We actively encourage all our pupils to get involved in the many and varied fundraising activities for our local, national and international charities.
Every two years, we select a number of charities to support and we get to know these charities well over a two-year partnership. We also raise funds for the Westbourne House Bursary Fund, which gives local children the chance to benefit from the unique educational experience at Westbourne House, irrespective of parental means.
As you can imagine, as well as making a positive impact on our chosen charities, there are rich rewards for our pupils, parents and staff as everyone pulls together to make a difference. Talks from our charities help the children to have a broader perspective on life, and we find that pupils increasingly step up to take the lead in organising events and coming up with ideas.
Every other year, a group of parents and staff form a charity committee that organises a large charity ball at the school. The Gatsby, our most recent ball, was phenomenally successful raising a staggering £68,000.
Our charities for 2018 - 2020, as voted for by the children, are:
Chichester Down Syndrome Support Group: provides support to local children with Down Syndrome, as well as their families, in the Chichester and Arun districts of West Sussex. The group offers a large range of activities as well as providing funding for private speech and language therapy.
Team UnLimbited: prints 3D hands for children who were born without them. They share their designs nationally and internationally and work on developing and improving the devices that are on offer.
Sausage Tree Charity, which advances the education and well-being of children in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia.
Westbourne House Bursary Fund: for local children who have strong potential in academics, music or sport, but who otherwise wouldn't have access to a Westbourne House education.
2016 - 2018, Westbourne House supported Winston’s Wish, Mary’s Meals, The Royal British Legion 14-18 legacy, Sussex Snowdrop Trust, Dementia Support and the Westbourne House Bursary Fund. The grand total over the two year period was in excess of a £130k and as a community we are extremely proud of this achievement.