Westminster School

Westminster School

Type: Day / Boarding / Single Sex (Boys only) / Girls from Sixth Form
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Head's Name: Gary Savage
Address: 17, Dean's Yard
United Kingdom
Website: www.westminster.org.uk
Division: London

School Profile

Westminster is an independent boarding and day school in the heart of Central London next to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Boys can join Westminster at 13+ and girls and boys can join the co-educational Sixth Form at 16+.

Westminster has a long sporting tradition and its pupils achieve considerable success in matches and competitions against other schools and at national and international level. Football, rowing (known as Water) and cricket are the great traditional sports but pupils are able choose from a wide range of sports (or ‘Stations’) which they want to pursue. Well over 20 Stations are offered, including fencing, hockey, tennis, fives, swimming, cross-country running, rock climbing, judo, netball (for girls) and shooting. The School benefits enormously from its playing fields at Vincent Square and also has a large indoor sports centre, housed in one of the former Royal Horticultural Halls.

Music and Drama are also a core aspect of life at Westminster and the School has its own theatre (The Millicent Fawcett Hall) and the Manoukian Music Centre. Alongside excellence in all these areas sits, of course, the academic curriculum. The School places scholarship, academic excellence and a liberal education at the very heart of the Westminster experience. It also believes passionately in making a Westminster education available to all who would benefit from it and in 2018 launched an ambitious Bursary Campaign to make the School needs-blind (https://www.westminster.org.uk/support-us/home/).

Each academic year, there are around 750 pupils in Westminster School, of whom about a quarter are boarders. Of these, some 36 boarders and 96 day pupils are girls who join the School after GCSE examinations for their Sixth Form years.

Most boys come to the School at the age of 13 and qualify for entry either through the Common Entrance examination, at present taken in June each year, or through the Westminster scholarship examination, known as The Challenge, which is taken in May. For entry from 2021, qualification will be by ISEB pre-test and subsequent testing and interview, with unconditional offers made in Year 6.

Both boys and girls may enter the Sixth Form to study for their A levels.

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