The Pillars of Our Approach

Our unique recipe ensures children’s academic readiness and most importantly helps us to open their minds and give them the reasoning tools and forward drive to make confident and ambitious decisions on their path to their chosen future.

Celebrating Individuality

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. If a child has done well relative to previous performance, say in academic work, that is a success. A few lines in a play for a hitherto nervous child can be a big ‘win’, likewise a public performance of a relatively basic piece of music. The key message is to be the best that YOU can be.

A World of Experiences

Designed to be holistic and stimulating, our curriculum is exceptionally broad and we ensure that every child makes the most of the experiences available to them. Encouraging children to have a go and persevere is a key part of our ethos and the way we enable children to discover what makes them tick.  

For the children it is an unforgettable journey of discovery including ceramics, science experiments, field trips, textiles, drama, cooking, poetry, music, kayaking, squash amongst many other sports and subjects. 

Each experience, its freedom of motivating intellectual and physical expression, develops pupils’ confidence. They acquire a ‘can do’ attitude that empowers them to take on new challenges with enthusiasm and joy.

Find out more about our diverse curriculum.

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, our 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.

Find out more about personal development.

Teachers have detailed knowledge of the children, allowing carefully focused support to be provided.