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Founded as a family school and the atmosphere remains, pupils here stay kids for longer. Children love it here – their favourite parts are the communal ones – form rooms, chapel, the millennium hall, picnics after Saturday morning lessons, BBQ night in the summer – the astounding attraction of a sausage in a bun! Breadth in the curriculum, backed up by excellent facilities and extensive grounds. Boarding is popular, resulting in the recent reintroduction of a full boarding option. Really happy families...

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What the school says...

Westbourne House is a community-spirited school where children enjoy their childhood to the fullest, actively engaging in the exceptional breadth of activities on offer in the classroom, on the stage, in the woods and on the sports pitch. Our pupils aim high in all they do and go on to the leading boarding and day schools in the country exceedingly well prepared.
The Nursery and Pre-Prep develop kind children who are inquisitive thinkers with a passion for learning. As children move through the Prep School, they gain confidence and discover talents as they participate in a huge variety of sport, art, music, drama and other extra curricular activities.
A strong sense of family permeates the school, and children aim to follow the Westbourne Way, which encourages children to not only be the best they can be but also to help others be the best they can be.
The boarding facilities set the school apart from other prep schools. Children live in modern, family homes in small groups, developing enduring friendships and gaining independence.
Underpinning it all is an exceptional staff; teachers are experts in their fields and every member of staff cares deeply for the wellbeing of the pupils.
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Since 2011, Martin Barker BEd Exeter (40s), four years as deputy before – previously at Papplewick in Ascot. Married to Helen – she teaches, masterminds special projects for the scholarship forms and organises charitable initiatives and donations. They met at university where she concentrated on primary, he on science and PE. Daughter and a son both went on from Westbourne House to Canford; they have a place near the Everglades for what little non-Westbourne time they have. He’s tall and approachable (kids agree), passionate about good teaching having been burnt by the opposite at a grammar school (in the 80s…). His initial brief was on the academic side (brought a database for recording marks to the school) and an impressive scholarship rate backs up the governors’ appointment. He’s also applied this talent for rationalising...

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Special Education Needs

The school is non-selective. Children with specific needs receive support from our excellent SEN 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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