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Bodiam Manor School
Bodiam, TN32 5UJ Robertsbridge
+44 (0)1580 830225

Welcome to Bodiam!


We hope you enjoy visiting our site!

Our recipe for success:

Take a good measure of children and add...

  • a sprinkling of old-fashioned values
  • a touch of originality
  • a splash of swimming
  • a dash of sports
  • a slice of culture
  • a generous helping of laughter
  • allow to mix well

Place in a safe and warm environment, on a bed of academic excellence.

Perfect results, every time

About our school

Bodiam Manor is an unusual school, both in its history and in its ethos. Originally founded in West Sussex by the Northern family, the school moved in 1955 into a large Victorian manor house, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty managed by the National Trust and overlooking the medieval castle of Bodiam. Since then, Bodiam has grown in size and reputation, while still remaining small enough for each teacher to know and care for every child. We pride ourselves on the fact that the caring ethos we show is shown in every activity, and in every class, our children have.

The school has been a member of IAPS since 1970 and is accredited by the Independent Schools Joint Council.


It is a very challenging time for some children if they are joining a new school or starting school for the first time. We try our hardest to make this transition as simple as possible, from tours of the school with the parents, to 'trial' days, where they spend a day with their new class (which often makes them even more keen to join us!).

If you wish to register your child for entry, a completed registration form with the deposit and registration fee should be sent to the school. Please contact the school office if you would like a registration form, or email the office.

Fees - 2006/2007

(all fees are per term)

Forms: Harlequin 2+ & 3+ - age 2½ to 4
(Morning sessions - collect at 12 o’clock / with Lunch - collect at 1p.m.)

Mornings Lunches per week Afternoons
One: £225 One: £30 One: £168
Two: £433 Two: £56 Two: £324
Three: £618 Three: £82 Three: £464
Four: £795 Four: £106 Four: £556
Five: £961 Five: £126 Five: £653

If you wish to collect your child at 2 p.m. an additional charge of £3.50, per session, will be added to the above fees.

Full days are charged at the relevant morning and afternoon session rates, including the cost of lunch.

Form: Reception - age 4 to 5
£1,875 - inclusive of lunches

Form: 1 - age 5 to 6
£2,060 - inclusive of lunches

Form: 2 - age 6 - 7
£2,220 - inclusive of lunches

Forms: 3 - 4 - age 7 - 9
£3,334 - inclusive of lunches

Forms: 5 - 8 - age 9 - 13
£3,449 - inclusive of lunches

If two pupils from the same family attend the school at the same time, the younger of the two receives a 5% reduction; if there are three or more, the third and subsequent children receive a 10% reduction.
All fees are payable on or before the first day of the term for which they are due. Fees paid late attract a monthly interest charge.

More information can be obtained from the office


The curriculum is a wide one, drawing on and reaching beyond the National Curriculum. Although great importance is placed on consolidating skills in the core areas of English, Modern Languages, Mathematics and Science, we believe that children should pursue excellence in all their activities - academic, creative and sporting - on the principle that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. By the time they take their senior school entrance examinations - whether Common Entrance or Scholarship - pupils are thoroughly prepared in all the main academic subjects, as well as Information Technology, Design Technology and Latin, if a chosen option. The aim is not to shoe-horn a child into a given senior school but to equip him or her with the skills and knowledge essential for future studies and public examinations.

Specialist Teaching

Specialist teaching starts even in the Pre-Preparatory department for French, Music, Gymnastics, Dancing and Swimming. From 8 years of age the children are taught all subjects by specialist staff. This is seen as a particular strength of the school, and one that ensures a high standard of tuition in all areas of the Curriculum.

The subjects we teach include:

Modern Languages
Information Communication Technology
Design & Technology
Religious Education
Physical Education
Art & Design
Dance & Drama

Academic Performance

Our Children year after year enjoy a 100% success rate at Common Entrance and regularly achieve places at their first choice of senior school. We have a particularly impressive record of transfer to Cranbrook (90%). Pupils move onto a wide range of Independent Senior Schools including: Tonbridge School, Sevenoaks School, Benenden School, Kings College Canterbury, Brighton College, Eastbourne College, Sutton Valence School, Kent College Pembury, St Bede's School, Battle Abbey School, Bedgebury School, St Leonard's Mayfield, and Bethany.

In each of the past 5 years more than half our children were awarded scholarships: academic, all-rounder, sports, drama, art, choral and dance to these schools.

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