Developing leaders of the future

Creativity, Activity & Service – CAS – forms a central part of Westbourne’s leadership development programme. One of three parts of the IB Diploma core CAS provides an excellent structure for the co-curricular and community service elements of school life, as well as supporting our pastoral mission to develop the whole person.

The CAS programme offers outstanding opportunities for students to develop their teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

Students are involved in a broad range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the whole of the IB course. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterised as follows.


Creativity, for many students will include photography, design, art or music. There are a multitude of opportunities to develop creative skills at Westbourne, with proximity to art galleries in Penarth and world class facilities in Cardiff. Students have recently been involved in making videos for World Peace Day as well as taking inspiration from our sea side location with driftwood and Christmas design challenges.


Activity involves physical activity, it can be an individual or a team sport and could include boarding students working on their gym programme at Anytime Fitness, or participating in a sport such as tennis, football, rugby, basketball or athletics.

These activities are focused on achieving a personal goal. Service activities may also count towards Activity if they are physical, such as environmental work or supporting sports clubs in the Prep School.


Service activities might include working in a local charity shop, supporting primary aged children in the Prep School with reading, fundraising for charity or gaining first aid qualifications. Student projects in have included supporting local refugees throughout covid, Children in Need, Cancer Research UK, NSPCC and Movember.

Encouraging lifelong learning

Students maintain a portfolio of their CAS work, which serves to evidence the work, facilitates meaningful reflection and over time, becomes a source of pride in their considerable achievements. Each individual student has a different starting point, and therefore different goals and needs, but for many their CAS activities include experiences that are profound and life‑changing.

The CAS programme at Westbourne offers both challenge and enjoyment, a personal journey of self‑discovery.

CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma.