Westbourne School Admissions 2022

A straightforward and simple process. An independent co-educational school based in Penarth, Wales, 2022 and 2023 school admissions are fully based on potential, not simply on performance in tests.

We manage every application on its merits and welcome standard entry, scholarship, bursary and international applications throughout the academic year.

Decisions are made swiftly and uniquely for an independent school, there are no fees charged to apply for both UK and international students.

A professional and experienced admissions team are on hand throughout the process for a seamless transition for your child into Westbourne School.

As an academic school, offering individual attention to each and every child, that extends to our admissions process, with private tours, 1-2-1 Zoom calls and visits welcomed year-round.

Entry points

Nursery Admissions

Applying to Little Westbourne is simple! Please just drop us a line, or give us a call on 02920 705 705 and our Nursery Manager, Louise will be delighted to support you through the application process.

We welcome boys and girls from their second birthday and children are welcome to join us for a Taster Session prior to joining as part of the settling in process.

We recommend that children are registered as early as possible to guarantee a place.

Little Westbourne Nursery supports a number of childcare voucher schemes and is registered as a free 17.5 hours, childcare provider.

Simply click the link for further information on sessions and fees.

Prep School Admissions

Most pupils join Prep in the September term at Reception (age 4), or Year 3 (age 7), however, we welcome applications for other years, throughout the academic year, subject to availability.

Pupils will be invited for a tour of the school and informal discussion with Mrs Chinnock, Head of the Prep School prior to entry.

Taster Days are also available for potential students.

To register your interest, please contact our UK Admissions Manager, Mrs Claire Jenkinson: 02920 705705, or via email:

Senior School Admissions

Entry to our Senior School is typically in the September term at Year 7 (age 11), or Year 9 (age 13), however, we welcome applications for other years, throughout the academic year, subject to availability.

Senior School applicants are invited to sit entrance exams and invited to interview with Dr Griffiths, Principal.

Taster Days, prior to formally applying, are also available.

To register your interest, please contact our UK Admissions Manager, Mrs Claire Jenkinson: +44 2920 705705, or via email:

IB Sixth Form Admissions

We recommend an early application for Year 12, due to pressure on places.

Entry to Year 12 Sixth Form is in September (age 16-17 years).

For those joining us from outside the British education system, we offer a one-year Pre-IB (Year 11: 15-16 years) course in preparation for the IB, with entry points in January, April and September.

Sixth Form applicants are invited to sit entrance exams in English, Maths and non-verbal reasoning followed by an interview.

We offer a Sixth Form Taster Day each November for interested applicants.

To register your interest, please contact our Admissions Team: 02920 705705, or via email:

In certain circumstances, we can accept Year 13 students transferring from another IB Diploma course, due to family relocation. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

English Language Summer School

Every August we run a tailored ESL Summer School for 3 weeks. To reserve a place on the summer school we simply ask for 1 school report and the completion of our registration form, no exams are necessary for admission. To start an application click here.

International Admissions

A smaller school with a student body of 72% British students, we offer a large global outlook, with 25 nationalities currently on role.

We welcome international applications for all year groups, with boarding and guardianship available from 12+ years of age. For children under 12 years there is an accompanying parent visa option.

Westbourne is a Tier 4 sponsor.

We also offer an additional year group specifically for International candidates, Pre-IB entry, aged 15 years.

To apply for a place at Westbourne, we ask for school reports from the past two years to be forwarded to our Admissions Team.

Upon receipt, you will be invited to sit entrance exams, which can be administered in your home country.

  • Maths – 60 minutes
  • English – 60 minutes
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning – 45 minutes
  • Skype Interview – 30 minutes

The full international application process is outlined here.


We do not limit the number of scholarships each year, they are awarded as a discount from fees only on academic merit to the most talented candidates.

In addition to the Entrance Examinations, a further scholarship paper will be required.

Please ensure you inform our admissions team upon application, of your intention to apply for a scholarship.


We seek to attract the most able and motivated candidates, families that believe that the full cost of a Westbourne education may be out of their financial reach should not be put off discussing admission with our team.

We offer a number of assisted place bursaries each year, please enquire with our admissions team when applying.

Further fee information can be viewed via this link.

Sibling Discounts

As a family orientated school we offer the following day student sibling discounts:

Stepping up to School Offer:

Families with 2 or more children, when the 2nd child enters Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 (Sept 2020 – Sept 2021)

  • 1st child – standard fees (bursary application and scholarships still applicable)
  • 2nd child – 50% reduction in standard fees whilst second child is in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. 10% reduction in fees from Year 3 onwards.

Standard Sibling Discount

  • 10% off 2nd child fees (Year 3 upwards)
  • 20% off 3rd child fees
  • 30% off 4th child fees
"It’s truly amazing how welcoming everyone was when I got here. Fellow students practically become family and everyone is extremely supportive of each other." IB Diploma student Mauricio joined us mid-year.

Registration documents

As part of the application process for Westbourne Prep, Senior, or Sixth Form, our Admissions Team will ask you to complete a registration form and a medical form. Please find the documents below for convenience.