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.
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.