About our Prep School & Nursery

Ethos of the School and Nursery

– A Family atmosphere

Grafton House Preparatory School, based in Tameside, Ashton Under Lyne; is a well established small nurturing  Preparatory school and full day nursery provision which offers a rich and varied environment where your children will flourish. The School, founded in 1998 is operated by the MD and Headmaster MR Robert Wynn who is keen to encourage parents to see the school as an extension of their own family. The nursery is under the supervision of our nursery manager Claire Hastings. Both Bob and Claire look forward to having the opportunity to introduce their environments and team to new parents.

The school is registered both with the Department of Children, Schools and Families and with Ofsted. Our pupils are a credit to the school; they are polite and well mannered. Our expectations are high and they aspire to meet the standards set. We feel that pupils must  be happy and secure in their learning; Grafton House Preparatory School offers that and much more. Our caring and dedicated staff know all pupils well and work with them to ensure they progress effectively both academically and socially. In our care pupils develop confidence and respect for both their peers and adults. They enjoy the challenges offered and the opportunities to stretch themselves in a variety of directions.

The  nursery department is registered with Ofsted and delivers early years education through play in line with the statutory guidance and EYFS framework. Claire is passionate about enabling environments and education through play and leads her team to ensure each unique child is given the opportunity to achieve their very best. As part of the Sunflower group of nurseries Little Grafters them have the opportunity to attend bespoke training to ensure they are always delivering Innovative education.

Grafton House has a long tradition of providing a small and caring environment enabling children to achieve their very best. Ofsted found that our curriculum was good with outstanding qualities. The inspectors also praised the school for the outstanding behaviour of our children.

Our school  classes are small and entry to the school is now limited.

We have spaces available in our nursery Little Grafters


Our school 2016 Ofsted Report

Experienced staff

At Grafton, we have a stable, experienced and well-qualified team of staff.  Pupils often talk about how kind and approachable their teachers are, and how much they enjoy their lessons.

All of our team undergo regular training including safeguarding updates and are first aid trained.

A school run by parents, for parents

Grafton is owned by parents, who are members of Ashton Preparatory School Ltd. This means that the school is run like a building society, for the good of its members, rather than like a bank, which exists to make a profit for its shareholders. In practice, the board of directors are parents who have invested in the school for the children and are keen to see children have the best start in life.

5-Star Food Hygiene

We have  been awarded 5 stars out of 5 by the Food Standards Agency in an unannounced routine inspection – maintaining very high standards of hygiene in the nursery is very important to us. We have also received an award for healthy menus.


To receive further information on the school or nursery please call 0161 343 3015.

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