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Classroom windows look out over flower gardens, playgrounds, cricket nets and the sports field. You would never believe that the centre of the second largest city in the UK is just a mile away. Many parents in Birmingham are very focused on 11+ exams and grammar school entry.  Anxiety is fuelled by a highly active 11+ tutoring industry. West House manages the difficult balance between preparing boys for exams but not becoming an exam factory...Food is highly rated. ‘Cook does brilliant cream cakes on Fridays,’ one boy said...

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West House is a non-denominational school, guided by Christian principles. It is divided into three departments - Prep (Years 3-6), Pre-Prep (Years 1 & 2) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery -Reception). With five acres of beautiful grounds, less than two miles from Birmingham city centre, the school lies at the heart of a thriving community. It is surrounded by many outstanding cultural and recreational facilities. These enrich the lives of all pupils and complement a broad and balanced curriculum through which boys explore and extend their talents in sport, music and performing arts. The school continues to boast a unique family atmosphere of which founding Headmaster, Arthur Perrott Cary Field, would have been proud. However, in the spirit of combining the best of its traditions with an education that prepares pupils for life in the middle part of the 21st century, it remains determined to be at the forefront of innovation. Employing 45 full-time and part-time academic staff, West House has grown considerably during the last five years to accommodate approximately 310 pupils - 130 of whom attend the EYFS Department. Pupils are prepared for a wide range of senior schools and standards at 11+ are consistently high, with most Year 6 boys transferring to local grammar schools, King Edward’s School, Birmingham and Solihull School. ...Read more

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Since 2004, Alistair Lyttle BA. Studied ancient history and archaeology at the University of Birmingham and after two years at Devonport High School for Boys returned to Birmingham to join West House in 1996, taking the helm after a spell as deputy head. Exuding energy and passion, with an open and direct manner, he is a leader whose advice parents seek out and respect. He is also fun. One of the boys told us that his mother watched all Mr Lyttle’s online assemblies over lock-down because of his jokes.

During his headship he has maintained academic vigour within a carefully balanced whole curriculum and given the expressive and visual arts more space in the timetable to flourish (he has appointed a full-time head of performing arts). While the school has...

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