Westonbirt School offers a unique educational environment for girls to thrive in a vibrant community with small classes, magnificent grounds and inspiring teachers. This leading UK independent boarding and day school is set in the heart of the Cotswolds, close to the cultural centres of Bath and Bristol, only 90 minutes from London.
‘Vibrant and forward thinking community of young women’
The Good School’s Guide
Dynamic Headmistress Natasha Dangerfield sets a clear vision for a well-balanced academic curriculum that develops the whole child intellectually, emotionally and morally.
Housed in a Victorian mansion and set in 210 acres of beautiful parklands, Westonbirt also enjoys excellent modern teaching and sports facilities. These include a £3m Sports Centre with 25-metre indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art Music Technology Suite, Business Centre and nine-hole golf course. Girls enjoy riding lessons at nearby stables and polo at neighbouring Beaufort Polo Club. Music and drama are at the heart of the School with pupils regularly performing outstanding productions.
In the top 5% of schools in the UK for value added
The Good School Guide says: ‘Parents have told us how well their daughters are doing and the University of Durham has put a number on it: Westonbirt is in the top five per cent of schools in the UK for value added.’ This objectively assessed measure calculates pupils’ academic improvement between the ages of 11 and 16. Analysis shows that girls at Westonbirt achieve almost a grade higher in each subject at GCSE than expected.
Academic rigour and transferrable Skills for Life
In her first two years at the helm, energetic Headmistress Natasha Dangerfield has implemented a robust ‘Skills for Life’ programme designed to complement academic success and prepare young women for the challenges facing them in a global society. The programme explores the diversity of the workplace, promotes career achievement and offers practical and financial training for life beyond school. An ex-Head girl says: ‘Without doubt, my time at Westonbirt School equipped me with the academic rigour, extracurricular opportunities and pastoral care that were not only targeted at achieving a place at a top university (in my case Oxford) but also equip me with transferable skills for life.’
Boarding at Westonbirt
Boarding houses are homely and offer exceptional pastoral care. The sixth form has a separate boarding house with university-style study rooms. Westonbirt is one of the few boarding schools to offer a full programme of activities every weekend.
“I could not be happier about Westonbirt School, our daughter has flourished.”