Manor is a warm and friendly house at the centre of the school. A large bright kitchen, overlooking a courtyard garden, is a focal point of the house, which is a welcoming place with comfy communal areas and study bedrooms. Home to about 100 boarding and day pupils, Manor’s three watch words are tolerance, respect and empathy. During the day, both day boys and boarders are at home in the common areas of the house and in the evenings and weekends boarders enjoy playing table tennis in the yard, football on the school lawns and relaxing in their cosy common rooms. Manor is very well positioned next door to the medical centre and only a short walk from the dining room, the swimming pool and the gym.
The Manor boarding house is staffed by the houseparent Chris Burton, who, with his family, lives in an adjacent flat. There is also a resident tutor and a matron to look after boarders – and other academic staff visit regularly to give the boys a consistent and supportive environment.
Chris Burton writes:
“Manor boys are hard working, enthusiastic and with a great sense of fun. Within any community there are individuals, and each of these individuals has needs and aspirations that require nurturing. For me, Manor is far more than a place where you live and work during term time. It is a home, where you feel safe, happy, relaxed, and needed. It is a place where lifelong friendships are created and communication and life skills, such as trust, self-awareness, resilience, curiosity are developed and enhanced.”