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Join us for a presentation from David Thomson next Thursday 8th October at 7pm. GET STUDYSMART!, written and presented by David Thomson, founder director of the independent school development consultancy Futuremind, helps ‘pupils’ understand how to become a ‘student’ and fires them up to do their personal best. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" [...]

September 29th, 2015|

Letter to Parents

The governors of both Denstone College and Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor are now able to provide a further update following their recent feasibility studies. In the early stages of the process the two sets of governors investigated the possibility of combining the schools on the Denstone College site.  However, the option of [...]

September 4th, 2015|

Coming Soon…

Check back here soon to keep up to date with team lists for the forthcoming matches at school.

September 10th, 2014|

Welcome from our new Headmaster

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  I feel that I am taking over the leadership of Denstone Prep at a really exciting time in the School’s history.  Not only have we changed our name (although still retaining very strong links with the “Smallwood Manor” of our past) but we are also [...]

August 13th, 2014|


What an amazing way to head towards the end of what has been a truly fantastic year in 4WF - an assembly that involved a car, a train, a child in a box, a child on the moon, an audience rained on by super-soakers and, of course, a goat!  As Mr Harrison would say, it [...]

July 3rd, 2014|

Making Musical Scales

          How much fun can you have with a bottle and some water? Tonnes! It made a lovely end of year music lesson too. The task was to make an eight note musical scale using bottles and water; our flautists definitely had an advantage!                 [...]

June 26th, 2014|

Making Musical Scales

Year 4 were brilliant today! We enjoyed a super half hour out on the manor's lawns making music. The task was to create an eight note scale using bottles and water. Perfect for a sunny music lesson!        

June 26th, 2014|

Scary Spiders!

When I walked into Reception classroom last Friday, I had a very big surprise! There were lots of enormous spiders. Fortunately, the children were not frightened as the spiders were actually cakes! Everyone had been very busy making webs and edible spiders. I am not sure how many spiders survived the journey home.....

June 22nd, 2014|

Friends, Fun and Food!

Pre-Prep 2 have really enjoyed their 'buddy sessions' with Year 3. They have been to visit their classroom, read to them, played on the practice pitch and attended Eucharist together.  Last Tuesday, everyone in the school had a special picnic and Pre-Prep 2 joined Year 3 on the Headmaster's lawn! They spent a lot of [...]

June 22nd, 2014|

Perfect Picnic

PP1 and Form 4 met this morning for a Forest School session. We learnt new skills such as whittling and knot tying. We then used these new skills and, working as a team, we built a shelter. The icing on the cake was then using these shelters to have our picnic in. Brilliant! After eating, [...]

June 17th, 2014|
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