At Westonbirt you will find an inspired community of young women throughout the school right up to those who are preparing to leave in Year 13 and we have dedicated and very experienced staff. Westonbirt educates girls from Year 7 through to Year 13 and offers a wealth of subjects, activities and opportunities for teaching and learning to impact on every level. Passion and commitment fuel teaching and the learning environment is rich and filled with an expectation that each girl will achieve her potential and beyond.
Bursaries may be available to those requiring financial assistance. All bursary applications are means tested and must include a full statement of the parents’ financial status. Each will be considered in complete confidence and solely on its merits: it is not influenced by the candidate’s abilities. Bursary application forms are available on request from the Director of Admissions. Scholarships and Exhibitions are open to those entering Years 7 (11+), 9 (13+) and 12 (16+) Applications are welcome from both external and internal candidates. External candidates must register with the school prior to submitting their entry form. Scholarships are available for Academic Excellence, Art, Drama, Music, Sport and Choral (13+ & 16+ only). We also offer The Mary Henderson Performing Arts Scholarship, for all round excellence in Music, Drama and Dance.
Westonbirt school has a flat fee structure meaning that the fees per term are the same from Year 7 to Year 13. A non-refundable Registration Fee is payable to reserve a place for your daughter at Westonbirt School, subject to her meeting the entry requirements. A deposit is then required to secure your place. This is currently £750 for day girls and £1,000 for UK and EEA boarders (£5,000 for international boarders).
Westonbirt Prep 60th in The Times Top 100 Prep Schools in England
Westonbirt Prep School near Tetbury, Gloucestershire is celebrating this morning after making the Top 100 Prep Schools list in The Times newspaper for the second year in a row.
19th November 2018 — Westonbirt Prep School near Tetbury, Gloucestershire is celebrating this morning after making the Top 100 Prep Schools list in The Times newspaper for the second year in a row. Moving up from 88th place last year, this year sees the prep school advance to 60th position.
Mr Sean Price, Headmaster of Westonbirt Prep says ‘We are delighted with this result which reflects the hard work of all our students and staff. Westonbirt Prep strives to deliver the best all-round education for every child. Whilst academic results such as this are welcomed, emphasis remains on each individual’s needs both in and out of the classroom and great emphasis is put on developing skills and recognising achievements in areas such as sport and performing arts.
Westonbirt Prep pupils complete a unique Skills for Life Diploma in Year 6 where all individuals learn and evaluate a range of personal development skills through activities such as cookery, life-saving, first-aid, Bike-a-bility and Forest School. They are encouraged to draw on skills developed through experiences such as their residential trip and entrepreneurship day, during which they are challenged to create their own product and business. For more information on Westonbirt Prep please visit www.westonbirt.org. Our next open day is on 2 March from 9am-12pm. To book, please visit http://www.westonbirt.org/admissions/open-days Photo: 2018 Year 6 leavers whose SAT's results led to Westonbirt being in the the Top 100 Prep Schools.
Westonbirt student scores GCSE win and Gold for England!
Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Edwards from Didmarton is back at Westonbirt after spending the summer playing Lacrosse for England U20s in the Women's European Championships.
23rd August 2018 — Sixteen-year-old Isabelle Edwards from Didmarton is back at Westonbirt after spending the summer playing Lacrosse for England U20s in the Women's European Championships.
The sports star is delighted to have scored not only a gold medal and her first goal for England, but also a fabulous set of GCSE results.
Netting a haul of 7s, 8s and 9s among her GCSE passes, Westonbirt is proud to have supported Isabelle in achieving at least a grade higher than expected in 90% of her subjects, according to predictions independently measured by Durham University. Westonbirt are delighted that almost 50% of students scored Grades 7-9, the equivalent of A-A*s and 28% of students achieved 8s and 9s. More than a third of students achieved a grade 9 in English with 100% landing 9s in Music and PE.
Head Natasha Dangerfield said: "At Westonbirt we focus on the individual and empower students, such as Isabelle, with the tools to create their own success story. I am delighted with all of our GCSE results but it is the many individual stories of success that drive our staff."
It's all A* and A Grades for Westonbirt Head and Deputy Head girls!
Leading the celebrations at Westonbirt School today are outgoing Head Girl Kate Willey from Scotland and Deputy Head Girl, Ella Morrison from Chippenham who respectively achieved A*A*A and AAA grades in their A level results this morning.
15th August 2018 — Leading the celebrations at Westonbirt School today are outgoing Head Girl Kate Willey from Scotland and Deputy Head Girl, Ella Morrison from Chippenham who respectively achieved A*A*A and AAA grades in their A-level results this morning.
Kate studied Latin, English and History and is going on to study the Leiden University in Amsterdam; Ella studied Geography, English and Religious Studies and moves on to Bath University.
Adding to the A-grades this morning is Holly Blundell from Malmesbury who also successfully achieved three A grades in her chosen subjects of Economics, Psychology and English and will be attending Bristol University, closely followed by Bogdana Boneva who successfully obtained 2 A's and a B.
With a total of 31% A*-A grades and 57% A*-B grades Westonbirt is celebrating the achievements of its outgoing Year 13 which, as a small year group, means the result of each student is statistically significant and with a 100% pass mark for all A level entries, Westonbirt continues to be a top performer for its non-selective intake.
Head girl Kate says "I am shocked and happier than I ever thought! Thank you so much to all my teachers, I couldn't have done it without them".
Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs returns to inspire the next generation at Westonbirt
On Saturday 7 July, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs returned to Westonbirt, the prestigious independent school where she studied in the heart of Gloucestershire, to address current students at their Speech Day celebrations.
12th July 2018 — Natasha spoke of her fascinating journey from school to embarking on a volunteer mission in Delhi, helping transform the lives of vulnerable women who had been trafficked into the sex trade.
From school reports that noted an interest in fashion design, Natasha now runs Beulah, the luxury womenswear brand with a social conscience that she created following a life-changing trip to Delhi. Inspiring some of the world’s most influential women, Beulah supports vulnerable women through employment every time a garment is sold.
14-year-old Westonbirt student, Emma, was particularly excited to meet Natasha, to share her own passion for design and a stunning garment constructed for her EPQ qualification.
In an exciting and historic development, Westonbirt Senior School has announced that it will be accepting day boys into Year 7 for the first time from September 2019.
27th June 2018 — Westonbirt Senior has been a single sex environment for the last 90 years, recently celebrating this milestone birthday. However, in step with a significant shift in attitudes around gender in the wider world, and following extensive research and consultation, the school has decided that educationally, it is the right time to step up and be part of the gender-equality movement.
Enabling both girls and boys to develop, succeed and assert themselves with confidence and mutual respect is an exciting challenge which Head Natasha Dangerfield and the leadership team are ready to meet. The vision for Westonbirt co-education, built on a foundation of parity between the sexes, outstanding learning and a progressive approach to senior education, aims to be quite different from co-education created by admitting girls to a boys’ school.
Opening up the senior school to boys is a natural evolution for Westonbirt’s successful co-educational prep school. There is already a strong demand for senior places among parents of Westonbirt Prep boys, and from the wider local community, including fellow Wishford schools Heywood Prep, Hatherop Castle and Cricklade Manor Prep. While the 2019 Year 7 intake will progress naturally up the school, with sufficient demand transition to co-ed may be accelerated, with year 9 entry in 2020 and Year 12 in 2021.
The move will be carefully managed, to impact as little as possible on those girls already at Westonbirt Senior; girls who will, nevertheless, provide outstanding role models for the younger children.
Natasha Dangerfield said: The success of the school is built on a clear understanding that learning must be tailored for every child. We do not believe Westonbirt is defined by the school's structure, nor by traditional concepts of what girls' education looks like. Our pupils thrive not because they are in an all-girl setting, but because the environment we have created allows us to respond to each as an individual.
Sam Antrobus, Executive Chairman of Wishford Schools said: This is a fantastic opportunity to redefine what co-education in a senior school should look like. The investment programme planned will support the very best possible learning experiences for both girls and boys and we are delighted to work together to offer local parents greater choice.
Westonbirt School hosts inaugural Empowering Women and Leadership Conference
On Monday 21 May, Westonbirt School hosted an inaugural ‘Empowering Women and Leadership’ conference.
22nd May 2018 — The event, inspired by International Women’s Day, was developed and planned by Year 13 student, Anissa Joseph, with the support of her fellow Sixth Formers.
Year 10 and Year 12 students from Westonbirt and visiting students from Badminton School, The Maynard School, Malmesbury and Sir William Romney's engaged in a panel-led discussion exploring leadership and empowerment, before experiencing a series of fascinating workshops.
The panelists and subsequent workshop leaders included Director of the Dyson Institute, Duncan Piper, a leading female STEM ambassador from Renishaw who was recently voted in the Telegraphs ‘Top 50 women in Engineering’, a female Director of Operations for international development, a media specialist from Zest Media and a female apprentice from St James’s Place Wealth Management, who discussed breaking down barriers in a traditionally male dominated sector.
Aimee Neaverson who is a Director of a multi-million pound UK Government-funded international development project supporting five million people across South-East Asia, the Sahel and East Africa, said of the conference,
“It was a great day at Westonbirt School, discussing empowerment with inspiring young women.”
Westonbirt plan for students from each participating school to work together to build upon what they hope will become an exciting annual event.
Entry to Westonbirt is through Common Entrance examinations or our own entry tests. A personal reference will also be requested from the Head of the candidate’s current school. All candidates must attend an interview at Westonbirt School, as part of the admissions procedure. 1. Common Entrance Examination Candidates being prepared for the Common Entrance Examination will sit these exams for entry into Year 7 or Year 9 (at 11+ or 13+) at Westonbirt, and this is taken at their current prep school. 2. Westonbirt School Entry examinations For all other candidates, including those joining at 12+ and 14+, admission is by sitting Westonbirt’s own tests in English and Mathematics, together with an age appropriate non-verbal Reasoning test. These are taken either at Westonbirt, at the candidate’s current school or, at another venue agreed with the Director of Admissions.