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Welcome to Sir Roger Manwood’s School
Thank you for your interest in Sir Roger Manwood’s School. This prospectus is designed to provide you with an overview of the opportunities available to your child should he/she join our school. However, to be able to fully appreciate the facilities that we have to offer, we would like to invite you to visit the school. Please contact us either by email or telephone to arrange a convenient time.
As a selective school there is naturally an expectation that academic results will be of a high standard. The vast majority of our students stay on into the sixth form and then go on to university. Stretching students to achieve their full academic potential is an important aspect of life at Manwood’s.
However, equally important is the very busy extra-curricular life of the school which encompasses music, drama, sport, the CCF, debating and public speaking, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and much more. Students at Manwood’s have many opportunities to develop new interests and learn new skills.
Manwood’s is also a High Performing Language College, with Maths and Computing as its second specialism. In addition to learning new languages, students have many opportunities to travel abroad and experience new cultures. In recent years students have visited France, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA, Nepal, Gambia and China.
The school has a very warm, friendly and caring atmosphere and the boarding element within the school helps to create a particular family ethos which helps to make Sir Roger Manwood’s the excellent school it is.
Our Vision Statement:
“Aspiring to excellence and helping students to discover and develop their full potential as fully rounded individuals.”
Christopher Morgan MA
Sir Roger Manwood’s School is sponsored by:-
Sir Roger Manwood’s School - A Brief History
Sir Roger Manwood’s is a Foundation Co-educational Grammar School, located in the historic town of Sandwich, Kent. We have 900 pupils of which over 200 are in the Sixth Form. We also have facilities for boarding pupils – both girls and boys.
The school has a strong academic record, with students gaining exemplary results in public exams. Students are well prepared for higher education courses, the vast majority go on to university after A-Levels, and several students obtain places at Oxford and Cambridge each year.
In 1563 Sir Roger Manwood founded a Free Grammar School in Sandwich to make education accessible to the townspeople. Since 1563 a great deal has changed. The original school building still stands, but the School has occupied its present site since 1895.
In creating his new Free School in Sandwich, Sir Roger Manwood ensured that it would have firm foundations. The present School is hugely indebted to his foresight – there are four Foundations which still today appoint Governors: the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Lincoln College, Oxford, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the Diocese of Canterbury. Sir Roger Manwood’s inspiration lasted two and a half centuries, into a mid-Victorian era which saw the School, like many Elizabethan foundations, drift into anonymity.
In 1890 the Charity Commission issued an ultimatum: either the Manwood endowments be used to revive the School, or they should be used for general educational purposes. Thomas Dorman, thrice Mayor of Sandwich, was the major benefactor in the revival, and by 1895 the new Manwood Road site was ready for occupation. This is the thirty-acre site of the present school, and from the sixteen boys who entered in 1895 the school has grown to nearly 900 boys and girls.
In September 1992 Manwood's became Grant-Maintained, keeping its Founder's intention firmly in mind: to offer as broad an education as possible, with special emphasis on the pupils' academic development. In 1999 the School assumed Foundation status. In 2003 the School gained Language College Status.
Though a non-denominational school, Manwood’s has had close links through the centuries with St Clement’s Church, whose Rector is a member of the Governing Body. This is one of the several strong community connections which make Manwood’s precisely what its founder intended.
Boarders joined Headmaster's House even in Elizabethan times but expansion came much later. First, Manwood Lodge was acquired in 1947, and three years later the School purchased Manwood Grange. There are now 55 boarding places. Teaching space has expanded similarly, according to the requirements of both pupil numbers and curriculum. Co-education arrived in the late 1980s.
The late 1990’s saw the beginning of a major building programme improving the quality of provision for the pupils across the whole curriculum. The additional facilities created include four well-equipped Science Laboratories, a refurbished Library and Multi-Media Resource Centre, a Technology Block, new classrooms and offices dedicated to the History and R.E. Departments, a hard-play area and astro-turf pitch and a four-badminton-court-sized Sports Hall. In 2003 the school was awarded language College Status and a state-of-the-art language laboratory was built. In 2004 the Music Department’s facilities were greatly extended with additional teaching spaces and a recording studio built.
The School offers the National Curriculum and more. Pupils take the full range of subjects in their first three years, including French and German or Spanish. Teaching takes place in form-groups most of the time, but smaller groups are created for Science, Technology, Art, Languages and Games and P.E.
After three years pupils choose their GCSE courses and are entered for ten subjects at the end of Year 11. In the Sixth Form students take four, occasionally five, ‘AS’ levels in the Lower Sixth. GCSE courses in Italian and Mandarin Chinese are also available. In the Upper Sixth they pursue four, sometimes five, ‘A’ levels including General Studies.
Careers teaching is time-tabled within the Personal and Social Education programme, and form-tutors are heavily involved in careers advice at every level, including the preparation of Higher Education references.
Most of our students stay on into the Sixth Form and a number join from other schools. There are regular assessments of progress, and the Sixth Form tutors and the Head of Sixth Form work closely with the students during their Sixth Form career.
Sixth Formers are encouraged to take a degree of responsibility not only for themselves and their studies but also for their environment and for extra-curricular activities.
Prefects are appointed from the Lower Sixth to replace those who are in the final stages of their A-Level courses, and the School Captains and Vice-Captains chair the Sixth Form Committee which reports to the Head of Sixth Form and to the Headteacher.
There is a school uniform which must be worn for the first five years, but sixth-form pupils are allowed to choose their dress within broad guidelines intended to encourage a professional approach to their studies.
Ethos and Values
At Sir Roger Manwood’s School we aim to provide a broad curriculum which is balanced, relevant, enjoyable and challenging to all pupils. We also seek to provide a caring community which encourages concern and respect for the welfare of others.
As a Language College, we are also very much aware of the importance of preparing students to become global citizens of the 21st century.
The Pastoral System
Pastoral care is provided through Form Tutors and Year Heads. There are also senior staff who have student welfare as part of their core duties. Sixth Formers are encouraged to help in a number of areas with Junior classes and a ‘buddying’ system operates in Years 7 and 8. Sixth formers also act as Area Prefects and School Prefects.
Language College Specialism
In September 2003 Sir Roger Manwood’s School was designated a Specialist Language College. The additional funding has been put to very good use:-
Maths and Computing Specialism
In 2008 Sir Roger Manwood’s was designated a High Performing Specialist School and awarded the second specialism of Maths and Computing. Again, the intention is to use the additional funding to promote good practice from which our students and the wider community will benefit: