Sir Roger Manwood's School

Sir Roger Manwood's School is a coeducational grammar school with academy status located in Sandwich, Kent, England. It is one of 35 state boarding schools in England.

Sir Roger Manwood's School
Manwood Road

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CT13 9JX

Coordinates51.2718°N 1.3454°E / 51.2718; 1.3454
TypeGrammar school;
Day and boarding school
MottoEngage, Explore, Excel
FounderSir Roger Manwood
Department for Education URN136501 Tables
Head teacherLee Hunter
Age11 to 18
HousesAtlas, Carmarthen, Founders, Stour and Ypres (previously Dorman, Knolles, Trappes and Tudor)
PublicationThe Manwoodian
Boarders(Up to) 55
Former pupilsOld Manwoodians


The school was founded in 1563 by Sir Roger Manwood, an eminent barrister, jurist and supporter of the reformation of the Church in England. Manwood's intention was to create a free grammar school to make education more accessible to the local townspeople. The original location of the school was at Ash Road in Sandwich but it was moved to its current location at Manwood Road in 1895. There are four foundations which appoint governors: Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Lincoln College, Oxford, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the Diocese of Canterbury.[1]

In 1960 there were 100 boarders. The school today mainly consists of day pupils, although up to 55 boarders can reside in the school grounds. The boarders are separated into two houses; ‘The Grange’ accommodating the girls and ‘The Lodge’ the boys. After a long-running tradition of being an all-boys school, girls were first admitted in 1982.


In order to gain entry the prospective student must first pass the 11+ examination, informally known as the "Kent Test".

Once enrolled, new pupils are assigned a house, which will also be their form group from Years 7 to 9. From years 10 to 13 pupils from each house are mixed into new forms. Each house is identified by a different colour. The houses and colours are as follows: Atlas House is red, Carmarthen House is orange, Founders' House is green, Stour House is light blue and Ypres House is dark blue.

The houses were previously Tudor (light blue), Trappes (dark blue), Knolles (dark green) and Dorman (red).


  • Edward Henry Blakeney, M.A. (Cantab.), (1895-1901)
  • Rev. Harold Buchanan Ryley, M.A. (Oxon.), (1901-1905)
  • Rev. George Edward Battle, M.A. (Dublin), (1905-1914)
  • Rev. William Burton, M.A. (Cantab.), (1914-1935)
  • Ephraim Parker Oakes, M.A. (Cantab.), (1935-1960)
  • John Frederick Spalding, M.Sci. (London), J.P., (1960–1978)
  • Howell Griffiths (1978–1990)
  • Ian Mellor (1991–96), then Stockport Grammar School from 1996–2005
  • Christopher Morgan (1996–2013)[2]
  • Lee Hunter (September 2013 -)


Facilities include a full size sports hall, a gym, a half sized hockey astroturf and a tarmac'd area, and three sports fields one with a pavilion. Sports offered include gymnastics, badminton, football, basketball, trampolining and table tennis, in addition to the main sports of rugby, hockey, netball, rounders, cricket and athletics. The astroturf is used to play tennis and hockey. It was opened by Mel Clewlow, an England women's hockey captain and Old Manwoodian. The school first XI were Kent county champions (The Frank Mason Cup) in 2017/18. The school has produced notable national sports alumni - Mel Clewlow was England women's hockey captain for many years; Tamsin Beaumont is a member of the current England women's cricket team; Eugene Gilkes and Keith Stock both GB athletes.

Combined Cadet Force

The school has a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) group with an army section. Annual events include an Inspection day, Founder's Day parade, which celebrates the founding of the school and pays homage to Sir Roger Manwood and a summer camp.

Notable former pupils

The Old Manwoodians Association is an alumni association for ex pupils of the school. They are reasonably active and play a part in the school on a day-to-day basis. The OMs help out the school sports by playing regular fixtures in many of the sports. Three of the most notable OM fixtures on the calendar are the OM v 1st team girls' hockey, OM U21s v 1st XI Cricket and OM v 1st XI Cricket which are all popular fixtures. The two cricket fixtures usually take place in "Cricket Week" which is usually after the busy A Level exam period. Old Manwoodians include:


Further reading

  • John Cavell & Brian Kennett (1963). A History of Sir Roger Manwood's School Sandwich 1563-1963. Cory, Adams & Mackay.
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