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Woodhouse Grove Preparatory School
Bronte House School, Bradford,BD10 0PQ
0113 250 2811

Ashdown Lodge opened in September 1993 as the Early Years Department of Woodhouse Grove, thus providing the opportunity for continuity of education from 2+ to 18 years of age.

Working in partnership with parents is a key factor in developing each child's potential. With an experienced team of qualified teachers and nursery nurses, children settle well. Their happiness is important to us and means each youngster will enjoy achieving his or her best.

We offer parents the flexibility of full day sessions, part-time morning or afternoon sessions or a combination of these to suit individual circumstances. We are open all year round, closing only during the christmas period. In addition, after school care is available up to 6.00 pm with tea at 5.00 pm and during holidays a play scheme from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm operates virtually all year round.

We would be delighted to welcome you and your child for a visit to Ashdown Lodge, come and spend some time with us and experience what we have to offer your child. We would be delighted to see you.

Christine J Robinson


Brontë House was founded in 1934. It stood in the grounds of a house where Charlotte Brontë was one time governess. Charlotte's father (Patrick) had met his wife to be (Maria) while visiting his friend, John Fennell - the first headmaster of the Grove in the early 19th century.

Today, Brontë House is a bustling and busy junior school for boys and girls who move up to the senior school at 11. Like the Grove, Brontë House aims to get the best from the children in the classroom, on the games field, in music, drama and other activities. SATs results at age 7 and 11 regularly confirm Brontë House as one of the top junior schools of the region, and the automatic promotion to the senior school is attractive to many.

We received a glowing report after our Inspection in March of this year where the examiners said, 'The educational experience provided by Ashdown Lodge and Brontë House is outstanding.'

In summary, here are a few of the Inspectors' comments:

1. The school meets all statutory requirements and achieves all its aims.
2. The school meets the curricular requirements of the full range of ability, including the needs of pupils requiring support with their learning and those who are more able.
3. The quality of teaching is good with many examples of outstanding teaching.
4. Pupils demonstrate outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Their social development is excellent.
5. Pupils' attitudes to work are outstanding.
6. Relationships between teachers and pupils are excellent. The school is an extremely harmonious place with a very friendly atmosphere.
7. The school provides a high quality of care for all pupils and gives close attention to their welfare, health and safety.
8. The quality of links with parents and the community is outstanding, as is the extra-curricular programme, with excellence in music and sport.
9. The quality of boarding is outstanding with friendly and positive relationships in a caring environment.
10. There is strong and highly effective governance and leadership.
11. The development of the premises since the last inspection has significantly enhanced the educational provision at the school.

We are delighted with the report and encourage you to read it.
Click here for the Bronte House Inspection Report

But why not come and see the school for yourself at one of our Open Doors Mornings, the next one is on Tuesday Tuesday 26th February 2008, from 9.30 am until 11.00 am. Alternatively we can make an appointment for you to have a personal visit. Please call us on 0113 250 2811 and we would be happy arrange a convenient time.

Chris Hall


Happy New Year. Looking back at the term just gone, there have been many highlights and a lot of useful work completed in classes throughout the school.

On the sports field the U12 XV have been the most successful of all, winning all their games by some margin and looking accomplished in every department. The 1st XV have had a successful season too reaching the last 32 of the Daily Mail Cup, losing in a close match against Barnard Castle but enjoying victories over Bradford GS and Ashville College to reach that stage. The U15s are now one stage further in the Vase, the last 16, with thoughts turning to the possibility of another trip to Twickenham. Old Grovians are enjoying success in sport too: Katie O'Brien is the UK women tennis player of the year (her opposite number in men's tennis being Andy Murray) and Anna Fitzpatrick is making impressive progress up the world tennis rankings too.

In the theatre we have enjoyed performances of 'Grease: The Musical' and several concerts of the highest quality, most recently the Christmas Concert where the piano duet, flute duet and swing band performances especially will live long in the memory (but all the groups did well!).

We have awarded the construction contract for the new Music and Drama Building to Irwins. This was the company that undertook the theatre development in 2003 and there will be many useful links between the new teaching areas for music and drama and this performance space. Irwins were also responsible for the kitchen and dining hall project and all pupils and staff have enjoyed the fruits of that labour! Work on the new music and drama building will commence at Easter (2008) with completion anticipated to be the end of October 2008.

Parents helped with a number of questionnaires last term: fee payment, contact by e-mail, the choice of the school and the journey to school have all featured in these. Thank you to all who responded, the results of some of these are summarised in the parents' section of the web-site. For parents of boarders, another questionnaire will be on its way to you soon from OFSTED who have now taken over from CSCI (formerly NCSC, formerly social services) the responsibility for the inspection of boarding. Boarding was inspected by ISI in March 2007 and considered by them to be an outstanding feature of the Grove's overall education; we will await OFSTED's judgements with interest!

Best wishes to all pupils, parents, staff and friends of Woodhouse Grove School for a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2008.

David Humphreys

Click here for the Woodhouse Grove Inspection Report

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