IT IS the small New Forest school which claims to have a child-centred approach to learning, offering a caring start for children.

Manor Church of England Infant School in Hardley has just 81 youngsters on its roll.

Led by headteacher Michelle Hale who has been in her post since January 2014, the school boasts “dedicated staff who care a great deal for the children”.

Its extensive grounds in Larkspur Gardens feature a wild area with a nature trail and “enormous” field.

Every week students go on environmental walks to explore the great outdoors and appreciate the nature surrounding the school.

Meanwhile, “planet protectors” lead green initiatives to recycle, compost food waste and save electricity.

Children at Manor Infant School can learn to sing, play the ukelele, and drum during weekly classes run by Hampshire Music Service.

After school clubs include dance, martial arts, drama, football and athletics.

A report by the Church of England Education Office last October rated the school as excellent in a SIAMS inspection.

A SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults.

It found that Manor is characterised by strong relationships and that the school reaches out to all families and has established a very strong partnership with the parish church. And, everyone at the school is loved, valued, allowed to flourish.