Mrs Lisa Cannell BA in Primary Education, NPQH
Head of Junior School
Thank you for taking the time to visit our section of the Westbourne School website, we hope you find the information contained here useful.
The Junior School at Westbourne works with children from Pre-School to Year 6. A large number of our children join Reception from our own on-site Pre-School but a significant number also come from other schools in the area, both independent and maintained.
Our Junior School campus is a secure site containing classrooms, a science laboratory, design and food technology centre, art room, library, communal hall and ICT suite. We enjoy a garden, an outdoor adventure course, a cycle run, climbing wall, quiet area and an open and a covered playground, which means that our girls and boys can play out irrespective of the weather - and we do!
Our Pre-School, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are housed in the Neill Building, with Year 3 - Year 6 progressing through key stage 2 in Westbourne House. The site incorporates two playgrounds, a quiet area and a garden with patio.
Our children enjoy their learning and thrive in small class sizes (average of 14), often with extra adult provision, where each child is facilitated in working towards becoming an independent learner capable of fulfilling their academic potential.
All Junior School children are involved in their very own Westbourne Journey where their efforts and contributions are recognised in the three foundations of effort, citizenship and school community.
As our children grow and develop on their journey through Key stage 1 and 2 they become familiar with staff who will teach them in Years 7 and 8 when they transfer into our Senior School. This again allows our children to flourish and work confidently; making the most of the many varied and new opportunities available to them.
Children are at the centre of all that happens in our school and seamless progression from one year to the next is enabled by the high standards of careful planning and leadership and the holistic pastoral concern of committed and highly skilled staff.
Music, sport and performance have a high profile at Westbourne and contribute hugely to children's personal development and the culture of endeavour, teamwork and positive values.
Subject specialists work with all our girls and boys from Pre-School through to Year 6 in Music, PE, Drama and French ensures rapid progression and application of skills. Music, PE and ICT are taught in half class groups for the benefit that personal tutoring and attention brings in these formative years.
We encourage all our girls and boys learn to play a musical instrument from Year 2 onwards. From Year 3 onwards each girl and boy will play for the school in a sports team each year.
Westbourne offers sports and music tours and residential opportunities in the UK and abroad from Year 3 upwards, as part of our age appropriate and progression KS2 residential programme, and Easter and Summer schools offer advanced skills in Food Technology and Performing Arts. This extended curriculum bridges the Junior and Senior Schools and supports our family identity.
An extended day beginning with breakfast and breakfast club (7.45am - 8.30am for Reception to Year 4 children) and an excellent range of after school activities is on offer to our families for convenience. See our current activities on offer.
Academic, music and sports scholarship opportunities are available for entrance to our Senior School.
Please take a moment to read some of the pages contained within this site and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to come and visit us.
Our Junior School provides the platform for young children to live, learn and grow in a safe and challenging environment. Here the foundations are set for high academic and social achievement which will follow them through the Junior School into the Senior School. We have high expectations of our girls and boys in terms of them achieving their best in all areas of school life and personal development. We enjoy and encourage a healthy proactive partnership with our parents.
We are a happy and industrious community of girls and boys in a family atmosphere.