Full-time boarding

"Boarders demonstrate an awareness of selflessness towards one another."

Independent Schools Inspectorate 2022

Full-time boarding at Westbourne House School is a fantastic option for international families looking for a British boarding school.  We have boarders joining us from abroad from Year 5 and the children soon settle into our kind and supportive school. It is the perfect step and preparation for boarding at senior schools in the UK. Westbourne House's pupils move on to a wide variety of top senior schools including Brighton College, Eton College, Harrow School, Malborough School, Wellington College and Canford School.

We aim to create a real sense of home for all our boarders. Living at school gives children the chance to make the most of every day, as well as relax with friends in the evenings.

Our boarders are busy during the week, Saturdays are filled with sports matches and activities, and therefore Sundays at school are a day for winding down, contacting families and enjoying a fun outing with houseparents to visit nearby attractions, such as the sandy beach at West Wittering, Gunwharf Quays, Chichester, the cinema, local castles, museums and galleries.

Our full-time boarders have two to three Leave Outs (exeats) per term as well.  If their parents are abroad and unable to come for the weekend, the boarders go to an appointed guardian. There are also half-termly and termly holidays.

"Thank you for having Miguel with you, it has been a great academic and personal experience, he has been very happy, we see him very integrated, and he has made great and good friends at Westbourne House School"
Mayka Mancera, Spain
boarders at ninja warrior
boarders at the beach
boarders in Gunwharf Quays
boarders at Adventure Park
Boarders in their common room in their boarding house
"My daughter's English wasn't very strong when she first joined Westbourne House School and she left with 6A* and 4As in her exams. We'd like to thank the school and teachers for all the help they gave her."
Mr and Mrs Xu, China


When sending your child to school in the UK from abroad, we understand that you want them to be safe and well cared for at all times.  For our boarders who cannot return home or visit family friends for Leave Outs (exeats) or half-term holidays, Westbourne House requires parents to appoint an AEGIS (Association for Education and Guardianship of International Students) or BSA (Boarding Schools Association) accredited guardian. AEGIS and BSA can help you find the right person to support you and look after your child for Leave Out weekends and half-term holidays. They will also arrange transport to and from airports. 

AEGIS and BSA accredited organisations are inspected to ensure they maintain the highest standards of care, safety and supervision in respect of the pastoral, social, cultural and educational welfare and wellbeing of international students while studying in the UK.


We are happy to answer your questions

If you are considering Westbourne House School for your child and have questions about boarding, please contact Aline Pilcher, Head of Admissions, on 01243 530614 or by email admissions@westbournehouse.org

If your child is already attending Westbourne House, please contact Peter Fisher, Head of Boarding boarding@westbournehouse.org

Find out about boarding fees.

"Boarders talked effusively about their love of their school environment and the positive impact it has on their sense of wellbeing."

Independent Schools Inspectorate 2022


Isle of Wight trip
Fun Fair
Boarders freedom
boarders making
boarders hot chocolate
boarders at beach
Races come to Westbourne House
"Pupils are keen to support new classmates from overseas and value the opportunity to learn about new cultures."
Independent Schools Inspectorate 2022
Weekends at School