Ken Underhill (left) and Alun Millington
Westbourne School announces overseas expansion

UK independent secondary provider Westbourne School, Penarth, has announced an expansion with the opening of three sixth-form colleges overseas colleges from 2019.

Two confirmed locations for the new Westbourne centres are Singapore and Sydney, Australia, while the third will be situated in Hong Kong, France or Russia.


All centres will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme, and will provide the opportunity for students to split their course across different international locations if they choose.


Westbourne School confirmed to StudyTravel Magazine that the new campuses will be recruiting international students.


In a statement, Westbourne School said the new centres were being launched on the back of the success of the IB Diploma programme in the UK, where it has been ranked first in the Daily Telegraph League Tables for smaller IB schools in the last two years.


Westbourne's Principal, Ken Underhill, will be leading the educational aspects of this expansion as Global Education Director for Westbourne International.


He said, "I am delighted to be taking on this exciting new role for Westbourne International.  British independent education is renowned throughout the world and is a major export these days. I am a passionate believer in the International Baccalaureate programmes, and to be able to take both to other countries across the world is a wonderful opportunity."


The transition process is already underway and the handing over of the headship and day-to-day running of Westbourne to Alun Millington, currently Head of St Michael's School in Llanelli, has commenced.


He commented, "I am delighted to be taking over as Principal of Westbourne School, which is a very progressive and highly successful institution. I believe the school epitomises all the real benefits of independent education, having small classes, a real attention given to individuals and first-rate, highly qualified teachers who are experts in their chosen field. Westbourne's success speaks for itself, and I hope to build on this."


Established in 1896, Westbourne School is an independent day and boarding school, for students aged three-to-19, where international students constitute around 30 per cent of the total student population.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor