Westbourne House

Westbourne House

Day Flexi Boarding West Sussex

Westbourne House School is an independent co-educational school for c450 children from two-and-a-half to Year 8. It offers superb facilities, encouraging academic, musical, artistic and sporting pursuits to flourish. 

Westbourne House School has an outstanding reputation for all-round excellence and well over 100 scholarships in the last five years in a variety of disciplines bear testament to that. However, the overriding ethos of the school is to be inclusive wherever possible, so that each child has the opportunity to make the most of all that is available to them.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate report (2015) found the quality of the pupils' achievements, personal development and school leadership to be 'excellent'.  In the five years to 2016, pupils at Westbourne House secured 123 scholarships to schools including Beadles, Brighton College, Canford, Eton, Lancing, Marlborough, Portsmouth Grammar School, Seaford and Wellington. 

Year Founded 1907
Religion N/A
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Westbourne House has a total of 415 pupils.

Day pupil fees are from £3320 to £5720, per term.

209 Day Boys
(3- 13)
144 Day Girls
(3- 13)
26 Boarding Boys
(7- 13)
36 Boarding Girls
(7- 13)

About Westbourne House

Westbourne House School is set in 100 acres of parkland less than two miles from the centre of historic Chichester on England's south coast.

We strive to create a positive and happy atmosphere in which children are encouraged to aim for excellence in work and play, to live together as members of a community and to use their free time sensibly.

The School provides a disciplined, yet happy environment where children know what is expected of them, both in the standard of their work and in their behaviour. The emphasis of the school is on catering for the needs of the individual. Classes are small and both the Headmaster and the child's Form Teacher/Tutor carefully monitor each child's progress. There are many opportunities for parents to meet staff, formally at Parents' Evenings and informally when the need arises. The Head's door is always open. Effort grades are sent home regularly, as well as informative end of term reports.

We have blended the best of the old with the best of the new; this will, we trust, result in a fully rounded education that will give strength and confidence to the child preparing for the future.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Through our scholarship scheme, Westbourne House School aims to attract and promote talent.  Within a vibrant, innovative, supportive and sensitive environment, the School aims to stimulate and encourage children to maximise their potential in mind, body and spirit through a broad and varied curriculum.  Excellent teaching and facilities provide the framework for this development, coupled with a pastoral system, which fosters the individual.  Children at Westbourne are faced with an exhilarating range of activities, relationships and challenges.  They are encouraged to develop independence in thought and organisation.

In seeking to attract talented boys and girls, Scholarship Awards are intended to open access to the unique educational experience at Westbourne, irrespective of parental means.  Award winners will receive a limited fee reduction in recognition of their achievements and they will benefit from a newly-initiated enrichment programme.  Those who require additional financial assistance in order to take up their scholarship place may apply for a means-tested bursary.

The Sharman Academic Scholarship
The Sharman Academic Scholarship is open to all children entering Year 3 (7+) at Westbourne House. Candidates are expected to demonstrate high academic potential and intellectual curiosity.  Awards will initially be offered for Years 3-6, but may be continued on merit to Year 8.  Up to three scholarships are awarded, each with a value of up to 15% of the fees.

The Maurice Ellis Music Scholarship
Music is a central feature of Westbourne life.  Facilities are excellent, with a purpose built Music School and a theatre complex.  Our Director of Music and his team direct the numerous choirs, ensembles, bands and orchestras, as well as managing an extensive individual tuition programme.  A number of Music Scholarships are available to children entering Years 3 and 4.  Awards are made up to 20% of the School fees, in addition to free musical tuition.

In addition to the above awards, the School is always be interested to hear from the parents of children with strong talents in Academics, Music or Sport. An award may be made for one discipline, or a child who has strong all round abilities may be considered. All award recipients must be of good academic ability, or show strong potential.

Awards may be made for children going into any of Years 4-7, subject to space being available. All awards will be means-tested, and so the fees set will be entirely dependent on the family’s ability to pay. Awards may be up to 100% of the fees, subject to an independent assessment, which will take account of income and assets.

All children will sit an academic assessment in English, Maths and cognitive areas, as well as their area of specialism. Assessments will take place in the Easter Term and Summer Term, although parents should contact the School at any time in order to register their interest.

The number of awards made will not be fixed and is at the discretion of the School.

Admissions Process

When an interested parent makes contact with the School, we immediately dispatch a prospectus. This is normally followed by an appointment to visit. Visits normally take place in the mornings, Monday to Saturday, by appointment. Parents considering entry to Year 3 and Pre-Prep are encouraged to visit during the week as only children in Years 4 – 8 are in School on Saturday. Prospective parents should allow up to two hours for their visit.  

Parents wishing to proceed further are required to complete and return a registration form, along with a copy of their child’s birth certificate and a non-refundable registration fee of £50.

Available places are offered from November prior to arrival the following September.  A deposit of £500 will be required when accepting the offer of a place.  The deposit will not be refunded if the place is not taken up. It will be credited without interest to the pupil’s final bill.

Generally, children are accepted into the Pre-Nursery at the beginning of the term in which they have their third birthday; Nursery in the September following their third birthday; or Reception in September following their fourth birthday.  Thereafter new pupils can be accommodated at any point, subject to places being available.  Pupils in Years 3 to 8 may enter as boarders or day pupils.

During the Summer Term prior to September entry, parents and pupils are invited to various events to welcome them to the School. 



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