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‘It is a bit like Downton Abbey’, one girl confided, and nor would we have been surprised to see Hugh Bonneville and his arthritic labrador taking a constitutional in the Italianate garden. Focus here is on helping girls reach their potential, whether that’s 10 A*s at GCSE, or three ‘good’ A levels. In a year 7 maths class the atmosphere was collaborative rather than competitive, girls attempting questions confidently, undaunted if they were wrong. Not really the place for…

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Westonbirt School encourages every student to achieve their full potential, instilling confidence without arrogance in a secure and stimulating environment. This is achieved through our boarding ethos, which is shared by day pupils. Weekends are packed full of activities. Education is delivered by passionate, specialist teachers in small class sizes. The academic, cultural and recreational elements of school are balanced within a strong spiritual framework in an inspiring rural setting in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Westonbirt offers a robust Skills for Life programme which includes financial management, interview preparation and specific guidance for University entrance. Students are offered national and international trips that expand horizons; speakers and lecturers are brought into school to explore the diversity of the workplace and promote a passion for industry and vocation with a mentor programme that invites internship experience.

iPad's are part of the requirements for students and all classrooms are WiFi enabled for educational learning.

Westonbirt has extensive playing fields and wonderful facilities for sport, including lacrosse, netball, tennis, rounders, swimming, golf and polo. The Sports Centre has an impressive 25m indoor swimming pool, a sports hall, an aerobics room and a fitness suite. Many students participate in our popular tennis programme and enjoy playing golf on our superb nine-hole golf course. Our sports teachers and coaches are experts in their fields and many of the students go on to play at county level and beyond.

The students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities which are not only enjoyable but which also enable them to become well-rounded and confident individuals. A broad range of clubs and activities are offered in addition to sport, music and drama. The students may choose to improve their culinary skills in the Sixth Form with Leiths Certificate in Food and Wine. Many students also participate successfully in Young Enterprise, World Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Outdoor pursuits range from surfing and mountain biking to trapeze jumping, as well as overseas trips to countries including France, Italy, Spain the USA and Peru. Community and fundraising projects are strongly supported at the school and the students often initiate projects themselves for causes which are close to them. Last year a group of Sixth Form students visited India.
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Since 2013, Natasha Dangerfield BA (40s), previously deputy head and head of boarding at Harrogate Ladies’ College. Also taught at North Foreland Lodge and Downe House and was director of pastoral care at Gordonstoun School. She studied physical education and English at the University of Brighton and thought she wanted to be a physiotherapist, but while working in sports camps she met teachers who inspired her to change direction. Parents describe her as ‘dynamic’, and ‘approachable’ and a great role model, ‘she speaks their language.’

Westonbirt inspires fierce loyalty and we got the impression that any head who messed with the school’s fundamental character would do so at their peril. Most agree that her changes so far have been the right ones – modernisation of some material aspects, gentle ‘re-booting’...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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