The dynamic and purposeful buzz within the classrooms is evident as soon as you step over the threshold into Eaton House The Manor.

We harness the boys' natural curiosity and eagerness to learn, and ensure the curriculum plays to their natural interests and strengths so that they are fully engaged in their learning. Our expert teachers seamlessly blend the use of new technology and tried and trusted teaching methods to get the very best out of the boys. Our expectations are high and we are proud of our value added – our boys achieve stellar results and go on to prestigious senior schools.

Throughout the pre-prep years, from age 4-8, the boys are taught by their form teacher in class sizes of approximately 20. In the Pre-prep School as a whole there is a staff to pupil ratio of approximately 1:8 to ensure that the boys receive all the attention they need to help them make progress and achieve success. 

Subject specialists teach French, music and games from age 4, and by the age of 10 boys are taught by subject specialists for all lessons. Throughout the school the boys are divided into three classes and our experienced teaching staff are able to plan and prepare lessons across the year group, allowing for the sharing of best practice and innovative ideas, ably led by our heads of department.

Beyond the National Curriculum

The boys follow the National Curriculum for all subjects, but are also extended far beyond it, both in the breadth of subjects taught and the depth of knowledge and skills within each subject. In the Prep the boys follow the ISEB Common Entrance curriculum leading to examinations in maths, English, biology, chemistry, physics, French, Latin, geography, history, and theology, philosophy and religion. These subjects are complemented by lessons in computing, design technology, art, music, games and PE, drama, and PSHEE. Opportunities for critical thinking and applied problem solving, and developing the boys' digital literacy are woven through all subject areas.

Through a comprehensive programme of assessment we are able to identify the boys' academic strengths and develop strategies to address any weaker areas. Personalised support from our learning enrichment department is provided for any boys who may have a barrier to their learning such as mild dyslexia.

As well as the typical measurements of academic success we also look for the following characteristics and traits in our leavers:

  • a lifelong love of learning
  • the ability to express opinions and ideas with confidence and clarity
  • the ability to collaborate with their peers
  • a problem-solving mindset
  • digital literacy