Welcome from Headmaster John Hicks
Westbourne is a unique school in many ways and it is the only
non-selective co-educational independent school for three to 16
year olds in Sheffield, enjoying a fine tradition of excellence in
Based in the historic Broomhill area of the city, Westbourne is
less than 15 minutes' drive from the Peak District National
It is here that we nurture the school's principles of
educating girls and boys for life in an atmosphere of
support and encouragement at every level.
Academic achievement opens the door to further opportunity but
that needs to be supplemented with good life skills. The policy of
'educating girls and boys for life' ensures that children leave
Westbourne with confidence and able to make a valuable contribution
to any community.
Excellent exam results year on year and highly successful alumni
prove how effective Westbourne's approach to teaching is. It's
therefore little wonder the most recent ISI inspection returned
positive results in all areas. "Responses to questionnaires show
that parents are overwhelmingly satisfied with the education and
support provided for their children." - ISI inspection report
It is my belief that in today's society the ability to
communicate and develop social and personal skills is as important
as academic achievements - and this philosophy is at the very heart
of everything we do at Westbourne.
A mixed school with boys and girls growing and learning together
is the natural way to do this and at Westbourne we nourish the
whole person. The co-ed environment in which Westbourne children
learn cements the close-knit family atmosphere that Westbourne
By learning, playing and developing together boys and girls
are able to support one another and grow up functioning effectively
together - as is the natural order of life.
As well as giving each and every pupil the confidence to 'give
things a go', with our enviable array of extracurricular
activities, there is a strong focus on instilling traditional
values, such as respect and manners. These are just some of
the many elements that contribute to Westbourne's friendly, family
atmosphere and ultimately to its success.
We cherish each individual - staff as well as pupils - and we
work with our parents in partnership to provide the best possible
We have an average class size of 14 pupils to a member of
staff, which means we are more able to fulfil the Westbourne
aim to inspire children to reach their full individual potential.
Each child receives personal attention, allowing their learning
strengths and weaknesses to be more easily identified:
the key to each child's success.
Success, achievement and effort at every level of school life
are rewarded on a daily basis.
Westbourne children want to take responsibility for their own
learning, they want to become independent and they want the
prestige of being a leader.
The ethos of our school is epitomised by our staff and I am
indeed fortunate and privileged to work with a team of such
Westbourne's classrooms are unique in the way that pupils
interact with each other and the teachers, a relaxed yet serious,
good humoured and focused atmosphere that has a warmth and vitality
based on mutual respect.
Westbourne children are happy and free to express their natural
creativity and curiosity.
Experience that atmosphere by coming along and seeing it for
yourself. We are always happy to welcome guests to Westbourne!
For more information about enrolling your child at Westbourne
School, contact reception on 0114 266 0374. Alternatively, come
along to one of our Open Days to see all that Westbourne has to
I look forward to meeting you.
John B Hicks MEd