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Welcome to Senior School (aged 11-16)

In Senior School our role is to help children to identify their talents and to achieve excellence inside and outside of the classroom. We provide them with every opportunity to find out what they want to do in life - whilst encouraging them to become considerate, interesting and successful individuals.


of GCSE students in 2022 gained at least 5 passes at grades 4 and above or
A* - C / Grade 9-4
incl Maths & English


a record 36% of all GCSE 2022 grades were level 8 or 9 (A*)


of our 2021 Year 11 leavers were accepted in their first choice of Further Education establishment.


of our whole school cohort are girls

Individualised Learning and Academic Excellence

A broad and balanced curriculum provides pupils with the perfect foundation ahead of their GCSE options. Core subjects are compulsory at GCSE for all pupils at all levels of attainment, including English (Language and Literature – double award), Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology – triple award) and Mathematics.

The Senior School is located in premises adjacent to the Junior School.

It is close enough for convenience but far enough away for the students to enjoy their own identity and to pursue their important GCSE studies alongside a wealth of activities including sport, voluntary work, hobbies and extra curricular clubs.

Ashdell Grove and the adjoining Ashdell House are home to Westbourne's Senior School for Year 7 - Year 11. Ashdell Grove is home to our younger senior school children, Year 7 and Year 8 and offers them their own grounds to relax and a place where play is still important.

The Headmaster's study and the Administration Offices are in Ashdell Grove as is the formal entrance to Senior School - via the front gate from Westbourne Road.

Year 7 and 8 register and have their cloakrooms in Ashdell Grove and Year 9, 10 and 11 in Ashdell House.

Pupils' entrance to their home building is via the Lower Ground Floors where all cloakrooms are situated. There is a bridge between the two buildings which is used during the day for movement of staff and children. All Senior School pupils will have lessons in both buildings as some subjects are uniquely taught in one place.

We offer small class sizes allowing teachers to really get to know their pupils.

The supportive environment promotes confidence and a positive self-image, which enables our children to realise their potential. It is our individualised learning that sets us apart from the rest. All our children are stretched and an abundance of extra support is available to those needing it.

Our teaching is lively and challenging and we have passionate and committed teachers who are skilled at stimulating and stretching minds.

Of the 13 possible subjects remaining, most pupils will study four subjects. Our More Able Pupils (MAPS) can pursue further interests, with many taking 11 or more GCSEs, with some additional GCSEs being taken in Year 10 by the most able pupils.


Here is some of the latest feedback

"Staff are excellent at not only academic teaching, but in providing a waft of enrichment experiences for the children, with staff going over and above in this area too. My child has benefited greatly from these opportunities. Since joining Westbourne Senior School my daughter now gets up every morning happy to go to school, even leaving early to ensure she arrives in school to start her lessons and to be with the friends she has so easily made there. "

Current parent of Year 9

"I love music and play the flute and piano. We have accelerated learning groups in music and an accelerated composition group and lots of children go on to achieve high levels in their music exams. I was lucky enough to be awarded a music scholarship to Senior School and feel so proud to have my name on our scholarship board – it’s like having a place in the school’s history. "


"We are both very proud of Will's achievement but congratulations must also go to you and all his teachers throughout his Westbourne journey. He is now at a crossroads in his life, and naturally it is a time for reflection. He says he can't imagine not coming to Westbourne, that he can't remember a time when Westbourne wasn't a part of his life. Together we remembered all his year groups and teachers, the many highs, the few lows and that it was all leading him to this; these final few months that will shape his future forever. He will take up his next challenge in fantastic shape and we can't thank all of you enough."

Westbourne Year 11 leaver

Your choice. Their future.

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