WESTBridge Program

The WESTBridge Program is an intensive English course for newly-arrived international students designed to prepare for a successful transition to mainstream classes. Students study with a specialist ESL teacher in a small class to provide individual attention.

Depending on the student’s initial English level and the level required for their academic study, students spend 10 to 30 weeks developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken English. The course has a specific focus on the development of grammar, vocabulary and English pronunciation. Students construct a range of texts and develop research skills appropriate for senior secondary education. English language learning encompasses major subject areas, including Mathematics, Science and Societies and the Environment.

While studying in the WESTBridge program, students are in the safe and supportive Westminster School environment and have opportunities to participate in the life of the school community. They are in a tutor group, participate in Health and Physical Education classes and often join sports teams, music groups or other extra-curricular activities.

Entry requirements: Academic results and English proficiency test results. An intensive English program is not required if students have achieved an IELTS Band of 5 or an AEAS Assessment of Advanced or the equivalent in similar English testing systems.