Meet the Head
Mr Oliver Snowball is an experienced headmaster who is a former deputy headmaster and interim head at Kent College Prep School, near Tunbridge Wells.
His headship has seen Eaton House The Manor Girls go from strength to strength academically, with 24 scholarships in 2017 and 2018 – all to top London day and boarding schools. He is a genuine advocate of 'sky is the limit learning' and it shows in these results, with the girls winning places to a range of schools, including St Paul's Girls' School, Godolphin & Latymer, St Mary Calne, Wycombe Abbey, James Allen's Girls' School, Downe House, St Mary's Ascot, and many more.
Prior roles have also included being a housemaster to girls in Years 5-9, teaching English and theatre studies at A Level and GCSE, and being a Year 6 form teacher. He is married to Claire and they have two children. An avid writer, reader and visitor to London's many historical attractions, Oliver can often be spotted jogging round Clapham Common at the weekends!
Mr Snowball wants the girls to have an adventure at school and to be intellectually challenged so that they fulfil their potential. It is important to him that each girl feels she is known, nurtured and encouraged so that she leaves Eaton House The Manor Girls' School with a genuine love of learning and a deep-rooted respect for people and places.
Innovation and initiatives
He is a head who likes to try new things, and in 2017 this brought the advent of 'Adventure Books' for personal responses to open-ended questions. In 2018, he introduced the idea of Philosothons in Philosophy Club. This is a method of debating which encourages students to facilitate philosophical and ethical discussions. Both these initiatives will really help when the girls are sitting scholarship papers. As a result, the Good Schools Guide has commented that "Mr Snowball seems to have hit the ground running with his vision for the school and is clearly engaged with the contemporary educational debate."
The headmaster says that it is a pleasure to see the girls throw themselves into school life with such consistent commitment and energy. Along with the dedicated staff and caring parents, he is extremely proud to be part of such a dynamic community where girls are happy, properly supported, and encouraged to achieve their goals. As a recent parent commented, "The staff looks after the girls beautifully."
Mr Snowball has high aspirations for the girls, and that means instituting a curriculum that is both academically rigorous and packed with variety. He and his staff never forget that childhood is a time for growth, risk taking, exploration and joy, and that girls should be able to flourish without the pressures of any gender stereotyping to achieve all that they are capable of.