It’s a typical Tuesday at Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep in Clapham, which takes in boys aged 4-8 and prepares them rigorously for the renowned Eaton House The Manor Prep. The Prep School has sent generations of children to Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s, Tonbridge, and many more top schools.
Today, the Pre-Prep is fun and fizzing with life. Not a second is wasted in class. Boards are covered in exciting projects. Music drifts faintly through the corridor from a practice room, but the boys are hard at work.
ASSEMBLIES MEAN AWARDS
Before school, class assemblies are held in the theatre, shared with the Prep School, Girls’ School and Nursery. Today, it’s 3C’s turn. It’s a friendly occasion with parents hugging, chatting and catching up, and enjoying coffee and flapjacks. Children bounce around excitedly until it is time for the Headmaster, Mr David Wingfield, a Mathematics specialist, to begin speaking. The boys immediately scramble into their seats and sit still beautifully.
Some of the best work is awarded by House Points, and certificates are handed out to proud-looking boys during the assembly. ‘Values Awards’ mark some of the most admirable community-minded acts that have taken place, such as helping teachers, or being imaginative. At any time during the week, a bell is rung when boys receive a ‘Good Show’ in recognition of outstanding achievement – as well as Mr Wingfield declaiming ‘Good Show!’ from the door of his office – everyone gets excited each time.
When the Assembly is over, pop music blasts out as the boys bounce back to their classrooms. It’s an upbeat way to start the day.
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