West House, which was founded as a day and boarding preparatory school for boys in 1895, is a charitable trust run by a Board of Governors. Today, it is a preparatory day school for boys between the ages of 4 and 11, with the co-educational Early Years Department caring for children from twelve months.
The school is situated in Edgbaston, one mile from Birmingham city centre, and has occupied the same five acre site since its foundation. It enjoys excellent sporting facilities both on and off site. These include a nature reserve, a multi-functional hall for sports and performing arts, three cricket nets, an all-weather surface and a grass pitch on campus. Additionally, the Richmond Hill playing fields incorporate two full size football pitches and a cricket square within a mile of the main school campus.
Currently, there are approximately 280 pupils including 120 in the Early Years Foundation Stage. From Reception onwards the average class size numbers between 14 and 17 pupils supported by 15 full-time and 5 part-time staff. Specialist subject teaching is a feature from Year 75 onwards.
West House School prides itself in having a reputation for outstanding academic success along with a fine provision of extra-curricular activities. There is an emphasis on team sports in which the school has a strong tradition of success across the Midlands.
Pupils are also encouraged to explore their musical and performing talents to the fullest extent. The Director of Music is supported by specialist peripatetic instrumental teachers. During the academic year the school choir performs at Birmingham Cathedral, Symphony Hall and various choral festivals throughout the region. Drama is taught as a discreet subject from Year 3 onwards, with a highlight of Year 6 being a grand production during the Spring Term.
The school has adopted the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Strategy and places a great emphasis on developing individuals equipped with the skills and attributes necessary to thrive in the middle part of the twenty first century.
The school is structured in departments and the curriculum is built around the requirements of the Early Years Statutory Framework and the principles of the Independent Curriculum. However, a carefully planned timetable allows greater time to be dedicated to core curriculum subjects whilst allowing pupils the opportunity to benefit from the input of specialist subject teachers and the development of their verbal and non-verbal skills. Significant emphasis is placed on the pastoral guidance of pupils in their preparation for adult life, with everyone actively contributing to the Code of Conduct.
West House is a school with a distinctive caring family atmosphere that results in a happy learning environment for the pupils. The school’s genuine concern for its pupils’ welfare stems from a tradition of long serving Headmasters and is continued by current Head, Alistair M. J. Lyttle, an Old Boy of the school!