Woodhouse Grove was founded in 1812 and is a co-educational day and boarding school with 1085 pupils aged from 3 to 18 years (345 of which are in our junior school, Bronte House).
At Woodhouse Grove, we appreciate that every child is a unique individual and this is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to motivate pupils academically and beyond the classroom and to provide an educational environment designed to allow students to fully participate in school life.
We offer a rich, challenging and dynamic curriculum and want our students to ask questions of the world around them with an open mind; to have the character to listen to others, but also to stand up for their beliefs. We encourage our pupils to ‘give back’ to their community and we believe that this well-rounded, diverse approach is the key to building academic and personal confidence. Ultimately, our objective is to provide our students with the drive and aspiration to become the very best version of themselves that they can be.
Set in idyllic grounds near Leeds, the school is opposite Apperley Bridge train station and within four miles of Leeds Bradford Airport. We have high standards and an all-encompassing approach to education and our outstanding facilities reflect this. A recording studio, 230 seater theatre, sports halls, swimming pool and climbing wall are all within our 70 acre campus.
About the school
Woodhouse Grove’s holistic approach to education means that we offer a comprehensive range of co-curricular activities to run alongside our academic curriculum. Woodhouse Grove has a proud sporting heritage and we aim to nurture a love of sport in all of our students regardless of ability. Significant numbers of Grovians gain district, county, regional and international honours and pursue sporting careers at leading universities, professional sports clubs and scholarship opportunities in the USA.
We also have an extensive music and drama programme involving 30% of all pupils at the school, across a wide variety of clubs. School productions are held in our fully equipped theatre, offering both on stage and technical backstage opportunities to students from all age groups.
The diversity and richness of boarding at Woodhouse Grove School, coupled with our strong academic standards, attracts students from all over the world. Boarding is a thriving and integral part of our school life where students are enveloped in a caring family environment and are provided with stimulating and challenging experiences throughout the week and at weekends. They have access to all the school facilities as well as the chance to participate in specific boarding events, such as camping trips.
We invite parents to visit Woodhouse Grove and Brontë House on our open days or at any time by prior arrangement. Dates and details are publicised on the school website or please telephone for further information.
- Boys' Boarding: 46 (11 to 18)
- Girls' Boarding: 31 (11 to 18)
- Total Pupils: 740 (189 in Sixth Form)
- Day Fees: £4440 to £4525/term
- Boarding Fees: £8720 to £9340/term
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
Academic scholarships are also available and are awarded on the basis of examination performance, interview and school report. In the 6th Form, awards are made based on GCSE results (eight or more A* passes being the current benchmark). The maximum award is now limited to £1800 per annum and the amount is fixed at the same level throughout a pupil’s career at Woodhouse Grove, subject to the scholar maintaining a satisfactory level of work and academic progress.
Music Scholarships of circa £450-£900 per annum are made to cover the annual tuition costs on one or two instruments. Awards are made at 11+ to external candidates on the basis of auditions held at the school and may be made to internal candidates at any time on the basis of the recommendation of the Director of Music. These awards are subject to an annual review.
In addition there are All Rounder Scholarships awarded at 11+ and 13+, and sporting considerations may be included in these which are similar in value to the Music Awards, but could be combined with academic awards in some cases.
Sports Scholarships are only made in the Sixth Form when outstanding sporting ability can be distinguished from childhood promise and enthusiasm.
All fees are inclusive. There is no additional charge for meals, learning support, most textbooks, public examinations (except re-sits) and careers tests.
We hold two open days, one on a Saturday in September and a second one in November, dates are published on our website. We welcome any prospective pupils and parents on these days or at any other time by prior arrangement.
To apply for a place at Woodhouse Grove, simply complete the application form available on our website. Our entrance exam takes place on a Saturday morning in January, for admission for the following September, however, you can apply at any time of year. We receive applications from parents throughout the year for various reasons. Subject to our usual selection criteria, and available places, we are happy to welcome new pupils mid-year.
For admission in to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10, the entrance procedure comprises three parts:
Entrance Exam - The entrance exam comprises of a Mathematics paper and an English paper. Sample examination papers are available upon request.
Interview - An Interview with a senior member of our academic staff. Pupils should expect to be asked about their likes and dislikes, interests and hobbies.
Report - A confidential report from your child's current school.
The entrance procedure for Sixth Form also comprises three parts:
GCSE results - A minimum 5 grade Cs, including at least B grades in the applicant's chosen A Level subjects.
Interview - The applicant will be interviewed by our Head of Sixth Form.
Report - A confidential report from the applicant's current school.
To accept a place when offered, an acceptance fee of £350 is required for day pupils and ex-pat/Forces boarders. For overseas boarders a £3,350 deposit is required, £3,000 of which is refundable when the pupil leaves the school.