Challenge. Cherish. Inspire.


The Reception year builds on the foundations laid down in the Nursery, enabling children to continue to gain confidence in their individual abilities, socialise easily with their peers and, above all, enjoy the process of learning.

Reception is made up of children moving up from The Manor’s Nursery as well as new children joining The Manor from other pre-schools and nurseries. Much care and thought is given to ensure all the children integrate to form well balanced classes with plenty of opportunities for the children to also play across Reception.

Each class has a qualified teacher and teaching assistant who create a friendly, family atmosphere where they feel relaxed and ready to learn. Our excellent ratios allow teachers to be highly flexible in their approach, supporting or challenging children according to their individual needs and level of confidence. We believe variety is essential to retaining children’s attention and we use a mix of whole-class, small group and individual teaching. As the year progresses the children are prepared for the slightly more formal teaching that they will encounter in Year 1.

The children are offered specialist sessions including Music, Library time, PE, French, Drama and Forest School. There may be an occasional educational visit arranged to enhance a topic or theme but we do arrange for a variety of visitors and speakers to come into school.

The Extra Curricular programme of Clubs starts in Reception and children are invited to sign up for these.

Reception School Day Timings and Wrap Around Care

  • Breakfast Club 7:30am-8:00am (Additional costs apply, must be booked in advance)
  • Early Birds 8:00am-8:30am
  • School day starts 8.30am
  • School morning finishes at 3:30pm
  • Pre Extended Day 3:45pm-4:15pm
  • Extended Day after school care 4:15pm-6:00pm (additional costs apply, for children aged 3 or over, must be booked in advance)

Where Next

School Closed

In line with Government advice and in conjunction with schools up and down the country, we are very sorry that until further notice, The Manor Preparatory School is closed, although we are operating a skeleton staff at this time for children of our Key Worker families. Although our doors may be closed, our lines of communication remain very firmly open and if you have an admissions enquiry or a general school query, please use the following number 07906 848945 which will be manned between 8:00am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, with the facility to leave a message if required. We look forward to welcoming back our children as soon as possible.