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Parents tell us pastoral care is very strong. ‘They find out what’s going on and they sort things out quickly.’ They love the small class sizes and feel this makes it easier for teachers to keep a close eye on the children’s well-being. Westbourne teams often beat bigger schools and it nurtures talented individuals - but the ethos truly is inclusive. If a child wants to play for their school the PE department will find a way. Everyone we met agreed that, beyond sport, it’s drama and music that stand out...

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What the school says...

Personalised learning is at the heart of a Westbourne School education from Reception to Year 11. We concentrate on the individual boy and girl. Our ethos is about opportunity and challenge, without forgetting that learning is fun.

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Headmaster

Since 2004, John Hicks MEd (50s). Overall head of the senior and junior schools, he studied maths and sports and did his teacher training at Exeter University, following this with an MEd at Kingston University. He has been head of an international school in Thailand, worked at a school in the US and at several UK independents.

He oversees both the senior and junior divisions of Westbourne. He takes a lead on strategy, recruitment and governance issues and he’s also very present day to day. He takes regular assemblies, runs a school ukulele club and continues to coach rugby at the school as well as teaching maths. He leaves the day-to-day running of the seniors to Paddy Birbeck, head of the senior school, but he’s also there on occasions when a...

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Special Education Needs

All children are tested on entry to the school. In Y2-Y4 small groups of children are taken out on a daily basis to improve areas of weakness. In the upper school small groups are withdrawn for extra support with literacy and numeracy. In the senior school pupils are withdrawn for support in literacy, maths and study skills. Children also meet in small groups to improve visual, spatial and motor skills through games and activities. Specialist Dyslexia support is available from Mrs Reaney and Mrs Hulley.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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