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.
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
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
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.
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%|
|IBDP 7/6 (A*/A)||83.7%|
An Award-Winning School
Academic Year 2021 - 2022
International Boarding fees include: all accommodation, tuition, guardianship, three meals per day and annual airport transfers
£12, 650 per term
£37, 950 per academic year
£11, 950 per term
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.
- By Plane