Westbourne School is delighted to announce exciting plans to expand into the international education market. On the back of the school’s outstanding success with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme – especially in the last two years, ranking ‘1st in the UK’ in the Daily Telegraph League Tables for smaller IB schools – Westbourne will be opening three Sixth Form colleges in 2019; in Sydney, Singapore and either Hong Kong, Paris or Moscow. This is an enormously exciting development for Westbourne and will provide the opportunity for its local students to study part of their IB Diploma in one of these international locations, if they so choose.
Westbourne’s Principal, Mr Ken Underhill will be leading the educational aspects of this expansion as Global Education Director for Westbourne International. Mr Underhill says, “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 the headship and day to day running of Westbourne to Mr Underhill’s successor has commenced. To this end, Westbourne has appointed Mr Alun Millington, currently Head of St Michael’s School in Llanelli. A passionate Welshman, Mr Millington has over 20 years’ experience in both the independent and maintained sectors, having taught History and Business Studies at Mill Hill County High School and the London Academy before returning to South Wales, where he worked at Llangatwg School in Neath. He attended St. John’s College, Oxford, from which he holds a BA and MA in Modern History, and attained a PGCE from Swansea University. He has been a Principal Examiner and reviser for WJEC History for many years, and also guest lecturer at the Swansea Metropolitan University. He says, “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. I am excited to be taking such a wonderful school forward.”
Mr Mark Peters, Chairman of Westbourne for 11 years, said “On behalf of the entire Westbourne team, we would like to congratulate both Mr Underhill and Mr Millington on their new roles for Westbourne. With both Westbourne Penarth and Westbourne International in the hands of such highly-seasoned and capable professions, the teachers, staff and I have every confidence in the leadership of Westbourne and we look forward to our continuing success, both locally and in internationally.”