Westbourne School

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  • Full Boarding Fees

    £35,850 (including guardianship)

  • Qualifications

    IGCEs, GCSEs & IB

  • Language

    English as an additional language

  • Boarding

    Full Boarding

  • Dietary Requirements

    Vegetarian, vegan, halal & kosher

  • Westbourne School

    Key information

    Westbourne accepts pupils age 2 – 18 years, with boarding from age 11 and approxiately 20% of the pupils are boarders. The school currently teaches 285 students and typically less than 20% of the pupils are international. Westbourne has a pupil-teacher ration of 8:1.
    The School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13, with a Pre-IB/1 Year GCSE course available to further develop English language skills. GCSEs and IGCSEs are offered in Years 9-11.
    EAL (English as an Additional Language) is provided and included in the fee as part of the regular curriculum at either GCSE, pre-IB or IB level. Extra EAL tuition is available if required, with costs depending on the size of the group being taught.
    Applicants will be assessed via interview (Skype if necessary), entrance tests and school reports.


    Westbourne School is located in the safe, affluent sea-side town of Penarth, just 10 minutes by train to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. 11 miles from Cardiff airport, 2 hours by train to London.

    A Day in the Life of…

    A typical day in the life of a Westbourne boarding student begins with breakfast with fellow students in the boarding house, or host family for those students who prefer the homestay option. Pupils are in school for 0840hrs and the first lesson commences at 9.10am, there is a mid-morning break, then students remain in classes until lunchtime. After lunch, students head back to their lessons. The last lesson of the day finishes at 3.40pm, with a broad range of after school clubs and activities on offer until 4.30pm.
    When the school day has finished, students return to the boarding house to complete homework, enjoy supper and relax. Later in the evening, students may decide to head to the local gym, swimming pool, ice rink or take part in one of the local football, rugby or athletics clubs available within the surrounding area.
    At weekends, students either go on outings to local attractions such as Cardiff Bay, the International Sports Village, Cardiff Castle and Penarth Pier , or enjoy destinations further afield, such as the University cities of Oxford, Bath and London.


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