Staff to Pupil Ratios
As always at Westbourne our priority is to ensure that all children are given the utmost level of teacher contact time to ensure that their needs can be identified and the appropriate provision made to ensure that they receive the best education which allows them to meet their full individual potential.
We achieve this through our small class sizes and the unrivaled excellent staff to pupil ratio.
Our school is currently structured in the shape of an inverted pyramid with fewer classes in the earlier years with more classes as we go up into Senior School.
Our strategic plan is to create 2 classes in each of our Junior years and therefore must allow some growth as appropriate. This is to achieve sustainability and invest in better facilities as we have done by purchasing Westbourne Place.
From Reception to Year 3 the average class size is currently 18 (1:9 with 2 staff in each class). Ideally we want to go up to 20 – 22 children in these classes so that we can then split into 2 smaller classes and allow for some further growth.
The current staff to pupil ratio is a maximum of 1: 11 from R to Year 3 and a maximum of 1:16 from Year 4 to Year 11. In reality these ratios are usually much smaller. These figures will alter as pupil numbers increase and classes are split.
From Year 4 to Year 11, where classes are split into two or three classes, our maximum class size may be 16 but the current average Staff to pupil ratio is:
1 to 13.2
The number is even less in Years 9-11 when students are studying their GCSE options.
We are very proud of this impressive arrangement.