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A polite apology came from a gaggle of pupils when a stray football nearly hits this reviewer’s mug of coffee; all very jolly and in keeping with parent comments about this ‘outdoorsy’, ‘sporty’ school, where children appear ‘confident but kind’ and ‘those who give everything a go’ will blossom. Head says the school has ‘been well-looked after over decades’, and you can tell – although there are a few...

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What the school says...

An exceptional day and boarding school established in 1907, we discover the magic in each child and ensure they make the most of the world of experiences offered to them. We develop lifelong learners, cultivating curiosity and rewarding initiative in a kind, caring and happy environment. Our specialist teachers have designed an innovative curriculum that ensures every pupil reaches their full potential. Additionally, many of our Year 8 pupils gain scholarships to some of the most prestigious schools in the country (33 scholarships last year). Scholarships are won for academic work as well as for sport, music, art, drama, chess and for all-round performance. Set in 100 acres of parkland between the South Downs and the sea, just outside the charming cathedral city of Chichester, Westbourne House attracts many families seeking to enjoy the coastal lifestyle. Easily accessible by train from London and only 45 miles from Gatwick Airport, the school has a growing community of full-time boarders from London and overseas. Part-time and weekly boarding also available. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Martin Barker (BEd Exeter), previously taught at Papplewick. Married to Helen (maths teacher) with two adult children. Mr and Mrs Barker are also houseparents of Beeswing, where they live with their black Labrador and resident school play extra, Nancy.

Dedicated cricket fan and ex-county player, the ECB women squad signed bat, in corner of head’s study, was not lost on us – Mr Barker points out signature of Westbourne House alumna. Head led fully subscribed cricket tour to South Africa during October half-term, ‘and girls were allowed this time,’ revealed a pupil with knowing eye glint; another tour planned this year. A precious display of his own children’s pottery (from their Westbourne days) sits neatly on the ornate shelving of his splendid study; natural light streams in through...

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Special Education Needs

At Westbourne House we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils in the classroom, through setting, differentiation and excellent staff to pupil ratios. However, for approximately 20% of our pupils, this is not sufficient to meet their learning or emotional needs. To provide additional support or tuition, be it short or long-term, we have an Individual Needs department (IN). The IN department consists of four specialist teachers (two with EAL qualifications), assistants and academic mentors, and is led by the Individual Educational Needs Co-ordinator (IENCo). We also offer emotional and/or behavioural coaching and a listening ear, either through our peer counselling, buddies or with one of our IN team.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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