Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep is an academic school which prepares boys aged 4-8 for the renowned Eaton House The Manor Prep School for boys aged 8-13. Beyond academics, it is warm and friendly with a family feel and an emphasis on the pastoral care and wellbeing of every single boy in the school.
As we are non-selective at entry, interest is keen and early application is advised, with registration accepted from birth. There may be occasional places further up the school and it is always worth enquiring about these.
The Pre-Prep offers the perfect blend of traditional values and a forward-thinking education. Our ‘open door’ policy means that parents can feel fully involved, confident in the knowledge that the boys are being treated as unique individuals, stretched to the maximum, and are being taught to be kind, considerate, thoughtful and mannerly as well as to always strive to do their best, both academically and personally. The majority of Pre-Prep boys progress to Eaton House the Manor Prep.
We attain high academic results, achieved in a calm and positive manner. Inspiring teachers and excellent resources help to develop a life-long love of learning. Boys are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning and adopt a ‘can do’ attitude. Much of the learning is practical, active and fun, which is suited to boys. A good example is learning about velocity by the practice of dropping eggs from one of the school parapets!
We enjoy an active programme of Sport, with beautiful Clapham Common on our doorstep. This gives us the perfect place to practice team sports and we really enjoy our matches against other schools. This sports training can prove helpful later, both at the Prep and beyond when it comes to team selection at senior schools.
We believe that sport plays an essential role in the development of character and teamwork, and that a specialist sport staff nurtures a love of sport through positive experiences.
Drama, Art and Music help to boost all-round academic performance, and they are all seen as fundamental in developing communication skills and confidence.
Pastoral care is vital in the life of the school. Our exceptional teachers understand and support the boys so that they grow in self-belief. Our ‘Buddy’ system helps to integrate the newest boys into the school right from the beginning. Our House system provides another layer of support and guidance. Teamwork is encouraged, along with a healthy competitive spirit.
It is crucial that we do our best to prepare our children to flourish in this very competitive, fast-paced, fast-changing world. We believe that learning good work ethics, personal habits, team spirit and positive thinking will ensure that the boys succeed both at Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep and later, outside the classroom.
Teachers reinforce positive character traits with a system of rewards and encouragement, and they ask the boys to think about how to use their best personal qualities and skills in their lessons and day-to-day interactions. To help to reinforce this, teachers create an environment with learning experiences that give the children the best possible opportunity to develop and grow the broadest range of helpful character dispositions.
The Pre-Prep has a very active School Council which meets on a weekly basis with the head and the deputy head and it has been wonderful to see the boys come up with their own initiatives, such as monitoring the use of plastics and waste within the school, charity ideas, ‘Break the School Rules Day’, and adding new clubs to our co-curricular programme. It’s really important to us that even the youngest boys feel as though they have a voice and that their ideas are listened to and acted upon.
Learning to help others through charity is an important part of mindfulness in the Pre-Prep. Events have included a Christmas Fair, Santa Dash, Art Gallery, Spring Fair, Break the Rules Day, cake sales and a sponsored walk. All these are events that the children are involved in and can contribute to and we feel that it is very important in building their character.
We have also developed links with the Beyond Autism School in Wandsworth and our boys have collaborated with their pupils to create wonderful pieces of art work for our gallery. These were then sold at auction on our Art Gallery evening.
We aim to develop a life-long love of learning as the ultimate goal and firmly believe that it is no coincidence that boys learn best when they feel happy and secure. We strive to recognise each boy as an individual, understanding what makes him tick, nurturing his talent and supporting him in every way. This ensures that he feels known and valued from the first day.
The boys’ welfare and happiness is our top priority, together with creating exciting lessons that will make learning active and fun for all our pupils. We aim to make our pupils Prep school ready. This means that when the time comes, the transition is easy and smooth and they are fully prepared to continue on their learning adventure.