Woodhouse Grove is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for children from 11 to 18 years of age. Located between Leeds and Bradford, the Grove is set in a 70 semi-rural campus in the picturesque Aire valley, close to the major airports of Leeds/Bradford and Manchester and in close proximity to the major rail and motorway networks. The recent opening of Apperley Bridge station, within a 5 minute walk of the school has reduced the travel time to London to 2 hours 30 minutes.
Founded in 1812 by the Methodist Conference, the Grove is divided into three sections: Ashdown Lodge for 3 to 5 year old children, BrontÃƒÂ« House for 5 to 11 and Woodhouse Grove for 11 to 18 year olds: pupils may board from 8 years old. We offer continuity of learning from nursery through to the threshold of career. With 700 pupils in senior school, we are large enough to provide a full curriculum and wide range of activities under the guidance of well-qualified teachers but small enough for each pupil to be known well and to make their mark.
Our academic results are outstanding with 95% pass rate at grades A - C at GCSE and 100% pass rate at A level. But The Grove is not an academic 'hothouse', we strive to fulfil the potential of every child, not only through academic subjects but through culture, sport and the arts. Our facilities include a state of the art sports centre which gives children the opportunity to be involved in an extensive variety of sports in addition to the traditional sports of rugby, netball and cricket. Our extensive outdoor facilities include floodlit macadam tennis and netball courts, which, as well as tennis and netball, can be used for five-a-side soccer and general sports training. Along with a new 25m competition swimming pool and all weather pitch, The Grainge.
Equally, the Grove has an excellent reputation for the quality of its drama and music and is dedicated to providing the best opportunities for pupils who want to be involved in the performing arts. The music department has re-located to a new building with state-of-the-art facilities including a recording studio, recital room, drum room and dance studio thus allowing us to offer a wider range of instrumental tuition, orchestras and choirs. The recent re-development of the gymnasium into a purpose designed theatre with state-of-the-art lighting, sound, flexible performance space and rehearsal areas, enables our pupils to further develop the more specialist skills required for drama and music productions and allows a greater variety of performances to be staged.
Boarders have a range of weekend activities organised for them including trips to the cinema, shopping, paint balling, adventure weekends as well as evening activities during the week.
We hope that our pupils will go in to a world of opportunity with the confidence born of achievement in the range of activities open to them and with the strength of character developed by their sustained exposure to challenges and experiences in a caring and secure setting.
All airport travel is escorted. Bursaries and scholarships are available.
Please take a look at our website and make an appointment to have a look around. We will be delighted to welcome you.
James Lockwood MA