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Westbourne is of hothouse repute, but it’s not so one dimensional. Certainly, there’s an atmosphere of determined concentration in lessons, and they ‘do push for excellence and scholarships’, says the headmaster, ‘but it’s just as satisfying to bring on the non academic child. We’re pretty diverse, and keen to emphasis personal bests’. Parents will send their children here to...

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Designed to be holistic and stimulating, the Westbourne House curriculum is an unforgettable journey of discovery: science experiments, outdoor adventure, drama, debates, chess, cooking, ceramics, poetry, music, kayaking plus team and individual sports. Life in school is based on respect, kindness and perseverance and accompanied by an unparalleled level of support for - and responsiveness to - each child's needs.

Westbourne Pupils go on to prestigious senior schools, including Benenden, Brighton College, Eton, Harrow, Marlborough, Wellington, Winchester and Wycombe Abbey; many on a scholarship (over 120 in the past five years) for extraordinary academic, sporting, musical, artistic or all-round achievement.
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Since 2011, Martin Barker (BEd Exeter), deputy since 2007, previously at Papplewick in Ascot. Married to Helen, with two children who were at Westbourne, and are now at Canford, and Nancy the dog - an ex-disability dog, sacked for greed, who has found her niche attending reading sessions with children.

The headmaster is keen to equip pupils with a broad range of skills and open minds to cope with the unknown world to come, and says of Westbourne House, ‘it’s not the super pushy school people say it is. We do our best in all areas to be as good as we can be, but inclusivity really matters’.

Parents like the headmaster, describing him as 'fair’; ‘very straight’; ‘kind…follows through and listens’; and ‘solid, reliable and trustworthy’. They...

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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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