Our Manor 20-24 September 2021

Welcome to this week's newsletter

My family and I had a great time at the Raunds Mayor's Show last weekend, although I am not sure that the combination of sugar and rides was the best idea for my three young children.

As a resident and a teacher in the local area it was good to see the event so well attended. I saw a number of students and colleagues from our school and other local schools. Lots of people spoke very highly of the Manor School students and how well they did in their performance, representing the school with such enthusiasm. Ms Bishop and Ms Baron were beaming with pride when I spoke to them on Monday morning, and rightly so! The same can be said for the young children from St Peter's CE Academy who also performed very well indeed and at such a young age.

This week has been a busy one in school with school photographs. Mr Martin and I have witnessed increasing numbers of students are attending our extra-curriculum clubs. These clubs are a great opportunity for students, many of whom have not had the chance to get involved due to COVID restrictions. Exciting things are on the horizon. Open Evening and the launch of the new Houses give us lots to look forward to.

I make no apologies for finishing on a COVID note. It is important to ensure that your child is testing twice weekly using Lateral Flow Tests and that we are informed immediately of a positive test. Please do not send your child into school if they are displaying any symptoms.

Have a great weekend!

Lee Towers, Co-Principal

Meet the Principal

We are introducing a weekly session where parents/carers and members of the community can come in to school and meet with one of the Co-Principals. This is an opportunity for you to come in and talk to us, ask questions or raise any issues you might have.

If you are interested in attending, please send your request to principal@manor.school. The dates and times for the sessions for this half term are listed below (we can meet outside of the times if needed):

  • Friday 1 October, 9:45–10:45am
  • Monday 4 October, 3:30–4:30pm
  • Friday 15 October, 9:45–10:45am
  • Monday 18 October, 3:30–4:30pm

We look forward to meeting you very soon.

Year 6 into 7 Open Evening

We are now taking bookings for our Year 6 into 7 Open Evening.

The evening will give you the opportunity to meet, and listen to, the Co-Principals – Glenn Martin and Lee Towers. To ensure that everyone can hear the presentations, they will take place regularly throughout the evening starting at 4:30pm with the final one at 7:00pm.

To avoid disappointment, and to allow the school the opportunity to manage numbers on the school site, we would request that all families reserve their places at the Open Evening in advance of the evening by booking tickets – click here to book your place(s).

For further information, please see our Open Evening information page.

Student ambassadors

We are looking for students to act as ambassadors at our Open Evening, either by leading tour groups or by supporting in a subject area. Interested students should collect a consent form from student services.

Upcoming police visit

All the secondary schools across the East Northants district are working closely with Northamptonshire police to ensure all secondary schools remain a safe place for your children. To maintain the safety of students and staff, Northamptonshire Police will be conducting patrols within schools, focusing on drugs and raising awareness of knife crime. This will include patrols with a drugs dog and the use of a knife arch and knife wands.

For full details, please download the following letter.

Parent forum

This is your last chance to book your place at our upcoming 'Friend or Foe?' parent forum on Thursday 30 September. The event is centered around how you can help your child to navigate both the virtual and real world safely. Book your place by completing the form below.

Online safety tips

This week's online safety guide is on the topic of social media scams. Download the file below to find out the types of popular scams and tips on how you can protect yourself/your child.

Breakfast club

Our breakfast club will be open to all students between 8-8:30am daily from Thursday 30 September. There will be a variety of products available for purchase, with students who qualify for Free School Meals having an allowance of 60p. Students should use the side entrance to the restaurant on Mountbatten Way, rather than going through main reception.


Our weekly STEM Club is launching on Tuesday 28 September and is open to students in Years 7-9. The club sees teachers from across science, maths, technology and computing come together to offer students the opportunity to participate in a number of exciting projects.

STEM experiences

InvestIN are offering students aged 12-18 immersive weekend experiences in 13 different STEM and medicine-related careers. This is a great opportunity to learn from top doctors, engineers, psychologists, investment bankers and more. Click the link below for full details.

Manor Maths Challenges

In celebration of this week's autumnal equinox, why not have a go at making a sundial? You'll find full instructions in this week's edition of Mrs Radd's blog, as well as a new video feature.

Sports fixtures

Our Year 11 boys took on Samuel Whitbread on Tuesday 21 September in the first round of the ESFA National Cup and despite going 1-0 up, and a valiant effort from the boys, they lost 2-1 conceding in the last 30 seconds of the game. Now our efforts are applied to the county cup and district league.

Upcoming fixtures are as follows:

  • Tuesday 28 September – Year 9/KS4 netball @ home vs SCH and Rushden
  • Tuesday 28 September – Year 9 football @ home vs Thomas Beckett
  • Monday 4 October – Year 11 football away @ Wrenn
  • Tuesday 5 October – Year 9/KS4 netball away
  • Tuesday 5 October – Year 11 football away @ Parker E
  • Wednesday 6 October – Year 7 football @ home vs Wrenn
  • Wednesday 6 October – Year 9 football away @ Wrenn
  • Thursday 7 October – Year 8 football @ home vs Wrenn
  • Thursday 7 October – U16 girls football away @ Wootton

May we please remind parents, carers and other adults that they are not permitted on school site until 4:30pm to come to watch their child compete at home fixtures. All visitors to the school must have prior permission to be on school site and are required to sign in before 4:30pm. Thank you for your understanding and support.