Westbourne House School is a co-educational, boarding and day Prep, Pre-Prep and Nursery school for children aged two-and-a-half to thirteen.
At Westbourne House, we uncover the magic in each child and ensure they make the most of the world of experiences offered to them here. We develop lifelong learners, cultivate curiosity and reward initiative. Most importantly, we do this within a kind, caring and happy environment.
Westbourne House School has an outstanding reputation for all-round excellence and over 100 scholarships in the last five years - in a variety of disciplines to top-tier secondary schools - bear testament to that. However, this isn’t how we measure achievements here: we see success as achieving personal bests and being the best that YOU can be. Children often exceed their expectations.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate report (2015) found the quality of the pupils' achievements, personal development and school leadership to be 'excellent'.
About the school
‘This big, thriving, community-spirited school sits in 100 acres of parkland just outside Chichester’ - Tatler Schools Guide 2018
Since 1907, we’ve been learning from each child. As our experiences, pedagogical expertise, and sensibilities have continued to build, so has our ability to discover and shape the character, personality, dreams, potential – in fact, magic - of each child.
We tailor our approach to the needs of each child, flexibly uncovering and nurturing their uniqueness.
Thanks to small class sizes, our teachers know every child extremely well and work with them to discover and support their strengths, gifts, talents and passions. By celebrating what is special about each child, we embrace their individuality whether this may be mathematical reasoning, kindness and humility, sense of humour, musical talent or determination.
Backing up this approach, our definition of success centres on the individual. Of course we celebrate significant achievements but we equally celebrate personal bests; any moment where a child has risen to the challenge. The key message is to be the best that YOU can be.
A World of Experiences
Our inclusive approach and broad curriculum ensures all children participate in a rich variety of activities. Children experience the likes of drama, textiles, food technology, ceramics, art, music and a wide variety of sports.
Encouraging children to try things is a key part of our ethos and the way we enable children to discover what makes them tick. More than that, it prevents children from deciding ‘I can’t’ too early and allows for passions and talents to develop.
Each experience develops pupils’ confidence and empowers them to take on new challenges with enthusiasm and acquire the Westbourne House ‘can do’ attitude.
Focus on Growth
Throughout our history, the school’s focus has gone beyond that of academic achievement – to the growth of the whole child. These principles hold strong today and include inspiring young minds so that they develop a keen love of learning, helping to develop children with resilience, confidence and ambition, and most importantly with kindness and consideration for others.
There are many threads throughout the school that weave together to create this special Westbourne House experience including the Westbourne Way, the leadership programme, our exceptional teachers, the Westbourne Awards, Learning4Life and our robust pastoral care system.
The Westbourne Way is our moral compass and guides children to be kind, honest and truthful, to be respectful, and to help others to be the best they can be.
Exceptional teaching by specialist staff creates contagious enthusiasm for subjects and their experience enables them to empower children to think for themselves, ask questions and gain deep understanding. Their experience equally enables them to support children who need it, and to challenge those who are ready.
Our leadership programme and the plethora of opportunities to perform in front of others develops children’s self-confidence, their ability to listen to and work with others.
"Exceptional creative talents are evident in many areas…especially in art, music and drama." - ISI Report