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The Manor Preparatory School

Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England OX13 6LN
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 858458

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 2 - 11 Years Day

Welcome to The Manor! Our beautiful Georgian Manor House sits in the centre of a 9 acre site on the outskirts of Abingdon, about 9 miles south of Oxford and 8 miles north-west of Didcot. We are an independent co-educational day school that welcomes boys and girls aged 2-11.

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Word From The Head

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Alastair Thomas

'To challenge, cherish and inspire'

Founded in 1907 and situated in Abingdon, The Manor Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational day school that welcomes children aged 2-11.
The school offers a wonderfully happy, creative and varied learning experience where every child is challenged, cherished and inspired to reach their potential. The Manor’s most recent ISI Inspection saw the school receive the highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in all areas. Inspectors commented that “Pupils approach every day with an overwhelming passion to learn and develop.”
Parents often comment on how happy the children are and on the feeling of warmth which fills every corner of the school; laughter is an essential part of the school day. The children’s personal development is further strengthened by staff who act as excellent role models.
Every child is encouraged to push themselves to new challenges; the school aims to foster a ‘have a go’ attitude ensuring the children always give their best resulting in outstanding results academically, on the sports field, and in the creative and performing arts. Headmaster, Alastair Thomas, says “Our job is to prepare children for life, not just senior school and to ensure they collect happy memories along the way.”
The Manor has an excellent record of ensuring that its Year 6 leavers move on to the senior school that is perfectly suited to them. Scholarships, awards and exhibitions feature highly in all areas with an impressive 31 offered to Year 6 pupils in 2023.
At the heart of the school sits a lovely, historic Manor House building, and surrounding this are the light, spacious, purpose-built classrooms and facilities which ensure the school strikes the perfect balance between old and new. Always aiming to improve its facilities, there is an exciting development plan in place to extend the breadth of opportunities on offer even further.
The Manor aims to simplify the logistics of family life with access to an extensive daily bus service covering Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire. The school also provides fully flexible wraparound care from 7:30am to 6:00pm, most of which is free of charge.
To find out more about how The Manor challenges, cherishes and inspires every child or to arrange a tour, please visit or contact Mrs Nicole Burroughs, Director of Admissions and Marketing on 01235 858462 or

Open Days, Visits & Events

28-09-2024 - Whole School Open Day

We would love to welcome you for a visit to The Manor. Coming to see the school is the best way to find out about all that we offer and to get a feel for the happy, varied and dynamic learning environment which Manor children enjoy every day.

Our annual Whole School Open Day takes place during the Autumn term and we also offer regular Open Mornings throughout the school year.

What We Offer

    • Design Technology
    • Drama/Theatre
    • ICT
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • Philosophy/Ethics
    • Theology
    • Chinese - Mandarin
    • English
    • English As Foreign/2nd Language
    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Archery
    • Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Cricket
    • Cross-Country
    • Fitness Training
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Martial Arts
    • Netball
    • Rounders
    • Rugby
    • Swimming
    • Table Tennis
    • Tennis
    • Touch Rugby
    • Ballet
    • Chess
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Language Club
    • Orienteering
    • Public Speaking
    • Skiing
    • Yoga
    • Autistic Spectrum of Disorder (ASD)
    • Hearing Impairment (HI)
    • Visual Impairment (VI)
    • Physical Disabilities
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • Language and Communication Disorders
    • Aspergers Syndrome (AS)
    • Delicate/Medical Conditions
    • Epilepsy
    • After School Club
    • Armed Forces Children
    • Before School Club
    • Expatriate Children
    • Gifted Children
    • International Students
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range2 to 11
    Annual Day Fees *16335 to 19890
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *0 to 0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *0 to 0
    * Currency: Argentinian Pesos

    Number Of Pupils

    0Full Boarding0
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 41
    Part-time: 35

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Former Manor Parent

    Naturally we are delighted with our daughter’s academic and sporting progress but just as important has been the way in which the school has taught her the abiding values of kindness, consideration, good manners and generosity of spirit.  

    Annabelle, Year 6 Pupil 2022

    I’m now in Year 6 and I know I’m going to be really sad to leave at the end of this school year. I absolutely LOVE the Manor. I’ve learnt so much and made great friends and amazing memories. It’s a really happy and special place to be.  

    Danny, Year 6 Pupil 2022

    A truly unique school with its amazing community and spirit that permeates every aspect of our school life. Whether it’s the teachers, the staff, the students, or the parents, we are all members of a community that promotes respect, courage, and confidence, among other values.  

    Year 2 Parent - During Remote Learning, Spring 2021

    I am so wonderfully impressed with The Manor’s remote learning timetable. I am so impressed with the work my daughter is doing and how much hard work has been put into the timetable by the wonderful staff.  

    Year 5 Parents - During Remote Learning, Spring 2021

    The live classes via zoom are making a huge difference  

    Mr And Mrs Keene, Year 4 Parents - During Remote Learning, Spring 2021

    Thanks for everything that you are all doing at The Manor; our daughter is really enjoying the lessons and it is great that she has a full day of exciting activities.