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Westbourne School Private boarding school

In 2019 - 40% of GCSE students achieved A*
Address: 4 Hickman Rd, Penarth, South Glamorgan CF64 2AJ,
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Description Westbourne School Private boarding school

Westbourne School is a boarding school, which was founded in 1896 and is divided into:

  • Kindergarten and preparatory school (kindergarten from 2 years old and primary school aged 4 to 11 years);
  • Senior and high school (high school, age 11-16 years and senior high school, age 16-19 years).

Westbourne School is a co-educational boarding school, founded in 1896 and comprising two departments:

  • Nursery and Prep School (kindergarten from age 2 and elementary school, ages 4 – 11 years)
  • Senior School and Sixth Form (high school, aged 11 – 16 years and senior high school ages 16 - 19).

Located in the one of the "UK’s TOP-10 Places to Live" (Sunday Times), a safe, beautiful and affluent seaside suburb of  Cardiff, Penarth offers the perfect blend of modern metropolis, suburban tranquillity, seaside and countryside. Cardiff airport (20 mins) and Bristol airport (60 mins), offer frequent flights across Europe.

Foreign students are attracted by the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a traditional British school: there is a quota on international pupils at 15-20%. In general, no country has the pre-emptive right to educate students: children from Russia, Germany, Finland, Vietnam, France, China, Spain and Japan are studying here. According to statistics, children from many post-Soviet countries successfully study at the Westbourne School: despite the considerable differences in the educational systems, the pupils quickly adapt to the new conditions and are educated according to the British model.

Here there is a warm, friendly, family atmosphere within the boarding school, there is the option to stay in comfortable residences run by traditional British families instead of the boarding house. They follow an individual approach to each student, respect the national values of each student, carefully monitor the safety and comfort of children.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Westbourne School Private boarding school

Program name
from 33 750 £ / year

The learning process here is intense, active: at this stage children begin to gradually prepare for entering the university. A wide list of disciplines and subjects is being studied: thus, students can more clearly define the desired profession and field of activity, understand what they are interested in most, where they can succeed and in what area it is better to build a successful career.

from 33 750 £ / year

This course is designed for two years and allows you to get a prestigious certificate of general secondary education - General Certificate of Secondary Education. Students are given the opportunity to select priority areas and disciplines from a fairly wide list - this maximizes the disclosure of their talents, abilities and potential:

  • Business research
  • biology
  • music
  • French
  • history
  • Art and design
  • physics
  • English and Literature
  • ICTs
  • mathematics
  • Physical education and sport
  • chemistry
  • geography.
from 33 750 £ / year

One-year intensive training course helps to prepare qualitatively and effectively for training in the senior classes - Sixth Form; Especially it is in demand among students planning to study on the IB Diploma program.

from 33 750 £ / year

International, internationally recognized program, designed for two years and allowing you to get a prestigious certificate required for admission to the best universities.

Students study 6 subjects: 3 at the standard level and 3 at the in-depth level. The CAS course (Creativity, Action, Service), cognitive learning classes and essay writing lessons are also included in the compulsory subjects that all students attend classes.

Items that are available for study:

  • Spanish
  • German
  • English
  • biology
  • physics
  • French
  • economy
  • Italian language
  • art
  • English as a Second Language
  • history
  • mathematics
  • chemistry
  • geography.

Accommodation and food

The Westbourne School Guesthouse is available to children aged 13 and over: the residence is very close to the educational building, and the city center can be reached from it in just a few minutes by transport. Students are provided with double rooms, senior students occupy private bedrooms: all rooms are beautifully furnished, and it is not forbidden to decorate the room to your liking, with memorable photos or decor items from home.

Full and varied meals are organized on the full board basis, three times a day. On request, it is possible to organize a dietary or vegetarian table, a diet for allergy sufferers or diabetics.

At will students can also live in a host family - they provide three meals a day and a cozy room. Each family is carefully checked and constantly monitored by school staff, and their homes are located near the campus, so that the daily road to school does not take much time.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, Art and design, business, chemistry, Chinese, computer science, design, English, german language, Latin language, maths, music, physical Culture, physics, Religious Sciences, Spanish
Events list: Art club, badminton, ballet, basketball, cricket, Dramatic circle, fitness, football, tennis

Events Westbourne School Private boarding school

Sport is an integral part of studying at the Westbourne School. For international students the following sport activities are offered:

  • Sailing
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Rowing
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Lapta.

Many students find themselves in the work: they are engaged in music or drama, play in the theater or on musical tools. There are a large number of clubs and interest groups, you can take part in the competition for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize (exclusively at will).


1. Outstanding Academic Results

  • 1st in the UK League Tables for the past 5 years and recognized by the Sunday Times Best Schools awards as IB School of the Year 2019
  • 90% of Westbourne graduates go on to a TOP-20 UK (Russell Group) university
  • 96% of graduates study highly competitive courses; STEM, Medicine, Business and Law.  

Established in 1896, Westbourne is a firmly British school with a broad global outlook. The school is complemented by 28% international students from across 25 countries (16% Europe, 12% Asia), no one nationality dominates and fluency in English is assured by graduation.

  • "Excellent" is in all 5 inspection categories, 2018.
  • 36-38 points IB average. 67% grades 7,6 at HL
  • Two-thirds gain a Bilingual Diploma
  • GCSE: 40% A* - 20% grade 9, 20% grade 8.

2. Guarantee of university entry

  • 90% of graduates go to Russell Group universities or equivalently elite international institutions
  • 96% study STEM, economics, business, or law

3. Distinctly British ... plus international elite

  • Max of 4-5 per country per class. 
  • Family-like boarding house of 50, there is also homestay.

4. Best of ALL worlds: Modern metropolis. Suburban safety. Seaside. Countryside

  • Penarth: TOP-10 best places to live in the UK (Sunday Times). Our affluent seaside suburb of Cardiff. Safe, leafy, vibrant, active & welcoming
  • Cardiff: 3rd best European capital city (EU Quality of Life Survey)
  • Seaside, marina, tennis, playing fields, Olympic Pool (one of only 10 in the UK), ice skating, sailing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, golf and High Street shopping ... all within 5 minutes!
  • Cardiff Bay, equestrian centre, Millennium Centre and Stadium, and Cardiff’s cosmopolitan car-free shopping and entertainment districts ... all within 10 minutes!

5. Truly exceptional teachers

  • Over 50% have a PhD or Masters
  • Over 50% have taught internationally
  • Average teacher tenure = 11 years!

6. Unparalleled Support

  • Excellent student/teacher ratio of only 8:1
  • Maximum of 24 per year group for IB... in university-style tutorials of typically 6-8 per class
  • Maximum of 20 per class for GCSEs.


Term dates and fees

Tuition fee (boarding house) is £33,750 / academic year. The indicated cost is already included:

  • Studying on the chosen program (1 academic year = 3 terms)
  • Accommodation and meals (full board)
  • Teaching aids, books And materials
  • Extra-curricular and leisure activities (basic).
  • Guardianship.

The following cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = 100 £
  • Educational fee = 900 £
  • Examination contributions
  • Additional academic lessons
  • Additional materials (some subjects)
  • Departures outside the school, additional excursions
  • Custodianship
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions (on request)
  • Consular fee (payable at the British Embassy)
  • Medical insurance
  • Express delivery of DHL visa invitation = £ 50.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

It is necessary to pass entrance tests to a sufficiently high score, to pass a personal interview with a school employee and to provide a report card about academic progress.

Scholarships Westbourne School Private boarding school

Scholarships are awarded to Westbourne School students who have demonstrated excellent, outstanding academic, scientific, creative or artistic successes, as well as sporting achievements.


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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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