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Welcome from Headteacher

Thank you for your interest in our highly successful and popular school.

We are fully comprehensive and welcome girls and boys from Oadby and the surrounding area. Our students are high achieving, feel safe and enjoy learning in a happy and supportive environment.

I am proud to lead Manor High School and serve its community of Oadby, Leicester and Leicestershire. In 2012, prior to application, I gained a sense of the school and its “feel”. I could see that the school was not too big with around 900 and that the staff and students knew each other well and enjoyed working and learning together. It was clear that there was plenty to work with and build upon. The potential was without limits.

Our school has undergone many successful changes and is now placed within the top 1% of all schools nationally for progress and is top in both county and city. We often refer to a Manor High Way of doing things and the Magic of Manor. In truth, our academic achievements are the result of hard work, collaboration, a focus on each individual child and detailed planning.

The children are polite, cheerful and friendly. They enjoy learning and this is reflected in attendance levels that are far in excess of national figures. They feel safe and confident at school and so they are able to focus upon their learning. This is borne out by responses to our regular student voice surveys. We have many visitors to the school and they always comment upon the warm atmosphere, the strong sense of identity and the confidence and friendliness of the students.

In 2017, we benefited from the enviable opportunity to build upon the nurturing and supportive Manor High School culture to become an excellent 11-16 school with outstanding outcomes. This meant that we were able to maintain, and build upon, our ethos and values. The school was founded in 1968 for children up to the age of 14. This led to a high level of expertise in Key Stage 3, developed over five decades. The results of this evolution are spectacular. Our 2019 results surpassed all local and national figures and our pupils are recognised as the best prepared and most ambitious for later life.

Our whole school community agreed upon our Core Values, which underpin all aspects of life at Manor High. They are Excellence, Inspiration, Resilience and Respect.

John Donne wrote, over four centuries ago, that “No Man is an Island” and this is true of schools. Just as the children and staff are part of a wider community fabric, so is the school itself. I love working through the many successful partnerships in the area and this has enabled us to offer richer learning experiences for our students. It is also a useful means of self-evaluation and challenge and it is part of my philosophy, and that of the school, to be receptive to the views and feedback from colleagues and leaders in other schools, from parents and the wider community. Support from home is one of the most important influences on a child’s education and we work closely with all of our parents and carers. As we strive to make further improvements, the support and feedback from parents and carers is vital and much appreciated. I frequently thank parents through newsletters and open evenings for the huge contribution they make through their encouraging and positive feedback.

New students settle quickly because of our vertical tutoring, inclusive culture and the support between pupils across the different year groups. Manor High is not too large and it is made smaller and more personal through the vertical division into four Houses: Bradgate, Clarendon, Knighton and Watermead. Within each House, children are integrated quickly into tutor groups in which older students develop leadership skills as they support the learning and confidence levels of younger ones. This has been praised highly by parents and students alike. It takes less time to settle in at Manor High than at other schools.

Teaching and learning at Manor High are focused upon enjoyment, progress, individual and collective fulfilment and the pursuit of excellence. Both the teaching and the support staff are reflective and welcome feedback from students, parents and carers as they work to meet the needs of all learners. The curriculum is rich and varied with wider opportunities to develop learning inside and outside school. New ideas and initiatives are received with great enthusiasm. We push and challenge our pupils at all levels of abilities and this is evidenced in our outstanding results.

The greatest strength of the school is its students. This is shown in concerts, sporting endeavours and artistic performances as well as many other areas. Students enjoy their learning, value the school and they are proud to be a part of it. They appreciate the help and guidance they receive from the excellent teaching and support staff. Students are able to contribute to school leadership through our enlightened Vertical Tutoring system and through the House Councils.

I often conduct tours of the school for prospective parents and we are always keen to reduce the stress for parents eager to secure a place at Manor High for their children as quickly as possible through lots of help and support. We welcome visits to the school throughout the year and throughout the school day. Visitors always comment upon the “feel” of the school and express surprise that the school is larger than they realised but relief that the number of students is not too great. I can assure you that we have no plans to expand our numbers. I applaud the desire to see a busy and thriving school in action during a normal day when all of the students are in school and hard at work in the many different aspects of their learning.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information or if you wish to visit the school.

Liam D Powell
Headteacher