Stepping Up to Sixth Form

Step up to a brighter future

Our independent Sixth Form is an exciting, challenging place, which sets out to develop and inspire the leaders of the future through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Our aim is to equip our Sixth Form students with the skills, capabilities, results and drive they need in order to succeed in higher education, the workplace, and in all aspects of life.

The gold standard in education

For over a decade, every one of our School Sixth Formers has followed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, with its ethos firmly embedded throughout the school. This global qualification is renowned for its academic rigour and stretch, and for producing articulate, well-rounded students who are passionate about inspiring positive change in the world.

And our results speak for themselves, with 90% of our IB Diploma students graduating to Russell Group universities or their global equivalents.

The best preparation for future success

The IB Diploma is academically challenging, relevant and forward-looking. The sheer range of opportunity that it provides gives students the best possible chance of success in a fast-moving world. This means that students will be challenged, but the smaller class sizes and focused, one-on-one support from teachers at Westbourne will ensure the highest levels of achievement for all.

“The IB lends itself to the idea we like to promote in education in the UK of global citizenship. It encourages students to bring down barriers between different countries and makes them more appreciative of other cultures." Dr G Griffiths, Sunday Times interview, 2018

Build career-ready skills

The Sixth Form experience at Westbourne School enables students to further their self-confidence, to learn to take initiative and to be proactive and self-determining. They develop social and cultural awareness and interpersonal skills to become future leaders in their chosen field.

We view Sixth Form as the opportunity for our students to grow in independence and responsibility within the safe, day and boarding school environment provided. There are opportunities to make a significant difference to both the local area and the global community, and students are busy both inside and outside the classroom.

Entry to the best global universities

Our Sixth Formers gain enormously from this broad, globally recognised and respected educational programme which ensures they enter the wider world as successful, active and responsible leaders, able to access the most competitive universities within the UK and worldwide.

For those aspiring to study the full IB Diploma joining us from another education system, we offer a one year Foundation Programme, the Pre-IB, to fully prepare students for the academic challenge of the IB.

"I found Westbourne School to be the perfect environment, the staff are so friendly and supportive and the smaller class sizes mean that it really feels like a family. I could really push my limits whilst at Westbourne, and achieve my full potential, because I knew all the help was there whenever I needed it." IB student Hannah, who achieved 44 IB points