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Westminster School

Westminster School

Little Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PF

020 7963 1003



Westminster School
School type Boys' Boarding & Day, Co-educational Sixth Form
Founded d 15
Headmaster Mr Patrick Derham
Date Appointed September 2014
Girls Age Range 16-18
Boys Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 744
Number of boys 613
Number of girls 131
Number of boarders 184
Day fees per annum £26,130 - £28,566
Boarding fees per annum £37,740
Average Class Size 20 up to GCSE
Associations HMC,BSA
Recent tweets from @wschool

Westminster School: the Key to a World-Class Education

Inquisitive minds deserve the most inspiring teachers. At Westminster the secret of our teaching is not only in the skilled and enthusiastic imparting of knowledge but, more importantly, to show students how to reveal a deeper understanding of the world for themselves. Lessons at Westminster are founded on the principle of Socratic dialogue, where our pupils are encouraged to question and challenge ideas, to test them out for themselves in experiment, discussion and plenty of creative opportunities. Equipped with superb subject knowledge and the best pedagogical practice, teachers at Westminster enjoy responding to the enthusiasms of their pupils and guiding them carefully in their discoveries.

When independent initiative is so highly valued, it's no surprise, then, that well over half of Westminster pupils are offered places at Oxford, Cambridge and the leading Ivy League universities each year, and that they win so many prizes in national competitions, from Space Design to Chamber Music, Poetry and Cryptography. But it's the quieter, day-to-day enthusiasm for learning buzzing within our central London haven of Dean's Yard which makes life at Westminster so special. On any day, you will find students giving a huge variety of lunchtime talks well attended by their peers from all years: Growing your own Heart, Behavioural Finance, The Spanish Film Revolution, Post-Structuralist Theory and The Geography of the Sugar Trade, are all recent examples.

Our pupils are outward looking. Exceptional opportunities to listen to visiting speakers at the top of their fields inspire and encourage them to engage meaningfully in real world events. In the first week this term, we welcomed Sarah Fane Founder of Afghan Connect; Professor John Watts from Corpus Christi College, Oxford; the Entomologist Dr George McGavin; the activist Dr Nina Ansary, and Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor in Chief of the Economist - and we work hard to provide such a range of talks every week. This wealth of experience spurs our pupils on to become politically engaged so that they, in turn, are inspired to shape history and to influence the world for the better.

The enjoyment of learning how to do things really well is infectious. It is a lesser known fact that Westminster regularly beats schools with a strong sporting reputation at Football, Cricket and a wide-range of other sports including Fencing (Independent Schools Senior Epée Champion 2017), Climbing (Independent Schools Best Senior Climber 2017) and Cross Country (National Schools Championships). This year, our pupils have been awarded the England Independent Schools Cap for Girls' Football and have rowed to gold in the GB Junior Eight. It is no coincidence that three of the Boat Race teams were coxed by Old Westminsters, or that eight of our current pupils have represented the school in the National Youth Orchestra.

We believe that happiness is all about loving what we do and celebrating each other's efforts. When the ISI inspectors visited in November 2016 they noted that 'kindness is a key characteristic of the school's ethos' and that 'pupils are passionate about sharing their interests'. When our pupils do exceptionally well, it's because they are supported by a busy and vibrant community with superb teachers and a real love of learning- in all fields - for its own sake. Success is a happy by-product of a Westminster Education.