In September 1928, Miss Littlejohn, established a new school in two very bare rooms in the Friends Meeting House on Half Edge Lane in Eccles. When the Friends eventually needed the space themselves, the school moved to Branwood House in Clarendon Crescent, a house not far from the current school site.
In 1947 after the war the school was taken over by Mr Firth and he ran the school until his retirement in 1969. At this point the school was purchased by Mrs Wicks and run by her and her husband. The success led to the purchase of a second, additional property on Worsley Road known as The Crows’ Nest.
In 1984 Adelphi Preparatory School, a catholic girls’ school, on Stafford Road closed and Mr and Mrs Wicks purchased the site from the nuns. Coincidentally, the school was situated on the site of Monton House which was where Mrs Wicks herself was born.
Both Branwood School’s existing buildings were sold and the children and staff moved into the current purpose built premises on Stafford Road in Monton.
Branwood School operated by Branwood School Trust Ltd soon established itself in the highest rank of preparatory schools in greater Manchester. From this foundation nearly 100 years ago, children have been educated in an unbroken tradition that very few schools can match.
Branwood has always delivered academic rigour in an optimal setting, where children exercise their intellectual inquisitiveness, and are free to explore, build self-confidence and awareness in a safe and encouraging community.
We are privileged to be in a beautiful setting with many trees on the school site. What is the point of having trees and a copse if they cannot be explored? Forest School learning is a firm favourite year-round activity at Branwood. No pupil ever feels confined!
Our pupils have a history of success and when the time is right have made the seamless transition to some of the best senior schools including The Manchester Grammar School, Withington Girls School, Manchester High School for Girls, Bury Grammar School, Bolton School, St Bede’s College and various Trafford Grammar Schools.
Branwood, continues to make sure that every pupil makes the most of the opportunities available to them. Your child, like many before, will be well prepared and excited for the next stage in their educational journey.
At Branwood we strive to #EducateDevelopExplore – Educate for Life, Develop For Life and Explore Your Life!