Eaton House The Manor Girl's School is outstanding academically. In the last three years 33 pupils have been awarded scholarships to London day and boarding schools, partly as a result of what the Good Schools Guide, 2019, comments on the Head’s encouragement of ‘passionate and dynamic’ teaching.
Our stimulating classroom environment promotes intellectual curiosity and we prize both academic exploration and risk-taking highly. Girls are told that they can achieve anything, with no gender stereotyping in a ‘sky is the limit’ approach.
Parents believe that ‘the main emphasis of this school is on the academics and arrive looking for a top London exit’ and that there is a ‘lovely feeling of girl power about the place’ according to the Good Schools Guide, 2019.
As we are non-selective at entry, interest is keen and early application is advised, with registration accepted from birth.
Our girls typically leave us for a range of top schools, including St Paul's Girls’ School, Godolphin & Latymer, Wycombe Abbey, St Mary’s Calne, St Mary’s Ascot, James Allen’s Girls’ School, Streatham & Clapham High, and many more. Beyond academics, our girls are happy, calm, emotionally intelligent, balanced, kind and mannerly.
The Headmaster, Oliver Snowball, wants the girls to have an adventure at school and to be intellectually challenged to their maximum potential. Beyond that, he would like each girl to feel they are known, nurtured, challenged and to have a genuine love of learning and a deep-rooted respect for people and places by the time that they leave the school. The Good Schools Guide, 2019 has commented that ‘Mr Snowball seems to have hit the ground running with his vision for the school and is clearly engaged with contemporary educational debate.’
At Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School, each girl is treated as an individual so that she can blossom academically, socially and behaviourally, and we strive to help every pupil to build her own tool-kit of techniques and skills to help ensure future academic success. To help with this, we have introduced a focus around seven character traits that we feel will help girls perform to the best of their ability. They include trust, empathy, grit and optimism. These attributes are discussed in assembly, and girls jot down on sticky notes when they have demonstrated these attributes. This initiative has had a huge effect on the student body as a whole!
We are currently enhancing our examination preparation with some adventurous educational techniques to make the girls think even harder about their future place in the world. Adventure Books were introduced because we wanted to challenge the girls with open-ended questions that did not have a right or wrong answer. Instead, they are designed to develop creative, evaluative and analytical thinking skills. We use books with a mixture of spaces for drawing and writing in order that girls can express their ideas with boldness and confidence. Questions can be fun and challenging such as: ‘What’s more important, time or money?’; ‘What would happen if the world was ruled by elephants?’ and ‘Do you see yourself as more of a square or a circle?’ These books help all our girls to handle open-ended scholarship examination questions with certainty and flair.
Games, Music and the arts are very important to the life of the school. Being regularly active enhances the girls’ physical and emotional health and they have access to excellent facilities both indoors and outdoors. They enjoy fielding teams in a range of sports such as Hockey, Netball, Swimming and Cross Country. In addition, House matches provide a great deal of excitement and healthy competition for the girls as there is a strong House spirit throughout the school.
In the arts, we teach our girls how to generate original and meaningful ideas for themselves and actively encourage them to produce fresh, imaginative responses in their work. There are always plays for the girls to shine in every year and they are held in our full-sized theatre, complete with professional lighting rig and elaborate costumes.
New specialist teachers have strengthened our offering in Drama, Music and the arts and they are bringing the girls up to an exceptionally high standard very quickly. In addition, we now also offer speech and drama lessons leading to outside examinations. In part as a result of this emphasis on the arts, this year we have won four Arts Scholarships and a Singing Scholarship to top schools.
The Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School art department is a very exciting place and girls are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of media. In music, instrumental activities have included a Music Ensemble Club which has grown to 25 members and a String Ensemble which is setting a very impressive standard. The Form 2 Junior Choir includes every girl in the year, while the Senior Choir, open to Forms 3-6, now has over 60 members. The singing group ‘Bel Canto,’ drawn from Forms 4 to 6 with entry by audition has been invited to sing at Westminster Abbey’s annual Christingle Service – a big honour.
The school day is very busy and at 4pm girls can take advantage of a large number of clubs. Our clubs are a wonderful way to relax and make friends before the girls go home. For autumn 2019, clubs include: Junior Multi-Sport Club; Junior Football Club; Junior Running Club; Netball; Junior Hockey Club; Junior Gymnastics Club; Friday Sports Club; Brownies; Creative Maths Club; Music and Movement Club; Touch Typing Club; Young Enterprise Club; Junior Computing Club; Creative Science Club (with boys); Bootcamp Club; Big Breakfast Questions Club; Glee Club; Harry Potter Club; Junior Art Club; Debating Club; Lego Club; Cricket Club; Dance Club; Creative Writing Club; Eco Club; Music and Song Club; Gardening Club; Model United Nations (with boys); Senior Art Club; Senior Fitness; Senior Drama Club; Senior Football Club; Senior Running Club; Senior Hockey Club and Senior Gymnastics Club. We can truly say there is something for everybody when it comes to clubs!
The girls are busy all day long but it is vitally important to us that they are happy in their work and in their friendship groups. It follows that pastoral care is the cornerstone of everything that we do. We believe that when girls are happy, they are more effective learners and more confident participators.
For us, pastoral care is about understanding and supporting each individual girl and being there for her in every way. We encourage the girls to practice mindfulness every day and we have many lessons and discussions in place that promote this important activity.
Our House system, excellent form teachers and visible senior management team all combine to ensure that each girl feels known and supported throughout her learning journey at Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School.
We treat each girl as an individual so that she can blossom academically, socially and behaviourally. We want each girl to have the confidence to discover where her gifts lie in a calm and purposeful atmosphere, where her spiritual, moral and intellectual development is nurtured.
All of our pupils are encouraged to use their intelligence in a dynamic way to demonstrate quick, reasoned and engaging responses to the world about them.