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Manor House pupils celebrate a week of enrichment

23 Jun 2017

After a week of learning together Mr Messent read reports written by pupils and showed photos from the week in today's assembly. He told the pupils he was pleased with how they had shown the true Manor House spirit of working hard and collaborating to be successful. We are very proud of all who took part. ...

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Teddy Bears' Picnic

23 Jun 2017

Today our kindergarten group played host to some young visitors and shared games and fun with new friends. We finished up having fresh fruit and biscuits they'd made with Miss Elson in cookery earlier in the week as the rain just held off. A big thank you to all our youngsters who took part; to Mrs Gaunt, Mrs Lavarini and other staff for their organisation and hosting of the event and to our seniors, particularly Sophie, Phoebe and Zoe  for their help in preparations and today....

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Trips back today

22 Jun 2017

Please see our Facebook Page for updates as to ETA at school today. Juniors expected 3.30pm; Seniors 9pm.    They're doing us proud. Here at the Menin Gate ...

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Manor House School production - open to the public too

21 Jun 2017

Manor House School Presents Shakespeare Rocks Thursday 29th June at 7pm   Tickets: Adults £3 Concessions £1.50 To book your tickets please either email enquiries@manorhouseashby.co.uk or purchase them in the school office.   ...

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Manor House School Summer Fete

12 Jun 2017

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in Friday's Garden Fete. It was lovely to see so many parents and visitors enjoying the school with our children. Prize winners on the day were Tom Cross for his really wild banana and Zayn Esat & Lydia Jordan for their decorated cups, but really everyone was a winner. Thank you to our parents' committee, Friends of Manor House, for your continued support of the school. 

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Manor House School Fete - this Friday

07 Jun 2017

 SCHOOL SUMMER FETE FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 1.30-4.30PM This Friday, whatever the summer weather!   Members of the public are welcome to join in and see us at our very best. There will be lots of fun for...

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Summer Fete Friday June 9th 1.30 - 4.30pm open to pupils and the public

18 May 2017

 SCHOOL SUMMER FETE FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 1.30-4.30PM Coming very soon BRING A BOTTLE OR TWO. This year our bring a bottle stall will be running a children's version. Parents have always been very generous in the past and this year we are asking parents to provide one bottle of adult friendly beverage and one bottle for the children's stall.   ...

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Good luck to S5

18 May 2017

Seen here with Ruta, Laura, Myles and Jack modelling this year's hoody. ...

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Congratulations to Sophie Stevenson S2

02 May 2017

Sophie travelled to Ostend this weekend with her Friends from Youth Brass 2000 (National Youth Brass Band Champions 2017) to take on the rest of Europe in European Youth Brass Band Finals.  

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Mrs. Millington-Pipe honoured

30 Apr 2017

  Mrs.  Millington-Pipe (our own Mrs FMP) has now been recognised both nationally and internationally for her skills as a photographer. Head of junior school and busy mum of two, Mrs FMP also runs a successful photography business from her home near the school. Recently, Mrs FMP won three awards for photographs submitted to the prestigious ‘Image of the Month’ competition. The awarding body is The Guild of Photographers, an internationally accredited UK ...

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Open Day at Manor House School

28 Mar 2017

Last Thursday the school hosted a whole bunch of new students as they joined with our own M4 to experience secondary style lessons hosted by Mrs. Watson, Mrs. McDonnell, Miss Elson, Miss Bowyers and Mr. Lawton and to follow a typical Manor House School day. In addition to enjoying lessons, all students ate a lunch prepared and cooked as normal in our school kitchens with fresh and wholesome ingredients. Towards the end of the day parents met with our Headteacher, Mr. Messe...

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Senior School parents' evening - tomorrow (Wednesday)

28 Mar 2017

4 - 6.30pm S3 - S5  No appointment necessary. See you there. ...

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Artists Honoured at Conkers

24 Mar 2017

On Friday some of our talented artists from Manor House School were awarded the top prizes at the Rotary Young Artist of the Year competition, with the ceremony being held nearby at Conkers.  Beating strong competition, our students shone. Special congratulations go to:  Overall young artist of the year: Laura Humphreys Age group winners: Harriet Treddle-McGonigle and Esmé Watson ...

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Parents' evening marking presentation

22 Mar 2017

Thank you to everyone for attending tonight's parents' evening.  It was lovely to feel so much positivity. Attached is the marking presentation from tonight.    /uploads/files/parent%20ppt%202017%20March%2020%20pdf%282%29.pdf ...

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Rotary Young Musician final results

20 Mar 2017

Our children were great again as they entered the third and final stage of the Rotary Young Musician event yesterday. Myla and Imogen were fabulous and won! Josh and Sophie won their class although 

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Maths Challenge - further successes

15 Mar 2017

Maths Challenge 2017 Superb. Our team of four maths magicians worked together on Monday to beat most of the other schools on the day. Congratulations to Emily, Ollie, Robert and Sophie.  ...

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Rugby tournament at Manor House

15 Mar 2017

Today we hosted four schools in a rugby sevens tournament here at our ancient seat of learning. Making the most of the early Spring sunshine a lot of fun was had by all.   ...

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Shakespeare Rocks - school production

09 Mar 2017

The school play has been cast. Scripts have been given and pupils are excited about their roles.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday lunchtimes until Easter. After Easter rehearsals will be on Tuesdays after school until 4.45pm.

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Spring comes to Manor House

09 Mar 2017

Photos from today at lunch. Happy children  .   ...

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Succès du café Français

08 Mar 2017

Hier, nos

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A thought for Lent from our youngsters

08 Mar 2017

Our Lent Prayer   Dear God.   We are now in Lent. Help us to think of others. We could give people some of our time. We could be nicer to others. We could share our toys and our heart with others. We could ...

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Musician Magic

06 Mar 2017

We are proud to announce that our pupils represented Manor House School brilliantly in the Northern Semi-Final of the Rotary Young Musician competition on Saturday 4th March 2017. After arriving at the Enrichment Centre of the John Ferneley Academy in Melton Mowbray, our pupils performed beautifully in their respective sections. The adjudicator Mr Roy Abbey praised our students for their confidence, clarity a...

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World Book Day photos today

02 Mar 2017

Yet again our pupils shone today by dressing up as a variety of characters from their favourite books. In addition to dressing up, there are a number of events today to celebrate reading, building on the visit by author, Ann Evans, earlier in the week. 

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Ann Evans - author visit. Our students shine.

01 Mar 2017

Congratulations to everyone involved in yesterday's visit of local author, Ann Evans to Manor House. Starting off with an assembly to all pupils and our parents, she entertained with stories of how hard she had to persevere before she got her first book published and how she never gave up. She continued to talk about the different sorts of writing she does before spending the day with our pupils in their classes. We would like to thank Ann Evans, Mrs Farrell for organising...

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Places now available for 2017/18

01 Mar 2017

  If with the increasing class sizes and budget cuts constricting state schools you are considering the independent sector then at Manor House School we can offer you and your c...

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School will always remain open even in severe winter weather

28 Feb 2017

Winter is here. School will always remain open. Please check your emails and look on our website news and/or  Facebook for updates when extreme weather  descends on us 

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Author visit Tuesday 28th Feb - parents invited

23 Feb 2017

Tuesday 28th February   Parents are invited into school next Tuesday for a special assembly from 8.35 – approx. 9am. The assembly will be led by our visiting author, Ann Evans, who will be spending her day with  the children here at Manor House. You will be able to get a taste of what the children will be experiencing throughout the day.

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Bonjour tout le monde

23 Feb 2017

  Tuesday 7th March – French Café – KG-M4 We would like pupils to bring red, white and blue clothes to change into at lunchtime.  KG-M4 will then be participating in a French Café experience where they will complete activities and be rounded off by being able to order a selection of French food and drinks and consume then in the café. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join us at 2.55pm to enjoy some of the glorio...

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Junior budding artists

22 Feb 2017

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Maths Challenge Success

20 Feb 2017

Congratulations to the Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 students who participated in the UKMT Intermediate Maths challenge on 2 February 2017.  Bronze certificates were achieved by Joel Beedle (Best in Year 10), Robert Mursell (Best in Year 9) and Sophie Stevenson (Best in School).

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What we do: pictures in church today

06 Feb 2017

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Young Musicians of the Year

01 Feb 2017

Young Musicians Congratulations to everyone who took part on Tuesday. You did yourselves proud.   We now have seven of our young superstars through to the next round. Esme Watson on vocal solo Darta Piekuse & Evelyn House singing a duet Sophie Stevenson on the marimba

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Fish n' Chip Bingo Evening

01 Feb 2017

Everyone welcome! 6.30pm - 9pm   Food and atmosphere were great and great time was had by all. Thank you to all involved.       ...

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Scintillating Science

26 Jan 2017

  Science Live is an annual event where you get chance to see and interact with top UK Scientists. GCSE students form S4 and a number of S3 students were glad to be part of the event. In addition to listening to a number of Scientists enthusing over their specialisms, we were fortunate to be able to listen to the advice from an experienced examiner who gave us some top tips on...

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Poetry lives!

25 Jan 2017

  S4 and S5 visited the Royal Centre in Nottingham as part of their studies for Literature GCSE.  Poetry Live! is an opportunity for students to hear many of the poems they study read aloud by the poets themselves. In addition to this, we were also given advice from an examiner on key poetry question...

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Our outstanding young voices

25 Jan 2017

Congratulations to every one of our twenty pupils who had a fantastic day - and night - yesterday at the NEC in Birmingham. All threw themselves into it with gusto. Behaviour and application were - as ever - exemplary and we are very proud of them all. We would like to thank all of our parents for your continued support with this spectacular event. We hope you enjoyed the 2017 extravaganza! Thanks also to Mrs Adamowicz for running the event.

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Option Evening this Thursday

16 Jan 2017

Option evening this Thursday for parents and pupils in S3, Starts at 6.30pm in the hall. Parents and pupils who are thinking of joining us in y10 next year are welcome too. We'll see you there! S3 Options Presentation and Parents’ Evening   Thursday January 19th 2017.   ...

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Head's end of year report

16 Dec 2016

Head’s End of Year Report 2016   What a year it has been. Every day I continue to be inspired by the children and my colleagues and all that they do together to make Manor House special, unique and outstanding. All the activities and achievements this year continue to highlight how impressive our students are with the energy and enthusiasm they bring to our school. Over the past few weeks, parents, grandparents, friends and teachers have been tre...

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Christmas Jumper charity day tomorrow

15 Dec 2016

And non uniform day. We're looking forward to seeing staff and pupils bedecked in Christmas outfits tomorrow. Normal lessons period one - three then we head outside for the tradtional Manor House School fancy dress reindeer run, lunch and then the family assembly at 1.30. See you there! School closes at 2.30. ...

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'The best carol concert I've ever been to.'

14 Dec 2016

Thank you Mr Jordan for those wonderful comments. Last night was spectacular for all involved as our pupils shone brightly in our annual Christmas Carol Concert at St Helen's Church. A packed congregation joined in carols and listened to readings, soloist singers and our choir and instrumentalists performing at the very highest level.  We are proud of you all. ...

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Carol Concert tonight 7pm

13 Dec 2016

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Nativity Stars at Manor House

09 Dec 2016

The Grumpy Sheep is almost happy Just one more performance to go at the old people’s home on Monday Your children have been real stars… and angels, wisemen, sheep, oxen etc   Thank you to all of them and to everyone involved in giving them the opportunity to shine. The children have been amazing and the staf...

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Christmas Panto - written by our intrepid 4 - 7 year old reporters

07 Dec 2016

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Saturday, Christmas Bazaar on now - Santa spotted

19 Nov 2016

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Congratulated on the behaviour of our pupils again

17 Nov 2016

Following their geography trip to Birmingham’s botanical gardens earlier in the month this week we received a letter from their head of education complimenting our pupils on their behaviour and enthusiasm. Mr Messent thanked the children and their teacher, Mrs Russell, for representing themselves, and the school, so well. We are pleased to show you the letter below. ...

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Children in Need - Pennies for Pudsey

16 Nov 2016

Come into our entrance hall and you will see a fantastic outline of Pudsey Bear ready to be filled with coins to be donated to Children in Need. Look closely at the gorgeous art work created by Miss Elson and her budding artists in M1,2,3 and M4 and don't forget to spend a penny, or a few, as we attempt to fill up Pudsey with copper. We'll let you know how much your donations add to Friday's nationwide charity event. 

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Remembrance Day 11.11.2016

11 Nov 2016

Today all of Manor House school walked down to the memorial in Ashby de la Zouch. We made sure we were all wearing our poppies. We prayed, listened to The Last Post, sang the National Anthem and participated in a 2 minute silence. We did this to remember the soldiers who have died for our lives. After the 2 minute silence a lady said a beautiful, memorable speech about the soldiers. She said, ‘When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.’ At the end we la...

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Living history

10 Nov 2016

Mrs Watson's S3 history class welcomed Mrs Knaggs and her spinning wheel, to complement their studies of the Industrial revolution and how cottage industries developed with inventions such as the Spinning Jenny.

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Christmas Bazaar open to all - one week to go!

10 Nov 2016

School Christmas Bazaar 19th November – 2 weeks’ time! This is not JUST your usual School Bazaar; this is a Manor House School shopping extravaganza supported by 15 local businesses selling a variety of handmade and crafted gifts, beauty and health products, cards and wrapping, alongside handbags, scarves and jewelry. Like and share our page https://www.facebook.com/mhs...

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Junior school trip today

10 Nov 2016

Well done to everyone today for representing the school so well and not letting the driving rain spoil the occasion. Thank you to Mrs FMP and the staff for their organisation. Article by our superstar budding reporters in M4: National Memorial Arboretum 10.11.2016   Today we went to the National Memorial Arboretum. ‘Arbre’ means tree in French. At the Arboretum there are many trees that are living memori...

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Pictures from today's assembly

04 Nov 2016

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

04 Nov 2016

On Tuesday 1 st November, 15 Geography students visited Birmingham Botanical Gardens as part of their Tropical Rainforest ecosystems topic in S3 and S4. Students explored the glass houses to discover the uses and characteristics of plants. They were also entertained by a live animal show and had the opportunity to handle exotic creatures such as: giant snails, stick insects, bearded dragons, tenrecs (a little like a hedgehog, from Madagascar) and a chameleon who showed off his predatory skill...

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Thank you - great half term

14 Oct 2016

A successful half term was brought to a close with the traditional family assembly today. With a slide show of events, plenty of certificates and performances by Tom Cross, Ava & Tom Clarke and a poem by Emily Turnbull the pupils were the stars. Please check out our Facebook page for the presentation and other photos.  Meanwhile, thank you to everyone for the bottles brought in today for the FMHS stall at our Christmas Bazaar. we've got...

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Non uniform day & cake sale this Friday

10 Oct 2016

Please remember it is non uniform day this Friday where pupils come in non uniform and bring a bottle of their parents' choice in for the FMHS bottle stall at the Christmas Bazaar on 19th November. Also, S5 are having a cake sale to raise funds for their summer prom. ...

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Growing Minds

06 Oct 2016

Today we celebrated our Harvest Festival at St Helen's next door. We were once again proud of all our pupils as they sang and participated keenly. It can be very nerve wracking standing up in a pulpit to read or sing to an audience but all our volunteer readers and singers rose to the occasion. Thank you for your kind donations, including the collection at the end which raised well over a hundred pounds and is being split between a charity of St Helen's choice, Loros and a charity t...

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Harvest Festival tomorrow

05 Oct 2016

Thank you to everyone for the plentiful and beautiful baskets brought in over the last few days. ...

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❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela

26 Sep 2016

Celebration of languages: European day of languages here at Manor House. Yesterday saw pupils across the school had a language focus in many of their lessons as we celebrated European Languages Day. The multi-lingual  diet included M forms naming and baking foccacia then sampling French cheeses; classes learning Spanish  (thank you Mrs McDonnell); multi language bingo in history;  working out the etymology of the periodic table in science and much much more. The day e...

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Drum lessons now available

23 Sep 2016

Following an exciting introduction in assembly today we are delighted to announce drum lessons are now available. Parents, please see this week's bulletin for details . ...

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Geography is great: field trip report

23 Sep 2016

GCSE Geography Field trip to Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire   GCSE Geographers travelled to Shrosphire on Tuesday 20th September to explore the Carding Mill Valley area of the Long Mynd range of hills and to collect data for their Controlled Assessment. Students investigated changes to the River Carding along its long profile, including measuring the width and depth of the channel and sampling the bedload size and ...

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Night Owls Flock to Barn Dance at the Manor

17 Sep 2016

Friday's ceilidh here at Manor House was an overwhelming success. Staff, pupils and parents mixed and danced together, whilst parents were introduced to our teachers during a break in the music. ...

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Non uniform day tomorrow

15 Sep 2016

Ashby Fair non uniform day tomorrow A reminder that it is non uniform day for our pupils tomorrow as is traditional on the Friday before Ashby Fair.  No donation is needed on this occasion.  

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FMHS event tomorrow: Meet the...

15 Sep 2016

Teachers... We have our FMHS Meet the Teachers barn dance and picnic tomorrow to give parents and your children a chance to meet the teachers at the school and have a picnic and dance on our lawns. With a 6.30 start,  you are welcome on site from 6. Please see last week's ...

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Roald Dahl Day celebrated

14 Sep 2016

Over the past few days pupils and staff have been celebrating the life and works of Roald Dahl. Beginning with a visit from the BFG (Mr. FMP looking ogresome) on Monday,  Tuesday's school started with a literary carousel where pupils chose which tale they would like to participate in then went to different rooms to hear the stories acted, and over acted, by staff in role. This was followed up today by a senior assembly on reading and will be continued on Friday with a whole school Roald ...

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READING CIRCLES NEWS

13 Sep 2016

Primary classes, from KG to M4, have joined together to form a reading circle for one period a week. This is a time where the children can socialise with other year groups and focus on their speaking and listening skills, as well as enjoying the simple act of being read a story. The children have decided that next week they would like to read Roald Dahl poems and act ou...

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Mrs. Lavarini's first assembly

12 Sep 2016

Welcome to Mrs. Lavarini, shown here in action in Friday's assembly. ...

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Ashby Statutes Fair - Travel Delays - 16th to 20th September

02 Sep 2016

Please be aware of travel restrictions in Ashby for the fair,  16th to 20th September.   Please allow plenty of time for getting to and from school during this time, including coming to the FMHS meet the staff barn dance on 16th. Roads closed: Market Str...

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Outstanding results; outstanding pupils. GCSE results day news - 100% Pass rate!

25 Aug 2016

Success breeds success Record results at Manor House School for class of 2016 as we set the standards 25 Aug 2016 Today our pupils celebrated as they got their GCSE results. All of our pupils passed every exam: 100% success. As a double celebration, significant numbers of pupils took GCSE exams up to two ye...

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Results Day 9.30 - 11.30 Thursday 25th August

24 Aug 2016

EXAM RESULTS DAY   Thursday 25th August   9.30am – 11.30am     Results can be picked up from the school. Please note that we are unable to release any results over the phone. 

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New ISI report: more success for Manor House

24 Aug 2016

ISI Reports   July 2016

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Head's end of term message

08 Jul 2016

At Manor House we treat every child as an individual and that is the single most important consideration when choosing this as the right school for your child.

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Happy Staff!

08 Jul 2016

  Happy staff and new starters taking a break after working hard. Enjoying a picnic in the sun earlier today!        ...

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Prize Giving and goodbye for the term

07 Jul 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our wonderful prize giving to see our pupils at their very best. We wish everyone a happy and safe break from school ready to start back on September 7th. ...

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Prom Kings and Queens

02 Jul 2016

Goodbye to S5. Another set of memories were cemented last week at our delightful 2016 prom. These photos and the others taken on the night are available to purchase from Fiona Millington Photography.  A link has been emailed out to all parents who attended.

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Wonderdome!

01 Jul 2016

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Mr Messent Meets a Tarantula

01 Jul 2016

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Snakes, spiders, out of world experiences and the prom: a day in the life of MHS

01 Jul 2016

The day started off with Mrs. FMP inviting some strange creatures into school. M2 and M3 were spellbound as volunteers were allowed to hold a tarantula. Given the chance to talk to its owner they found out how it survives and what it eats. When a couple of Boa snakes where introduced word got around and teachers and pupils from all classes came to hold and admire. Even some ophidiophobes were won around, with photos to prove it! Thank you to Martin Nelson for his time, patience and strange co...

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Swimming gala wins over rained off sports day

28 Jun 2016

Tuesday saw the planned day of sport. Alas it also saw torrential rain forecast and reluctantly the sports day was called off the day before.  Rain didn't stop the swimmers throwing themselves in though as great time was had by all. ...

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Teddy Bears' picnic survives the rain

22 Jun 2016

Yesterday we had over 70 little visitors to the school as we opened our famous grounds to children from local areas for our annual Teddy Bears' Picnic. Manor House School EYFS staff led sessions showing our visitors what life is like at this school. A lovely time was had by all. Mr, Messent, headteacher, thanked all involved for making it such a success. ...

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Art moderation today

22 Jun 2016

Mrs. Potter came back today to meer the art moderator who cast admiring glances over Scott and Leah's work in the learning hub. Many visitors saw the temporary art exhibition on fete day. It's a tribute to all involved. Results of the day won't be known until final results day in two months' time, but we can't wait. ...

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Fit for our Queen

13 Jun 2016

Summer Fete Thank you to everyone for your tremendous support making Friday's Queen Bithday fete such a success for all our pupils.  Even th...

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Beaumanor Hall

13 Jun 2016

Junior School Trip to Beaumanor Hall Our intrepid juniors headed out into the wilds of Beaumanor Hall today in the capable hands of Mrs. Millington.

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Garden Fete 2016

10 Jun 2016

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GCSE Geography and Business Studies Fieldtrip to Birmingham

25 May 2016

GCSE Geography and Business Studies Fieldtrip to Birmingham   S4 Geography and Business Studies students caught the train to Birmingham on Friday 20th May to further their knowledge and understanding of urban areas and business location.  The students worked hard to complete their field booklets and to develop a range of geographical data collection techniques.  These included mapping the buildings along New Street ...

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Alumni proud of Manor House.

19 May 2016

Alumni proud of Manor House. On Wednesday a group of ex students now living as far away as the Maldives in o...

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Creative cooks

16 May 2016

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Leaving - almost.

10 May 2016

Leaving  - almost.   Today S5 received their hoodies in what is the start of their grand finale,  with exams starting next week and the prom to look forward to on July 1st. In between lies a lot of hard work and memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We wish them all the very best over the next 7...

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Spring visit to Midsummer Night's Dream

04 May 2016

S1 tomorrow. Report to follow. ...

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Read all about it!

03 May 2016

Read all about it! Manor House Students are producing a school newspaper. Two meetings in and we have shortlisted newspaper names and allocated roles.

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Tennis Club

15 Apr 2016

We are pleased to annouce our new relationship with Ashby Tennis Club. Our students will now benefit from the use of there facilities for tennis lessons from our PE teachers.  We thank them kindly for letting us use their tennis courts.  ...

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Head's End of Term Report

22 Mar 2016

Head’s report end of Spring Term 2016. This is the first Easter for the eleven new starters we’ve had since I moved here, and the last for our S5. Our eldest pupils face 3 more months of hard work as they prepare for their final GCCE exams. Over Easter most of them will be coming in for extra sessions run by our teachers. It is important to do their best to attend. It will be hard but very rewarding. It is important to work hard now but also to make sure they build in time to re...

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Teen Maths Challenge

22 Mar 2016

Our four intrepid junior mathematicians proudly represented Manor House in Monday's maths challenge in a nearby school. After a veritable meeting of minds, a clash of integers, they returned home happy and honoured. This year Manor House champions, next year the Galaxy. A big thank you to Chiara, Robert, Katie and Joshua. Host, Mrs Knaggs, was heard to say, 'Maths is magic.'

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'Can one desire too much of a good thing?'

16 Mar 2016

  In connection to Shakespeare Week, pupils enjoyed a day in Stratford last Wednesday. The day involved experiencing drama workshops and a tour of the house in which Shakespeare himself was born over 400 years ago.    J2/M1 thoroughly embraced the workshop, enjoying wearing costumes, playing instruments and taking part in their own mini performances. All pupils participated fully and enthusiastically, demonstrating their drama skills an...

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FairTrade and German in our Whole School Assembly

11 Mar 2016

FairTrade and German in our Whole School Assembly   Assemblies at Manor House School are always varied and last week  was no different.  Year 8 began our whole school assembly by  sharing a performance and song in German.  Frau Kindon explained  how song and role-play is often used in lessons to help pupils retain  the language.   This was followed by members of Year 9 sha...

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A Characterful Day

03 Mar 2016

A Characterful Day   Manor House School celebrated World Book Day in its usual passionate and spirited style.  Students dressed up in costumes as their favourite characters from their most loved books.  Students arrived at school in a variety of guises from Stickman to the White Rabbit and from Vikings to Wizards and Witches.  The teachers, not to be out done, also dressed up with characters from Shakespeare, Harry Potter and even their history textbo...

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School play

02 Mar 2016

Don't forget tickets are now available in the school office! The pupils are rehearsing hard and props and costumes are being made and collected by pupils, staff and parents.  It's sure to be a spectacular event!

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Science Live!

29 Feb 2016

S4 Science Live - Birmingham Symphony Hall Pupils from S4 were given the opportunity to attend Science Live at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.  Pupils and staff were excited to listen to some of the speakers and Mr Matkin in particular was looking forward to hearin...

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Blood Brothers

19 Feb 2016

  We're all Blood Brothers.   During half term some of S4 showed how devoted they are to their studies and attended a performance of Willy's Russell's fa...

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World Book Day Competition organised by the Literacy Team.

10 Feb 2016

The Literacy Team have organised a competition amongst the pupils to create a poster for World Book Day.  They are now at the stage where they are choosing a winner.    Watch this space for more details! ...

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Poetry Live!

05 Feb 2016

S5 had the opportunity to hear some of the poems from the GCSE Anthology collection read and discussed by the poets themselves. The...

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Tag Rugby Match Report by Sam Gulley

01 Feb 2016

Tag Rugby Match Report 29.1.16 Manor House School/ Melbourne Junior School  By Sam Gulley   On Friday 29th January, the team from Melbourne Junior School came for a Development Day to play Tag Rugby.

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Literacy Team News

28 Jan 2016

Literacy Team News   During the autumn term, pupils were given the opportunity to become part of the Literacy Team at Manor House. They applied via a letter, outlining their qualities and interest in the role. We were overwhelmed by the response and appointed 17 pupils.   Since then, we have undertaken the redevelopment and organisation of the library; pupils have volunteered their spare time to help sort fiction and no...

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Option Evening 2016

19 Jan 2016

Option Evening 2016   Thank you to all parents, pupils and staff who attended our option evening last night. Can we be chatting to our children about what options they are choosing and remind them to catch up with the staff if they have further questions. Similarly if anyone has any queries about the process or the new grades please don't hesitate to contact our director of studies, Mrs Beach. The event was very well at...

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Young Voices 2016

18 Jan 2016

Young Voices 2016 “Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing in harmony.  Young Voices combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance. With a full live band, backing singers and the internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawrence it makes for one of the most exciting and memorable musical experiences you can imagine.”...

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Smile

15 Jan 2016

Smile – by M2 and M3   On Friday 15th January M2 were chosen to select the music to play in our whole school assembly.  They took this task very seriously and we listened to extracts of each child’s favourite song.  We had a vote and the clear winner was “You’re never fully dressed without a smile” from the 2014 version of Annie. https://www.youtube.com/watc...

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Rugby Match Report by Isaac Russell

13 Jan 2016

Rugby Match Report 13.1.16 Manor House School/ Dagfa House School By Isaac Russell   2016 brought Manor House School its first rugby match against Dagfa House school. On a bitterly cold but dry afternoon we were all set to put our training into practice and work as a team for the first match of the year.   We played 3 games in total, and as ...

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S3/Y9 Option Evening

11 Jan 2016

S3/Y9 Option Evening Monday 18th January at 7pm in the school hall. Parents of S3/Y9 and any parents of Year 9 pupils in other schools are welcome if you are thinking of joining Manor House School.  ...

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Mr. Messent: End of term report

16 Dec 2015

Mr. Messent: End of term report What a half term it’s been. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the unanimous support and heart-warming welcome I have received from every one of you, parents, pupils and staff in equal measure. I feel very at home at Manor House School. At Manor House School we nurture people who love learning so much that they become lifelong learners who never forget their time here.  The development of ...

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Sam Oldham sends winning pupil gymnast a message of congratulations.

16 Dec 2015

Sam Oldham sends winning pupil gymnast a message of congratulations.   Sam Oldham, Olympic medalist and Manor House School’s Ambassador for Sport, sent Isaac Russell a personalised message in recognition of his amazing achievement of winning a silver medal in the East Midlands Team Gymnastic competition. The video was played as a complete surprise to Isaac and his mother who had arrived to attend our ‘End of Term Family Assembly.’ At Manor ...

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Three men and a star!

15 Dec 2015

Three men and a star! On Thursday 10th December, Manor House School Junior pupils (KG-M4) performed their Nativity play “Three men and a star” in the stable barn at their Forest School.  The stable was decorated by Wild Art made by all the children who attended and were lit by fairy lights and Christmas trees with their nearest and dearest gathered round...

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Congratulations to Isaac Russell

12 Dec 2015

Congratulations to Isaac Russell this weekend on his stunning performance winning a silver medal in the East Midlands Team Gymnastic competition, held at New College, Leicester. We are very proud of him.

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Match Report by Alisha

09 Dec 2015

Wednesday football match: A report by our budding reporter, S2’s own player/guest writer Alisha Durgapal (& secret ghost editor)   It was a very close game but despite our best efforts, DAGFA won 1 nil! The most improved player was me and the man of the match was our new signing making his first team debut, goalie Ollie. In the end though, DAGFA were a better team. We played, and lost, together as team in this game. In the seco...

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Manor House School’s Junior Nativity Goes On Tour.

08 Dec 2015

Manor House School’s Junior Nativity Goes On Tour. 8.12.15   “It is all so shadowy and far away, but we would like you to come with us now out of the noise of the twenty-first century as we tell again the old story of three men and a star.” Over the next week Manor House School’s Junior Department will be taking their Nativity “Three Men and a Star” on tour.  They will be visiting ...

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Aladdin - “Oh yes we did!”

07 Dec 2015

Aladdin - “Oh yes we did!”   Friends of Manor House School provided the whole school with an extra special Christmas treat this year by funding an enjoyable trip to the pantomime, Aladdin on Monday, 7th December. Aladdin flew into Loughborough, along with the town of Nan-Pan-Tan-Panto, where trouble was stirring. Aladdin was in love with Princess So-Shy and captured her heart after bravely battling dragons, outwitting wizards an...

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Christmas Truce Football Match 2015.

02 Dec 2015

Christmas Truce Football Match 2015. For the second year in succession the most famous game ever played, when British and German troops of WW1 called a truce on Christmas Day and played football, was re-enacted again in the grounds of the historic Manor House School.  Some of the soldiers were only a few years older than the children taking part in this event and teacher of sport, Steve Williams felt it a fitting tribute and something worthy of reflection for the children. ...

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Match Report by Thomas Cross

25 Nov 2015

Match Report by Thomas Cross 25.11.15   On Wednesday we played against Twycross House.  The first game was a tight one; we took the lead with a spectacular goal from George to Arun and back for the final pass when Arun slotted it home. The second goal was scored by a very determined Joshua who forced the ball over the line. After that, the team battled hard but with four outstanding goals from their striker and some great team spirit we lost the game ...

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Santa, Sweets and Stalls at the School Christmas Bazaar

21 Nov 2015

Santa, Sweets and Stalls at the School Christmas Bazaar – 21.11.2015   The school’s Christmas Bazaar took place on Saturday 21st November from 9-2pm. The bazaar was the perfect opportunity for pupils, parents, staff and members of the public to purchase Christmas gifts, eat seasonal food and begin to get into the festive spirit.  The event coincided with the popular Ashby Farmer’s Market enabling visitors to buy local produce too....

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The Skills Show

20 Nov 2015

The Skills Show – begin the journey of discovery Friday 20th November The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event.  It is the chance for our pupils to have a go at skills and discover new talents that could change their lives.  They had the opportunity to explore a huge range of employers, educators and job opportunities and uncover hundreds of ideas and interests to continue to build on a bright future. Anisha Mackay com...

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Match Report by Joshua Irving

20 Nov 2015

Match Report by Joshua Irving.  Friday 20th November.   This week we were playing at home against Ocbrook.  We only had two aims.  The first one was to play as a team and hopefully win and the second was to improve our attitude to team discipline. Unfortunately, the first twenty minutes wasn’t that great.  It was 4-0 to them at the end of the first third.  In the second third we turned it around.  T...

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Internet Safety

19 Nov 2015

  Following recent sad events surrounding the disappearance of Kayleigh Haywood we have all been deeply affected by the emerging news. Although full details have not been confirmed, can we please reassure you that your child's safety whilst in our care is our paramount concern. In PSHE classes we teach about internet safety and the possible risks of abuse of social media.  As ever please remain vigilant with your own children's use of social media. Attached is a usef...

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MHS Annual Awards’ Evening

19 Nov 2015

Annual Awards’ Evening 19.11.2015   The annual Awards’ Evening at Manor House was a feast of celebration for our pupils, past and present, and a special event where pupils are presented with their GCSE certificates and special awards.   Their successes were applauded by their parents and staff and awards were presented by our guest speaker Mr. Kibble, a former Manor House evacuee who resided in Ashby from 1939-1944.  Mr. Kibble enjoye...

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Anti Bullying Week

18 Nov 2015

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A message from our new Headteacher!

12 Nov 2015

I am delighted to have joined Manor House. When I first came here, as on every subsequent visit, I have been inspired by the friendliness and professionalism of staff and pupils, the atmosphere generated by the way the pupils conduct themselves around the school and in lessons and the feeling of learning created in our historic buildings. It is delightful for me to hear every member of staff and every pupil I’ve spoken to say how happy they are to come in every day. Mano...

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Manor House School Remembers

11 Nov 2015

Manor House School Remembers   This morning, the whole school assembled in front of the building. Headteacher, Mr Messent accepted our wreath from the youngest pupils within the school and placed it on the railings.  The Last Post and the Reveille was played beautifully and note perfect by Thomas Cross to mark the beginning and end of the two minutes silence observed by all pupils and staff at Manor House School...

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An Inspector Calls

11 Nov 2015

 On Wednesday 11th November, pupils in S5 attended a spectacular production of J. B. Priestley's play 'An Inspector Calls.' The play focuses on the Birling family in 1912 Britain and tells the story of them being inspected by an inspector investigating the death of a working class member of society. The plot thickens as it is revealed all were involved in some way and leads to the ambiguous climax, leaving the audience pondering: Who exactly was the inspector? Was he ...

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Remembrance Day Service

06 Nov 2015

  On Wednesday 11th November at 11am the pupils and staff will be observing the 2 minute silence and having a short service for this important day. Weather permitting this will occur at the main entrance to the school, where a wreath will be placed before the Last Post is played. Parents are welcome to join us to observe the silence at the bottom of the drive. ...

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Development Day for Sport

06 Nov 2015

On Friday 6th November there was a spirited performance by the MHS football squad impressed host teacher Mr Darren Williams. The Ockbrook teacher was very impressed by the attitude and work rate of a mixed boys and girls team from M3 & M4 which also included Sorin and Darta from M2. Mr Williams paid tribute to the pupils effort and team spirit who said “the Development Days are about supporting growth in experience of live games but also building attitudes of winners in...

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A Hoot of a Time

05 Nov 2015

A Hoot of a Time All pupils from kindergarten to M4 were treated to a spectacular day at our own forest school on Thursday 5th November.  The rain didn’t dampen our spirits and the morning began with an introduction to a huge variety of birds of prey brought to the farm by Kinder Falconry.  They preceded to give a “show and tell” about each of the birds and allowed some of the birds, which have been bred in captivity, to be stroked by the pupils....

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Welcome to our new Headteacher

16 Oct 2015

We would like to welcome our new Headteacher Mr Andrew Messent! We hope you have a very happy and prosperous time at Manor House School.   ...

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Outstanding Football Performance

01 Oct 2015

There are lots of exciting things to work on after our first fixture of the season with both Manor House School and St Crispin’s attacking the football.  

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Letter from Sam Oldham

30 Sep 2015

Paris, Spain and the World Championships provide part of Sam’s build up for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil   

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Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

25 Sep 2015

The school’s orangery was once again decorated and used for hosting our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon.  Parents, children and staff all bought scrumptious cakes and enjoyed tea and coffee.  A total of £106.29 was raised for this vitally important charity. We would like to thank all the parents for their contributions.   ...

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Divine inspiration for the Camera Club

23 Sep 2015

Divine inspiration for the Camera Club On 23rd September Manor House School Camera Club visited St Helen’s Church in Ashby to take pictures in difficult conditions, utilising the unique architecture and opportunities that a church yard and church offer.  The pupils at camera club all have different styles of camera which excel at different types of pictures so we all enjoyed the challenge of finding what worked the best.   We began inside w...

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Hagg Farm

18 Sep 2015

At last, the report we’ve all been waiting for!  Adventurous pupils got a taste of the great outdoors when they tried caving, abseiling and boulder climbing during a few days in the Peak District. The trip took place during 16th – 18th September. Pupils from S3, aged 13 and 14, visited the Hagg Farm Environmental Centre to try their hands at a host of new and hair-raising activities, and to test their skills in problem-sol...

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Red Cross Appeal Fundraising

18 Sep 2015

Manor House School fundraiser. The school council at Manor House School has been moved by the plight of refugees in the news and wanted to help them by raising funds and donating to the Red Cross Charity. Cakes have been baked and eaten and the pupils and staff all looked amazing!  Donations have also been received and Manor House School raised an impressive £123 One pupil said “We have so much compared to them and seeing them look so desperate – we had...

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100% Pass Rate

20 Aug 2015

Pupils Celebrate GCSE Results The pupils at Manor House School achieved a pass rate of 100 percent in this year’s GCSE examinations. Harry Davies had ‘stars in his eyes’ with four A* grades and in the supporting role, five A grades. Harriett Flowers, with another excellent performance, achieved one A*, four As and four B grades. Eighty three percent of Manor House S...

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Big Surprise at Manor House School

14 Jul 2015

Big Surprise at Manor House School   If you went to Manor House School last Tuesday you would have been sure of a big surprise! Eighty children from local nurseries and their teddy bears were the guests of honour for the morning. A Teddy Bear’s Picnic hosted by the school was the exciting event which had many activities to keep both children and bears very happy. There was a magician who amazed everyone wi...

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Art and Design Exhibition opened by Ashby Artist

24 Jun 2015

Art and Design Exhibition opened by Ashby Artist The annual exhibition was more than simply a display of the best of the GCSE pupils' work. It was a celebration of the achievements in art, craft and design of everyone in the school. From the youngest kindergarten children to the year 11 pupils, each was represented by at least one piece of work which they had completed during the year. In addition to drawings, paintings, prints, textiles an...

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Shocked Sophie Wins the Cup!

16 Jun 2015

Shocked Sophie Wins the Cup   An 11 year old pupil from our school was lost for words when she was presented with an award recently. Sophie Stevenson entered the under 12 monologue competition at the Derby Arts Festival in the solo acting class. She recited a piece from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where she portrayed the character of Violet Beauregarde, speaking with an American accent. Sophie’s acce...

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Manor House School Garden Fete

09 Jun 2015

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All Aboard For Manor House School!

04 Jun 2015

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Manor House School Artists ‘Light Up The Community’

21 May 2015

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'It All Adds Up to Success at Manor House School'

12 May 2015

'It All Adds Up to Success at Manor House School' Senior pupils at Manor House School achieved an array of awards in this year's Intermediate Maths Challenge. This annual national competition, which is organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, attracted over 200,000 entries. The top 1500 achievers are invited to sit a follow-on Olympiad round and a further 9,000 will participate in a multiple-choice Europe-wide competition. We are waiting to hear if any of our pupils have qu...

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Pupils Paint Their Nails For Nepal

12 May 2015

Pupils Paint Their Nails For Nepal The recent tragic event in Nepal prompted pupils at the Manor House School in Ashby to organise a fun fund-raising event. Always ready to respond to a crisis, our caring pupils decided to paint their ‘Nails for Nepal’ and donate money for ...

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Laipni Lugts Manor House School!

24 Apr 2015

Laipni Lugts Manor House School! Staff at Manor House School  had to brush up on their Latvian this week. Amongst the six new pupils who joined us on Monday were sisters Ruta and Darta from Latvia! Acting head teacher, Mrs.Wor...

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Pupils Take Part in Historical Event

31 Mar 2015

Manor House Pupils Take Part in Historical Event       A group of pupils in Year 7 at Manor House School took part in a world-famous historical event whilst having a lesson about the Battle of Bosworth. As Richard 3rd was being re-intern...

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Wind in the Willows Wows the Audience!

31 Mar 2015

Wind in the Willows Wows the Audience! The annual musical at Manor House School was a resounding success! The school pulled out all the stops in staging a musical version of the classic tale of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad and wowed the audience with amazing acting and stupendous singing. Actors and actresses from K...

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Manor House School Hits The Right Note

05 Mar 2015

Musicians from Manor House amazed the judges by their performances in the recent ‘Rotary Youth Musician’ competition. This event is open to all schools in the area and five pupils from our school entered the prestigious competition for the first time.  Each pupil performed their piece for two adjudicators. In the Junior Solo section, Sophie Stevenson and Astha Durgapal both performed piano pieces with Alisha Durgapal and Thom...

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Characters Come Alive on World Book Day

05 Mar 2015

The staff and pupils of Manor House School dressed up to celebrate World Book Day. The characters which sprang to life included Horrid Henry, The Mad Hatter, Hagrid, Ron Weasley, Skullduggery Pleasant, Sir Galahad, Umpa Lumpa and Bilbo Baggins, to name a few! Throughout the day pupils enjoyed celebrating the event by designing book tokens, discussing their favourite books and characters and exploring the enjoyment of reading.

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Manor House Pupils Meet Top Scientists

05 Mar 2015

A highlight of the year for GCSE pupils at Manor House School in is to have the opportunity to meet some of Britain’s top scientists at the annual ‘Science Live’ event. Amongst the participating scientists was the world-famous Professor Robert Winston, along with many others, all of whom are working at the cutting edge of their specialism. The main purpose of the event is to further engage pupils with scien...

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Parents Curry Favour to Raise School Funds

13 Feb 2015

Parents and friends of Manor House recently cooked up a whopping  curry which raised a staggering £1,000! After much scraping, chopping and crying (whilst slicing onions!), a group of parents produced an authentic Indian menu for 104 adults and children. This annual Curry Night proved so popular that it was a complete sell-out, resulting in a profit of £1,000 for school funds. It is hoped this sum will provide sheltered seating for the children to use at...

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Creative Castles Bring History Alive

13 Feb 2015

Pupils at the Manor House School in Ashby rose to their History teacher’s challenge by producing an innovative and creative set of castles. Given the task as an extended homework, the pupils in Year 7 went the extra mile and created an amazing array of castles using a very wide range of materials. Two pupils even produced castle cakes! Needless to say, these weren’t available to be photographed! Subject leader for History, Mrs. Jeanne Carroll, said, “Each year I set this homew...

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Crafty Christmas at Manor House School

19 Dec 2014

  Senior pupils were given the afternoon off lessons recently to put their art and craft skills into action. Guided by staff, an array of Christmas-related gifts were produced, including wreathes, painted glass items and tree decorations. Later in the week a craft fair was held where all of the products were...

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Save The Date!

05 Dec 2014

The Friends of Manor House School are pleased to announce that the next food event is to be a 'Curry Night' to be held on Friday 6th February 2015. This is always a very popular event on the FMHS calendar so do keep a look-out for ticket sales. (SOLD OUT) ...

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Pupils Re-enact WW1 Football Game

05 Dec 2014

Pupils Re-enact WW1 Football Game   The story of the most famous football match ever played, when the British and German troops called a truce on Christmas Day 100 years ago during WW1 and played a game, is well documented. The soldiers exchanged gifts, sang carols and shared news of home. Something very similar ...

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Run Reindeer, Run!

05 Dec 2014

The annual and much-anticipated event got underway in a blaze of festive costumes. Despite the dank weather, the front lawn at the school was awash with happy faces and cheerful, Christmas-related outfits, watched by the infant pupils, staff and parents. As is usual for Manor House, all junior and senior pupils paraded in front of the school prior to setting off on a cross-country run. This year, even a suitably-dressed dog was one of the participants!

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Sam Oldham - Ambassador for Sport at MHS

24 Nov 2014

There was a buzz of anticipation and excitement at school as pupils and staff waited for the arrival of a very special guest to our weekly assembly. Sam Oldham, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and a gold at the Commonwealth Games for his amazing performance in gymnastics is the Ambassador for Sport at Manor House School. During the school assembly Sam talked about the importance of his relationship with his coaches and teachers, in particular his fo...

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Awards Evening

24 Nov 2014

AWARDS EVENING AT MANOR HOUSE SCHOOL The annual Awards Evening was very well attended by pupils who were in years 9, 10 and 11 last year, all keen to collect their GSCE certificates. Their successes were applauded by parents and staff and the certificates were presented by special guest, Harold Yardley. Mr. Yardley was an evacuee boarder from 1940-1944 and was delighted to be back at the school, reliving some very happy memories. The former Director of Boarding...

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Pupils 'Remember Them'

11 Nov 2014

    Every year our pupils remember those who gave their lives whilst fighting for our country during World War 1. This is achieved through a range of activities; some children make poppies to decorate a giant mural whilst others participate through their English lessons. A special assembly is held and everyone observes the two minute silence. Mrs. Scrine...

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NEW SCHOOL BAG AVAILABLE

17 Oct 2014

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WW2 Codebreaking-Computer Trip

14 Oct 2014

The National Museum of Computing in Bletchly was the destination for pupils in Years 10 and 11 during a recent trip. The museum houses a collection of famous computers dating from 1944, including the Colossus which had the sole purpose of deciphering Hitler's messages during World War 2. Also on display were other famous computers such as the BBC microcomputer,...

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Pupils Hit The Target on School Trip

25 Sep 2014

A group of senior pupils spent an action-packed two days at Beaumanor Hall recently. Amongst the activities which they tried out was the zip wire and archery. One participant, Georgina Pope, said, "The high wire was absolutely terrifying but I attempted it and am proud of myself for having a go. I felt as if I were flying! The hide and seek games in the cellar made me face my fear of the dark." Orienteering was another activity on offer but what made the biggest impression on the pupils was t...

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Paris Aims For Olympics

18 Sep 2014

Paris Haywood, age 11, is aiming high and dreaming of swimming for team GB in the Olympic Games. She recently arrived at school clutching four medals which she had just won at the City of Derby Swimming Club championship competition. Paris, a keen swimmer since the age of three, joined her current club in January this year and competed along with 200 other members, ...

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Former Evacuees Visit The School

11 Sep 2014

Surprise visitors popped into school recently to take a special trip down memory lane. John Kibble and Harold Yardley were among the vast number of children who were sent away from the cities and from their families to live in safety from the air raids of World War 2. The last time they had stood on the school steps was during the war in 1939, when both of them had been evacuated from Birmingham, aged 10, along with many other children. Asked how they felt at the prospect of having to leave h...

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Pupils Go Bananas on DNA Trip

10 Sep 2014

Pupils in Year 9 were treated to a Dynamic DNA Day at the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Leicester. There were lots of hands-on activities related to DNA and genetics, along with amazing facts to be learned such as, genetically speaking, we are 50% identical to a banana! The pupils also found out that if they took the DNA from all t...

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Olympic Medalist to be Ambassador for Sport

03 Sep 2014

Sam Oldham, a young and very talented gymnast who has just won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and a bronze in the 2012 Olympics is about to become an ambassador for all sports here at the school. Sam, who is just 19, competes in the 'all round' discipline which involves mastering a range of the individual apparatus including floor, high bar, vault, pommel...

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Excellent Examination Results!

21 Aug 2014

The teachers are brimming with pride at the achievements of their Year 11 pupils. With a 100% pass rate of A*-G grades there is good reason to celebrate. Notable amongst the high achievers are Daniel Fauzi, Jennifer Hill, William Mays, Jonathan Gardner and Laura Parker, all with 9 A*-C passes. Laura said, through tears of happiness, "I did much better than I thoug...

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Pupils Visit the Past

19 Jul 2014

The Pre Prep children spent a lovely day visiting the Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. They were investigating the history of toys and were amazed to discover that early games involved using animal bones! The children took part in a teddy bear workshop, discovered which toys were enjoyed by Victorian children and observed that the types of materials used in toy-making has changed from wood, string and glass to metal and plastic. ...

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Jonathan VacatesThe Chair!

15 Jul 2014

As we bid a fond farewell to our Year 11 leavers, we give hearty thanks to Head Prefect and Chair of the School Council, Jonathan Gardner. Jonathan joined us five years ago and quickly became a very hard-working and popular pupil. It was no surprise that Jonathan was elected to lead the School Council, a role which he greatly enjoyed. He said that bei...

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Creative Writing Competition

14 Jul 2014

Robert Mursell, a pupil in Year 6 is both 'pleased and proud' to have been placed joint second in a competition which is open to all junior schools in the Ashby area. This annual event, held in memory of the late headteacher of Manor House School, Mr. Ian Clews, is organised by the museum in Ashby and was the brainchild of Mrs...

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Retirement of Mrs. Bell

11 Jul 2014

We all said a very sad 'goodbye' to one of our science teachers today. Mrs. Bell was hanging up her lab coat after having worked with us for 7 years. Known to the pupils and staff for her boundless passion about so many subjects, Mrs. Bell has no intention of wasting time in the future! Speaking of being at Manor House School, Mrs. Bell said, "I have really enjoyed working in the Science department with my wonderful colleagues and I thank them ...

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Thomas+Maths=Success!

01 Jul 2014

Each year over 24,000 pupils from across the UK enter the Junior Maths Challenge. This event is run by the UK Mathematics Trust. 6% of the top achievers are awarded gold certificates, 13% receive silver and the next 21% achieve bronze. This year, 14 pupils from Manor House School entered the competition and Abby Harding in year 7 won Best in Year whilst Luke Christian and Emily Gulley gained bronze awards. Ben Parker was awarded a silver cer...

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Pupils Build Confidence Through Sport

30 Jun 2014

Beautiful sunshine heralded the annual sports day for some of the younger pupils in our school.  They had been practising their events and were keen to show their teachers and parents what they could do. Mr. Williams, one of our P.E. coaches said, "I always tell the pupils that positivity is the only way of life. To achieve a gold standard, always tr...

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Red Carpet Rolled Out For Year 11

27 Jun 2014

Our senior pupils enjoyed a fabulous Oscars style prom evening to celebrate the achievements of the Year 11 leavers. The prom was financed entirely from the proceeds of a range of fund-raising events together with a generous donation from the Friends of Manor House School. Some pupils arrived in vintage motors and a red carpet greeted everyone. Staff and parents had helped the pupils to transform the school hall into a Hollywood-styled show-business spectacle. There were b...

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Iron Man Takes Centre Stage at the Art Exhibition

26 Jun 2014

Our annual art exhibiton took place on June 26th. Each pupil had at least one piece of work on show, which included drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, textiles and mixed-media items. Many parents and friends of the school attended the event, along with numerous pupils and all were entertained by former pupil, Charlotte Harris, who is an accomplished pianist. Current pupil, Joshua Ballance, also provided entertainment with a medley of guitar music. The exhibition was opened by ...

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MHS Swimmers Take The Plunge!

24 Jun 2014

Two teams of swimmers have undertaken extra training prior to participating in a gala where there was stiff competition. The girls represented the U11s and U13s in both individual and relay races. Three of our girls qualified for the finals where Paris Haywood came 1st in the freestyle and 2nd in the breaststroke. A much-appreciated and very scrumptious tea was provided after the event by the host school. Mrs Taylor said, "All of the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the cameraderi...

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Save The Date for the Garden Fete!

23 Jun 2014

With the annual Garden Fete just around the corner, some of our junior pupils unrolled the banner to get it ready for advertising this event. The fete has a 'World Cup' theme and several stalls will reflect this. There will be the usual bottle tombola, bric-a-brac, vintage clothes, French cafe, plus an array of games devised by the children, 'Splat the ...

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Pupils Moved and Thrilled by War Horse Theatre Trip

23 Jun 2014

Our Year 10 pupils were overwhelmed at seeing a production of the highly acclaimed 'War Horse' at the New London Theatre. Describing the event as both 'moving and thrilling', the pupils also commented that the puppetry had been exceptionally brilliant. One the group said, "I had read how amazing the show was but you had to see it to believe it." Others added that the whole day had been such fun; the street theatre in Covent Garden, the shopping and even the train journey! Subject Leader for E...

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How to Warm Up a Penguin!

13 Jun 2014

As part of their  science lesson about insulation, pupils in Year 6 made models of penguins from plastic bottles and tested the effectiveness of their 'feathers'. With classroom temperatures soaring into the mid twenties, the children set about recording the readings of water which they had put inside the plastic bottles. Every two minutes the rise in temperature was recorded and discussion focused on which insulation materials were most effective.

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Save The Date!

13 Jun 2014

Our annual art exhibition takes place on Wednesday 25th June at 7.00pm in the main hall. Every pupil will be represented with at least one piece of their work on display. The main part of the show will be taken up with the work of this year's GCSE pupils. The exhibition will be opened by the renowned architect and former pupil, Andrew Hardy. We do hope that you will join us. ...

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Courageous Sophie Wins Award

11 Jun 2014

Sophie Stevenson, a pupil in Year 5, has been awarded first prize in the 'Children of Courage' competition. Sophie, age 10, entered the Burton Mail's 'Dramatic Arts and Music' competition and was both 'ecstatic and proud' to have been voted the winner. She is looking forward to the presentation dinner which will be held at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton. Sophie is no stranger to success and is an accomplished composer, pianist and singer. Her idols a...

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Judo Champ James Wins a Silver Medal

10 Jun 2014

James Johnson, one of our pupils in Year 10, has achived second position in a national Judo competition. James was thrilled to achieve a silver medal in the 200-strong event. James is becoming something of a judo expert, having recently taken the gold medal in a regional competition. Asked if he has his sights set on the Olympics, James replied that h...

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Bits for Bosnia

06 Jun 2014

Following an appeal in assembly and the local papers, our school has been able to help Bosnian people made homeless by the recent floods. Pupils, parents and staff have been bringing in basic everyday items such as bedding, clothing, food and toiletries to help a handful of the one million people whose homes have been swept away. Over four million have been affected, many of whom have only recently finished putting together their homes and their lives following the war in the 90's. ...

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Pupils Cook With Jamie!

02 Jun 2014

A world-famous TV chef recently joined our pupils to demonstrate how to make tasty and nutritious meals. This was part of Jamie's 'Food Revolution' day and was achieved via an interactive whiteboard which brought him into the classroom! The excited junior chefs were shown how to make 'Rainbow Wraps' and after much chopping, grating and mixing, the pupils made their meals by watching Jamie's step by step demonstration.

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School Trip Presses all the Right Buttons.

29 May 2014

Our GCSE Business Studies and Geography pupils were treated to a 'chocolatey' field trip when they were taken to Cadbury's World. The purpose of the visit was to find out how ICT is used in the confectionery industry and to see at first hand how Cadburys operates its vast company, which developed from a one-man business to a multi-national. Pupils were able to speak with employees and see the entire process, from batch production through to marketing and despatch. The ICT teacher, M...

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Anna Draws Attention to her Artwork

20 May 2014

Anna Lowden, a Year 9 pupil, was awarded third prize in the Ashby Rotary regional finals of the art competition. Anna, age 14, spent seven hours drawing and painting her piece of work which was based around the theme of 'People', producing an image of differing cultures standing together across the world.

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Emily Has A Passion For Fashion!

19 May 2014

Ever since Emily Gulley, Year 8, was a very young girl, she has had a passion for fashion. Emily, whose grandmother is an artist, has clearly inherited her creative skills and has set herself the task of researching fashion through the ages. When asked how this interest in fashion came about, Emily replied that she is fascinated with the late Edwardian period and the 1920's. She especially loves the styles of dresses worn by Jane Austin's characters in Pride and Predjudice, finding them 'eleg...

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Manor House Pupils Scale New Heights

03 May 2014

A recent trip found our junior pupils at the fabulous activities centre of Beamanor Hall. The staff and children were introduced to a range of exciting pastimes including treasure hunts, archery and rock climbing. After learning the ropes on the beginners' wall, most pupils progressed onto the challenge of tackling an overhang.

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Window Dressing at St. Giles

02 May 2014

A group of our pupils were set a very unusual challenge recently. They were given two mannequins to dress and free range of the main St. Giles Hospice shop in Bath Street, Ashby, to choose outfits from. The pupils agreed on a colour scheme, choosing their school colours of red, grey, black and whire, the set off in all directions, carefully selecting items of clothing and accessories.

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TV Presenter Advises Pupils

01 Apr 2014

A top TV journalist and presenter has some advice for our pupils! Alastair Yates, a former pupil who became the first journalist to present SKY News when it was launched, later working as anchor presenter on the rolling 24 hour BBC news programme, was very excited to hear that his former school is introducing Media Studies as a GCSE option from September 2014. Alastair t...

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Dreamy Cake!

28 Mar 2014

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday our school held a cake competition. Pupils produced an amazing array of intricately-designed cakes on a Shakespearian theme. Among the witches hats, Globe theatres, Romeo and Juliette's broken hearts was a beautifully-constructed cake in the form of a book entitled 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Jennifer Hill, a Year 11pupil, designed and made the cake and was the recipient of the Shakespeare Bake-Off shield! ...

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Tasty Trip to Tesco

25 Mar 2014

Our junior pupils were very excited when they heard they were being treated to a 'behind the scenes' visit to Tesco. They were taken 'backstage' to find out how the jam gets into the doughnuts and many other interesting aspects of a superstore. The pupils were allowed to handle fish, taste the cheese and tour the bakery. ...

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Panning for Gold

24 Mar 2014

In recognition of National Science and Engineering Week, our pupils in years 3 and 4 were taken to the British Geological Survey at Keyworth. Excitement erupted as they were invited to pan for gold and to create an earthquake! Unlike some other museums, handling the wonderful fossil exhibits was encouraged and the pupils were very appreciative of this opportunity to conne...

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Princes and Peasants Mingle at the Manor House

21 Mar 2014

Visitors to our school were taken by surprise last Friday when they found classrooms full of Shakespearian characters! Three Macbeth witches had replaced the staff in the science labs and a mysterious monk haunted the room where the head of English once taught!! Along with many other schools across the country, we dedicated a day to Shakespeare in commemoration of his birthday 450 years ago. The usual timetable was suspended, except for GCSE pupils, and it was replaced with a packed ...

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Pupils give Shakespeare 10 out of 10

20 Mar 2014

In celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, our Year 7 pupils enjoyed a theatre trip to see 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Loughborough Town Hall. Teacher of English Mrs Farrell said that the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the production, commenting that they thought it was 'hilarious', especially the performance of the infamous character, Nick Bottom. One of the participants, Zoe Weatherle...

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School Trip Goes Off With A Bang!

16 Mar 2014

Pupils in Year 9 were 'informed, intrigued and inspired' by scientists and engineers when they visited the 'Big Bang Fair' at the NEC in Birmingham. This annual event is held to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and maths whilst providing plenty of opportunities for pupils to interact with the exhibitors. There were over 100 attention-grabbing activities where enquiring minds and adventurous personalities could 'bounce across the surface of Mars, build bridges from...

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'Ello 'Ello! What's all this then?

14 Mar 2014

The police were on hand to witness the junior choir raise the school's roof on Friday! The choir members assisted the police, not with their enquiries but with their singing, at a concert organised by the Friends of Ashby Museum. The event was held at our school as we had been invited to join the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir and the juniors treated a packed audience to four songs plus snippets of dialogue from their forthcoming production of Roald Dahl's 'Cinderella'. The pupils w...

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Rani's Portrait is a Winner!

14 Mar 2014

Ashby artist, Rosemary Mafrici has been working in our school for several weeks. The pupils and staff have been fascinated to watch her painting some stunning landscapes and seeing her complex brushstrokes turn into something amazing. Rosemary came up with the idea of holding a Portrait Raffle and the winning ticket, bought by Rani Parmar's mum, entitled Rani to have her £150 portrait painted. Every day Rani and her friends watched the progress of the painting.

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School Trip Was Out Of This World

12 Mar 2014

Kindergarten,infant and junior pupils were 'spaced out' by their recent visit to the National Space Centre. Kindergarten children had been studying a topic entitled 'The Moon and the World Around Us' and were thrilled to see all of the exhibits. Year One pupils were learning about famous people and had already been finding out about Neil Armstrong whilst children in Year Five were just concluding a 'Space' topic in their science lessons. All were excited to see a real rocket and space suits w...

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It's All Grow at Manor House School!

12 Mar 2014

The bulbs are blooming, the trees are blossoming and Pre Prep pupils are getting ready to plant Spring flowers to bring some longed-for colour after the gloomy wet weather of recent weeks.

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Pupils Visit 'Poetry Live'

07 Mar 2014

On March 5th a group of pupils from years 9,10 and 11 were taken to meet some of Britain's leading contemporary poets at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham. The purpose of their visit was to attend 'Poetry Live'. This annual event not only gives young people the opportunity to meet and hear from poets whose work they are studying for their GCSE examinations but also the chance to receive essential advice from an experienced chief examiner. The poets who presented their work were Carol Ann D...

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World Book Day Hats

06 Mar 2014

A group of 'mad hatters' celebrated World Book Day by making a hat which was inspired by their favourite book or character from a story. Pupils from M1 and M2 sported their imaginative hats on a journey through the town to St. Giles bookshop on Market Street. Once inside, each pupil selected a book to buy and chatted with the staff in the shop. St. Giles Hospice is the charity which we are supporting this year and a programme of events has been arranged, enabling the pupils to make contributi...

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Manor House School Makes Dreams Come True!

27 Feb 2014

For one of our pupils, dreams really do come true. All that one little girl wanted was to go to the ball and after a skirmish with a few rats, not to mention the Ugly Sisters, her life finally has a 'jammy' ending! It's panto time again (oh yes it is) and the juniors are presenting Roald Dahl's whacky version of 'Cinderella'. A sneaky peek at the rehearsal this morning found the pupils in full swing.

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Baking History

20 Feb 2014

As a half-term holiday task, pupils in years 5 and 6 were set a history homework. They had to research a famous explorer from the 'Age of Discovery', anywhere between the 12th and 16th century, then present their findings to the group. Explorers who were investigated included Marco Polo, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Ferdinand Magellan. The most novel presentation was Ellie Savva's account of Martin Frobisher. To make history appeal to the taste buds of her classmates, Ellie decid...

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Books For St. Giles

19 Feb 2014

Last Thursday, shoppers in Ashby were astonished to see a giant red and grey snake slowly make its way down Market Street, coming to a halt for a photocall outside St. Giles' bookshop! An escaped reptile from Twycross? No, it was nothing more than some of our pupils in their colourful school blazers, carrying red bags full of donations of books for the shop. St. Giles is th...

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Hitler's Trial Helps GCSE Pupils

11 Feb 2014

Year 10 pupils were taken to a 'Theatre for History' event on Friday 7th February, which was held at the town hall in Loughborough. This annual event provided an exam-busting workshop followed by a mock trial in which the audience was asked to imagine that Adolf Hitler had been captured alive in 1942 and was brought to trial. The professional, costumed actors presented their evidence, after which the pupils cast their votes to decide whether or not Hitler was guilty. One of the pupils, Joshua...

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Cutting Edge Science Lessons

07 Feb 2014

Our year 10 GCSE scientists were treated to an amazing and informative day at 'Science Live!' in Birmingham. This exciting event gives pupils the opportunity to hear five of Britain's top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. A key part of this occasion is that pupils are given top tips on how to improve their examination success from an experienced examiner, whilst learning what solutions science offers for many of the world's problems. Participant, Holly Bourne, ...

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James gains confidence and a gold medal!

07 Feb 2014

Judo enthusiast, year 10 pupil James Johnson, was looking for a sport which would help him to increase his confidence. After trying several types of martial arts activities, James found that judo was just what he had been looking for. He described the sport as 'exciting' and added, "The exercise involved is overwhelming. It lasts for 45 minutes and that is just the warm up!" James' confidence grew sufficiently for him to enter the East Midlands Judo Championship where, to his amazement, he wo...

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Myles Goes For Gold!

07 Feb 2014

Myles Haywood, age 13, has achieved enormous success in swimming competitions. Last term he entered the Independent Schools Association Gala where he qualified for the next round. In the finals, Myles won silver medals in two events; the 50 metre front crawl and the 50 metre breaststroke. He then went on to win a gold medal in the year 8 boys' relay. Myles, who has been swimming since the age of 9, had been training each week with Melanie Marshall, a former Olympic swimmer. Myles said, "I am ...

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Children go Prawn Crackers!

31 Jan 2014

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, our Pre-Prep pupils have been discovering what this festival is all about. They learned the story about the order of the animals and then made a mask to signify the year in which they were born. Beautiful Chinese lanterns were made and dragons were coloured. The best part was when they sampled some sweet and sour noodles with prawn crackers. Many of the children tried to eat with chopsticks, which was much harder than they thought it was going to be! Charlie...

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Molly's lessons go swimmingly!

31 Jan 2014

Kindergarten pupil, Molly Elliott, was awarded not one but TWO certificates for her achievements in swimming! Molly was obviously very proud when she was presented with her awards during today's assembly by deputy headteacher, Mrs Wordsworth. Molly, who clearly has a passion for her sport, said, "I love swimming. I wish I could go every day." Classmate, Daniel Vernon, was al...

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Bagpipes and Haggis!

25 Jan 2014

What a wonderful sight and sound greeted the Burn's Night guests as they walked up the school drive on Saturday evening! There, in the moonlight, with the castle silhouetted and the manor house illuminated, a lone piper played. This majestic, heart-stirring vision set the scene for a fun and haggis-filled event! Friends of Manor House School had dressed the dining room tables with tartan and floral centre-pieces to add a Scottish ambiance, for over 90 parents, children and staff. The three-co...

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Une Experience Inoubliable!

24 Jan 2014

Yesterday, eight of our GCSE students attended a Revision Conference at the town hall in Walsall. The day was packed full of information, guidance and tips to prepare for forthcoming French exams and to reach the highest level in the controlled assessments. The students, accompanied by their teacher, Madame Paumard, enjoyed a memorable and varied learning experience with French songs, music and film clips, groups activities and opportunities to take part on stage. One MHS student, Daniel Fauzi, ...

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Millie makes bags of money for St. Giles Hospice

23 Jan 2014

Millie Gibbons, a pupil in year 5, came into school today with bags of money which she had raised for St.Giles Hospice. This is the charity which the school is supporting this year and Millie, age 9, decided to do some fund-raising of her own. Helped by her little sister, Evie, Millie decided to use grandma's birthday party as an opportunity to raise money. They did so by charging the party guests for refreshments and puddings, bringing in an impressive £26 for St. Giles! Millie said, "I tho...

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Rotary Youth Speaks Competition

21 Jan 2014

Mrs. Brown writes: "Well done and thank you to Annabel James, Anna Lowden and Anisha Mackay who represented the school in the 2013-14 Rotary Youth Speaks Competition, in the district semi-finals at Ashby School. These girls have taken part in this prestigious event for three years and, as a team, have gone from strength to strength. They have grown in the confidence, self-belief, courage and...

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GCSE Options and Parents Evening Thursday 16th January

01 Jan 2014

 We invite all parents and prospective parents of pupils who are currently in Year 9 to our Options and Parents' Evening on Thursday 16th January at 7.00 pm. The evening will begin with an address from the head teacher, Mrs. Ann Scrine, who will outline the benefits of studying GCSE courses at Manor House School. Mrs. Philippa Beach, Director of Studies, will talk about the programme of careers advice and the systems in place to support your child throughout their GCSE courses, helping t...

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Run reindeer, run!

17 Dec 2013

The pupils excelled themselves this year, inventing and producing ever more crazy and fantastic costumes for our traditional 'Reindeer Run.' Cheered on by parents, cooks and the younger pre-prep children, juniors, seniors and some of the staff paraded their costumes in front of the judges. The pupils then set off on a cross-country run over the memorial field to the Bath grounds and back up to school. Although it wasn't a race, we should congratulate Sam Stephens on being the first to return!...

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Parents' Assembly

13 Dec 2013

Our Friday morning assembly was very special today because It showcased and celebrated the pupils' talents and achievements. A number of parents joined us for this lovely event which moved many to tears, especially when Evelyn House sang 'It Was on a Starry Night'.

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'Oh yes we did!'

11 Dec 2013

All of the pupils from kindergarten to M4 were taken to see the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk on Monday 9th December, at Loughborough town hall. This traditional tale was told in age-appropriate verse which was very easy to follow. The costumes and set designs were beautiful but the fabulous giant was a little too scary for some of our more sensitive teachers! The event was greatly enjoye...

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Vintage Fashion Show.

10 Dec 2013

On Friday 6th December we hosted a fabulous fashion show and shopping opportunity! The event was organised by Claire Olsen, owner of 'Georgia-May', the amazing vintage shop in Ashby. Claire specialises in clothes from the 60's and 70's so crimpolene and polyester made star appearances. Models paraded along the catwalk whilst Claire provided the commentary.   Several craft and vin...

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Midwife Crisis Averted

06 Dec 2013

This year's nativity play had all the usual characters; three kings, a host of heavenly angels, shepherds, Roman soldiers, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and.....a midwife! Amid a barrage of humorous one-liners from the kings, whose map-reading skills needed a polish, (in fact, they threw away their maps and called for a sat nav), there were shepherds singing rock songs plus a down-trodden donkey called Steve, an anxious midwife tried to 'avert a catastrophe' by attempting to find Mary before her b...

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News from today's assembly

06 Dec 2013

The hymn choice this morning, 'Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace' was very appropriate, coinciding as it did with news of the death of Nelson Mandela. As we bowed our heads in prayer, we were asked to consider those who, like Mandela, have made a difference to the world. Last Friday, for one hour, Manor House pupils joined together in a fundraising fest to help towards making a difference to the lives of people in the Philippines. A massive £317 was raised in 60 minutes of mini-fete activ...

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Pupils Achieve Beyond Expectation

29 Nov 2013

We welcomed some very special visitors to the G.C.S.E. Awards Evening last night. Pupils who left us in the summer were invited to return to collect their examination certificates and have the opportunity to meet up with each other again. Their parents were equally happy to catch up  and compare notes. After all, some of them had been attending the same Manor House events since their children were four years old! Headteacher, Mrs. Scrine, gave the opening address which began by acknowled...

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Divine Geography Lessons

29 Nov 2013

 Pupils in years 5 and 6 abandoned their books during their geography topic about water to learn about an ancient method of finding this essential element. Local expert, Mr. Wass, demonstrated how to use metal divining rods to find water and the children were very keen to have a go themselves.   The ...

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Awards and Special Mentions

29 Nov 2013

Today's whole-school assembly yielded a crop of awards! Bronze-level certificates for achievement in music were given to Josephine Brutton, Ava Clarke and Evie Gibbons. Awards for success in French lessons went to Ava Clarke, Molly Elliot and Charlie Haynes. A Special Mention certificate for improvement in reading was awarded to Ava Clarke whilst Oscar Harding was rewarded for his progress across all subjects. Molly Elliot also received two swimming awards and the 'Progress in Maths ' prize w...

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Philippines Fund-Raiser

29 Nov 2013

Lessons were suspended for an hour this afternoon as each class provided an activity or a shopping opportunity to raise money to help people in the Philippines. The idea came from members of the student council who decided that they should have a mini school fete to raise funds. Stalls and games included decorating reindeer biscuits, a treasure map, guess the name of the teddy, cup cakes, refreshments and the ever popular 'sponge the prefect'! This was definitely the highlight of the afternoo...

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Laura and Thomas are off to Japan!

22 Nov 2013

Two of our senior pupils have been selected to represent their local scout group, 1st Donisthorpe Scouts, at an international jamboree in Japan. Twins Thomas and Ben Parker, year 8 and their sister Laura, year 11, were recently sent on a selection camp where they tried to prove that they were ideal candidates. Luckily, Laura and Thomas were chosen from 138 participants. Unfortunately, brother Ben wasn't selected although he is hoping to be picked for a different jamboree which is to be held i...

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Santa Drops In To Manor House School

21 Nov 2013

There was much mirth and merriment at school last Saturday when Santa made an early visit to the Christmas Bazaar and took up  residence in his beautiful grotto, whilst his elfin assistant ushered in young visitors to see him. Surprisingly, for some of the parents listening in, their children told Santa they had been good all year! The event was organised by the Friends of Mano...

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Spicing up P.S.H.E. lessons

15 Nov 2013

Part of the Personal, Social and Health Education programme involves developing an understanding of other cultures. Pupils in M4 (year 6) have been learning about food from a range of countries and the influence this has had on British cuisine. It was perhaps surprising to discover that many of the children ate food from other cultures most nights of the week! Parent, Mrs. Mackay came into school today to show the class how Indian bhajis are made, using traditional ingredients and exotic spic...

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Rotary Youth Speak: MHS pupils storm through to the next round

14 Nov 2013

Round one of the annual Ashby Hastings Rotary Youth Speak was held yesterday at Ashby School. We entered a team for the intermediate section, for pupils aged 11-13, comprising of Anna Lowden (chair), Anisha Mackay (main speaker) and Annabel James, who proposed the vote of thanks. The subject of their presentation, 'Be Yourself' was chosen by the girls, having been inspired by the famous Oscar Wilde quotation, 'Be yourself, after all, everybody else is taken.' Head of English and Drama,  ...

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Happy Diwali!

08 Nov 2013

Today we had a very special assembly, which is much anticipated throughout the year. Our Diwali celebration was led, for the 9th year, by Mrs. Mackay, a parent of two children in school. Always managing to give a different slant to her presentation, Mrs. Mackay played some beautiful devotional music and displayed a moving poem for us to read. Pre-prep pupils had made divas which were lit and included in the display.

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Myles Swims to Victory!

07 Nov 2013

A very eager squad of swimmers participated in the I.S.A. swimming gala yesterday, with some really impressive results! Jack Grace came 2nd in his heat, which was Year 8 backstroke and Nina Oliver, Year 7, swam well also, coming 2nd in her heat. The star of the team was Myles Haywood who won his event (Year 8 breaststroke) and will go through to represent the Midlands in the National I.S.A. Gala next February. Congratulations, Myles!

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Goodbye Mrs. Watkins!

03 Nov 2013

Pupils and staff bid a fond farewell to cleaner and lunch-time supervisor, Mrs. Maureen Watkins, who retired after 12 years service. Mrs. Watkins was very popular with everyone and many of the pupils were sad to have to say 'goodbye'. They gave her cards and gifts and a few tears were shed! Headteacher, Mrs. Scrine presented Mrs. Watkins with a bouquet on behalf of the school.

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Pupils Pay Homage to International Artist

03 Nov 2013

Manor House School has an excellent reputation for its Arts programme with the Visual Arts forming an exciting component of the curriculum. A group of junior pupils recently undertook a study of the internationally-reknowned artist, Harvey Daniels. Harvey's work uses shape and colour to create mood and emotion and the children were easily able to relate to the passion within his work. Following careful studies of examples of paintings and prints, the children produced their own images and rep...

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Manor House Supports St. Giles Hospice

03 Nov 2013

Our pupils, staff and parents have always raised money for local, national and global charities. St.Giles, with its close links to Ashby, has been chosen as the main charity to support this year. To get the ball rolling, one of the charity's chief fund-raisers, Aaron Coleman, visited two assemblies to talk with pupils and explain the work undertaken by his organisation. Aaron's interactive presentation resulted in some prizewinners who correctly answered his questions about St. Giles. We lear...

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Food for Thought-and for LOROS

29 Oct 2013

Last week a very heartwarming harvest service was held in St. Helen's Church in Ashby. Every pupil at Manor House School donated a box of food to LOROS, a local charity which provides hospice care. The parcels were received by representatives of this charity who told the congregation that Peter, their chef, would turn the contents into nourishing meals for patients at the LOROS hospice.

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Woodland Walk

18 Oct 2013

Have you ever visited the Arboretum in Smisby? Kindergarten and pupils in J1 were taken there and they had a fabulous time. It is a beautiful setting for unusual species of trees and plants. The visit was arranged as part of the science curriculum called 'Seasonal Changes' and pupils enjoyed the gorgeous autumn colours. ...

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Pupils Paint a Perfect Plate!

17 Oct 2013

 Everyone in M1, M2, M3 and M4 had a wonderful time at' Paintapot Craft Studio', Staunton Harold. All of the children produced a festive plate design on paper which they then transferred onto a plate. Glaze colours were added then the finished plates were ready for firing in the kiln. Exceptional care was taken by all pupils and the plates promise to look sensational! Studio owner, Debbie Crumley said, "It was lovely to see the children so engaged. Some fabulous Christmas plates were des...

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The perfect venue for Macmillan's afternoon tea.

14 Oct 2013

 During the summer a group of hardworking pupils and parents gave up some of their holiday to perform a miracle makeover of the orangery! What better way to relaunch it as a venue for coffee mornings, childrens' parties and many other activities than to hold the Macmillan's fundraising afternoon tea in the bunting-bedecked building. Parents and pupils enjoyed our lovely new facility whilst eating the gorgeous cakes on sale. A total of £123.00 was raised for this important charity. ...

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Sophie's saga.

14 Oct 2013

We were all very excited to hear that one of our pupils, Sophie Stevenson, had been selected from 35,000 pupils to represent Great Britain in a very prestigious concert hosted by Yamaha, in Japan. Her composition for piano caught the attention of the judges and Sophie flew with her parents to enjoy an all-expenses-paid, trip of a lifetime. Sophie, who is only 9, left with the best wishes and words of encouragement of her classmates.

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Millie has designs on a promising career!

27 Sep 2013

When Millie Gibbons in Year 5 saw a gap in the market for a personalised pencil case, she designed one of her own! Our talented and enterprising pupil discussed her idea with her teacher.  She put Millie in contact with parent, Mr. Haynes, who has a  printing company called Vinylink. Mr.Haynes was very happy to produce a prototype and Millie was thrilled to see her idea become reality.  Millie was very proud of her achievement! Headteacher Mrs. Scrine, who was also delighted wi...

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Pupils go bananas at Leicester University!

27 Sep 2013

Pupils in Year 9 were treated to a visit to the superb Post-Graduate laboratories at Leicester University where the hot topic was DNA. They were excited to be able to participate in experiments and discover more about DNA. In addition to testing their uniqueness using a variety of genetic tests, pupils made DNA bead bracelets and heard a lecture about this fascinating subject. The photo shows Scott Adams after he had extracted DNA from a banana!

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Geographers go further afield.

27 Sep 2013

An excited group of GCSE geographers gathered in the early morning mist to set off for North Yorkshire. They were going on a field trip to study coastal erosion and rivers, in the breathtakingly-beautiful setting of the North Yorkshire Moors, where their text-book photographs would spring into life! Geography teacher, Jeanne Carroll said, 'Field trips form an essential part of our coursework. No amount of photographs or interactive whiteboard presentations can ever replace direct experience.'...

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What's new at Manor House School?

13 Sep 2013

 A very warm welcome is extended to our 18 new pupils who have come to us from a range of independent and state schools in the area. We wish them every happiness and success during their time with us. Two new members of staff have also joined our community. Mrs. Sue Sibson, formerly of Ashby School, assumes the...

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Gallery

13 Sep 2013

 A gallery section of our website is under construction where you will be able to view a selection of photographs of pupils engaged in both school and extra-curricular activities.  ...

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GCSE Examinations Results

22 Aug 2013

Congratulations to our GCSE students who passed their GCSE examinations.  87% of our pupils passed 5 examinations at grades A* - C. Well done!  ...

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Mrs. Clark leaves MHS.

29 Mar 2013

It was a sad day at the end of term when we all said our fond farewells to Mrs. Clark. After being with us for 13 years, Mrs. Clark is going to undertake research and restoration work for the National Trust. Dedicated teacher, loyal friend of the school, good listener, patient, kind and calm, are all qualities which have been attributed to this exceptional person who has been an invaluable support not just to pupils but also to their parents and the staff.

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The snow must go on!

29 Mar 2013

The long-standing tradition of dressing up in Easter-related costumes and parading before judges,  followed by a cross-country run was eagerly anticipated by pupils and staff alike. Imagine our dismay when we looked across the snow-covered lawns and read the 'Bunny Run Cancelled' sign.Despite the snow, the show had to go on!  The parade took place in the hall amid screams of laughter and appreciative applause, particularly when S5 appeared!! Many pupils received Easter ...

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Red Nose Super Heros

20 Mar 2013

Friday's family assembly was not for the faint-hearted! In the audience were zombies, ogres, superstars and a collection of stars from the silver screen. Cruella de Ville sat next to Mrs. Pankhurst whilst witches and bears sat in line with other weird and wonderful creatures. This was no ordinary day. This was Red Nose Day !! Some children were being ...

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Working with Dinosaurs!

20 Mar 2013

The New Walk Museum in Leicester welcomed pupils in J2 and provided an exciting, stimulating and interactive day, which supported their classroom topic about dinosaurs. The visit was a carefully orchestrated mix of activities, including construction, measuring, collecting evidence and it culminated with the production of an 'evidence board' followed by a drama session.

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Wedding Fayre

19 Mar 2013

Don't be surprised to see a giant tipi on our top lawn! Elite Tents, a company which hires the traditional tipis of Lapland for wedding receptions, will be setting one up on Friday 22nd March, in readiness for our wedding fayre. In the hall and classrooms, twenty four exhibitors will be displaying their wares, including everything from w...

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Stepping and Spinning For STEPS!

08 Mar 2013

On Sunday 3rd March, a group of around 100 parents, children and staff assembled at Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre to raise money for STEPS, by being sponsored to either walk or cycle the circuits. One pupil arrived on her pony, who was very keen to join in the fun!   So far we have collected £440 and thanks go to everyone involved from the patron of STEPS, Rosemary Conley, who ...

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Live Poetry!

01 Mar 2013

"As always, the Poetry Live trip turned out to be a most worthwhile and beneficial experience for all and for a few, truly inspirational! S4 will be studying an anthology of poems for their English literature examination in June, 2014 and many of them hope to enjoy this experience again next February. There is nothing like watching and listening to the poet who actually wrote the poem you are studying, read and discuss their work. Fantastic!" Mrs. Brown. Head of English....

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It All Adds Up To Some Great Achievements!

01 Mar 2013

"Congratulations to the ten pupils from S3, S4 and S5 who took part in the UK Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. The following certificates were awarded: Best in Year Harry Davies, Bronze S5 Lydia Su and Henry Mayhew, Bronze S4 Jonathan Gardner and Daniel Fauzi, Silver, Best in Year and Best in School Caitlin Horton. Harry Davies is especially commended as he is two years younger than the other competitors. On 27.02.13 four pupils took part in the UK Regional Finals of the Team Challeng...

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Mythical, Magical Midsummer Night's Dream

01 Mar 2013

"Pupils in S1 visited the Nottingham Playhouse to see a production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and found it extremely amusing. The play transformed a dull, boring school detention, in which reluctant pupils were asked to read Shakespeare, (not too disssimilar to S1's initial reaction!), into the fantastical and mythical world of King Oberon and Queen Titania, not to mention the meddling Puck, who causes all sorts of problems for the lovers Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena. When ...

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STEPS4STEPS

28 Feb 2013

Members of the School Council have organised another fund-raising event for our nominated charity, STEPS. Everyone is invited to join us for either a leisurely walk or a cycle around the course at Hicks Lodge Cycle Centre, on Sunday 3rd March, 9.30 - 11.00. It's time to look out your lycras and polish up your pumps! See you there....

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More Music at the Manor!

16 Feb 2013

SAVE THIS DATE : Saturday 15th June. Following the amazing success of last year's Music at the Manor, Friends of Manor House School are busy planning the next extravaganza! If you missed it last year, be sure to reserve your tickets early. Watch this space for further details....

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New Extra-Curricular Opportunities

24 Jan 2013

Do you fancy cooking up a storm in the kitchen or something a little more daring? Two new clubs are on offer this term for pupils wishing to extend their experiences. For the seniors there is the opportunity to learn the exciting sport of fencing. Younger pupils can take up cookery, with Miss Pope and Mrs. Taylor. Farmhouse food with an Ita...

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'Snowy Scenes at Manor House School

18 Jan 2013

We thought you would enjoy seeing the beautiful building and our happy children in the snow.  

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Pre Prep Perform at Polesworth Abbey.

07 Dec 2012

A highlight of the infants' autumn term is the annual visit to Polesworth Abbey. This year we were greeted by staff, in costume as the inkeeper and his wife. They told us how busy they had been the night before and that a baby had been born in the sta...

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Calke Abbey Crocodile!

09 Nov 2012

Pupils in Year 2 had a scary encounter with a crocdile skull during their recent trip to Calke Abbey. They also met many other stuffed animal heads, part of the large collection on display. The children were treated to a tour of many rooms, even though the house was closed for the winter.  Teacher Angela Taylor said, 'It was a real treat for us to be the...

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Spooktacular cakes!

21 Oct 2012

Curious cupcakes, rancid rats, weird webs and evil eyeballs created a stir in school today. A scene from a David Walliam's children's story? A nightmare? No, it was just some of the entries for the Spooktacular Halloween Cake Bake!   Pupils, staff and parents had created an amazing array of cakes and biscuits, all of which were for sale....

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GCSE geographers go further afield

19 Oct 2012

Geography came alive for our GCSE students when they spent three days exploring the coastlines and rivers of North Yorkshire. Year 11 pupils investigated the River Derwent and compiled case studies along the Holderness coastline where they witnessed the causes and consequences of erosion.   Teacher Jeanne Carroll com...

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Hands-on history

19 Oct 2012

GCSE history students experienced life in the trenches during their recent visit to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum at Lichfield. A regimental sergeant major kept our troops on their toes whilst providing opportunities for them to handle a Lee Enfield rifle and to try on uniforms. Teacher Jeanne Carroll said that students were able to enhance their studies as well as empathise with World War 1 soldiers, whilst carrying out important preparation for their GCSE controlled test. ...

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Fenner has the X factor

19 Oct 2012

One of our Year 4 pupils is set to become a star! In addition to taking lead roles in school productions, Fenner Kinch is scooping up medals and trophies at an amazing rate. A member of the Starlight Theatre School in Leicester, Fenner recently won a silver medal for his solo singing performance and a gold for a duet with hi...

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J2 visit the Synagogue

18 Oct 2012

Mrs. Taylor's class is learning about Judaism during their R.E. lessons and to help the children to gain a better understanding of this religion, they visited a synagogue in Leicester.Whilst they were there, pupils were able to handle some of the artefacts, wear a prayer shawl and each of the boys wore a kippah.   A specia...

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Pupils experience a taste of France.

14 Oct 2012

Twenty four pupils and three teachers recently enjoyed a taste of life in France with activities such as a town trail in Boulogne and a visit to a primary school.  Our children quickly overcame their initial shyness and were soon practising their language skills and joining in games with the French children. A trip to a sweet shop proved very popular as the children were shown how to...

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Pupils and staff step up the fundraising action.

05 Oct 2012

Shoppers at Tesco in Loughborough were surprised to find us waiting at the checkouts, wearing STEPS hats and cheery smiles! We were helping representatives from Rosemary Conley's charity to raise much-needed funds by offering to pack shopping bags in exchange for a donation. Most people were very generous and enjoyed ask...

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Rosemary Conley STEPS in to school!

19 Sep 2012

We have adopted Steps as our charity to support during this academic year and Rosemary Conley, the patron, paid us a visit today. In addition to chatting with pupils and parents, Rosemary cut a ribbon to declare our new entrance officially open and to launch our re-brand. Our first fund-raiser was a non school uniform...

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Open Day

12 Sep 2012

We look forward to showing you our school and introducing you to our pupils on Tuesday 9th October, from 9.30-3.00. We are especially looking forward to welcoming parents with children not yet at school. Please bring them with you and book a seat for one of two short concerts which our infants have prepared for you. We would like you to email enquiries@manorhouseashby.co.uk to reserve a seat for either the 10am or 2pm perfor...

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Former Pupil Speaks at Prize Giving - See Full List of Prize Winners

13 Jul 2012

A former pupil of Manor House School was guest speaker at the school’s annual prize giving ceremony on Thursday (12 July). Architect Andrew Harding, who was at the school in the 1970s, presented prizes to pupils and talked to them about his life and work. Andrew Harding presents the Ian Clews Memorial Prize to Glen Charles. ...

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Young Athletes Warm Up for Sports Festival

12 Jul 2012

Twenty five pupils from Manor House School competed against other young athletes from across the country in the ISA Festival of Sport.  MHS pupils took part in hockey, netball, football, swimming and athletics tournaments during the three-day festival at Nottingham University and Saffron Lane sports stadium.  Pupils competed against other young athletes from ...

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Sports Day Defies the Weather

12 Jul 2012

Sports day went ahead for Pre-Prep pupils, in spite of the weather - but took place in a new venue, the school hall! The heat is on... Pupils aged four to seven tested their speed and agility in a variety of traditional sports day events, including egg and spoon races, bean bag throwing and hula hoop races. All pupils were given a sticker for ...

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Go for Gold (and Other Colours!) at Olympic Art Workshop

05 Jul 2012

An Olympic art workshop will give young artists the chance to commemorate the London 2012 Games in their own unique style this Summer.  Children will produce artwork and screenprints using the Olympic rings and other sporting images and use them to decorate their own wooden, memory box.  The workshop will be led by local artist Zoe Potter for children aged five to 16. It wi...

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It'll be Snow White on the Night

05 Jul 2012

The tale of Snow White was given a new twist in the school's production of 'Snow White and the Magnificent Seven'. The show was staged by members of the after-school Drama Club, which includes pupils of all ages. The cast of 'Snow White and the Magnificent Seven'. Written and directed by Allison Hunt, of Belper Stage Productions, 'Snow W...

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Work Experience is Just the Job

05 Jul 2012

Pupils have been learning the ropes as chemists, police officers, teaching assistants and office workers, as part of work experience week. Charlotte Harris at Boots the Chemist. Pupils from S4 spent a week in the workplace, to find out more about the range of careers available and the realities of going to work.

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Victorian Life Was Not Child's Play

05 Jul 2012

Pupils swapped their smart uniforms for Victorian clothing, during a visit to Sudbury Hall's Museum of Childhood. Pre-Prep and M3 pupils got a taste of life in a Victorian schoolroom, sampling typical lessons and even wearing a dunce's cap. Pupils spent time in a Victorian schoolroom. During the visit, pupils learned about childh...

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Pupils See How the Garden Grows

28 Jun 2012

Tomatoes, radishes and broad beans were all growing in the gardens of Calke Abbey when Pre-Prep pupils paid a visit. The youngsters, aged four to seven, were at Calke Abbey to find out more about how plants grow - and even got to taste some of the produce. Pupils explore the great outdoors at Calke Abbey. During the visit, pupils talked about the impo...

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Activity Trip is a Real Boost

28 Jun 2012

Activities such as caving and abseiling will keep pupils busy - and boost their confidence - during a residential trip to Condover Hall in Shropshire. Pupils from S1 will take part in two days of activities, including multi-vines, caving, buzz games, abseiling and low ropes. The visit will encourage them to try new things, build their confidence and work as a team. Teacher Fiona Millington-Pipe said: "Visits like this challenge children's own perception of themselves.

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Civil War Comes to Life

28 Jun 2012

Muskets and pikes replaced books and pens when pupils spent a day at a Civil War encampment, as part of their history studies.  Pupils from S2 travelled to Boscobel House in Shropshire where Civil War re-enactors – led by Colonel Bagot of the King’s Regiment – put them through their paces.  Pupils took part in a pike drill, witnessed live musket fire and got the chance to stroke the horses of the cavalry.  They also visited a traditiona...

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Top Temples Win Prizes

28 Jun 2012

The temples of Ancient Greece have been recreated by pupils from M3. Pupils designed and built their own temples, as part of their history project on Ancient Greece. One of the ornate temples built by pupils. After learning about Greek myths and legends, they were asked to research a god or goddess of their choice and build a temple for the...

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And Teddy Comes, too...

28 Jun 2012

If you go down to Manor House School, you’re sure of a big surprise…when the school holds its teddy bears’ picnic.  Pupils from the school’s Kindergarten and infant classes will bring their favourite teddy or cuddly toy into school next Tuesday (9 July).  A teddy gets a special cuddle. Pupils will each introduce thei...

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Olympic Fete will be Great

21 Jun 2012

An Olympic theme dominated Manor House School’s annual garden fete on Saturday (23 June).  This Olympic-themed cake had a familiar ring about it! Visitors also got the chance to meet a minor TV celebrity, Roxy the tame fox, who has appeared on several nature shows including ‘Springwatch’.  Roxy was at the fete with wil...

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Skipathon Sets Hearts Racing

21 Jun 2012

Ropes at the ready! More than 50 pupils will be taking part in a sponsored skipathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. Pupils aged four to 11 have been busy practising their skipping skills since Easter, in preparation for the challenge. Teacher Jane Churm, who has been coaching the skippers, said: "Some of the children could hardly skip at all when we started so...

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Stop By for Summer Concert - and Cream Tea!

21 Jun 2012

A Summer concert by Pre-Prep pupils will entertain parents, while they relax over a cream tea. Pupils will perform a selection of their favourite songs, including hymns, action songs, animal songs and even songs in French. There will also be some instrumental performances by some of the school's youngest musicians. Pupils entertained the audience wi...

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Art Exhibition Draws Praise

21 Jun 2012

The achievements of artists from across the school were celebrated at the school's annual art exhibition. The event featured exhibits by pupils from all years, including an impressive display of GCSE coursework. Anna Bryant was presented with the Art Progress Award. The Art Progress Award was presented to Year 11 GCSE student ...

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Local Artist Shares her Secrets with Pupils

21 Jun 2012

Local artist Vivienne Cawson gave pupils an introduction to the use of water colours, during a visit to her studio. Pupils from M2 and M3 visited Ms Cawson at home where she demonstrated her techniques with water colours, and showed them how to paint flowers. Pupils learned about Ms Cawson's techniques. Ms Cawson even gave the pupils their...

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Jubilee Celebrations Underway - See Our Jubilee Pics

14 Jun 2012

Jubilee celebrations are well underway at Manor House School. Highlights so far have included a jubilee picnic on Friday 1 June when many pupils and staff swapped their usual schoolwear for fashions from the 1950s, the time of the Queen's coronation. The tea party in full swing. School catering staff prepared a special jubilee meal for the occas...

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Historians Make Holocaust Visit

14 Jun 2012

A visit to a holocaust centre gave young historians an insight into some of the atrocities carried out in Europe during the Second World War. The S3 pupils went to Beth Shalom at Newark where they met and listened to a holocaust survivor, learning about his escape from Vienna and the plight of the rest of his family, many of whom were left behind in Austria.

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Trim Trail is Now Open

14 Jun 2012

The school's new trim trail is now open! The outdoor adventure equipment was purchased by the Friends of Manor House School, after months of fundraising. Pupils demonstrate different ways of using the trim trail! The new addition means that younger pupils now have an exciting and safe playground trail to keep them active during breaktimes, lunch an...

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School Plays Host to Ashby Arts Festival

14 Jun 2012

Manor House School was one of the venues for Ashby Arts Festival when it hosted a day of dancing and displays. Crowds of people visited the school to see a photographic exhibition, which was part of the festival's 'Three Galleries' . They also enjoyed dancing by the Nottingham Swing Dance Society and a vintage tea party, laid on by Ashby Spa WI.

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War Visit is Valuable Lesson

31 May 2012

Senior pupils immersed themselves in wartime history during a visit to the Staffordshire Regiment museum at Lichfield. During their visit, S3 pupils were able to climb into a mock trench, helping them to imagine life on the frontline, facing challenges such as gas attacks and trench foot. They also got the opportunity to try on the uniform and carry the kit of a genuine Staffordshire Regiment soldier.

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Gallery is in Fashion

31 May 2012

Fashion was the focus for M4 pupils on a visit to Snibston Discovery Park. The pupils, who have been studying fashion as one of their classroom topics, visited Snibston's extensive fashion gallery to see at first hand how fashion had changed through the decades. Pupils tried on fashions from bygone eras. The&nbs...

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'Music at the Manor' - Tickets on Sale Now

17 May 2012

A night of 'Music at the Manor' will be held in the stunning grounds of Manor House School in June. The evening of entertainment will feature performances by talented school musicians, including GCSE Music pupils, and culminate with a set by acclaimed covers band, Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band. Drummer Tristan Smith was one of th...

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Gardeners Get to Work

17 May 2012

Green-fingered pupils are helping the school garden to grow by planting their own flowers and vegetables. Members of the school's Gardening Club meet every Wednesday after school to work on the flower beds and vegetable plot. Gardening Club members get stuck in. So far, they have weeded and prepared the ground, and planted sunflower seeds. ...

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Is Your Diary Up-to-Date?

17 May 2012

Diary dates for the next 12 months are on the School Calendar. Click here to make sure that you don't miss any of our exciting events....

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Tempestuous Show in Store for Audiences

17 May 2012

A musical performance of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' is set to wow audiences later this month. The Middle School production will feature M3 and M4 pupils in the lead roles, with both boys and girls taking on solo singing spots. All pupils in the Middle School are involved in some way in the production. The choir also features members of J2. The cast of 'The Tempes...

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Chocolate Bingo is Sweet Success

10 May 2012

A night of chocolate bingo helped to raise about £500 for school funds. More than 70 people turned up, in the hope of getting a full house - and a chocolate prize! Crowds packed the school hall in the hope of a chocolate prize. Teacher Sam Pope, who was one of the bingo callers, said: "It was a brilliant night. We had so many donations of ...

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Measure of Success for Tree Planters

10 May 2012

Committed young conservationists made a return visit to check on the progress of trees they had planted two years ago. In 2010, Manor House School pupils raised funds to buy 200 trees - one for every pupil, governor and member of staff - and planted them at Chestnut Woodlands near Moira, as part of a National Forest initiative. Pupils returned to the s...

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Make a Date for Open Day

03 May 2012

The school's next open day will be on Tuesday 15 May 2012. Parents or prospective pupils who wish to visit the school before then are welcome to get in touch and arrange to look around. Headteacher Ann Scrine said: "Seeing is believing so parents are welcome to come at any time and see for themselves the beautiful setting in which the children are taught and the fantastic progress they make at Manor House School."

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Olympic Torch Lights Up Assembly

03 May 2012

An elite athlete from Team GB lit up morning assembly when he brought along the 1948 Olympic torch, as part of the build-up to the London 2012 Games. Jamell Anderson talked about his sporting career. Basketball player Jamell Anderson, a 2012 Olympic hopeful, told pupils about his sporting career and talked about the 1948 Games, which were also...

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Talented Mathematicians Take National Challenge

03 May 2012

Some of the school's most talented mathematicians tested their knowledge in a national Maths challenge - some of them taking the challenge two years early. Pupils from M4, S1 and S2 took part in the UK Junior Maths Challenge 2012, sitting an hour long test paper in exam conditions. The challenge is aimed at Year 8 pupils but those in S1 entered a year early, giving them a chance to take the test again in 2013. The M4 pupils sat the paper two years early. Maths tea...

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Plague Village Holds Lessons for Pupils

26 Apr 2012

The trials of living with the plague were explored by pupils during a visit to Eyam in Derbyshire. Pupils from M1 and M2 learned how the villagers of Eyam once lived in self-imposed quarantine to avoid spreading the plague. Times were not always so carefree in Eyam. Pupils also found out more about how the plague was spread, and ways in which&...

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Vacancy for English Teacher

26 Apr 2012

Manor House School has a vacancy for a part-time English teacher from September 2012. This experienced and well-qualified teacher will be required to teach KS2 and KS3. Candidates should contact the school for an application form and full job description. The closing date for applications is Friday 18 May.  ...

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School Marks World Book Night

26 Apr 2012

Free books were presented to pupils to celebrate World Book Night. English teacher Jane Foulds handed out copies of Dodie Smith's classic 'I Capture the Castle' to senior pupils, as part of the annual book event. World Book Night is a celebration of reading, when avid readers each give out 24 copies of one of their favourite books to encourage others to share their love of reading.

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Rosemary Conley to Visit Manor House School

19 Apr 2012

Rosemary Conley will visit Manor House School next month to talk about her life and career. Ms Conley, who has made her name as a leading expert on diet and healthy lifestyles, will be guest speaker at a meeting of the Ashby Spa WI on Tuesday 8 May. Rosemary Conley arrives at Manor House School for her guest slot. Audience members wil...

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Blue Tits Under Surveillance in School Nest Box

19 Apr 2012

Blue tits which have begun nesting in the school's new bird box are being monitored by pupils via video link. The nest box and video link equipment were presented to the school as a leaving gift by former headteacher Ian Clews. Staff and pupils were delighted to return from their Easter break to discover that the birds were setting up home in the nest box. Teacher Janet Russell said: "We are very excited to see the blue tits building in the box. Ian...

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Young Engineers Use Blue Sky Thinking to Design Own Planes

19 Apr 2012

High-flying senior pupils have designed and built their own model aeroplanes at after-school technology sessions. The weekly Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sessions encourage pupils to explore new concepts, develop their skills and consider pursuing a career in a technology-related field. Finishing touches.

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What the Parents Said

29 Mar 2012

'Thank you for bringing out the best in my son this year. He has really developed in all areas of his work' - A parent, 2012 Parents' views are really important to us at Manor House School. Click here to read what other parents have said about the school....

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Pupils Shine in Sporting Showdown

29 Mar 2012

A sporting showdown against St Wystan's gave Manor House School's netball and football players a chance to shine on their home turf. On the netball field, St Wystan's were put under pressure by some excellent charge downs from Isabella Coates. However, the visitors fought back with a team of impressive shooters and centre court players to seal a victory. Manor House School's players of the match were Polly Bill and Isabella Coates. Meanwhile, ...

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Good Sport Retires After 23 Years

29 Mar 2012

PE teacher Marilyn Whitaker will retire at the end of the Spring term, after more than 20 years at Manor House School.  Mrs Whitaker first volunteered to teach games at the school 23 years ago - and never left!  Mrs Whitaker was presented with a signed Leicester Tigers team photo. Mrs Whitaker said: “When my daugh...

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Manor House Review is Out Now

22 Mar 2012

The latest issue of the Manor House Review is out now. Click here for news from around the school....

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Sign Up for Egg-citing Easter Art

22 Mar 2012

Chocoholics and Spring lovers can indulge their passions at two days of Easter art workshops at Manor House School in April.  Young artists can ‘eggs-periment’ with their creative talents by making vibrant acrylic paintings on Tuesday 3 April. The Spring-themed session will focus on flowers and insects.  This will be followed by a chance to make eggs-quisite Easter egg prints on Wednesday 4 April. Children will be able to try their hand at fun...

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Bunny Run Celebrates 15th Year

22 Mar 2012

One of Ashby’s most colourful traditions celebrates its 15th anniversary next week, when Easter chicks and bunnies line up for the annual bunny run at Manor House School.  Chick hit. The end-of-term spectacle will see pupils and staff don Easter fancy dress for a lap of the school’s grounds.  Runners typically dress as b...

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Science Fair is Bang On

22 Mar 2012

The world of science was blown wide open for S3 pupils during a visit to the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham.  The day – which was packed with science shows and exhibitions – was designed to give young scientists an idea of some of the exciting opportunities available to people with the right science qualifications. Li...

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Pupils Open French Cafe

22 Mar 2012

Children as young as four will be ordering their breakfast in French when they set up their own French café at Manor House School.  Pupils will create their own menus in French and make French-themed table decorations before sitting down to sample some authentic French cuisine.  Pupils tuck into their croissants. The menu will in...

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'Manor's Got Talent' Hopefuls Prepare for Showdown

22 Mar 2012

Ant and Dec may not be available – but everything else is in place for the first ever ‘Manor’s Got Talent’.  Following rigorous auditions, 18 acts have been shortlisted to perform before a panel of judges in the hope of being crowned the winner.  The event has been organised by pupil Gareth Humphreys, with help from friend Glenn Charles.    The judges will be music teachers Mrs Abigail Johnson and Miss Sam Pope, along wi...

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Young Speakers Shine at Ashby Event

15 Mar 2012

Passion and honesty helped pupils from M4 to deliver outstanding speeches at this year’s Rotary Junior Speaks event.  Five pupils were chosen to represent Manor House School: Polly Bill, who spoke about Twycross Zoo, Max Dighton on canoeing, Peter Lumb on cricket, Tristan Smith on Asperger’s Syndrome and Dominic Woodhead, on Aston Villa football club.  Teacher Penny Brown said: “All five spoke with such confidence and fluency. Two of them spoke with...

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Follow Us on Twitter

15 Mar 2012

Manor House School is now on Twitter. Twitter users can follow the school @ManorHouseSch for all the latest updates. All important school notices and news items will continue to be posted on the school website and included in communications with parents....

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Pupils Stage Their Own Road Safety Play

15 Mar 2012

A play highlighting the importance of road safety has been written by a Manor House School pupil and performed by his classmates – with a starring role for his pet dog!  Findley Church, 11, was inspired to write the play after becoming one of the school’s road safety officers.  Barney the dog had a pivotal role in the play. The play tells the story of b...

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Assembly Highlights World Issues

15 Mar 2012

Five girls were so horrified when they heard about the plight of children in Uganda that they decided to highlight the issue in their own assembly. Lydia Hamp-Gopsill, Sophie Ambrose, Dayna Reynolds, Alex Webster and Shanti Leighton used the assembly to tell staff and fellow pupils about the actions of Ugandan despot Joseph Kony, who is building up a children's army. The girls, who are all in S3, encouraged their listeners to register their protest by clicking on an onlin...

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Earth-Shattering Science Trip for M4 Pupils

15 Mar 2012

An earth-shattering time was had by M4 pupils who got the chance to trigger their own earthquakes, as part of National Science and Engineering Week. Panning for gold. The pupils spent a day at the British Geological Survey at Keyworth where they jumped up and down on the centre's under floor seisometer to create their own earthqua...

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Pupils Prepare for German Trip

15 Mar 2012

German and history pupils have brushed up on their language skills during a five-day cultural visit to Berlin. Seventeen senior pupils made the trip to the German capital in March for a packed programme of activities. Red carpet treatment. Students took in the cultural and historic sights of Berlin. Their visit began with a walking tour of Berlin, t...

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Pancake Assembly is Flipping Great

08 Mar 2012

Pancake day got off to a flying start when pupil Charles Baxter delivered a pancake-themed assembly to the school. Charles, who is in S3, demonstrated how to make and cook pancakes, before giving his fellow pupils a chance to taste them. He even supplied a choice of toppings. Things are heating up for Charles. All S3 pupils are set the ...

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Runners Face Cross Country Challenge

08 Mar 2012

A team of six boys and six girls represented the school in an Under 9s' cross country event. All 12 runners put in an excellent performances around the arduous course, which included a steep and slippery hill. Some of the runners prepare for their big race. Ellie Savva was the first girl to complete the course for ...

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Manor House School is Now on Twitter

08 Mar 2012

Twitter users can now follow Manor House School @ManorHouseSch Followers can keep up-to-date with all the latest news, events and activities by signing up to the school's Twitter feed. All important notices and news events will continue to be featured in the school bulletin....

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DfE Amends Inaccurate League Tables

01 Mar 2012

Inaccurate GCSE results figures which appeared in national league tables have now been corrected by the Department for Education. The tables now correctly show that 82 per cent of year 11 pupils at Manor House School achieved five or more GCSEs at  grades A* - C in 2011 - a considerable achievement for a mixed ability school.  Headteacher Ann Scrine said: "The DfE figures published for Manor House School in the Januar...

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Castles are for Keeps

01 Mar 2012

Hard work and lots of glue helped S1 pupils to create some eye-catching castles, as part of their medieval realms studies. Pupils' designs were influenced by nearby Ashby Castle. Pupils were tasked to build a castle or produce a booklet about castles as an extended homework project. Most chose to build castles. The finished results ...

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Pupils Crown their Favourite Books for World Book Day

01 Mar 2012

Children at Manor House School will celebrate World Book Day by bringing their favourite stories to life on a crown.  Pupils aged four to 11 will each recreate their best-loved storybook tale on a crown – and wear it at a special assembly on Friday (2 March).  Crowning glory. Pupils show off their literary headgear. Teacher Angela Ta...

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Maths Challenge Adds Up

01 Mar 2012

Amazing mathematicians have picked up certificates in a national maths challenge - in spite of the fact that some of them entered two years early! Talented mathematicians from S3 and S4 took part in the UK Intermediate Mathematics Challenge 2012 which is aimed at Year 11 pupils. This means that S4 pupils entered a year early, while S3 pupils were two years younger than most of their fellow entrants. The pupils achieved two silver and three bronze awards and  ...

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Confidential Questionnaire for Parents Will Make School Even Better

23 Feb 2012

At Manor House School, we are proud of the fantastic educational experience that we provide for our pupils – and we feel sure that parents are happy with it, too.  However, Manor House School is always looking for ways to make this experience even better.  That is why we are asking parents to give us their honest feedback on the school in a simple questionnaire.  To do this, the school is working with an independent consultant to make sure that all...

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Great-Great-Great Granddaughter Makes Pilgrimage to Manor House

23 Feb 2012

The great-great-great granddaughter of the man who built Ashby’s historic manor house is to make a special journey to the town to see the building for the first time.  Jenny Newton, who lives near Spalding in Lincolnshire, will travel to Ashby to visit Manor House School, which was built as a family home by her ancestor, John Simmonds Mammatt in 1831 – 2. Mrs Newton found out about the manor house while researching her family history.  Mr Simmonds Mammatt...

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Road Safety is a Winner

23 Feb 2012

Safety conscious pupils helped Manor House School to take first place in a North West Leicestershire road safety competition. Pupils from M3 and M4 entered the road safety quiz, along with others from schools across the district. Pupils from Manor House School displayed such impressive knowledge of road safety issues that they were named North West Leicestershire winners.

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Inspectors Praise School for Successful and Caring Community

20 Feb 2012

School inspectors have praised Manor House School for its excellent pastoral care, well-planned curriculum, and ‘the climate of friendliness and encouragement’ in which pupils are taught.  Following a five day inspection in November, inspectors commended pupils’ positive attitudes to learning, their outstanding personal development, and their smooth transition from Reception through to GCSE.  The inspectors found that ‘In a caring community, t...

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Hitler on Trial

09 Feb 2012

An exam-busting workshop for History pupils included the chance to see Hitler go on trial for his war crimes. The 'Hitler on Trial' workshop at Loughborough Town Hall featured a courtroom drama in which Hitler was tried for his role in World War II. Actors played the roles of political figures and civilians from the Second World War, while the pupils were asked to imagine that they were members of the jury. ...

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Pupils ASK for More Fractions

09 Feb 2012

Fractions are much more fun if you can eat them - as children in the Junior school discovered during a visit to a local pizza restaurant. The pupils from Years 2 and 3 spent a morning at ASK in Ashby town centre, making and calculating their own share of pizza. The visit was part of pupils' topic work on fractions. During their time at ASK, pupils practised using relevant Maths vocabulary and divided pizzas into various-sized slices, including halves, eighths and thirds.

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Love is in the Air

02 Feb 2012

Love will be in the air at Manor House School on Wednesday (8 February) for a day of Valentine’s arts and crafts.  Children from local nurseries have been invited to join Manor House School pupils for an afternoon of Valentine’s activities, including the chance to make their own Valentine’s cards and decorate delicious heart-shaped biscuits. 

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Girls Carry Torch in Olympic Contest

02 Feb 2012

Three girls carried the torch for Manor House School in the semi-finals of the Rotary Youth Speak competition. Louisa Doswell, Ellie Walton and Phoebe Mills faced stiff competition from six other schools in the contest at Leicester Grammar School. All entrants were asked to speak on an Olympic theme. Speakers (left to right) Phoebe Mills,...

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Hockey Squad Nets a Win

02 Feb 2012

The girls' Under 11 hockey squad put in a sterling performance against St Wystan's in an exciting three-match tournament at Repton. The girls lost the first match but went on to win 1 - 0 in the second, thanks to a fantastic goal by Abbie Stephens. The third ended 2 - 0 to St Wystan's, after some brilliant play by both teams. All three matches were seven-a-side.

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Professor Winston Brings Science to Life

26 Jan 2012

Professor Lord Robert Winston was just one of the eminent scientists to speak to GCSE Science pupils - including those from Manor House School - at 'Science Live' at Birmingham. Professor Winston and four other well known scientists each spoke to a rapt audience about their life's work, giving a brief insight into their findings so far. Science Live was...

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Year of the Dragon Arrives at Manor House School

26 Jan 2012

Celebrations to mark Chinese New Year kicked off in colourful style at Manor House School. To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, pupils learned about Chinese culture from three members of the boarding house. (Pupils at Manor House School can apply for a boarding place at School House from the age of 11.) Pupils learn to write their names in Chinese. ...

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Half Term Art Workshops: The Only Thing That's Tacky is the Glue!

26 Jan 2012

Young artists will be encouraged to wear their hearts on their sleeves for half-term art workshops at Manor House School.  Budding artists aged five and over are being invited to come along and create their own colourful canvas, depicting something or someone that they love.  The workshops in February will be run by local artist Zoe Potter. 

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Road Safety is a Winner

26 Jan 2012

Safety conscious pupils helped Manor House School to take first place in a North West Leicestershire road safety competition. Pupils from M3 and M4 entered the road safety quiz, along with others from schools across the district. Pupils from Manor House School displayed such impressive knowledge of road safety issues that they were named North West Leicestershire winners.

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Girls Put Olympic Effort into Speaking Contest

26 Jan 2012

The Olympics was the theme for a rousing speech by three Manor House School pupils in the 2012 Rotary Youth Speak competition. In spite of being the youngest entrants, Anna Lowden, Anisha Mackay and Annabel James, all 11, secured a very respectable third place in the local round of the contest in Leicester. Annabel James, Anna Lowden and Anisha Mac...

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Musicians Go Back in Time

19 Jan 2012

A concert by school musicians will take listeners 'Back in Time' on Friday (20 January). Pupils Glenn Charles and Gareth Humphreys, who are both studying for GCSE Music, will be among the perfomers. Glenn, a drummer, and Gareth, who plays guitar and sings, will perform a selection of wellknown pieces as well as some of their own compositions. They will play individually and together.

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Forest Trip is Fun - and Muddy!

19 Jan 2012

If you go down to the woods today...you'll have great fun finding out about nature! Pupils from the school's Pre-Prep department got very muddy and learned lots about their natural environment during a visit to a Forest School at Ibstock. Branching out. Pupils have fun with wooden structures. The youngsters, aged four to seven, climbe...

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First Farmers' Market of 2012

12 Jan 2012

Ashby Farmers' Market will be held at Manor House School on Saturday 21 January from 9am to 2pm....

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Two FREE Taster Days for All New Pupils

12 Jan 2012

All new pupils are offered two free taster days to give them a flavour of life at Manor House School. During the two days, they join existing pupils in lessons and take part in a full range of school activities. They are also assessed on their suitability for a place at the school. Headteacher Ann Scrine said: "The taster days at Manor House School have always been free of charge. It is vital that prospective pupils spend time here and make an informed decision&...

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New Term Starts on Thursday 5 January 2012

22 Dec 2011

A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all staff and pupils at Manor House School. We are already looking forward to an exciting Spring term which begins on Thursday 5 January 2012....

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Santa Lines Up for Reindeer Run

15 Dec 2011

Santa swapped his boots for running shoes when he lined up to take part in the annual Reindeer Run at Manor House School on Friday 16 December.  Entrants make their way to the starting line. Staff and pupils dressed up in an assortment of colourful Christmas costumes for the run, which has been become a festive end-of-term tradition. 

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Young Voices Raise the Roof

08 Dec 2011

Singers from Manor House School joined a choir of thousands at Birmingham’s LG Arena when they took part in the 2011 Young Voices concert. Thirty-nine pupils travelled to Birmingham, where they spent the afternoon practising with thousands of other young choristers, before performing in the evening show. Seven thousand pupi...

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Mosque Visit for Pupils

08 Dec 2011

A mosque visit gave Year 6 pupils an insight into Muslim life.  Pupils from M4 visited the Masjid Umar in Leicester, as part of their Religious Studies course.  Pupils were given a tour of the mosque. They were met by Imam Mohammed who gave them a tour of the mosque, including the school rooms, where Muslim children learn Arabic in order to be able...

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Choir Perform at Civic Carol Concert

08 Dec 2011

Children from Manor House School entertained the crowds at this year’s North West Leicestershire civic carol concert. The school was just one of two from across the district chosen to perform at the concert on Friday 16 December at St Helen’s Church, Ashby. The choir entertained a congregation from across N...

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What a Brick!

01 Dec 2011

Artists swapped paint for clay when brickmaker Michael Bailey came into school to teach pupils the art of brick-making. Mr Bailey, who works at Ibstock Brick, showed pupils a presentation of how bricks are made in a modern factory at a rate of 100,000 a day. He then gave a demonstration of traditional brick-making techniques, before giving pupils the materials to have a go.

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Nativity Play to Charm Audiences

01 Dec 2011

The traditional story of the nativity is expected to charm audiences when it is performed by children from Manor House School in December.  Pupils from the school’s Pre-prep department, aged four to seven, will put on two performances of their nativity play for parents, friends and family.  Cast members proudly show off baby Jesus.

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Speakers Go Through to Next Round

30 Nov 2011

Two teams from Manor House School have made it through to the second round of a public speaking competition.  Anna Lowden, Anisha Mackay and Annabel James went through to the district heats of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition in the Junior category.  In the Senior category, Louisa Doswell, Ellie Walton and Phoebe Mills also made it through to the next round.  A third team, made up of Elys Brooks, Charlotte Griffiths-Adams and Emily Beach, narrowl...

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School Calendar Now on Sale

24 Nov 2011

A school calendar featuring all 12 of the school's classes is now on sale! The calendar, which features one class for each month, has been put together by the Friends of Manor House School with the help of sponsorship from local businesses. The calendar features one class for each month. (Image courtesy of Bell and Blossom Photography.) ...

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Speakers Go Through to Next Round

24 Nov 2011

Two teams from Manor House School have made it through to the second round of a public speaking competition.  Anna Lowden, Anisha Mackay and Annabel James went through to the district heats of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition in the Junior category.  In the Senior category, Louisa Doswell, Ellie Walton and Phoebe Mills also made it through to the next round.  A third team, made up of Elys Brooks, Charlotte Griffiths-Adams and Emily Beach, narrowl...

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School Unaffected by Strike Action

24 Nov 2011

Manor House School will be unaffected by strike action on Wednesday 30 November. The school will be open as normal....

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Local Artist Pops in to See Poppies

17 Nov 2011

A local artist whose paintings inspired pupils to create their own artwork paid a visit to Manor House School to see the finished result. Vivienne Cawson's painting of poppy seedheads was used as a springboard to encourage pupils in M2 and M3 to produce their own poppy pictures. Artist Vivienne Cawson was impressed by pupils' poppy artwork. During ...

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Hands on with the Victorians

17 Nov 2011

Boxes full of Victorians artefacts gave pupils an exciting, hands-on introduction to the reign of Queen Victoria. Victorian enthusiast Michael Arkle brought the objects into school so that pupils could handle the items they were learning about. Pupils were asked to guess the uses of some of the more unusual artefacts. Teacher Ja...

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William is Engineer of the Future

17 Nov 2011

Promising engineer William Mays was one of just 50 teenagers nationwide chosen to take part in a four-day residential Physics course. William joined other gifted and talented pupils from across the country at Reed's School in Surrey for a valuable insight into the field of Physics in Engineering. During the course, pupils took part in design and make projects, learning about areas such as nuclear engineering, electromechanical systems and space science. Projects included ...

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Hindu Rituals are Explained

17 Nov 2011

Hindu rituals were explained to pupils during a special presentation by a parent. Mrs Sabyta Mackay performed a puja, a religious ritual which is carried out by Hindus as an offering to deities, special individuals or guests. Mrs Mackay explained that a puja can be carried out in the home or on a larger scale at temple ceremonies or large festivals and includes offering food, drink or everyday objects.  

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Roll Up for Xmas Bazaar

17 Nov 2011

The school’s Xmas bazaar will take place on Saturday 19 November from 10am to 2pm.  The bazaar is a perfect opportunity for pupils, parents and friends to pick up Christmas gifts, tuck into seasonal refreshments or simply get into the festive spirit.  Santa will also be on hand to talk to younger visitors.  A range of stalls will sell traditional Xmas goods, including gifts, crafts, jewellery, books and cards, all at affordable prices. 

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New Minibus Unveiled

17 Nov 2011

Manor House School has a new minibus.  The 17-seater minibus was unveiled to excited pupils, who couldn’t wait to take a look – and a seat - inside. Excited pupils with the new minibus. The bus will be a familiar sight in and around Ashby, transporting children to swimming lessons and local events. But it will also be used to take pupils on tri...

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Former Pupil Returns to School

10 Nov 2011

Former pupil Andrew Hardy was relieved to see that the school building had changed little since his schooldays, when he paid a return visit 40 years on. As an architect, Mr Hardy was pleased to discover that many of the building's stunning original features had been preserved. However, lots of things had moved on since he was a pupil at Manor House School in the 1970s, including teaching methods, technology and punishments.

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Volcano Pupils Let off Steam

10 Nov 2011

Erupting volcanoes made by pupils added a new dimension to the topic of plate teutonics. Pupils used a variety of materials, including papier mache, flour and water dough, and stone, to create their molten masterpieces. Pupils proudly show off their explosive creations. The prize for the best volcano went to Jennifer Hill, whose creation lit up and eve...

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Romans for a Day

03 Nov 2011

Titus the Roman soldier gave pupils a warts-and-all introduction to the Roman way of life, when he spent a day at the school. Titus (played by a Roman re-enactment enthusiast) brought an array of Roman uniforms, tools and anecdotes to educate and entertain middle school pupils. Fighting spirit. Children got the chance to try on Roman outfi...

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Tiny Geographers Get their Bearings

13 Oct 2011

A walk around Ashby gave pupils a chance to take a closer look at their local area, as part of their geography studies. Out on the town. The walk was the culmination of geography topic 'All Around the School' for pupils from J1, who are aged five and six. During the outing, they carried out a mini survey of the busines...

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Creepy Art Workshops for Half Term

06 Oct 2011

A spooky art session for youngsters to create creepy Hallowe’en canvases will be held in Ashby during October half-term.  Children aged five to 16 can sign up to create their own ghostly illustrations, plump pumpkins, spidery imagery, and wicked witches.  Young artists will be able to use a variety of techniques to produce their own Hallowe’en masterpieces, with the help of experienced local artist Zoe Potter.  Mrs Potter said: “We will...

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A Smart(ie) Way to raise Money

29 Sep 2011

Pupils have found a tasty way to raise money by filling their empty Smartie tubes with 20 pence pieces. All pupils were given a tube of Smarties and asked to refill them with spare 20 pences once the Smarties had all gone. Smart fundraisers. The sweet idea was put forward by School Council members who&nb...

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Geographers are in a Field of their Own

29 Sep 2011

A long weekend in North Yorkshire gave GCSE geographers a chance to collect valuable data and develop vital field work skills. The Year 10 and 11 pupils stayed at the Cranedale Centre, a residential field studies centre, specialising in GCSE field work courses. Geographers gather important data. During their visit, pupils examined the ...

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Pot Luck for Pre-Prep Pupils

22 Sep 2011

Pupils were potty about pottery after designing and decorating their own ceramic plates.  The youngsters, aged four to seven, got the chance to produce their own crockery creations with the help of visiting ceramicist Joanna Hartrup.  Pupils used their own designs. Ms Hartrup, who has her own studio at the Ferrers Centre near Ashby, has be...

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Good Communication is Bridge to Success

22 Sep 2011

A bridge building challenge encouraged pupils to develop not only their construction skills but also their team work. The PSHE exercise challenged pupils in S5 (aged 15 and 16) to build the longest bridge out of newspaper in just 10 minutes. Good communication is the key to success. Working together, they were asked to ...

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War Topic Takes Pupils Back to 1940s

22 Sep 2011

The realities of World War II were introducted to pupils at first hand in a series of fascinating talks and visits. Pupils from M1 and M2 (aged 7 - 9) came face-to-face with wartime characters during a creative writing workshop at Calke Abbey. Guides - dressed as land girls, a Home Guard sergeant and a district nurse - showed them around the building and explained its uses during the war.

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Open Day on Wednesday 5 October 2011

08 Sep 2011

The school's next open day will be held on Wednesday 5 October. The school will be open to visitors from 9.30am until 3.30pm, giving them a chance to sample school life for themselves. Visitors will be able to sit in on lessons, meet staff and pupils, and even take part in lunchtime activities. Headteacher Ann Scrine is sure that prospective pupils and their parents will be impressed by what they see. She said: "Few people visit Manor House School wit...

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GCSE Pass Rates Up Again

25 Aug 2011

GCSE pass rates were up again at Manor House School – where 74 per cent of passes were at the top grades of A* to B. Georgia Horne and Daniel Tingey were among the school’s highest achievers, each picking up 7 A*s and three A grades.  Students celebrate record results. The overall pass rate at Manor House School was 1...

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Welcome Evening for All Parents Will be Held on Thursday 15 September

24 Aug 2011

A Welcome Evening for parents of new and existing pupils will be held on Thursday 15 September at 7pm. The evening will be a chance for parents to meet class teachers, talk to other parents and find out more about the opportunities and challenges open to their children over the coming academic year. Linda Wordsworth, Deputy Headteacher, said: "The Welcome Evening is an ideal opportunity for parents to talk to teachers, renew their friendships with othe...

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'Songs of Praise' Light up Church

07 Jul 2011

A 'Songs of Praise' concert at St Helen's Church featured songs chosen and performed by Pre-Prep pupils. The children chose their favourite hymns including 'Shine Jesus Shine' and 'When the Knight Won his Spurs'. There were also some impressive musical performances by Evie Gibbons (KG) and Max Savania (J1) on piano and Josh Pope (J2) on cornet.  This was the first time the school had held a 'Songs of Praise' concert. Kindergarten teache...

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School Re-Opens on Wednesday 7 September 2011

07 Jul 2011

The Autumn term begins for all pupils on Wednesday 7 September 2011....

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Museum Visit is Magical

07 Jul 2011

Toys and stories from the past turned a museum visit into a magical learning experience for pupils from Kindergarten and J1. The pupils visited Charnwood Museum where they listened to a story-teller's tale about Merlin and King Arthur. Pupils got the chance to handle artefacts. They then got the chance to handle and compare ite...

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Success in National Maths Challenge

07 Jul 2011

Five pupils from Manor House School have won prizes in a national Maths challenge. Jonathan Gardner was awarded a Silver certificate in the UK Junior Mathematics Challenge while William Mays, Gabriel Leeming, Harry Davies and Rebecca King all picked up Bronze. The competition is aimed at children in Year 8 (S2) although some of the pupils from MHS were entered a year early. This means they will have the opportunity to take part again next year. Headteacher Ann Scr...

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Air Ambulance Visit Tests Team-Working Skills

07 Jul 2011

The life-saving work of the East Midlands Air Ambulance was explained to pupils during a visit by air ambulance staff. The visitors talked about the role of the air ambulance, the equipment involved, the importance of team work and the costs involved in running the service. Pupils learnt about the importance of team work. Pupils then got the chance to test ...

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Vacancy for Catering Assistant

07 Jul 2011

A Catering Assistant is required to help with food preparation in the school kitchen. Hours of work: 7.45 am – 1.15 pm (term time only) For an application form email: enquiries@manorhouseashby.co.uk Tel: 01530 412932 Closing date Friday 29 July 2011...

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Black Shadow Returns

07 Jul 2011

Two pupils turned playwrights after being so inspired by a school production that they wrote and staged their own sequel. Anna Lowden, 11, and Anisha Mackay, 10, were both involved in the school's performance of 'The Black Shadow' two years ago. The play was inspired by 'The Black Shadow'. The two girls have now penned a foll...

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Pupils Make the Headlines

07 Jul 2011

School dinners and impressive artwork were just two of the stories to make the headlines when pupils became roving reporters for a week. The four pupils decided to produce the 'Around MHS' newsletter while their classmates were away on a week-long PGL activity holiday. In spite of their classmates' absence, the four found plenty to write about. Teacher Mrs Penny Brown said: "The four were certainly not idle while their classmates were away! They dec...

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Teddy Bears are Furry Welcome

30 Jun 2011

Teddy bears will help pupils to celebrate the end of term with a teddy bears’ picnic at Manor House School on Tuesday (5 July).  Pupils from the school’s Kindergarten and infant classes will bring their favourite teddy or cuddly toy into school for games and a picnic.  A photographer from a local newspaper takes pictures at the picnic. The picnic will r...

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Pupils Enjoy the Great Outdoors on PGL Trip

30 Jun 2011

Rock climbing, archery and tree top assault courses were just some of the challenges met by pupils during a week's stay at Boreatton Park in Shropshire. Pupils practised their team-working skills. More than 50 pupils, aged eight to 13, took part in the PGL residential activity trip. Pupils of all ages and degrees of daring had a go at a range of exciting outdo...

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Pantomime 'Red Riding Hood' is High Drama

30 Jun 2011

Oh yes they did! Pupils gave a new twist to an old tale when they performed pantomime 'Red Riding Hood'. Pupils of all ages took part in the show, which was written by Drama Club leader Alison Hunt. The performance was the culmination of months of hard work by Drama Club members who meet every week after school. Eye-catching costumes added to the colourful perfor...

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Prom Gives Leavers More Happy Memories

30 Jun 2011

Leavers marked the end of their time at Manor House School with a Hawaiian-style prom. Pupils from S5 - who sat their GCSEs examinations this term - organised the prom themselves, choosing the theme and even ordering a specially decorated 'S5' cake. The prom was funded and organised by S5. The pupils, who had spent months fundraising for the event, arrived in thei...

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Children Learn About Importance of Charity

30 Jun 2011

The importance of local charities was highlighted to pupils during a visit by a member of the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation. The pupils from M4 were learning about the role of the charity as part of their PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) studies. Kathleen Wass, from the Foundation, talked about the charity's efforts to help local disabled people and those who are socially isolated. The children learned about Ulverscroft Grange, a community support centre ...

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Book Places NOW for Summer Art Workshops

30 Jun 2011

Summer holidays will be the theme of a series of art workshops for young people at Manor House School in August.  Artists aged six to 16 will be encouraged to paint, draw, print, construct and decorate their own summer-inspired creations.  Young artists with their creations at an earlier art workshop.During the two weeks of workshops, the artists will celebr...

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School Will Not be Affected by Strike Action

23 Jun 2011

The school will be open as normal on Thursday 30 June, in spite of disruption caused to other schools by industrial action....

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Veteran BBC Newscaster to Speak at Prize-Giving

23 Jun 2011

Veteran BBC newscaster Alastair Yates will be guest speaker at Manor House School’s annual prize giving ceremony next Friday (8 July).  Alastair Yates goes back to his school days. Mr Yates, who is a former pupil of the school, was one of the first presenters to front Sky News following its launch in 1989. 

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Artwork Goes on Display

23 Jun 2011

An exhibition of artwork by pupils aged from four to 16 will open at Manor House School next week.  The exhibition will feature a selection of work from all Year groups, including some outstanding GCSE pieces.  A mouthwatering selection of some of the artwork on display. Techniques on display will include silk painting, 3D sculpture and fine art.  Art and ...

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On Your Marks for Egg and Spoon

23 Jun 2011

Pupils at Manor House School will go for gold next week in traditional sports day events, including egg and spoon and sack races.  The youngsters, aged four to seven, will also take part in skipping races, hoop races and dressing up races at the Pre-Prep sports day on Tuesday (28 June).  Ready, get set... There will be a ...

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Calke Abbey Makes Perfect Sense

23 Jun 2011

The sights and sounds of Calke Abbey helped Pre-Prep pupils to understand more about plants and how they grow.  The visit was a multi-sensory experience for the children who were invited to smell, touch, see and even taste some of the produce growing in the Abbey gardens.  Pupils used all their senses. Broad beans proved popular as pupil...

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Make a Date for Garden Fete

23 Jun 2011

The school's Summer Garden Fete helped to raise more than £2,500 for school funds. Attractions included stalls, children's rides, a steam train and makeovers.There were also performances by Pre-Prep children and singing group Concordia, as well as a karate demonstration by pupils. Singing group Concordia performed for fete-goers.

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Pupils Open French Cafe for a Day

16 Jun 2011

Croissants and baguettes will be on the menu when pupils at Manor House School eat in their very own French cafe.  The youngsters, aged four to seven, will sit down to traditional French food – including pate and pain au chocolat - as part of their language studies.  Pupils tried out their French vocabulary - with some traditional French fo...

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Artists Produce Winning Pictures

16 Jun 2011

Picture this! Three girls from Manor House School all picked up prizes in a Rotary art competition. Polly Bill, Harriett Flowers and Holly Dolman all impressed the judges with their entries for the 'Summertime Alive!' competition. Holly, Harriett and Polly with their winning entries. Polly's 'Shining Summer' picture was judged to be the best primary level entry, while Holly...

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Pupils Make Moving Holocaust Visit

16 Jun 2011

The horrors of the holocaust were made real for Senior pupils during a visit to The Holocaust Centre at Nottingham. Pupils watched a film about the holocaust before visiting the centre's museum and exhibitions. These outlined the rise of National Socialism, the creation of ghettos and concentration camps, and the devastating impact on Jewish life. Pupils were also lucky enough to be addressed by a holocaust survivor, who talked about life in Hitler's Germany. He was the only m...

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Poets Pen Winning Verse

19 May 2011

Moving poems penned by pupils from Manor House School have won top prizes in a poetry competition run by the Royal British Legion.  Pupils were asked to write a verse inspired by the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Day campaign.  Rani Parmar, 10, from M4, was one of the winners for her poem entitled ‘Remember Them’.  There was a special ‘outstanding’ accolade for Glenn Charles, whose winning poem was submitted by his teac...

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French Trip Serves Up a Taste of Foreign Culture

19 May 2011

Pupils were given a taste of the real France, during a five-day, action-packed trip to Normandy.  While in France, pupils got the chance to bake traditional French bread, visit a working goat farm, and see how cider was produced.  Pupils in the French bakery. They also visited local landmarks, including Le Mont-Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel,...

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Firearms Officers Bring Roadshow to School

19 May 2011

Firearms officers were at Manor House School to talk to pupils about the dangers of weapons and their role in dealing with them.  As part of the roadshow, officers talked about the dangers of firearms and replica firearms, and the possible consequences of carrying weapons for both victims and perpetrators.  Sessions were tailored to groups of pupils, according to their age.  One of the officers said: “We tell the pupils why we carry the guns and th...

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Dance Along to Art Workshops

12 May 2011

Dance will be the inspiration behind two days of art workshops for young people during May half-term.  The workshops at Manor House School in Ashby will explore the theme of ‘Dance’ to tie in with the theme of this year’s Ashby Arts Festival. Sessions are open to children aged seven to 16.  Two artists proudly display thei...

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First Aid Lessons for Senior Pupils

05 May 2011

A crash course in emergency first aid gave pupils a hands-on introduction to vital medical techniques. Pupils from S4 and S5 took part in the one-day course which covered emergency procedures such as CPR and bandaging.  Pupils practise the techniques. The course followed the success of an earlier first aid session for school staff. ...

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Get Cracking at Easter Art

07 Apr 2011

Easter art workshops to encourage young people to get creative over the Spring break will run at Manor House School from Monday (11 April).  The two-week art extravaganza follows the success of previous workshops run by local artist Zoe Potter for budding artists aged five to 16.  Themed sessions introduce youngsters to a range of artistic techniques and allow them to create their own beautiful compositions.  Mrs Potter said: “Children don’t ...

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Easter Bunnies Get Running

31 Mar 2011

One of Ashby’s most colourful Easter traditions – the Bunny Run - ended the Spring term on a high. Pupils and teaching staff dressed up as Easter bunnies, chicks and other seasonal characters for a mile-long run around the school grounds.  The bunny run has become an Easter tradition. The annual bunny run has become a firm fa...

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Artists' Winning Work Goes on Display

31 Mar 2011

Winning artwork by three young artists is to go on display at a local tourist attraction. Holly Dolman, Harriett Flowers and Polly Bill all won prizes in the Rotary Youth Art Competition, after submitting pieces on the theme of summer. Holly, 16, was awarded third place in the upper school category for her painting of a summer’s day.  Twelve-year-old Harriett's collage earned her first prize in the middle school section, while Polly, nine...

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Pupils are Tudors for a Day

31 Mar 2011

Pupils spent a day living in Tudor times – complete with peasant lunch - during a visit to Donington-le-Heath Manor House.  The pupils, from M1 and M2,  were looked after by lowly servant Jack and housekeeper Mistress Dilts, who led a series of workshops on Tudor life.  Pupils gather round the table with Jack the servant and houseke...

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'Grease' is the One That They Want

24 Mar 2011

‘Grease’ is the word at Manor House School, where pupils are preparing to stage their own version of the classic musical.  Senior pupils, aged 11 to 14, will recreate the story of lovestruck teenagers Sandy and Danny at two performances in April.  "Always be together..." Younger pupils will provide backing vocals for wellknown tracks such as ‘...

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Anna Writes Top Tale

17 Mar 2011

A creative writing prize set up in memory of former headteacher Ian Clews has been won by a pupil from Manor House School.  The first Ian Clews Memorial Prize was awarded to Anna Lowden, of M4, for her story ‘Secrets’.  Anna is congratulated on her prize by teacher Penny Brown. In her winning entry, Anna, 1...

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Pasta Night Gives Pupils a Taste of Success

17 Mar 2011

A pasta night run by pupils to help fund their end-of-year Prom raised more than £400.  S5 pupils served up a night of Italian-themed food and entertainment to more than 50 family members and friends.  Pupils prepare the food. The three-course menu included bread and dips, meatballs and pasta, and a dessert of tiramisu or ice cream....

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Pupils Speak Out in Competition

17 Mar 2011

Six talented young speakers will be hoping to impress the judges in the first round of the Rotary Junior Speaks competition later this month.  Anna Lowden, Anisha Mackay, Rani Parmar, Kyle Morley, Findley Church and Max Digton, who are all in M4, will each speak on their favourite topic for up to five minutes.  All six have been busy preparing for the competition.  Teacher Mrs Penny Brown said: “They are all practising extremely hard. They are spea...

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Puppet Show Highlights Safety Message

10 Mar 2011

The importance of staying safe was highlighted in a series of short puppet shows, performed for MHS pupils by neighbouring Lewis Charlton School.  Students at Lewis Charlton wrote and staged the short, puppet sketches to highlight themes such as ‘Stranger Danger’ and ‘Big Bad Bully’.  Miss Russe...

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Taste of India Tempts Geography Pupils

10 Mar 2011

The taste of India was brought into the classroom when pupils turned their hands to Indian cookery as part of their Geography project.  Visiting parents Sabyta Mackay and Lindsay Anderson-Faulkner helped pupils to prepare spinach and onion bhajis, vegetarian curry and pilau rice.  Mrs Mackay talks to pupils about the i...

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Open Day

03 Mar 2011

The school's next open day is Tuesday 10 May from 9.30am - 3.30pm....

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Weekend Cookery Class for Curry Lovers

03 Mar 2011

A weekend cookery class at Manor House School will teach curry lovers how to rustle up their own delicious Indian dishes.  The Saturday session will teach participants how to prepare and cook traditional Indian food including bhajis, Punjabi chicken and potato curry, vegetarian curry and pilau rice. The class - which is open to staff, parents and friends of the school - will be run by parent Sabyta Mackay, who is an accomplished curry cook.  She said: &l...

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Internet Safety Sessions for Parents

03 Mar 2011

Internet safety sessions to help parents protect their children online will be held at MHS in March.   Parents will be given advice on issues such as cyber bullying, privacy settings, viruses and pop-ups, information sharing, and links to mobile technology.  The internet is fun and educational - but pupils and parents need to b...

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School Holds Open Day

17 Feb 2011

Parents will join pupils in the classroom at Manor House School next month - when visitors are invited to spend a day at the school.  Manor House School in Ashby will open its doors to visitors on Tuesday 1 March from 9.30am to 3.30pm.  Prospective pupils and their parents will be able to sit in on lessons, talk to staff and pupils, and even sample a school meal.  Headteacher Mrs Ann Scrine said: “The open day is a great opportunity for people to s...

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Comic Relief Campaign Will Go Like Grease Lightning

17 Feb 2011

Pupils will be going back in time to do something funny for money on Comic Relief Day. Fundraising highlights will include a retro non-uniform day – inspired by the school’s forthcoming production of ‘Grease’ - and a staff performance of a song from the hit musical.   Phoebe Mills and Emily Beach with their red noses.

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Exam Success for Outspoken Pupils

17 Feb 2011

The impressive public speaking skills of pupils as young as eight have impressed examiners from the English Speaking Board (ESB).  More than 30 pupils aged from eight to 14 were entered for the ESB examinations.  Pupils are required to recite a poem they have learned, read a passage from a story of their choice, and give a talk on a subject they are interested in.  Chosen topics included wildlife, Egyptology and children’s author Jacqueline Wilson....

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They Capture the Castle

03 Feb 2011

Historians used an impressive array of materials – including polystyrene, cardboard and even Lego – to build their own castles, as part of their studies on the Norman Conquest.  The castles included realistic features, such as drawbridges and moats, as well as some moving parts.  Castles were made of a variety of materials. Teacher...

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Pupils Teach History Lesson

03 Feb 2011

Older pupils became teachers for a lesson when they shared their knowledge of History with younger pupils. Pupils from S2 - aged 12 and 13 -  were asked to put together a booklet suitable for a primary school audience, on the subject of Henry VIII's break with Rome.  Pupils from the Senior and Middle schools work together.

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James and the Giant Apple (Tree)

03 Feb 2011

Green-fingered pupil James Foster was happy to get his hands dirty by planting a new tree in the school grounds. James, who is a keen gardener, planted the tree in view of the Kindergarten windows, where the school's youngest pupils will be able to see it blossom and fruit. James with the tree. The tree was given to MHS, in exchange for&n...

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Celebrations Mark Chinese New Year

03 Feb 2011

Dragons, lanterns and fortune cookies were all part of the colourful celebrations to mark Chinese New Year. Pupils learned about the traditions of Chinese New Year, in a special assembly led by parent Mrs Evelyne Flynn. Celebrations included a Chinese dragon. They then got the chance to make lanterns and fortune cookies, before releasing the lan...

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Blast Off for Holiday Art Workshops

27 Jan 2011

Space-themed art workshops for creative kids will blast off in Ashby during February half-term.  The three-day series of ‘Space Odyssey’ workshops at Manor House School will give aspiring young artists the chance to come up with their own creations, including lunar landscapes, alien masks and contemporary paintings.  Young artists with some of their creations...

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Pupils Go Batty Over New Topic

20 Jan 2011

Pupils are batty about learning at Manor House School – thanks to a new project on bats.  The school’s youngest pupils are learning about bats and the need to protect endangered species, as part of their Spring term studies.  Pupils made their own handpainted bats. Kindergarten pupils have made their own handpainted bats, looked at...

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Reserve a Place NOW to be Sure of Kindergarten Entry this September

13 Jan 2011

Parents of pre-school children are being urged to reserve a place now, if they want to be sure of a Kindergarten space for their child at Manor House School from September. There are only a limited number of places for four and five-year-olds who are due to start school in 2011 - 12. Kindergarten teacher Sam Pope said: "Because our Kindergarten pupils are taught in a class of less than 20, the places do fill up q...

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Pupils Meet Stars of Panto Backstage

16 Dec 2010

Oh yes they did! Pupils from Manor House School went backstage to meet the stars - at a panto starring one of their own schoolmates. Findley Church, 10, is appearing in 'Aladdin' at The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, and kindly invited his schoolmates along to watch the show and meet the cast. Pupils got autographs from cast members.

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Magic of Christmas is Brought to Life at Polesworth

16 Dec 2010

The magic of Christmas was brought to life for the school's youngest pupils by a moving reenactment of the  nativity. Children from the school's Pre-Prep department travelled to Polesworth Abbey where actors recreated the famous Christmas scene. Pupils were spellbound. The children were first met by Miriam, the innkeeper's wife, and in tru...

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Nativity Spreads Festive Cheer

09 Dec 2010

The story of the nativity will be performed by children from the school’s Pre-Prep classes – to an audience of friends, family and members of the local community.  Children told the Christmas story through the eyes of a shepherd boy. ‘The Raggedy King’ tells the Christmas tale through the eyes of a shepherd boy who is persuaded to...

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Pupils Get a Pizza the Action

09 Dec 2010

Children really got their teeth into their latest topic when they went to a pizza restaurant to make their own pizzas.  The Kindergarten pupils spent part of their first term at school learning about food – so the visit to Pizza Hut was a great opportunity to think about food groups and ingredients.  All aboard! Pupils used tomato pu...

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Reindeer Run to Mark End of Term

09 Dec 2010

Rudolph and Santa will be among the festive figures on the starting line next Friday (17 December) for one of Ashby’s most colourful Christmas traditions – the reindeer run.  Every year, staff and pupils at Manor House School dress up in Christmas costumes for a mile-long lap of the school grounds.  Past outfits have included some weird an...

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First Festive Bazaar Boosts School Funds

25 Nov 2010

The school’s first ever Christmas bazaar helped to raise more than £1,000 for school funds.  The festive bazaar, which was organised and run by the Friends of Manor House School, gave pupils, parents and staff a chance to pick up some Christmas gifts.  The Prom Committee sold homemade Christmas cookies. Special guest Santa was o...

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Young Voices are on Song

25 Nov 2010

More than 70 pupils from Manor House School performed to a packed audience at Birmingham’s LG Arena, as part of the Young Voices choir.  The pupils were among 7,000 children from across the Midlands to form the choir at the concert in November.  Young Voices singers from MHS wait for their big moment. At Manor House School, pupils had been preparin...

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Bursaries are Available for 2011 - 12

25 Nov 2010

Prospective pupils may be eligible for a bursary, to help with the cost of their education.  A number of means-tested Foundation Bursaries are now available to pupils wishing to attend Manor House School in 2011 – 12.  As a charitable trust, the school grants a number of bursaries each year.  Eligibility is determined by the school’s Governors, who carry out a financial assessment of all families which submit a bursary application.  ...

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Girls Talk their Way into Next Round of Speaking Competition

18 Nov 2010

Three talented speakers from Manor House School have made it through to the next round of a national public speaking competition.  Elys Brooks, Emily Beach and Phoebe Mills chose to speak on the subject of ‘Others, Not Ourselves’, in the first round of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition at Ashby School.  The winning team (left to right) Emily Beach, Elys Brooks and ...

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River Deep, Expectations High

11 Nov 2010

The rivers of North Yorkshire provided a perfect setting for GCSE geographers to collect vital data.  Year 10 and 11 pupils spent a weekend in and around the River Derwent, investigating how the features of a river change over distance.  Pupils record some vital information.. Headteacher Ann Scrine, who accompanied the pupils, sai...

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Gunpowder Visit Goes with a Bang

11 Nov 2010

Remember, remember, the fifth of November – gunpowder, treason and a visit to Donington-le-Heath Manor House.  Pupils from J1 learnt all about the gunpowder plot during a day at Donington-le-Heath Manor House, which was once home to Lord Digby, one of the plot’s conspirators.  Pupils meet some of the characters fr...

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Poppy Day Assembly for Pupils

11 Nov 2010

A poppy assembly helped pupils to understand the importance of Remembrance Day.  Valerie Gale, of the Ashby branch of the Royal British Legion, spoke to pupils about the importance of the annual poppy appeal and how funds are used to help former servicemen and women and their families.  Valerie Gale, of the Royal British Legion, spoke to pupils a...

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Sweets and Treats at Diwali Celebrations

11 Nov 2010

Diwali celebrations were marked by a special assembly at Manor House School.  Parent Mrs Sabyta Mackay visited the school to talk to pupils about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.  As part of traditional Diwali celebrations, family and friends share sweets and snacks.  Mrs Mackay hands out sweets and treats to pupils. To...

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Canal Trip Follows in Footsteps of Victorians

04 Nov 2010

A boat trip along the canals of Derbyshire gave pupils an insight into travel in the Victorian age.  The pupils from M3 travelled by narrow boat from Mercia Marina at Willington to Stenson Lock.  Pupils spent a day on the canal.. Along the way, they spotted moorhens, swans, cygnets and even a heron. Pupils also learned how to operate lo...

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Crocus Focus for Big Bulb Plant

04 Nov 2010

Green-fingered pupils at Manor House School will focus on the crocus when they plant scores of bulbs in the school grounds, to help wipe out polio.  Pupils will plant the crocuses on Wednesday (10 November) as part of Rotary International’s campaign to highlight the plight of polio sufferers overseas.  Teacher Janet Russell said: “The Big Bulb Plant is a healthy, fun, environmentally friendly way to plant the polio campaign in everyone’s mind. ...

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Popular Art Workshops to Run Again for October Half Term

14 Oct 2010

A series of workshops for young Ashby artists proved so popular that it will run again next month. Places are still available for the Autumn art workshops, aimed at youngsters aged seven to 16, which will be held at Manor House School on 20, 27 and 28 October. This time, the workshops will have seasonal themes. A one-day ‘Fireworks’ workshop will take place on Wednesday 20 October, featuring some exciting paint techniques. This will be followed by a ...

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Pupils Get a Taste of the Great Outdoors

14 Oct 2010

Adventurous pupils got a taste of the great outdoors when they tried caving, abseiling and boulder climbing during a weekend in the Peak District.  Pupils from S3, aged 13 and 14, visited the Hagg Farm Environmental Centre to try their hands at a host of new and hair-raising activities, and to test their skills in problem-solving and team-building. 

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Kings (and Queens) of the Castle

14 Oct 2010

Nine hundred years of history were laid bare when GCSE History students paid a visit to Lincoln Castle. The castle - which has been used as a castle, a prison and a court - gave pupils an insight into several of the topics covered during their Medieval Realms studies. Lincoln Castle gave pupils an insight into Medieval Realms. Among the highligh...

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New Pupils Welcome Visitors

14 Sep 2010

The newest pupils at Manor House School have been busy settling into school life – and helping the school to prepare for its next open day in October. As one of their first projects, the resourceful four-year-olds put together their own welcome sign for visitors to the school’s forthcoming open day on Tuesday 5 October. New pupils with their wel...

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