Westminster School

Westminster School

Type: Day / Boarding / Co-ed / Girls from Sixth Form
Age Range: 13-18
Head's Name: Patrick Derham
Address: 17, Dean's Yard
United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7963 1042
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 we achieve plenty of success in matches and competitions against other schools. Football, rowing (known as Water) and cricket are the great traditional sports but pupils are able choose which sport they want to take up. The choices include fencing, hockey, tennis, fives, swimming, cross-country running, rock climbing, judo, netball (for girls) and shooting. Our playing fields are at Vincent Square and, from September 2012, we will have a large multi-sport hall in one of the former Royal Horticultural Halls.

Music and Drama are also very important to life at Westminster and we have our own theatre (The Millicent Fawcett Hall) and the Manoukian Music Centre. But although sport, music and drama are taken seriously, their seriousness must be balanced at all times with academic aspirations.

Each academic year, there are around 750 pupils in Westminster School, of whom about a quarter are boarders. Of these, 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.

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

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