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Sir Roger Manwood`s School
Manwood Road, CT13 9JX, UK Sandwich
+44 (0)1304 613286

In 1563 Sir Roger Manwood founded a Free Sir Roger ManwoodGrammar School in Sandwich to make education accessible to the townspeople. Since 1563 a great deal has changed. The original school building still stands, but the School has occupied its present site since 1895.

In creating his new Free School in Sandwich, Sir Roger Manwood ensured that it would have firm foundations. The present School is hugely indebted to his foresight - there are four Foundations which still today appoint Governors: the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Lincoln College, Oxford, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the Diocese of Canterbury. Sir Roger Manwood's inspiration lasted two and a half centuries, into a mid-Victorian era which saw the School, like many Elizabethan foundations, drift into anonymity.

In 1890 the Charity Commission issued an ultimatum: either the Manwood endowments be used to revive the School, or they should be used for general educational purposes. Thomas Dorman, thrice Mayor of Sandwich, was the major Picture of the School in the 19th Centurybenefactor in the revival, and by 1895 the new Manwood Road site was ready for occupation. This is the thirty-acre site of the present school, and from the sixteen boys who entered in 1895 the School has grown to over 800 boys and girls.

In September 1992 Manwood's became Grant-Maintained, keeping its Founder's intention firmly in mind: to offer as broad an education as possible, with special emphasis on the pupils' academic development. In 1999 the School assumed Foundation status.

Though a non-denominational school, Manwood's has had close links through the centuries with St Clement's Church, whose Rector is a member of the Governing Body. This is one of the several strong community connections which make Manwood's precisely what its founder intended.

Boarders joined Headmaster's House even in Elizabethan times, but expansion came much later. First, Manwood Lodge was acquired in 1947, and three years later the School purchased Manwood Grange. There are now 55 boarding places. Teaching space has expanded similarly, according to the requirements of both pupil numbers and curriculum. Co-education arrived in the 1980s.

The late 1990's saw the beginning of a major building programme improving the quality of provision for the pupils across the whole curriculum. The additional facilities created include four well-equipped Science Laboratories, a refurbished Library and Multi-Media Resource Centre, a Technology Block, new classrooms and offices dedicated to the History and R.E. Departments, a hard-play area and astro-turf pitch and a four-badminton-court-sized Sports Hall. In 2003 the school was awarded Language College Status and a state-of-the-art language laboratory was built.



One of the guiding principles of Manwood's is that its pupils should work hard, play hard and contribute to the School community at least as much as they derive from it. The wide range of activities offers numerous opportunities both to develop interests and to take responsibility.

On the musical front, for example, there are frequent concerts for choirs, orchestra, brass band, jazz band, rock bands, and soloists, with opportunities for all levels of competence to perform in public. Peripatetic teachers visit the School regularly to give lessons, as well as taking part in the evening concerts.
Drama is very strong with both Senior and Junior Productions each year and lively Drama Clubs which meet each week. Drama also appears on the curriculum at all Key Stages.

The Combined Cadet Force, in which both boys and girls participate, is greatly in demand at civic occasions, Combined Cadet Forcebesides providing many opportunities for adventure and responsibility on its Field Weekends, Adventure Training Weeks, and Annual Camps. All members are volunteers, and the contingent usually numbers about 120.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, contributing to and helping to produce the annual Manwoodian magazine and taking part in debating competitions are a few of the other highly beneficial ways in which pupils are able to spend their time constructively.

In the course of the year staff organise a wide variety of trips: to lectures and conferences, art gallery, museum and theatre visits, foreign exchanges, form outings, day trips to France and an annual skiing trip.


Most of our own students stay on into the Sixth Form and a number join from other schools. There are regular assessments of progress, and the Sixth Form tutors and the Head of Sixth Form work closely with the students during their Sixth Form career.

Sixth Formers are encouraged to take a degree of responsibility not only for themselves and their studies but also for their environment and for extra-curricular activities
Sixth form private study
Prefects are appointed from the Lower Sixth to replace those who are in the final stages of their A-Level courses, and the School Captains and Vice-Captains chair the Sixth Form Committee which reports to Head of Sixth Form and to the Headmaster.

There is a school uniform which must be worn for the first five years, but sixth-form pupils are allowed to choose their dress within broad guidelines intended to encourage a professional approach to their studies.

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* A 32 station state-of-the-art language multi-media room is now in operation.

Students using the multi media language room

* Modern Foreign Languages on offer to the students include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.

* We have links with schools in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and China with e-mail contacts, day visits and longer exchanges organised. Year 9 students with students from our partner school in China - Hengshui High School

* We have four foreign language assistants on the staff.

* We have a number of cross-curricular projects that have an international dimension. For example a Comenius Project with schools in Germany and Italy; School orchestra trips to Barcelona, Venice and Cremona in recent years; a trip to Berlin for those studying GCSE History and an A-level Politics trip to the USA.

The multi media language room
* We have a full programme of evening classes that attract both adults and students who wish to learn a new language.

* We have partnerships with a number of Primary and Secondary schools to promote good practice in the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages and we now co-ordinate and support the teaching of Primary and Secondary Modern Foreign Languages in the Deal and Sandwich cluster of schools.


The Houses develop a strong sense of community and identity, and the House Parents are assisted by House Tutors and Matrons in promoting the physical, social and spiritual well-being of those in their care. Senior pupils act as House Prefects and are encouraged to help in furthering the interests of the younger members of their Houses.

Boarding places are offered subject to availability and to performance in tests set by the School. There are places for boarders at the 11+ entry stage, but pupils arrive at all levels thereafter, especially for the GCSE years and for A-Levels.

Boarders have two exeats per term, as well as the half-term holidays, and dates for return to school try to take boarders' travel arrangements into consideration. Sandwich is conveniently situated, only a few miles from the ports of Dover and Ramsgate and not far from the A2/M2 which affords easy access to London and beyond. The town's railway station is only a two-minute walk from the School, and there are hourly trains to Dover and London.


Boarding fees are £7485 per annum (£2495 per term)

Deposit £1250

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