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‘It is a bit like Downton Abbey’, one girl confided, and nor would we have been surprised to see Hugh Bonneville and his arthritic labrador taking a constitutional in the Italianate garden. Not really the place for ‘tricky’ personalities observed...

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Westonbirt School encourages every girl to achieve her full potential, instilling confidence without arrogance in a safe, secure yet stimulating environment. We achieve this through our boarding ethos, which is shared by day pupils, and delivered through an education which combines tradition with modernity. We aim to balance the academic, cultural and recreational within a strong spiritual framework in an inspiring rural setting in the heart of the Cotswolds.

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new Business School at Westonbirt in September 2013. This will include an up-to-date careers centre and support the launch of our Media Studies A Level. It will also incorporate an office space where our Young Enterprise girls can host business breakfasts and develop their entrepreneurial skills. This resource will be used for a variety of activities to inspire business moguls of the future!

Our Skills for Life programme is to undergo a transformation to meet the challenges of young people in a global society. With national and international trips that expand horizons, speakers and lecturers that explore the diversity of the workplace and promote a passion for their vocation, a mentor programme that invites hands on and internship experience, we are maximising our network to ensure that we do more than deliver career and further education advice.

We are also getting better connected! In classrooms and boarding houses we are introducing bring your own technology to improve communication and give greater accessibility to learning online. This will be rolled out further to support and enhance all areas of teaching in the school.

We have extensive playing fields and wonderful facilities for sport, including lacrosse, netball, tennis, rounders, golf or polo. The 3m Sports Centre has an impressive 25m indoor swimming pool, sports hall, aerobics room and fitness suite. Many girls also participate in our popular tennis programme and enjoy playing golf on our superb nine-hole golf course. Our sports teachers and coaches are experts in their fields and many of the girls go on to play at county level and beyond.

The girls are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities which are not only enjoyable but which also enable them to become well-rounded and confident individuals. We have a broad range of clubs and activities in addition to sport, music and drama. There are also socials, debates and dances with boys schools. The girls may choose to improve their culinary skills in the Sixth Form with Leiths Certificate in Food and Wine. Many girls also participate successfully in Young Enterprise, World Challenge and the Duke of Edinburghs Award Scheme.

Outdoor pursuits range from surfing and mountain biking to trapeze jumping, as well as overseas trips to countries including France, Italy, Spain the USA and Peru. Community and fundraising projects are strongly supported at the school and the girls often initiate projects themselves for causes which are close to them.

Our Learning Support department offers specialist teaching and guidance to girls with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other special needs. We assess each girl before entry to the school to ensure we can fully support her at Westonbirt.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Speech & Drama at an English Independent School (Grade 7 Drama Music Lit Speech)

Sports

Polo

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says

‘It is a bit like Downton Abbey’, one girl confided, and nor would we have been surprised to see Hugh Bonneville and his arthritic labrador taking a constitutional in the Italianate garden. Not really the place for ‘tricky’ personalities observed one mother. We agree, Westonbirt girls are more likely to ride the horses than frighten them.

Head

Since 2013, Mrs Natasha Dangerfield BA (40s), previously deputy head and head of boarding at Harrogate Ladies’ College. Also taught at North Foreland Lodge and Downe House and was director of pastoral care at Gordonstoun School. Mrs Dangerfield studied physical education and English at the University of Brighton and thought she wanted to be a physiotherapist, but while working in sports camps she met teachers who inspired her to change direction. Parents describe her as ‘dynamic’, and ‘approachable’ and a...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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