About West House

Founded in 1895

Our History

West House School was founded in 1895 as a day and boarding prep school for boys. Termly boarding ended in the mid-1960s and weekly boarding in the early 1990s; the school is now Birmingham’s only preparatory day school exclusively for boys.

At the end of the 1990s, parental demand for selective secondary schooling from the age of 11, rather than 13, led to the phasing out of Years 7 and 8 and the emergence of the school as a leading private primary school.

In 1999 the opportunity arose to amalgamate with a well-established local private nursery school and West House Co-educational Day Nursery was opened. This has since evolved to become the Early Years Department of the school and provides an outstanding environment for both boys and girls from the age of one.

While West House School stands on its original site, the facilities have been developed extensively over the years. In 1982, a well-equipped sports hall was added to the site and in 2013 this was developed further to include state-of-the-art theatrical features. Renamed Duce Hall after Headmaster Kim Duce (1974 – 2004), it now hosts a number of productions throughout the year, in addition to everyday sports activities.

In celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary, the Centenary Building was completed in 1996 with the support of the West House Old Boys’ Association. It now houses an art and design studio, an ICT suite and a spacious school library, run by a full-time librarian.
West House Old Boys' Association

Old Boys' Association

Our pupils leave West House with such fond memories and strong friendships that joining the West House Old Boys’ Association (WHOBA) is a must. The association provides great opportunities to stay in touch with friends and peers and to find out how the school develops.

Annual events include sporting fixtures and visits to the school, along with reunion dinners and celebrations. Details are published in the school magazine along with extensive Old Boys’ news. The most recent magazine can be viewed through the Old Boys’ portal.

Old Boys are encouraged to update the school on their circumstances which can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact Us
Ms K Stevenson
Headmaster's PA

St James Road, Edgbaston,
Birmingham B15 2NX
: 0121 440 4097
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  • School Term Dates 2019/20
  • Autumn Term 2019 Begins - Thurs 5th Sept
  • Half Term - Thurs 24th Oct to Fri 1st Nov
  • Term Ends - Fri 13th Dec
  • Holiday Club - Mon 16th to Fri 20th Dec
  • Holiday Club - Thurs 2nd to Mon 6th Jan
  • Spring Term 2020 Begins - Tue 7th Jan