Grace Dieu Manor School, for children aged 12 weeks to 11 years, is often described as a hidden gem! Nestling in 120 acres of idyllic parkland in Thringstone, we are located just 15 minutes from Coalville, Ashby de la Zouch and Loughborough.
We offer small classes with specialist teaching in Sport, Music, Art, Drama and Languages, and we are justifiably proud of our strong academic reputation. This year, 100% of our pupils won places to their first choice senior school, and every year pupils win scholarships to a range of different schools across the region.
Children have acres of space to grow, learn and play. We have extensive sports facilities on-site – including a swimming pool, sports hall and numerous outdoor courts and pitches.
We are also specialists in Outdoor Learning, and our Forest School is an integral part of our curriculum. Pupils enjoy den building, foraging, campfire cooking, storytelling and nature watching – as well as taking some of their other subjects outside (from measuring trees for Maths, to studying plants for Science). We even have our own chickens and alpaca herd! The opportunities for outdoor fun and learning are boundless – thanks to our expert teaching staff and our stunning and expansive setting.
The benefit of being an independent Prep School means that our families have all options available to them, and are therefore able to make the very best choice of senior school when the time comes. Even more importantly, we do not just prepare pupils to pass the entrance test to one school; we give them an outstanding grounding across all areas of the curriculum. All that we offer, both inside and outside of the classroom, is rooted in our goal to develop the whole person.
Please do come and see just how we do this, we look forward to showing you round!
Mrs Margaret Kewell became Headmistress of Grace Dieu in January 2018, having held the position of Deputy Head for the last three years and Senior Teacher before that. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree specialising in English and History. Margaret was educated at Christ’s College, Liverpool and began her teaching career in Liverpool. She then spent three years teaching in Northlands International School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after which she returned to England teaching in the independent sector in both Surrey and then Essex.
Margaret is married to David and they have three sons, Matthew, Gregory and Symeon and their dog Rufus. After taking time out of teaching when her children were young, Margaret returned to the profession taking up a position at Grace Dieu where she has been a part of the community here for almost 17 years.