TES ‘Best Use of Technology’ finalist

Posted: 3rd May 2022

The only school in Wales to be named Finalist

This year, we made the shortlist for the TES School Awards 2022 for Best Use of Technology – the only school in Wales to be named a Finalist. The prestigious awards celebrate “the extraordinary achievements of the sector”.

TES, formerly the Times Educational Supplement, is a global education business with a well established 100-year history. The annual awards showcase and celebrate the best schools and teachers across the United Kingdom.

The awards are open to all independent and state schools in the UK to compete in a range of categories.


Westbourne is shortlisted in the Best Use of Technology category for our use of state-of-the-art technology to enhance and extend learning for all ages. Our innovative use of technology positively impacts our students in all aspects of their learning and development, and was essential to ensuring that pupils’ studies were not interrupted, but rather enhanced, through online learning during the pandemic.
TES School Awards 2022

Hands on STEM learning

Best for Technology

Westbourne successfully launched a fully integrated online learning platform to support all of our pupils to excel, achieving the near-impossible feat of 100% live lesson coverage in a single week.

We were also one of the first schools in Wales to use artificial intelligence to enhance learning. An innovative tech partnership enabled us to deliver a groundbreaking online learning platform backed by artificial intelligence and the latest thinking in neuroscience. Our platform generates mini-lessons that students use to complement their studies in class, with full teacher support.

Alongside academic life, technology has enriched our wellness programme at Westbourne with students enjoying access to Revoola, a health and well-being app, tailored to our student’s needs.

TES Best use of Technology awards 2022

Technology supporting our diverse curriculum

Innovative careers portal

To complement our robust online learning programmes, we also launched an innovative online careers and destinations platform to empower our students to apply for the best university and professional development opportunities globally. The platform offers round-the-clock careers libraries, TED talks and webinars, as well as a database of global universities, placements and summer schools enabling pupils to compare undergraduate courses in the UK and the US.

The next generation of learning

Our technological advances have also enabled us to offer students prior to embarking on the IB Diploma an online AI-led 12-week English and Maths course, ensuring all students have an equal grounding prior to embarking on the Diploma programme – this is particularly valuable for students who are joining from other education systems. We first launched this with our sister school in Sydney with excellent outcomes.

AI has become an integral part of school life, and we continue to use it to enhance learning back in the physical classroom. In doing so, the student experience has been elevated to a new, very exciting level that supports our pupils’ ability to excel.

STEM Schools in action

Pupils learning about the tech behind motorcars

In 2021, Westbourne was also added to the prestigious EdTech50 list, which acknowledges the organisations that are shaping UK education through technological innovation. State of the art technology along with exciting, hands-on opportunities and dedicated teaching staff ensure our students can develop and achieve their full potential, with our outstanding results cementing Westbourne’s position as one of the UK’s leading independent schools.
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