The Manor Preparatory School

The Manor

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

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Nicole Burroughs
Contact Position
Director of Admissions and Communications
01235 858462 01235 858462
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Where to go

The Manor Preparatory School
Faringdon Road
OX13 6LN
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Please see the fees page of our website for all fee information


Age Ranges
2 to 11 years

Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)
4 - 11 years (primary school age)


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