Westonbirt School

Type of school: Girls Senior school

Nearest international airport: Bristol/Heathrow (52km/155km)

Age Range: 11-18

Number of pupils: 220

Number of boarders: 132

Fees per term: Boarding: £8,435–£10,995;
Day: £5,650–£6,960


AAGuide_Westonbirt_1Inspiring young minds
Westonbirt is a highly successful traditional British girls’ school and through its excellent pastoral care provides an individualised approach to your daughter’s education, encouraging every girl to achieve her full potential, instilling confidence without arrogance. Each girl has her own personal tutor who acts as a cross-curricular mentor and friend directing and motivating her to optimise her performance, manage her time and acquire effective study skills from the moment she joins until she secures her place at university.

All pupils are taught mainstream, with extra opportunities for the exceptionally able. Additional help is discreetly provided by specialists for those who need learning support or English-language training. The School has performed consistently well in both GCSEs and A-levels for its ‘value-added’ scores (generated by the University of Durham) which measure how much pupils improve their performance during their education. The girls really enjoy their academic studies but also find time for fulfilling activities beyond the classroom. An extensive extracurricular programme is available; drama, music and dance are particularly popular, but there are many other activities and clubs on offer, from riding and golf to knitting and fencing. Many of the older girls participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, World Challenge, Leiths cookery school or try out their business skills in Young Enterprise. There are planned activities every weekend including cultural, fun and shopping trips, which are opento day girls as well as boarders.

Beautiful setting, modern facilities
All the girls benefit from and appreciate the School’s beautiful setting, housed in a grand Victorian mansion in 210 acres of magnificent and inspiring private parklands in the heart of the English countryside. Against this wonderful historic backdrop there are excellent modern facilities including a science and art block, £3m sports centre, Music Technology Suite, and a new business school opening in September 2013. Other sports facilities include an indoor swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, numerous pitches, courts and tracks, with specialist coaching in tennis andgolf available. Many girls enjoy riding lessons at nearby stables, and polo at the neighbouring Beaufort Polo Club. Music and drama are at the heart of the School, with the majority regularly performing in productions and concerts.

A happy community
Westonbirt provides a happy, secure yet stimulating environment for all girls where the aim is to balance the academic, cultural and recreational within a strong spiritual framework. Deep friendships are formed across the year groups and every girl is guided by nurturing academic and pastoral staff with whom she will build very strong healthy relationships.

“Westonbirt School encourages every girl to achieve her full potential, instilling confidence without arrogance through an education which combines tradition with modernity, in a safe, secure yet stimulating environment.”