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Westbourne House


Address: Coach Road, Chichester, West Susssex, PO20 2BH
Website: westbournehouse.org
Founded: 1907
Number of Pupils: 350
Ages: 2 – 13
Fees: Reception, £3,660; day Year 5, £6,300; weekly boarding, £7800; full boarding, £8,874
Head Teacher: Martin Barker BA (Ed)
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: Non-selective
Contact: Aline Pilcher, Admissions, 01243 78273
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open morning 21 May 2022 and 1 October 2022 or contact admissions for a private tour and chat with our headmaster.

The Curriculum

Designed to be holistic and stimulating, daily life at Westbourne House is an unforgettable journey of discovery: science experiments, languages, IT, field trips, drama, art, orchestras, kayaking and more. We attract talented teachers who instil a joy of learning. We systematically teach intellectual curiosity and confident learning, and children are encouraged to be the best they can be. Leadership, peer mentoring, mindfulness, wellness, cultural opportunities, charity work and trips are vital to the experience.

Games & the Arts

Sport is played daily and our excellent coaches build a love of being active. All pupils represent the school in matches. Our new Performing Arts Centre is a hive of music and drama with West End-style shows, all-inclusive productions, ensembles, bands and world music. Art, textiles, food tech, resistant materials and ceramics are much-loved by pupils.

Pastoral Care

There is a strong sense of family and community. Children feel secure and have a network of support by way of headteachers, teachers, form tutors, pastoral staff and houseparents. Kindness, empathy and our Westbourne Way are key cornerstones which are reinforced daily. Staff give pupils lots of time: we focus on the whole picture of the whole child.

Destination Schools

Bedales, Brighton College, Canford, Charterhouse, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cranleigh, Eton, Harrow, Hurst, Lancing, Millfield, Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth Grammar School, Seaford, Sherborne, Stowe, Wellington College. 150+ scholarships since 2017.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

A happy, healthy education is one that lights up young minds, explores the world around them, develops new interests and presents wonderful opportunities. All these elements are at the heart of a Westbourne House education. Our exceptional staff enable every child to become confident, resilient and achieve their best.

Outstanding Characteristics

We are a High Performance Learning (HPL) World Class School and received The Week independent school award for ‘Best for Music’ in 2021. Children love the daily opportunities for independence, self-discovery and adventure in 100 acres of parkland. We build children’s skills for the future with leadership, teamwork and peer mentoring opportunities. Friendly and welcoming boarding experience from Year 4.



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