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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, Coeducational 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
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Situated in the heart of London, next to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster is an exciting place to be. It is a school where pupils are taught to think by teachers who inspire them. Every year over 40% of pupils go to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 10% go to universities in the USA and the remainder choose courses at the UK's other leading universities. The school's academic success is the result of pupils learning the skills of intellectual enquiry and debate and applying them with relish well beyond the syllabus. Although mathematics is the most popular A level subject and many pupils also opt for the sciences, Westminster is strong across the whole range of academic subjects including modern and classical languages and art history.

Every year approximately 120 boys enter the school at the 13+ stage. A further 70 pupils join the Sixth Form and the great majority of these are girls. Westminster has always been a boarding school. Although the majority are now day pupils there is still a thriving boarding community of about 180 girls and boys. Boarding at Westminster is relaxed and fun. It enables pupils to take full advantage of the school's extended evening programme and it provides structured time for prep (homework). Most boarders return home at weekends but there are also boarders from overseas.

Despite being in the heart of the city, Westminster has excellent sports facilities - playing fields at Vincent Square and a large multi-purpose sports centre. The great traditional sports are football, cricket and rowing but pupils can choose from over 25 sports including rock climbing, fencing, hockey, netball, gym fitness and real tennis. Music and drama are also central to the life of the school. There are choral and orchestral concerts in St John's Smith Square, the Barbican Hall and Westminster Abbey. The Abbey is the school chapel and the choir sings there twice a week for school services. Most drama takes place in the school's own theatre - the Millicent Fawcett Hall.

There are numerous clubs, activities, societies and lots of very distinguished guest speakers: Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Helena Bonham-Carter, Tim Berners-Lee etc. All younger pupils go on expeditions at least twice a year and the school owns a house in Cumbria. For many pupils the most fulfilling aspect of life at Westminster is its engagement with the local community. Most senior pupils are involved in the volunteering programme. This might be helping at a primary school breakfast club, or gardening for older people, or helping mentally and physically handicapped people learn life skills - the full list is a lot longer.

To find out more about Westminster please look at our website: www.westminster.org.uk. Or you could telephone 020 7963 1003 to order a prospectus. For 13+ entry a boy should be registered while he is in Year 5, or earlier. Registration for 16+ entry opens at the end of Year 10 and the entrance exams take place in the autumn of a candidate's time in Year 11. Boys can also enter Westminster Under School at 7+, 8+ or 11+. There are means-tested bursaries for pupils entering at 11+ or 16+.