Westonbirt offers a broad curriculum with the ability to tailor subject options to individuals where possible. Class sizes are small and achievement is high with Westonbirt ranked in the top 5% for value added.
Results calculated by Durham University measure student progress against base line data for each child and find that the ‘value added’ to students at Westonbirt is within the top 5% of schools nationally – meaning that Westonbirt pupils achieve a grade higher than expectation at GCSE. We offer a broad range of GCSE options and in 2021 44% of students achieved top Grades 8 and 9 at GCSE.
There is a wide selection of qualifications in the Sixth Form, including A levels, BTECs, Leiths and the EPQ. In 2021, 59% of students gained A – A* grades at A level and BTEC. We aim to be as flexible as possible with subject choices; allowing students to build a bespoke programme of learning and over 90 % of students are accepted by their first-choice university, going on to study a variety of subjects including Medicine, Law, Architecture, Sports Science, Drama and more.
Pupils with additional needs are supported to achieve their potential through our dedicated Learning Support team and academic scholars benefit from extension activities, in addition to being stretched and challenged in lessons. Specific support is given to those intending to apply to Oxbridge, or for other specialist degrees such as Medicine.
Westonbirt is also proud to offer a strong EAL department (English as an additional language) and enjoy a vibrant international community. Specialist teachers in Learning Support and EAL provide a screening test on entry for all students and prescribe lessons according to the learning requirements of each individual. Learn more about our EAL and Learning Support provisions in our Parent and Guardian Handbook in the Information Section.