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WestVille House School

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  • SPRING OPEN DAY 21 April 2018
    Bring your family along to enjoy a fun packed morning of activities. It is a great chance to chat to staff and parents and learn more about the benefits of independent education for your child.
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Welcome to Westville


Westville House is a school, a family, a community…

where lifelong friendships are created, individuality encouraged and where the welcome is as warm as anywhere in Yorkshire.

To have happy children being the very best they can be, to create spirit and resilience, to have courage, to want to be challenged, to be excited about learning something new, to nurture the appetite for learning, somewhere academic excellence comes as standard , somewhere the whole person is valued whatever their skills may be - that is Westville House School.

To build a child’s confidence and celebrate their achievements, to encourage good manners and courtesy, to foster a spirit of caring , to help develop a child who can venture into the future able to take advantage of limitless possibilities  - that is Westville House School.

Westville House School provides the children in the school family with exceptional opportunities, exceptional facilities and most importantly an exceptional start to life’s educational journey.

Westville House School is a Charitable Trust run by a Board of Charitable Trustees (Governors).

The School's Charity Number is 1086711.

Westville House is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and is subject to the regulations of the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI).

Our address is Westville House School, Carters Lane, Middleton, Ilkley, West Yorkshire. LS29 0DQ.

Our telephone number is 01943 608053 and the school email address is

Our Headmaster is Mr Ian Shuttleworth and he can be contacted by telephone on 01943 608053 or by email

Our Governing Body can be found on the 'About Us' page on our website. Our Chair of Governors is Mr. Neil Brown. He can be contacted at any time by email Correspondence can be left for him in the School Office


from the HeadMaster
Westville House is one of England's leading Preparatory Schools and provides both boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 11 with an outstanding co-educational experience.......  read more





  • Daily Telegraph puts WHS in Top 10 'Value for Money' Schools in UK

     Independent education can be great value for money….especially if your child attends Ilkley’s Westville House School.

    Westville House School received some great news this summer –  the Daily Telegraph has placed this wonderful school in the "Top 10 Value for Money Prep Schools" in the UK.  This is tremendous news especially as this comes ahead of the new £1m development that is currently ongoing.

    The Top 10 schools were a mix of large independents along with smaller Prep schools, and featured schools from Bath, Bristol, London along with the towns very own Westville House.

    The results were based on an in-depth nationwide survey conducted by the Independent Schools Council and were reported by The Good Schools Guide. The link below will take you to the Daily Telegraph article.


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  • Westville House opens new Early Years facility

    Visit Westville House School to see the superb range of facilities improvements - ranging from the Pre-School and Reception Department to the new ICT Suite and new  Library and media suite, along with the new school 'Hub' and refurbished Dining facilities.

    The new, state of the art, Early Years classrooms and new school Hub were officially handed over to the school, by Sutcliffe Construction following the completion of the the building works. Staffed by experienced, fully qualified, teachers, children can access the very best in nursery education in an idyllic location.

    The forthcoming Open Morning on Saturday 11 November will be a superb opportunity for families to come and see the new development and be able to experience some of what Westville has to offer. 

  • Westville sails through ISI Inspection with flying colours and receives outstanding write-up in The Good Schools Guide.

    Westville House School has recently undergone a thorough ISI School Compliance Inspection and has passed everyone of the 149 areas with flying colours.

    Mr Ian Shuttleworth, Headmaster, commented " I am very proud to be able to report the very successful outcome of the recent inspection. It is a credit to the hard work and dedication of the whole staff team that the Independent Schools Inspectorate have rated Westville House as being entirely compliant with all regulatory inspection elements."


    The Good School's Guide have also recently visited Westville House School to update the review currently held in their Directory of Good Schools. The full review can be seen on the Good School's website, however the comments are extremely glowing and show the school to be moving forward with the fantastic new Early Years development and whole school refurbishment. To quote the GSG "Parents talk of a 'palpable fresh and positive feel with all staff pulling together to deliver the best to the's an exciting time to be at Westville"




  • Westville House achieve 100% in SATS results and in entrance results to Skipton Grammar Schools


    Westville House have been celebrating tremendous academic achievements with the recent release of the Ermysted's Grammar School and Skipton Girls High School results. Every child that entered the high profile exams have passed with flying colours and are to be congratulated.

    The Summer SATS results were equally brilliant with 100% of Form 4 (Year 6) children achieving way in excess of the national Level 4  - Congratulations to all of them for their hard work



  • Welcome from the Headmaster at Westville House School, Mr Ian Shuttleworth

    Westville House is one of England's leading Preparatory Schools and provides both boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 11 with an outstanding co-educational experience. The school ensures that all children receive an exceptional level of preparation in order to support them throughout their senior school and adult lives. The children follow a very broad, creative and innovative curriculum, which ensures they enjoy their learning, are engaged and achieve the highest academic standards.

    As a school, we are keen to encourage the children towards engaging in regular physical activity and believe that sport and competition plays a very important part in a child's development and general well- being. With this in mind, a range of sporting and extra-curricular activities are made available. Every pupil has the opportunity to represent their school, whether that be on the sports field, musically, whilst performing on stage or when representing their House.

    At Westville House, our excellent pastoral system ensures that the children are happy, safe and secure and are able to enjoy the many different experiences of being a child. We feel it to be extremely important that they develop the many social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills needed to meet the demands of modern day teenage and adult life.

    The formative years your child will spend in their Pre-Prep and Prep School, are critically influential in developing strong independent learning skills and a robust work ethic; this in turn will provide solid foundations for them to achieve future success. As important, is the need for key social skills and traditional values to be established and for a mind-set to emerge where new challenges will be welcomed and where a confident, happy keenness to 'have a go' will overide the 'fear of failure'

    Inclusivity and mutual respect are central to the school's family orientated ethos and all children will be regularly encouraged to embrace new challenges in order to extend them beyond their previous encounters. At Westville House, 'everybody is somebody' and both effort and attainment are celebrated equally, encouraging all individuals to maximise their potential and become, 'the best version of themselves.'

    I look forward, as the Headmaster of this amazing school, to welcoming all your family to all that is Westville House.

    Best wishes

    Ian D Shuttleworth


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Carter’s Lane
West Yorkshire
LS29 0DQ

Tel: 01943 608053