Forres Sandle Manor


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 104 (Boys) 71 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3-13 years
  • Founded: 1880

Open Days

2020. Open Mornings: Sat. 25th April, Sat. 26th September and Sat. 14th November, all at 10am-12noon.



Boarders: Years 5 – 8, £8,085 per term. Year 4, £7,780 per term. Year 3, £6,635 per term.

Day Pupils: Years 7 and 8, £5,925 per term. Years 5 and 6, £5,705 per term. Year 4, £5,410 per term. Year 3, £4,815 per term. Years 1 and 2, £3,030 per term.

Reception and Nursery: £2,885 per term; £10.75 per hour.

EU and International students: £9245 per term. The International fee covers boarding and tuition plus an amount for the additional services and administration costs incurred by the school.

School Contact Details

Forres Sandle Manor

[t]: 01425 653181

Location Description

Our beautiful grounds on the edge of the New Forest provide us with many opportunities to enhance our academic curriculum and develop our sense of community. The school is near the town of Fordingbridge in Hampshire, easily accessible from Salisbury, Bournemouth and Southampton.

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School News

Forres Sandle Manor School Hampshire

Elevate – a group who specialise in presenting on study skills made their fourth visit to FSM on Tuesday to deliver three more

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Elevate sessions. Following the usual format, she delivered the second session for our present Year 7s and Year 8s but this time she also offered a ‘Study Skills’ session to FSM parents.

During the parental session, our presenter Megan began by discussing Time Management and creating effective Study Schedules. Megan’s Top Tip in this area was to plan the fun / relaxing activities in first. Then she talked about the impact of Stress on academic performance and Motivation (including getting careers advice) so goals are clear. She underlined the importance of taking breaks to maintain Focus. Finally, Megan discussed Distractions (use of music / tech / app blockers) and the importance of sleep.

“My two children are so different … listening to everything you have said I can hear how one is so much more efficient at revision (because of their personality) than the other!”

Megan agreed with my philosophy that once a child has a clear goal they become highly motivated. Ask the question: What is the reason for this task? Megan’s top tip in this area was to use a checklist to feel productive and work towards a reward or break. Megan asked us to consider if the children know what work to do in each subject area.

“Megan was really enthusiastic, which really helped when she was explaining about how to prepare.” Dan.

Megan explained there are three phases to effective exam / test preparation:

  1. Note-Taking
  2. Memorisation
  3. Practice Papers

Megan went into more detail about each of these areas with the children in their presentations.

Please ask your child about their session and consider how you can support them, it is really powerful to hear the messages about effective preparation from parents as well as teachers.

“Really interesting … practical tips that everyone could use.” Duncan Humphreys.

“Particularly useful as our CE Mocks are coming up. Clear advice on how to revise effectively.” Harry.

Visit the Elevate site: HERE (if prompted, use the password: rondo) to gain access to a wide range of resources to support your child. Megan’s final top tip was to read the article, ‘The Science of Student Success’.

Written by: Mr Peak

Forres Sandle Manor independent day and boarding school Hampshire

Forres Sandle Manor Year 8 pupils once again had huge success in their Common Entrance exams, leading to all pupils going to their first-choice senior

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schools in September.

The exams saw a large number of pupils achieving A grades in core subjects such as English and maths. Headmaster, Mr Jody Wells, said: “We’re very proud of all our pupils. The results are testament to the hard work that they put in.”

A good number of the year were awarded scholarships and / or bursaries from a wide variety of schools in the areas of music, sport, drama and all-round achievement. Our pupils have also secured a William Morris Award from Malborough, a Roxburgh Scholarship from Stowe and the Jolie Brise All Rounder Boarding Award from Dauntsey’s. Pupil Alice was also made an Honorary CE Scholar in recognition of being one of Stowe’s top 15 CE candidates.

Following the FSM ethos that we support pupils to go to the right senior school for them, this year they leave us to go onto: Stowe, Marlborough, King’s Taunton, Dauntsey’s, Hampshire Collegiate School, King’s Bruton, Clayesmore, Sherborne, Godolphin, Milton Abbey, Cheltenham College and Uppingham.

Forres Sandle Manor independent day and boarding school Hampshire

FSM Year 5 pupil Harry came second this year in the Rudyard Kipling ‘Just so’ schools competition with his story “How the Ostrich Got His

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The competition (formally known as The John Slater Competition) is to encourage creative writing and run by The Kipling Society. Stories need to be around 500 and inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s stories for children. The entries are all judged on their use of plot, character, language, enjoyment and originality.

The judges said that Harry’s story is: “An intelligent and vigorously told story that reads like a convincing work of natural history. The central image of the Ostrich trying to shake off a squiggly wiggly rock snake wrapped around his neck is both alarming and very funny.”

You can read Harry’s story in full here!

Forres Sandle Manor independent preparatory school Hampshire

Having qualified for this tournament last November, the girls were excited to be finally competing at the South Regional Finals.

The girls got off to the

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best start in the tournament as they beat St Benedict’s 2-0 with a competent performance throughout. Our second match was even better as we beat Bede’s School 5-0 as both Abi and Immy scored 2 goals each and Rosie 1 goal. We moved the ball well and cleared any danger that came at us.

In the remaining four matches we played well but came up against some strong opposition who just seemed to react more quickly to the ball. The girls did manage a draw against St Piran’s but sadly it was not enough to progress into the either the Plate or the Cup competition. The girls can be proud of their efforts in finishing 5th in their pool and 9th overall, well done.

– Mr McEwan

Forres Sandle Manor independent preparatory school Hampshire

The boys had played extremely well to get to this stage of the competition and they did not let themselves down.

In the pool stages FSM

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managed one win, two draws and one loss. Sadly with just an extra goal scored or not conceded, the boys would have finished 2nd in the pool but instead they had to settle for 4th and a place in the plate.

In the quarter-final we came up against Millfield and despite taking the lead, Millfield hit back strongly with three well-taken goals to progress. A further two narrow defeats meant FSM finished a very credible 16th place. Not bad for a side who are made up of year 7s. The boys can be very proud of their efforts both at the Nationals and throughout the term. It has been a fantastic set of results.

– Mr McEwan

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