Sussex children celebrate going back to school

Every pupil at Westbourne House School in Chichester returned to school today as schools fully reopened for the first time since Christmas. All 353 pupils from Nursery to Year 8 attended after weeks of anticipation.

Year 6 pupils at Westbourne House School in Chichester, West Sussex jump for joy first thing this morning as they are reunited back at school.
Year 6 pupils at Westbourne House School in Chichester, West Sussex jump for joy first thing this morning as they are reunited back at school.

8th March 2021 — Every pupil at Westbourne House School returned to school today as primary and secondary school fully reopened for the first time since Christmas.

All 353 pupils from Nursery to Year 8 attended Westbourne House School in Chichester after weeks of anticipation.

Westbourne House School Headmaster Martin Barker said: "The children have been running around outside during break time and all I can hear is laughter and shrieks of delight.

"Today is all about letting our pupils celebrate being back with their friends and together as a school family."

He continued: "Some children were, of course, a little bit anxious, so we took things very gently to make sure everyone got back into the swing of things in their own time.

"I expect the children will be pretty tired tonight after such an exciting and momentous day.”

Deputy Head, Peter Fisher, said: "The testing at the end of last week went very smoothly – a testament to the great team of staff here at Westbourne House School, and it meant we started today safely and positively.

"It really is a joy to have the children back in school.”

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About Westbourne House School

All that I am, everything I can be

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'. 

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