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West House School
24 St James Road, Birmingham,B15 2NX
0121-440 4097

Alistair & Sasha Lyttle

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 West House Nursery caring for children from twelve months.

Currently there are approximately 220 pupils including 70 in West House Nursery. From Reception onwards the average class size numbers between 12 and 15 pupils supported by 13 full-time and 5 part-time staff. Specialist subject teaching is a feature from Year 4onwards.

The School is situated in Edgbaston, one mile from Birmingham city centre, and has occupied the same five acre site since its foundation.

A view of the playground
It enjoys excellent sporting facilities both on and off site. These include a sports hall, three cricket nets, an all-weather surface and a grass pitch on campus. Additionally at Richmond Hill, within a mile of the school, there is a large playing field incorporating two full size football pitches and a cricket square.

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 region.

An orchestra practise in full flow

All pupils are encouraged to explore their musical talent to its fullest with the Director of Music being 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 Midlands.

West House School is committed to the development of the curriculum, particularly through the use of I.C.T. The computer suite is housed in the purpose-built Centenary Building along with the school library and Art facility.

The School is structured according to Key Stages and broadly follows the National Curriculum. A carefully planned timetable allows greater time to be dedicated to core curriculum subjects whilst allowing pupils to benefit from the input of specialist subject teachers. Significant emphasis is placed on the pastoral guidance of pupils in their preparation for adult life, with everyone actively contributing to the school 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 continued by current Head, Alistair M. J. Lyttle, an Old Boy of the School!

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