Why Choose Branwood?


The heart of our school is academic excellence. We have high expectations of all our children and offer the guidance, support and teaching to ensure the success of every individual.

Branwood is also a happy, caring and cooperative school community which celebrates learning in many forms. Trustees, Governors, Staff and parents all work together to develop a school which provides the opportunities for all pupils to become capable, confident and thoughtful members of society.

The school is nominally Christian but we have a wide representation of many cultures and faiths in our school.

Branwood Preparatory School provides the perfect environment and the teaching and learning necessary for every child to become successful independent learners and well-rounded individuals. As the children grow and progress through the school we ensure that each child’s potential is met as we prepare the children for their lives ahead.

Branwood aims to provide the teaching and learning necessary to enable every child to be independent learners and well-rounded individuals. As the children progress through the school we aim to ensure that each individual is able to pass the Entrance Examinations at age eleven in to the schools which form The Manchester Consortium of Independent Schools, whilst also having prepared the children for the Trafford 11+ examinations.

We provide a continuous and progressive education through the following:

  • For Staff to work as a team to devise and operate detailed schemes of work, incorporating as necessary elements of the National Curriculum, which will ensure the necessary progression towards the 11+Examinations.
  • The progress of the children will be regularly monitored and as required plans will be revised to meet their needs.
  • The basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and numeracy are regularly taught and explored throughout the whole school.
  • AII schools within The Manchester Consortium are liaised with on a regular basis to ensure for the children that the correct curriculum is in place and that the children enter the school that is right for them.

Children learn in different ways and at Branwood we aim to:

  • Enable children to work individually, in pairs, in small groups or as a whole class.
  • Ensure that the classroom environment is appropriate to the lesson being taught, therefore it can be silent, quiet or sometimes very noisy!
  • Ensure that all Staff talk, demonstrate, listen, guide, assesses and discipline as necessary.
  • Employ a carefully chosen range of teaching styles and classroom organisation dependent upon the learning objectives of the lesson being taught
  • Encourage all children to have growing sense of awareness of their own learning and development
  • Ensure that all children are given the opportunity to excel

At Branwood we apply strong moral values to all that we do, and within our collective worship we guide the children to grow morally, culturally and spiritually by:

  • Regular praise and a feeling of security to help the children develop self-esteem
  • Encouraging curiosity and an understanding of perseverance to develop greater independence in the children’s learning and open and questioning minds
  • To offer positive rewards and fairly applied sanctions to promote good behaviour, which comply with the school’s reward/discipline policy
  • Encouraging all children to show a caring and respectful attitude to other people’s belief and feelings
  • Listening to the children’s ideas and suggestions and involving them in some decision making to encourage their social development as future citizens

We aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which our children can learn:

  • We endeavour to follow all health and safety legislation and to operate within best practice guidelines
  • We ensure that the safeguarding and security of all children is given the highest priority
  • We aim to ensure that the internal and external fabric of the building is maintained to the highest possible standard to ensure the most pleasant working environment for both children and Staff and for all visitors to our school
  • We aim to provide the best quality furniture and fittings within the restraints of a budget and to ensure the replacement of broken or worn-out items as soon as possible
  • We aim to ensure that the outside provision is suitable for all children as a valuable educational resource and play area
  • We develop a stimulating, safe and exciting working environment for all

We take pride in the excellent behaviour our pupils demonstrate each and every day. Our staff members are committed to maintaining a happy and caring environment for the children which is quick to reward positive behaviour. Children, parents and staff all work together to create a safe and positive atmosphere which allows the children to achieve their very best.  We understand that, at times, children do have their moments and we ensure that any negative behaviour is dealt with fairly, professionally, promptly and with support from parents.

Our school day is focused and busy, ensuring that our pupils find little time for their minds to wander. They are encouraged to work hard and develop their social skills in positive ways at all times. We believe that if children want to be at school, want to learn and know what is expected of them, they will develop positive behavioural attributes and will develop into mature individuals, able to tackle any challenge that comes their way.

We have strict behaviour and discipline policies, and these are used to support each and every individual to strive for their best!

Our children always make us proud! This is something that is fed back to us each and every time we have visitors in school or when we take groups out of school for educational visits.

“Pupils’ safety and behaviour in lessons and around the school are outstanding. The school provides a caring environment and, as a result, pupils are eager to learn and show high levels of respect for each other.” (Ofsted, July 2014)

As a school we know that progress is a partnership between the child, school and parents. We ensure that parents are always able to speak to staff as and when they need to in order to support their child. Staff are always available to meet with parents at the start and end of each day if necessary, and parents can make appointments for when a little more time may be needed.

The Headmistress believes in an open door policy and is happy to speak to parents when the need arises.

With regards to formal reports, the staff complete the following reports and parents evenings:

September – Meet the Form Teacher (Form 3 – 6)
October Half Term – Grade Report (Whole School)
October – Parents’ Evenings (KG1 – Form 2)
November – Parents’ Evenings (Form 3 – 6), including discussions on next steps for Form 6
December – Written Report (Whole School), including exam grades
February Half Term – Grade Report (Whole School)
May Half Term – Grade Report (Whole School)
May – Parents’ Evenings (KG1 – Form 2)
June – Parents’ Evenings (Form 3 – 6)
July – Written Report (Whole School), including exam grades

Grade reports are done for every subject with focus on achievement, effort, homework and behaviour.

Written reports include detail on achievement, effort and behaviour but also go into detail on how to develop certain aspects and skills and setting targets for improvement.

Branwood Preparatory School has an extensive history of preparing children for entry to the top independent and grammar schools in the area, including the Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls’ and the Trafford grammar schools.

Our Form 6 children produce consistently excellent results each and every year, and receive multiple offers to some of the most prestigious schools in the North West. They also receive an array of scholarship offers based on their academic abilities and sporting achievements.

We are very proud to be able to say that our Form 6 pupils have maintained a 100% pass rate for entrance into their chosen secondary school. We believe that this achievement is a result of the combined efforts of the children, parents and staff who all strive for excellence, driven by their desire to see our young people succeed.

A breakdown of entrance examination results can be found here.

+ Behaviour

We take pride in the excellent behaviour our pupils demonstrate each and every day. Our staff members are committed to maintaining a happy and caring environment for the children which is quick to reward positive behaviour. Children, parents and staff all work together to create a safe and positive atmosphere which allows the children to achieve their very best.  We understand that, at times, children do have their moments and we ensure that any negative behaviour is dealt with fairly, professionally, promptly and with support from parents.

Our school day is focused and busy, ensuring that our pupils find little time for their minds to wander. They are encouraged to work hard and develop their social skills in positive ways at all times. We believe that if children want to be at school, want to learn and know what is expected of them, they will develop positive behavioural attributes and will develop into mature individuals, able to tackle any challenge that comes their way.

We have strict behaviour and discipline policies, and these are used to support each and every individual to strive for their best!

Our children always make us proud! This is something that is fed back to us each and every time we have visitors in school or when we take groups out of school for educational visits.

“Pupils’ safety and behaviour in lessons and around the school are outstanding. The school provides a caring environment and, as a result, pupils are eager to learn and show high levels of respect for each other.” (Ofsted, July 2014)

+ Reporting

As a school we know that progress is a partnership between the child, school and parents. We ensure that parents are always able to speak to staff as and when they need to in order to support their child. Staff are always available to meet with parents at the start and end of each day if necessary, and parents can make appointments for when a little more time may be needed.

The Headmistress believes in an open door policy and is happy to speak to parents when the need arises.

With regards to formal reports, the staff complete the following reports and parents evenings:

September – Meet the Form Teacher (Form 3 – 6)
October Half Term – Grade Report (Whole School)
October – Parents’ Evenings (KG1 – Form 2)
November – Parents’ Evenings (Form 3 – 6), including discussions on next steps for Form 6
December – Written Report (Whole School), including exam grades
February Half Term – Grade Report (Whole School)
May Half Term – Grade Report (Whole School)
May – Parents’ Evenings (KG1 – Form 2)
June – Parents’ Evenings (Form 3 – 6)
July – Written Report (Whole School), including exam grades

Grade reports are done for every subject with focus on achievement, effort, homework and behaviour.

Written reports include detail on achievement, effort and behaviour but also go into detail on how to develop certain aspects and skills and setting targets for improvement.

+ Exam Results

Branwood Preparatory School has an extensive history of preparing children for entry to the top independent and grammar schools in the area, including the Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls’ and the Trafford grammar schools.

Our Form 6 children produce consistently excellent results each and every year, and receive multiple offers to some of the most prestigious schools in the North West. They also receive an array of scholarship offers based on their academic abilities and sporting achievements.

We are very proud to be able to say that our Form 6 pupils have maintained a 100% pass rate for entrance into their chosen secondary school. We believe that this achievement is a result of the combined efforts of the children, parents and staff who all strive for excellence, driven by their desire to see our young people succeed.

A breakdown of entrance examination results can be found here.