within a beautiful Georgian Manor House. The School was founded in 1907 for girls only, before welcoming boys into the school in 2018 (before then only Nursery and Pre-Prep were co-educational).

There are approximately over 100 extracurricular activities on offer at The Manor. Students may participate in these before school starts, during break times throughout the day, and after school. Activities range from Ballet and Building Club, to Debating and Decopatch. From Nursery to Year 4, pupils can participate in Forest School, where activities include building shelters, playing in the mud kitchen, creating bird feeders and more; ‘the generous staff/child ratio enables children to take supported risks and to build resilience’. 

There is a notable SEN provision, with the department building known as ‘the Cottage’. There are two full-time SENCOs, working alongside a team of learning support staff to ensure student wellbeing for all students, including those with specific learning difficulties. The School is renowned for its happy and familial atmosphere, wherein pupils interact across year groups. The students also have very good relationships with the teachers, and staff turnover is very low. Non-academically selective, The Manor welcomes students based on their own merits. However, leavers from The Manor achieve numerous scholarships to senior schools each year, progressing on to the likes of Millfield, Wycombe Abbey and Queen Anne’s, Caversham. 

Sector: Independent

Day/Boarding: Day Only

Setting: City

Ages Covered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Gender: Co-ed

Sibling Policy: Yes

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Selection: Academically Selective