Yateley Manor

Your Child, Their Journey, Our Focus


Yateley Manor is regarded as a pioneering school in terms of its recent approach to curriculum design. There is an emphasis on pupils taking responsibility for their own learning.  In addition to the broad and balanced curriculum, the introduction of the Prep School Baccalaureate has given greater importance to core skills such as collaboration, leadership, independence and perseverance. Pupils reflect on their performance in a task against a set of criteria and successfully challenge themselves with the next steps they need to take.

The School’s emphasis on educating the whole child is supported by a wide-ranging enrichment programme.  Activities include chess, dance, horse riding, drama and water sports and the school is always keen to find new opportunities for children to fulfil their potential.

Innovative and committed staff are the school’s most valuable resource and there is a strong culture of continuing professional development with staff regularly attending external courses, as well as weekly after school workshops and sharing best practice. 

Staff embrace the different learning styles of children and incorporate varied approaches into lessons.  The result is that children may spend a day being Vikings, visiting a Hindu Temple, creating maths games to bolster understanding of probability or fractions or cooking during science to reinforce the difference between physical and chemical changes.  

A new building housing a state of the art Music School, spacious and light rooms for Art and DT and a new Modern Foreign Languages Department opened last September.  The School’s superb teaching facilities are complemented by excellent sports amenities including a heated indoor swimming pool, a large sports hall with indoor cricket nets and provision for football, netball and basketball, a gymnasium and several pitches. 

The newly developed Woodland Learning Area is an inspirational educational environment which gives younger children the freedom to explore nature in a hands-on and child-led approach.  This helps build confidence, independence and self-esteem as well as giving children new life skills.

If you would like to discover more about all that Yateley Manor has to offer please email Tanja at registrar@yateleymanor.com or telephone 01252 405500.


Chess at Yateley Manor


“Chess plays a large part in life at Yateley Manor, giving every child the chance to participate. The quality of coaching offered in school and the opportunities available allow the pupils to take their chess playing as far as they wish – at a recreational, school or even national level. Playing chess helps the children learn good sportsmanship, and also seems to have a knock-on effect on academic work as it improves focus, concentration and mind agility.”  Parent


Yateley Manor is renowned for its high standard of chess and the School has a reputation for producing excellent players.  Yateley Manor was one of the first prep schools in Britain to recognise the value of chess as part of the curriculum and to employ a Director of Chess, International Master Andrew Martin, who has been instrumental in making the game part of the fabric of school life for the last twenty years. 


The game is an integral part of the School’s broad educational experience.  It is an ideal educational tool having been shown to develop the brain and enhance thinking skills.  Chess is taught both for enjoyment and for its transferable skills: concentration, learning how to make decisions, accepting responsibility and sharpening thought processes all of which are highly beneficial to other aspects of school life. It is also fun to play and always a challenge! 


At Yateley Manor children in the Pre-Prep can learn chess from the age of 5, with some taking part in inter-school matches, often very successfully, against children who are much older.  The Prep School provides plenty of opportunities to play, with open clubs, squad training sessions, matches, masterclasses and scholarship classes.  The school regularly boasts country players and county champions with two pupils recently reaching national level representation.


All children are welcome to join the chess club and the school fields several teams including its Pre-Prep team and an all-girls squad.  A large number of children take part in the UK Chess Challenge annually with, last year, 17 players playing in the Mega Final and 11 qualifying for the Gigafinal.


Highlights from recent years have included:

  • U11A team finishing fourth in the EPSCA National Finals
  • U11B team also qualifying for National Final as one of the top eight teams in the country
  • U11A team finishing third in the English Chess Federation National Final
  • Two England players
  • U11A girls’ team finished sixth in the National Schools Girls’ U18 semi-final.
  • U9A EPSCA Semi Final gold Award
  • 4th British Schools Chess Championships


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