Wandsworth, United Kingdom
About Emanuel School
About Emanuel School
Emanuel School is a co-educational independent school next to Wandsworth Common and close to Clapham Junction, south-west London, with nearly 1,000 pupils from age 10 to 18. Combining academic ambition with an extensive programme of co-curricular activities, the school community works together to develop pupils into high-achieving young adults who will make a positive contribution to the wider world.
The school has high academic standards, with exam outcomes improving year on year; in 2019, the school rose nearly 100 places in The Sunday Times Parent Power tables for GCSE and A level results. We believe that success comes in many different forms and seek out pupils with a talent beyond the curriculum. As a consequence, our art, music, sports and drama departments are outstanding, which gives Emanuel a distinctive ‘buzz’ which many people notice when visiting. Pupils are engaging, articulate and outward-looking, with regular fundraising for local charities and our partner schools in India, while older students work collaboratively with pupils from local state schools in a range of partnership projects.
With over 400 years of history, Emanuel is establishing ambitious plans for the future. In the next few years, new staff can expect to see major investments into new and improved facilities. We expect to continue to maintain and develop our meaningful local partnerships and will be increasing our provision of fee-assisted places to bright boys and girls. The 2019 launch of the school’s Battersea Rise Trust centres on a desire to ensure all aspirational and talented children have an opportunity to learn and grow at Emanuel, regardless of financial circumstance.
Emanuel pupils are happy, confident and kind, demonstrating high aspirations in all that they do.
Pupils, parents and teachers work together in our:
- Teaching and learning, to ensure lessons and daily interactions are full of vitality and inspire endeavour, confidence and ambition.
- Pastoral care, so that every child is recognised, listened to and understood within a community that values the development of spiritual and social understanding.
- Co-curricular and community life, so that every child can enjoy being part of a larger cause, find friendships and develop life-enhancing interests and passions.
We are an ambitious and kind school community. We operate within the framework of our Christian ethos, promoting equality and diversity and upholding fundamental British values, the rule of law and individual liberty. We have a commitment to free-place funding and state partnerships.
Our working environment
The words that most of our staff associate with our school are “friendly”, “welcoming” and “caring.” Within this supportive environment, it’s no wonder that pupils thrive and that each is able to achieve their best academic potential, as well as developing specialist skills in art, drama, music and sport.
The staff community at Emanuel is diverse and committed with a strong sense of friendship. Our teachers enjoy a varied working week: teaching to a high level, providing excellent pastoral support and getting involved in the school’s broad co-curricular programme.
We’re rolling out a new appraisal scheme with a focus on individual professional development, we sponsor postgraduate courses and training opportunities, we offer a Simply Health healthcare plan and we’re committed to supporting staff wellbeing. There are established staff sports teams, access to the gym and swimming pool, a Ride-to-Work cycling scheme, personal IT tablets for teaching staff, TPA provision and free lunches and refreshments.
The school’s commitment to staff welfare is expressed through the recent appointment of the Senior Tutor whose brief is specifically to look after staff, working with the Deputy Head: Staffing and Director of HR, and so to ensure that all staff feel valued. There is an active Common Room whose committee organises social events throughout the year. Management is genuinely consultative, and staff are given the opportunity to air their views through a range of forums, including a staff consultation committee which meets every term and regular surveys.
The school has an unbeatable location, situated at the edge of the leafy Wandsworth Common with views towards the City from the main entrance. There is a fantastic network of transport links, including Clapham Junction within a 10-minute walk from the school site, while the local area provides a wealth of amenities for leisure, socialising and entertainment.
“Pupils display a keen social conscience in their charity fundraising activity and in their work in the local community.”- Independent Schools Inspectorate
“Emanuel has meant a lot to me. School life is so much more than academic performance – other qualities are equally valued.”- Upper sixth leaver
“One to keep a decided eye on as it makes its upward progress.”- Good Schools Guide
“The teaching is first-class. My daughter comes home absolutely buzzing with the pleasure of the intellectual exchanges she has with her teachers and fellow students.”- Current parent
“Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning.”- Independent Schools Inspectorate