Big Ideas, Infinite Possibilities


Welcome to Westbourne, a smaller caring school, with a big personality, located by the sea, just minutes from the capital city of Cardiff.

Sector 1st for academic results for five years in a row and recognised as an award-winning, IB School of the Year, we welcome students age 12 - 17  years from across the globe to join our vibrant British boarding community.

Offering a supportive, friendly and family-like boarding house environment, a broad academic co-curricular and academic programme and excellent English language support, all set in Penarth,  regularly voted one of the top 10 places to live in the UK, with its instagram-worthy pier, beautiful rugged coastline and leafy green parks. 

“Westbourne School is one of the most consistently high-achieving independent schools in Britain” The Sunday Times Best Schools Guide 2021.


International Applications Open.

Places limited

If you like to register your interest in one of our IB Diploma, Pre-IB, or Immersion Programmes, please complete the form below.

We look forward to meeting you.

Meet our community

Get to Know Us...

Ask anyone what's the best thing about studying at Westbourne and they will quickly say 'the people you meet'...take a look behind the scenes at the community that makes Westbourne award-winning.

A snapshot of school life

Boarding School Life UK
Cardiff Castle Welcome
paddleboarding in penarth
Boarding house
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penarth pier
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Senior Building
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boarding house

The Pre IB & IB Diploma

Pre-IB, the natural entry point for most international students, aged 15 - 16 years.

Westbourne’s leading Pre-IB Programme has been developed and refined to ensure that students progress seamlessly from their national education system into the IB Diploma.

Students gain a mastery of academic subjects to ensure that they start the IB Diploma with a solid foundation in each of their chosen subjects and develop the understanding, methods and habits required for success.

One term immersion programmes are also available.

Hear from our Students

""Westbourne School has given me the chance to excel and succeed in all my subjects such as Latin and French which are my favourites. I receive so much help, advice and encouragement from teachers and students who all make up a family. I love Westbourne for these aspects and more” "

Safia, IB Student

Boarding Life

An incredible British Boarding experience

Our family of boarders live and eat together as one warm, supportive and friendly family-like unit. As a natural and carefully nurtured extension of the family environment of the whole school, students are cared for by our House Parent, Miss Janette, who is dedicated to looking after their safety, security and well-being. All meals are included, three meals a day, seven days a week, complemented with a healthy array of snacks between meals.

As well as our Boarding House for pupils aged 12+, we also have a dedicated IB2  accommodation and host family options.

Academic Results

1st in the UK League Tables since 2015

An award-winning combination of academic excellence and exceptional pastoral care has seen generations of Westbourne students achieve Top 20 Russell Group, or Ivy League university places. 2021 students currently hold offers from Cambridge, Harvard & Imperial, amongst many other top choices.

League Table Position 1st
GCSE Pass Rate 100%
GCSE A*/A 75%
IBDP 7/6 (A*/A) 83.7%

An Award-Winning School

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School Fees

Academic Year 2021 - 2022

International Boarding fees include: all accommodation, tuition, guardianship, three meals per day and annual airport transfers

Boarding House
£12, 650 per term

£37, 950 per academic year

Home Stay
£35, 850
£11, 950 per term

Immersion Term
£13, 950

Our Campus

A snapshot of our campus, with our  Senior School and Sixth Form just two minutes walk from our Boarding House, right across the road, and a host of excellent facilities to satisfy the most curious and active of students.

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Getting Here

  • By Plane
Less than an hour from Bristol airport and 2 hours from Heathrow, direct flights to Spanish cities are easy to come by. Students are welcomed from the plane by our trusted staff and safely transferred to our beautiful town by the sea.