16+ PROSPECTUS 2021 - Westminster School
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3 Head Master’s welcome 3 A Westminster education 4 Our unique location 5 Boarding and day 6 Our co-educational community 7 A day at Westminster 8 A place of wellbeing 10 Academic life The Sixth Form curriculum Before you decide 11 12 13 Welcome Beyond the subject choices 16 The broader curriculum 18 Dear parents and pupils, Adventures and Expeditions 19 I hope that you will find this 16+ Prospectus Music 20 informative and that you will go ahead with The Art School 21 an application to Westminster School. Drama 22 Sport for life – and to win 23 The co-educational Sixth Form the facilities for pupils joining us in the Once you have read this brochure Westminster and the community 24 at Westminster offers an exciting, Sixth Form. In September 2017, girls were and explored the website, After Westminster 25 stimulating and challenging environment elected as Queen’s Scholars for the first westminster.org.uk, it is always best to The admissions procedure 26 for learning. The School is one of time, and a new floor and observatory have a glimpse at first hand of what lies Scholarships and Bursaries 28 the foremost centres of academic have recently opened in our refurbished ahead, so I strongly encourage you to excellence in the country – a reputation Science building, which also houses come to one of our Open Days before Frequently asked questions 29 due not only to its pupils’ unrivalled the Computer Science Department. the formal process of interviews and Information for examination results and admission tests gets under way. I shall look forward overseas candidates 30 to the top universities worldwide but, Westminster pupils follow syllabi to meeting you, showing you the School Choosing your even more importantly, because of in A Levels and the Cambridge and introducing you to the Heads of the Sixth Form subjects 31 their enjoyment of academic enquiry, Pre-University (Pre-U) examinations, academic departments, who will answer debate and search for explanation depending on the subjects studied. any questions you might have. Course information section well beyond the published syllabus. Using both these qualifications allows Art 34 scope for the choice and specialisation, I know that the application procedure Art History 35 In addition, pupils enhance both their on which Westminster pupils thrive. for a change of school can sometimes intellectual and social development Pupils here study four subjects that seem a stressful experience for pupils Classics: Latin and Ancient Greek 36 by taking full advantage of the many provide both breadth and depth (and, often, their parents), but I hope Economics 37 opportunities that are offered in sport, throughout the two years of the Sixth that, in applying for Westminster, English Literature 38 music, drama, debating, community Form (Years 12 and 13), while the principle excitement will outweigh anxiety. In Geography 39 service and other forms of civic of choice fits well with Westminster’s giving and gaining as much information History 40 engagement. All of this and more you academic tradition of drawing out and as possible at this stage, I am sure that Mathematics 41 will read about in the following pages. nurturing individual talents and interests. the choices eventually made will be the Modern Languages right ones. One thing I can say is that and Linguistics 42 Historically Westminster is a boarding We find that the sheer intellectual new pupils who join us in the Sixth Form school and approximately one quarter enjoyment that this individual approach settle in very quickly and happily and French 43 of Sixth Form pupils, are boarders. brings ensures that pupils go on to win make a great success of their time here. Chinese 44 Some boarders come from far away but places at excellent universities. Those German 45 most are Londoners who prefer to avoid academic departments, as you will read One final thought. In our most recent Russian 46 the daily grind of commuting. For day in this brochure, that follow the Pre-U inspection (2016) the Inspectors said A BRIEF HISTORY Spanish 47 pupils also, Westminster is very different specifications do so because they are this: “The School’s liberal ethos, Music 48 from a conventional school. Many more stimulating than the equivalent tirelessly promoted by senior leaders remain long after the teaching day has A-level syllabi and, therefore, allow to the pupils’ benefit, truly engenders Westminster is a long-established school Philosophy and Theology 49 finished, perhaps to work in the library, Westminster pupils to realise their a pupil body liberated from dogma, on an ancient site. Its origins can be traced Sciences 50 or for extra sport, to rehearse for a play potential more effectively. That potential prejudice or unthinking conformity, back to 1179, when the Benedictine monks Biology 51 or concert, or to attend a lecture. is demonstrated in their examination as the School’s aims envisage.” of Westminster Abbey were asked by Pope Chemistry 52 results, as elsewhere: in 2019 Alexander III to provide a small charity Physics 53 In recent years, we have opened a Westminster pupils achieved more than This makes us distinctive. If this strikes school. The School’s continuous existence Electronics AS Level 54 House for girl boarders and day boys, 50% of their A-level and Pre-U grades a chord with you then we are the right is certain from the early 14th century. and an indoor sports centre adjacent at A* or D1/D2. Westminster is the only school to be applying to. Good luck with Drama and Theatre Studies 55 Following the dissolution of the monasteries to the School’s playing fields at Vincent school to have achieved this feat every the process. in 1540, Henry VIII personally ensured the Square. Both have significantly enhanced year since the A* was introduced. School’s survival by statute and Elizabeth I How to find your way around 56 Patrick Derham – Head Master confirmed royal patronage in 1560. Timeline 58
4 5 A Westminster education Central to Westminster’s ethos is the rapport between teachers and their pupils. This inspires passion for the subject, While academic and cultural encourages confidence in learning, attainments are highly prized, the conveys knowledge and develops skills School is fully committed to nurture of rational, independent thought. Our each pupil’s spiritual, moral, emotional pupils’ academic success comes from and physical wellbeing. We seek their enjoyment of intellectual enquiry, to develop individual talent wherever debate and search for explanation, it lies – and to prepare young people reaching well beyond published syllabi. for fulfilled private and public lives. They delight in a huge range of opportunities to develop initiatives and to discuss their ideas. We are a happy, “Pupils express delight busy and purposeful community. A ‘halfway-house’ between in how the School school and university The broader ethos of the School has encouraged them resides in the enduring values reflected The Westminster Sixth Form is Our to explore beyond the in the 1560 Charter of Westminster’s often regarded as a ‘halfway-house’ Some of our buildings date back Situated between Parliament, boundaries of what Elizabethan foundation, where it is between school and university. to the 11th century and, while the The Supreme Court and Westminster unique stated that: ‘the youth which is growing As such, it aims to provide a safe, community comprises pupils Abbey, the School’s inspirational they might have thought to manhood, as tender shoots in the stable and enriching community, in and teachers of many different location has always been of significant they could do.” wood of our state, shall be liberally which pupils are encouraged to learn faiths, we retain close links with influence. Politics and the law are location instructed in good books to the greater about the world around them in order Westminster Abbey: the Dean of abiding interests among the pupil ISI Report November 2016 honour of the state.’ to engage actively with it and lead Westminster is the Chairman of body and the importance of spiritual a fulfilling life beyond Westminster. the Governing Body and the Abbey and moral reflection is also deeply With an enviable programme of is the School’s chapel. embedded. Minutes away is the best outside speakers and an ever-increasing range of academic, artistic, sporting When other Westminster School now extends of everything metropolitan: museums, galleries, concert halls, theatres and cultural expeditions, Westminster’s schools moved to beyond Dean’s Yard and into the and the energy of a great city – global dimension provides pupils with every opportunity to develop the suburbs in the surrounding quiet streets, having, in recent years, expanded to include: all of which enrich our curricular and co-curricular programmes. their cultural capital and understanding. late 19th century, Alongside this, the School coordinates a popular and thriving civic engagement Westminster School • the Weston Building for the Humanities; programme, which encourages remained on its • state-of-the-art laboratories Sixth Form pupils to engage with the local community in a meaningful way, original site at the and an observatory in the newly refurbished Robert Hooke thus developing social understanding very heart of London. Science Centre; and responsibility. • the Sports Centre near Vincent Square; • the Manoukian Music Centre; • an inspiring new location for Purcell’s boarding house • the Millicent Fawcett Hall Theatre; • the recently opened Sir Adrian Boult Building, a new events space.
6 7 Our co-educational There are approximately 760 pupils at Westminster School – 120 are admitted community each year at 13+ (Year 9) and 85 at 16+ (Year 12). The co-educational Westminster has enjoyed a co- educational Sixth Form for the last environment creates 40 years. Some 70-80 girls join the an intellectually Sixth Form each year, about a third living in as boarders. and culturally stimulating Sixth All pupils belong to a House. This provides them with a supportive and Form experience stable community for the duration of at Westminster. their time at Westminster and allows them to get to know pupils of different ages, genders and backgrounds. Before they even arrive at Westminster, all the new pupils joining the Sixth Form Boarding and day enjoy a comprehensive induction programme coordinated by the Head of Upper School, and become part of the diverse social fabric that makes the Boarding has been central to life at School such an exciting place to live and learn. Representing one third of the Westminster since the School was founded. Sixth Form, girls enjoy the academic challenge and debate in the classroom, an extraordinary breadth of co-curricular The Westminster Sixth Form is unique year group. For those who board, activities and a large number of “I love the sense in London as the only co-educational Westminster allows for a regular home voluntary and leadership opportunities of having an Sixth Form with day and boarding pupils. life with the large majority returning within the School and wider community. While academic and cultural attainments home on Saturday afternoons. extended family, are highly prized, Westminster is fully Further information and advice with whom you committed to the nurture of each pupil’s Co-operation accompanies competition may be obtained from the Head of personal development. The boarding at Westminster and the School Upper School, Miss Clare Leech, share a huge number school ethos and structure have been shows that high-achieving individuals at: firstname.lastname@example.org. of experiences.” central to the fulfilment of a Westminster working together in a climate of mutual education since the School’s foundation. respect create something much The School is run along boarding lines greater than the sum of their individual and based around a House system, achievements. In addition to teachers, “I feel like girls have where the House becomes a ‘home Housemasters and Personal Tutors play away from home’ for day and boarding an important role in the rich, relational a strong voice at pupils alike. The extended day and experience that Westminster offers. Westminster; the School week enable the provision of the is a very inclusive and overall curriculum and in particular Day pupils are encouraged to ensure depth of pastoral care and participate in the opportunities provided welcoming environment. breadth of opportunity. by the boarding life of the School. And I think the boys They can join boarders for breakfast really like having girls There are five mixed boarding and supper, and many choose to houses with girls-only floors and one remain at School in the evenings too, around, especially the girls’ boarding house with day boys. to rehearse or to attend the evening younger ones – it’s One boarding house is boarders-only, programme of activities. The Library like having a whole lot and all Houses have pupils from every remains open until 9.00pm. of big sisters!”
8 9 A day at Westminster The Westminster Day offers so much more than lessons from 9 to 5. The following timetable outlines the range of activities “I never stop… a pupil could enjoy on an average day. I just love everything!” Morning Lunchtime Afternoon Evening 7.50am 9.00am 12.40pm 1.30pm 4.00pm 5.45pm Breakfast is served in the medieval On Mondays and Fridays there is a short Lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays Tuesdays and Thursdays, pupils Tea on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lower School Supper. College Hall. Day boys and girls start service in Westminster Abbey, the and Fridays. enjoy an extensive range of sports to arrive from all over London. address often given by an eminent in the afternoon, including: football, 4.10pm 6.00pm visiting speaker. On Wednesdays, there From 1.10pm, pupils can enjoy a wide cricket, rowing (Water), netball, hockey, Tea on Mondays, Wednesdays Upper School Supper. 8.40am is a short assembly called ‘Latin Prayers’. range of talks from pupil-led societies. tennis, climbing, judo, DanceFit, and Fridays. All pupils register in Houses. Lessons begin at 9.25am. Societies include African Caribbean, Gym Fitness, cycling, basketball, 6.30pm English, Environmental, Feminist, yoga, athletics and hula-hooping. 4.30pm Supervised trips to London On Tuesdays and Thursdays, History, Huxley, Model United Nations, Every Fifth Form (Year 9) and Lower Shell events begin. lessons begin at 9.00am. Politics and many more. Pupils can also We play matches against a full (Year 10) pupil participates in at least take part in other co-curricular activities range of other schools on Tuesday, two Lower School Activities each week. 7.15pm such as drama and music rehearsals, art Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Options include: Animation, Astronomy, Boarders do their prep (homework) in club or learning an additional language. Bookbinding, Carpentry, Debating, their studies or in the Library. Day pupils 2.00pm Drama, Duke of Edinburgh, Fencing, are also welcome to study in the Library. On Mondays, all pupils meet with their Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Fives, Football Training, Model Building Tutors at 1.50pm until 2.10pm. (2.10pm on Mondays): lessons begin, and Robotics. 9.00pm Lessons continue on Saturday mornings and on Saturday ending at 4.10pm (4.25pm on Mondays). Prep time ends. Pupils use the next hour afternoons, pupils can enjoy a full range of sporting fixtures. 1.00pm to socialise, to play pool, chess or table Lunch on Tuesdays, Thursdays tennis in their Houses, or to play football There are often musical and theatrical rehearsals at and Saturdays. Lunch is followed in Yard. Some enjoy the programme of weekends, as the dates of concerts and plays approach. by afternoon sports (Station). activities available in the Sports Centre, Pupils who are not involved in these activities go home some prefer to continue studying. at 1.00pm on Saturdays. On Saturdays, pupils who are not involved in sports fixtures or 10.00pm weekend rehearsals go home after Bed times vary according to morning lessons. Year groups.
10 11 Academic life “It’s not about having Westminster provides an exceptionally strong someone to look after and highly successful academic environment, you; it’s about having which enables pupils to fulfil their intellectual people to look out for ambitions and to develop life-long skills of you, and there’s a sophisticated, independent thought. world of difference.” Westminster pupils are encouraged academic institution, we participate national and international competitions. to love academic life, to think for regularly in important educational As such, the community provides an themselves, to question and to argue research studies. Westminster teachers exceptional learning environment, things out. Departments develop their are best qualified, therefore, to guide both within the classroom and without, own curricula, which go well beyond and support pupils with a variety of so that Westminster pupils emerge exam specifications and stretch and learning styles and needs. well-informed, articulate and confident challenge our pupils. to meet the challenges ahead of them. The love of learning and confidence to Teachers at Westminster are inspiring. develop independent thought flourishes After Westminster, the vast majority They demonstrate outstanding in pupil-led societies and initiatives. of our pupils take up places at leading individual scholarship and a contagious Every week, pupils give talks, which are international universities, such as: enthusiasm for their subject. We are well-attended by their peers, on a wealth Amsterdam, Cambridge, Harvard, Hong at the forefront of developments in of subjects, and they group together Kong, Imperial, Oxford, Sciences Po, teaching and learning, and, as a leading to succeed in an impressive range of Stanford, UCL and Yale. A place of We want our pupils to flourish, to Boarding houses have a dedicated develop resilience, confidence in Matron and all pupils have access to our wellbeing themselves, and sensitivity to others. state-of-the-art Health Centre, run by an We aim to do all we can to set them up experienced Nursing Sister and visited for meaningful, happy and satisfying regularly by the school GP. We have the lives, at School and beyond. full-time support of a School Counsellor and pupils can also talk through We are fully committed The well-established community particular problems with experienced of Houses enables a strong, well- Independent Listeners. The Chaplain to the happiness, integrated system of pastoral care, and the Heads of Year also play an welfare and wellbeing which ensures that the needs of each important role in ensuring the welfare of individual pupil are addressed, and the community. Senior pupils from each of our pupils. that all pupils – whatever their age, House are trained as Peer Supporters to background or gender – enjoy their provide additional support and advice. time at School. When issues occur, they are communicated swiftly to the The Head of Wellbeing and their Housemaster, who talks with the pupil’s team deliver a relevant and engaging parents, teachers and Personal Tutor programme within the curriculum, to devise the best way forward. addressing the experiences and challenges of teenage life. We promote discussion, learning and reflection, to guide pupils and to help them make constructive choices in their lives.
12 The Sixth Form curriculum Sixth Form admission to Westminster is by competitive examination and interview in November the year before entry. Candidates select the four subjects, in which they are to be examined, based on their likely choice of courses for study. There is a great deal of flexibility in the way in which pupils may approach their choice of courses at Sixth Form level, their choice up until Exeat in the Play Term of Year 12. However, further assessment in the new subject intended At Westminster, most pupils study four subjects for both years and end up with four full A Levels, or a combination Departments choose the qualification which they feel provides the best educational experience and potential Before you decide and that may make the choice quite a for study may be required before of four A Levels and Pre-Us, although outcomes for our pupils and as such difficult one for many. It is for this reason permission is given to change. You will some pupils each year do give up one pupils may study towards an A level, Please read the notes below carefully that the choice we are asking you to understand, however, that the School subject at the end of Year 12. For the International A level or Pre-U as they describe in detail what you make now is a provisional one. Pupils does need to plan ahead and that moment, we need to know the four qualification in their subject. will be allowed to change their choices getting an idea of provisional numbers subjects that pupils think they wish will need to consider when choosing and some even make modifications to for each subject is important. to study in the Sixth Form. In addition to their specialist courses, your Sixth Form subjects. pupils follow the Cultural Perspectives and Options courses. Only Electronics offers an AS Level at the end of 1 At this stage, we are asking pupils to choose their four entrance Year 12, a course offered in the examination subjects; one subject must be chosen from each Block. Options programme, and pupils do not necessarily continue to A Level in Year Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 AS Subjects 13. More details of the non-examined 2 The subjects in each of Blocks 1 to 4 offer two-year courses leading (taken in to full A Level or Pre-U. Art History Art Art Chemistry courses can be found in Beyond Options lessons) English Biology Art History Chinese‡ the subject choices and these choices Electronics 3 Mathematics with Further Mathematics leads to two A Levels and uses the can be made on arrival at Westminster. History Chemistry Biology Economics time allocation of Blocks 1 and 3; it, therefore, counts as two choices but only one entrance examination. Those studying this subject must take two Mathematics Economics Economics English The Sixth Form subjects are arranged additional specialist examination subjects. Mathematics with English English Geography in four blocks, one subject to be chosen Further Mathematics from each block. Some subjects appear French French German 4 There is no formal entrance examination for Art. Candidates portfolios are Philosophy in more than one block to give a wider assessed on the day of the entrance exams. Those selecting Music or Art and Theology Geography Geography Greek choice of subject combinations. The must sit the exams in the UK. History History History provisional blocking for September 2020 is shown here. Latin Mathematics with Physics 5 Some pupils may wish to study Electronics. However, no decision needs Further Mathematics to be made until a candidate has been offered a place. Philosophy Philosophy and Theology Philosophy and Theology and Theology 6 Whilst we will do our utmost to accommodate any combination of subjects, Physics Russian no particular combination can be guaranteed other than those listed in the Spanish blocking system on page 12. It is important that the choice of subjects be related as far as possible to university and career plans. Advice on choosing subjects can be found Theatre Studies† on page 31; there is additional advice on thinking ahead to university and Music on subject courses later in this booklet. † Theatre Studies will be taught in blocks to be decided once subject choices have been made. ‡ The Chinese course is not suitable for native/fluent speakers: please do not enter this subject if you are in this category Further information or advice about the curriculum may be obtained from as your entry paper will be discounted. For more information please contact admissions. Mr Peter Sharp, Deputy Head (Academic), at: email@example.com.
16 17 Beyond the subject choices –within the timetable We aim to ensure that In Year 12, a great range of non-examined courses is on offer in the four weekly Cultural Perspectives General Options Study Skills Careers pupils find the Sixth lessons of the ‘Options Block’, alongside These courses are designed to expand The choice of General Options is Effective study skills are essential for Careers advice is available to all cultural and critical awareness within similarly wide-ranging, and includes all successful learners. In addition to members of the Sixth Form from the Form at Westminster some examined courses, including additional languages and Electronics. a greater global perspective, chipping courses which are: the guidance provided by subject Higher Education and Careers an exciting but also away at the comfortable sense of ‘self- (i) directly related to university study teachers, the Study Skills department Department. A range of careers evidence’ that can make us assume that or applications (Anthropology, is available to support pupils, who evenings and workshops is held challenging place. Most Sixth Formers pursue a wide range of Options that do not lead to our own way of doing things or viewing Psychology, Linguistics, the might benefit from some specialist throughout the year, which all Sixth For this reason, the formal qualifications, but it is hoped that the world is the only way, and that Thinking Skills course); input. The School should be informed Formers are invited to attend, as well today’s society is the norm of human (ii) supplementing or extending of any particular needs, including details as Futures Day in the Election Term School offers a wide the interest evoked in each will add greatly to a pupil’s own intellectual and experience – somehow unquestioningly existing examined subjects of exam concessions and copies of of Year 12, where pupils are exposed variety of co-curricular personal development, and open up right and natural. (Conservation Science, Greek relevant diagnostic reports where to a variety of different careers and Tragedy, the Anglo-Saxons, appropriate. It should be noted that pathways. The Head of Careers, courses and activities, new and exciting possibilities for further study, research or discovery. The aim is to broaden horizons in place Anglo-Irish Literature); exam concessions previously agreed Mr Simon Wurr, is available to advise which form an integral and time, asking fundamental questions (iii) of a more general academic or will not automatically transfer; on work experience and careers: about why some behaviours or attitudes cultural interest for non-specialists regulations state that a new application firstname.lastname@example.org. part of every pupil’s In three ‘rounds’ of eight weeks prior to the summer examination season, have shifted from unacceptable to (Western Philosophy, Art History); must be made post-GCSE. For more programme in the most pupils select three courses in normal or vice versa, how nations and (iv) more practical, including details, see ‘Westminster School’s communities develop and express their Volunteering in the Community, Protocol for Exam Concessions’, Sixth Form. each round, from a long list of choices, under two distinct headings: Cultural sense of identity, and how we ourselves or which teach and develop available within the online registration. Perspectives and General Options. can make connections with apparently particular skills, including alien societies. British Sign Language, the Art of Illumination, Bookbinding, The range of courses on offer Computer Programming, Knitting reflects the wide-ranging and varied and Film and Video Production. interests of the teaching staff. Recent examples include: The Psychology of Fundamentalism; A History of the Imagination; The Constitutional Future of the United Kingdom; Psychogeography; Facing East, A View from the West; Deep Time; Medical Ethics and Changing Attitudes; Russians in Exile; and The Economics of Nationhood. One of the great attractions of the courses is the chance they offer to range far beyond conventional examined subjects. Prizes are awarded each year for essays produced as a reflection upon the experience.
18 19 Adventures and Expeditions Westminster life may be based in London, but it also extends further afield. Westminster has an extensive Expeditions Programme, offering academic, cultural and leisure trips for pupils of all ages. Linguists are well catered for by visits or exchanges to Spain, Germany, Russia, France and China. Recently, Art Historians have been to Florence, Paris and Venice, Historians to Aachen and Berlin, Geographers to South Wales and Iceland and Artists to New York. On the sporting front, skiers have been to the French Alps, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont, and rock-climbers to Spain and Portugal. The broader curriculum In addition to their timetabled subjects, there are many opportunities for pupils of all years to extend and enrich their academic life. Further languages can be studied by pupil-led societies. Departments outside the timetable. Boys in the also have their own programmes of Fifth Form and Lower Shell can take workshops and visiting speakers, and introductory courses in new subjects, all Sixth Form (Year 12) pupils attend the for example: Psychology, Art History John Locke Society lectures, which are “The trips I’ve been or Film Making, as one of their Lower held regularly, mainly throughout the Play on have taught me School Activities. In the Upper School, and Lent Terms (winter and spring), where all pupils enjoy a varied, year-long they can learn from individuals at the so many new things programme of lessons designed to top of their field. These lectures are also and have actually explore different cultural perspectives. open to Remove (Year 13) pupils. Recent In addition, they can take a range of guests have included Damian Barr, changed the way short courses, ranging from Computer Nick Bullock, Sir Nick Clegg, Reverend I think when I’m back Coding to Journalism and Design. Richard Coles, Lucy D’Orsi, Fox and Owl Fisher, Professor Anthony Grayling CBE, in the classroom.” Pupils from all years enjoy the thriving Dominic Grieve QC, Jan Rostowski, Sir programme of events and talks planned Simon Schama CBE and Terry Waite CBE.
20 21 Music Music is central to the cultural life of Westminster School. Music has always been a very important and organ scholarships to Oxford and Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, part of life at Westminster. Several Cambridge. The long list of instrumental Oklahoma and Cabaret. The School’s world-famous musicians have been ensembles includes the Symphony Chamber Choir leads our services in educated at the School, including Orchestra, which performs annually Westminster Abbey, and this is also Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Roger Norrington, at both St John’s Smith Square and where we hold our candle-lit Christmas Sir George Benjamin, Ian Bostridge CBE London’s Barbican. The standard of Carol Service – a very special occasion and The Right Honourable The Lord chamber music is exceptional and for the whole school community. Lloyd Webber, as well as the pop stars the School’s ensembles regularly Mika, Dido and Grace Chatto from achieve recognition at competitions Our choirs and orchestras take turns ‘Clean Bandit’. such as the Pro Corda National to go on an annual summer music tour Chamber Music Festival. in the form of both destinations abroad A large number of Sixth Form pupils such as Venice, Prague, Berlin and involve themselves in the four choirs We have had an exceptional number Salzburg, and UK cathedral residencies and huge range of instrumental of pupils playing in the National Youth to cities such as Ely, Bury St Edmunds, ensembles on offer at the School. Choirs Orchestra, as many as six at any one Lichfield and Ripon. and organists sing and play in services time. Accomplished musicians have in Westminster Abbey twice a week and opportunities to conduct orchestras Up to four 16+ Music Scholarships give various concerts throughout the and to play concerti; while those are awarded each year. Additionally, year. The Choir of Westminster School developing their technique benefit from biennially, one 16+ pupil is awarded records with the international record masterclasses, workshops and talks the Henry Purcell Organ Scholarship The Art School label, Signum. Its most recent album was with leading professional musicians. by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster recording of the week on Classic FM’s Abbey. Further details can be found Drive and was included in the BBC Every year, Westminster produces on page 28. Music Magazine top ten Christmas a musical, a highlight for pupils of all playlist. Pupils regularly gain choral ages. Recent productions have included In the Art Department the emphasis is on drawing and painting, including life drawing. Westminster’s Art School is situated The traditions abound: drawing, on Great College Street, behind painting and sculpting are forever Dean’s Yard. There are numerous present. The world-class galleries architecturally-diverse spaces that in central London, for study and enhance creativity, spaces where inspiration, are right on our doorstep. ambition can be limitless. “I thrive because The Art School is available to all pupils there are no Specialist equipment, including a and often remains open late into the printmaking studio, a dedicated IT suite, evening to support extended work. creative boundaries. film-making facilities and a well-stocked There is a vibrant programme of visiting The School actively library are set alongside many additional artists. Pupils’ artwork is showcased facilities such as the large darkroom in the Department Gallery and studios encourages artistic with equipment for black-and-white and each year a major Summer Show innovation.” processing and printing. is hosted to celebrate the achievements of pupils.
22 23 “Standing backstage and hearing everyone come in, waiting for Drama us to begin, is one of the most brilliant experiences of my life.” Drama flourishes at Westminster. Most pupils will take part in shows during their time at the School – on stage, backstage or perhaps both – and some go on to pursue successful careers in the performing arts, making a name for themselves in television, theatre and film. Regular productions of musicals and large-scale classical plays involve pupils Sport for life – and to win from the whole school community. Another highlight of the theatrical calendar is a festival produced and performed by Sixth Form pupils, this year showcasing scenes from All pupils at Westminster iconic movies. In addition, we produce original translations, plays participate in a wide Our Facilities “We push each other in foreign languages and a lively to be the best we can variety of sporting Westminster’s Pavilion, playing fields and Sports Centre are at Vincent programme of House Drama. Pupils are encouraged to write, direct and be, not just because activities (known as Square, a ten-minute walk from Dean’s design their own productions. the team wants to win, Station) on Tuesday and Yard. Football, netball, cricket, tennis, basketball, hula-hooping and rounders The School’s drama facilities are but because we want Thursday afternoons. are played on Vincent Square. Officially superb: state-of-the-art theatre and everyone to enjoy and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, studio spaces at the purpose-built the Sports Centre offers over 6,000m² get the most out of what Station takes place on Tuesday and of space for a broad range of athletic Millicent Fawcett Hall; the School Hall, a traditional proscenium arch with fly we’re doing together.” Thursday afternoons, as well as pursuits and includes changing facilities tower; and Ashburnham Garden, where Saturdays for fixtures and competitions. and a cafeteria. It houses a state-of-the- we often put on summer productions We offer some 25 different sports art Fitness Suite, a multi-use Movement against the unique backdrop of the Historically, the principal sports at in our Station programme, providing Studio, a Rowing Training Suite, ancient Abbey Walls. Visiting companies Westminster are cricket, football and pupils with a wide choice. In addition, fencing pistes, six cricket nets, two regularly come to Westminster to Water. All three have a long tradition there is a Civic Engagement option. climbing walls, four table tennis tables, perform and give workshops. at Westminster and we can rightfully No particular sport is compulsory in five badminton courts, a weights room, claim a place in their annals. The first any given term, although once choices a dojo, and courts for basketball, Our theatrical alumni include Helena known cricket match between public have been made in the first term, those netball, indoor football, hockey, Bonham Carter, Imogen Stubbs, Peter schools was Westminster v. Harrow involved in major competitive sports handball and volleyball. Brook, Peter Ustinov and John Gielgud. in 1796; the Westminster colours such as Water (Rowing), football, Fives were chosen supposedly after or netball will participate in these on On the main school site there are rowing against Eton in 1837, and we both afternoons. Others might choose facilities for Fives and shooting, whilst competed against Charterhouse in one sport on Tuesday and a different the School’s Boathouse, which was the first ever inter-school football one on Thursday. completely rebuilt in 1996, is situated matches in 1863. on the Tideway at Putney.
24 25 Westminster and the community Westminster School is outward-looking. Our pupils heed the call to be politically, one-to-one, teaching English as an experience, where 30 Sixth Form socially and ethically engaged. We additional language, at breakfast or pupils become the sole carers of people enjoy a unique educational partnership after school clubs, and coordinating their with physical and mental disabilities for with the Harris Westminster Sixth Form. own Science, Music and Sports clubs at a week of the summer holiday. In addition, Sixth Form pupils enjoy mentoring at the Westminster Summer local schools. All Upper Shell boys work together after their GCSEs to host a day Our outreach programme allows “It’s a great School – a week of activities for pupils of workshops – from dissection to dance Westminster pupils see beyond the environment to be in; in the maintained sector with high academic potential, in collaboration with – for primary school children. immediate priorities of their academic, co-curricular and social lives. It the School encourages Imperial College, King’s College London Sixth Formers enjoy further volunteering encourages them to acknowledge all sorts of broadening and McKinsey and Company. We also host the Linacre Summer School. opportunities: working at local hospitals, academic mentoring, visiting older their position in a wider society and to take responsibility for others. of intellectual and people and supporting the homeless. For many, it is the start of life-long social horizons – but Many pupils work with local primary school children: mentoring, reading The annual Westminster Phab is a popular and, for some, a life-changing civic engagement. also they don’t mind if you just want to have a bit of fun.” After Westminster Pupils continue Our experienced team of Higher Education advisers guides and supports experiences and give advice. This is in addition to the superb programme of their studies at Sixth Formers through the exciting visiting speakers each week. Boys in the leading universities process of making decisions about the future and completing applications. Upper Shell also enjoy a Futures Day where they are given practical advice, after Westminster – University preparation classes are held at in workshops that introduce them to the more than half at lunchtime and after School to help pupils develop skills for assessment tests and world of employment and encourage them to think purposefully about the Oxford, Cambridge interviews. Each pupil also benefits from choices ahead. All pupils are encouraged and Ivy League tutorials with a personal subject mentor specialising in the subject for which he to take appropriate work experience, and assistance is provided where possible. “Pupils engage in universities; almost or she wishes to apply. service outside the all on top courses. Popular careers panel events are held Our aim is that Westminster pupils should continue to live highly successful School with great throughout the year, at which experts and fulfilling lives, in a full range of enthusiasm and from different fields – Medicine, Law, professional, creative, political and great integrity.” Journalism, Engineering, Investment, entrepreneurial fields. Digital Media and Marketing – share their ISI Report November 2016
26 27 The admissions procedure Guide to applying Before you go online to register, please read the following information: Candidates sit examinations in each of the four subjects selected – each lasting Acceptance deposits Parents accepting the offer of a place must also pay an Acceptance Deposit an hour. There is information about of £3,000 (£5,000 for international • Decide whether you are applying the examination requirements for each boarders). Acceptance deposits will be for a day or a boarding place. subject in the Course information refunded, upon request, at the start of There is a huge amount of information in this brochure and you • For boarders who will not be section (page 34). the academic year after the pupil has might decide not to read everything. It is, however, very important able to return home over half-term left Westminster. to read this section carefully and also the two sections that follow – holidays and ‘Exeat Weekends’, or We also ask candidates to write Guide to applying and Frequently asked questions. when unwell, we require the name a personal statement paper on the day. GCSE / IGCSE requirement and address of the UK guardian, with We will provide questions and headings The offer of a place is conditional on If, having read these sections, you have any further queries about the whom he or she will stay. If we are to help candidates with this. a candidate achieving a minimum of admissions procedure, please telephone our Admissions Office on not satisfied with the arrangements eight GCSE / IGCSE passes at A/7 020 7963 1003 or email email@example.com. for a guardian, we will not accept Interviews grade, of which at least four are at A*/8, If you are applying from overseas, it is essential that you read the the application. Those candidates, who have performed preferably in the subjects to be studied • Parents will be asked to pay the section entitled Information for overseas candidates. most strongly in the examinations, will at A Level / Pre-U. Overseas candidates registration fee of £200 using a credit be invited to come to Westminster for and those requiring a visa to study in the or debit card. interviews. Candidates not being invited UK should refer to the section entitled: • We ask to see each candidate’s for interviews will be notified in writing, Information for overseas candidates most recent school report, from the via email, at the same time. (page 30). last 12 months, so please have this Open Days Registration ready to upload. • Candidates will be asked to choose The interview day will be Saturday Tier 4 visa sponsorship The best way to learn about entry to When you arrive, please make your way Registration opens on Monday 1 June 28 November 2020 and all candidates Westminster School at 16+ is to join us to Church House. The entrance is on the 2020. Candidates and their parents the four subjects that they are thinking £1,000 will be charged for those who have been invited, including for an Open Day. In 2020, in view of the north side of Dean’s Yard. The entrance register online. Please go to the of taking for A Level / Pre-U and in requesting Tier 4 visa sponsorship. those from overseas, must attend COVID-19 pandemic, our June Open to Dean’s Yard is next to the main Admissions page at www.westminster. which they will be examined on 7 interview on that day. Candidates will Day (Saturday 20 June) will be virtual. entrance to Westminster Abbey. org.uk and follow the link labelled November 2020. have interviews in each of their four What happens after A second, on-site Open Day is planned Apply for admission at 16+. • Those wishing to be examined examination subjects and they will also accepting a place for Monday 7 September. The closest Underground stations are in Mathematics with Further have a general interview. In March 2021, successful candidates St James’s Park and Westminster. There Follow the instructions step by step, Mathematics must select it in Block 1 will be invited to spend a day at the Open day timetables are parking restrictions until 6.30pm and but before you go online to register and Block 3. There is only one School references School. By this time, they will have the Congestion Charge operates until please read the section Guide to entrance examination for both. Saturday 20 June 2020 Should a candidate be invited to been allocated to Houses, so this 6.00pm Monday to Friday. There is no applying (page 27). • Candidates choosing Mathematics The Open Day will take the form of interview, following the entrance will be an opportunity to get to know Congestion Charge at weekends and with Further Mathematics should a webinar, beginning at 11.00am. examinations, we will write to the the other pupils going into the same parking restrictions may vary. If you experience a problem, please not choose Art as an entrance Details of the precise schedule will be Head Teacher of their current school House and also to meet existing email sixthformadmissions@ examination subject. published nearer the time, but the event for a reference. No exceptions will pupils. Candidates will also meet their There is an underground car park in westminster.org.uk or telephone • Candidates from overseas should will include introductory talks from the be allowed. Housemasters for the first time. Abingdon Street opposite the House 020 7963 1003. read carefully the section of this Head Master and senior members of There will be another opportunity to of Lords open 24 hours a day, seven brochure entitled Information for staff, a virtual tour of the School and days a week. The closing date for registration overseas candidates (page 30). Offers meet with Housemasters after GCSE / IGCSE examinations and before the opportunity to submit questions to • We also ask candidates to complete is Wednesday 30 September 2020. Offers of places will be sent out on summer holidays. subject specialists, the Head Master a personal statement exam paper If you are planning to attend the Wednesday 9 December and the and other senior members of staff. September Open Day, it is essential Candidate age on the day. deadline for acceptance will be Fees to book online. To request a ticket Wednesday 16 December 2020. Some To sign up for this event, please visit please visit our website, www. Westminster is a school for pupils Entrance examination candidates will be placed on a waiting Fees are subject to annual review at our website, www.westminster.org.uk, under the age of 19. The date of birth westminster.org.uk, and follow the links The examinations will be held on list – these candidates will be contacted the end of the academic year. The fees and follow the links for Open Days. of a candidate applying for admission for Open Days. Once we have received Saturday 7 November 2020 for all if they are going to be offered a place. for the academic year 2019 / 20 were in 2021 must be between 1 September and processed your booking, we will candidates. They will take place set at £13,869 per term for Sixth Form Monday 7 September 2020 2004 and 31 August 2005. 4.00pm – Arrival and registration. email your ticket to you. You will need to between 9.00am and 3.30pm in Entrance fee boarding entry and £10,497 per term for bring this with you to the Open Day. Westminster. All candidates will be Sixth Form day pupil entry. 5.00pm – Introductory talks Parents accepting the offer of a place from the Head Master and senior required to bring their valid Child must pay the non-refundable Entrance members of staff. Oyster Card or Passport (hardcopy) Fee of £1,500. Please note that this fee 5.40pm – Tours of the School led by as photo ID; images on their ‘phone is not offset against the final term’s fees. current pupils and the opportunity to will not be accepted. talk with subject specialists, the Head Master and senior members of staff.
28 29 Scholarships and Bursaries Frequently asked questions Queen’s Scholarships 16+ Music Scholarships Q. If I can’t make an Q. Why am I sitting only one Q. How many The Queen’s Scholars are part of Up to four 16+ music scholarships worth Bursaries are available where the Open Day, how else can exam for Mathematics? applications are made Queen Elizabeth I’s Royal Foundation 10% of the day fee, and free tuition on parents and children fall into one I visit the School? A. If you have chosen Mathematics with and places are offered? of the College of St Peter, which up to two instruments, are awarded of the following categories: A. Please email the Admissions Further Mathematics in Blocks 1 and 3 A. We usually have about 550 encompasses both Westminster each year. Additionally, biennially, one • British citizens in possession of a Department – registrar@westminster. you will only have one Mathematics applicants. We interview approximately School and Westminster Abbey. 16+ pupil is awarded the Henry Purcell British passport (The United Kingdom org.uk – to arrange to join one of entrance examination, although 160 candidates and we offer between They have the privilege of attending Organ Scholarship by the Dean of Great Britain and Northern Ireland); the regular tours of the School. Mathematics with Further Mathematics 75 and 85 places, with a waiting list. certain Abbey services and have and Chapter of Westminster Abbey. • Citizens of the EEA or Switzerland, as You should be aware, however, that the count as two A Levels. a variety of ceremonial duties to Applications are part of the online defined by the UKVI, in possession of other families on the tour will probably Q. How many girls apply perform in connection with the Abbey registration. Auditions will be held an EEA or Swiss passport or ID, who be interested in 13+ entry and you will Q. Are past papers available? compared with boys? and the Crown. in November for those candidates, live in London. See website: www.gov. not have the opportunity to speak to A. No, but look carefully at the A. The great majority of candidates are who are invited to interview. A good uk/government/organisations/uk- subject teachers. These tours also get information about the examinations girls but we have a significant number Four Queen’s Scholarships per year Grade 8 standard on the candidate’s visas-and-immigration; booked up weeks in advance so do by referring to the Course information of boy applicants. Applications from are awarded to girls entering the first instrument is usually expected. • Has indefinite leave to remain come to an Open Day if you can! section (page 34). girls and boys are treated in exactly the Sixth Form at 16+, based on the The Director of Music is very happy to in the UK. same way. overall performance in the subject discuss the process with prospective Q. How do you set exam Q. What if the A Levels / exam papers and interviews. candidates. For further information, Parents should consult the UKVI website papers when only one Pre-Us I want to take Q. Is it easier to gain Sixthcontact please Formthebursaries Music Administrator for a detailed explanation of the criteria year of the GCSE / IGCSE don’t fit into your four entry by selecting one or the The total number of Queen’s Scholars on 020 7963 1017 or email music. established by the United Kingdom. syllabus has been covered? teaching blocks? other: boarder or day? is 48 and all of them board in College, firstname.lastname@example.org. These criteria are used by the School. A. Be assured that we do take this A. Read the notes on the Sixth Form A. No. Selection is based upon with the girls accommodated in their into account when we set the papers. curriculum (page 12). If your question academic criteria. own separate area. The girls are known A number of means-tested bursaries Parents who qualify under the above For information about specific is not answered there please email the as Queen’s Scholars just as the boys are (up to 100% of the day fees) are criteria must also live inside the M25 examinations, please refer to the Deputy Head (Academic): Q. Can I study more than and will have the post-nominal ‘QS’. available at 16+ entry each year. We aim London orbital. The expectation is that Course information section (page 34). email@example.com. four A Levels / Pre-Us? to act as sensitively as possible and their child will commute from home to A. In general the answer is no, but What is College like? very few members of staff and no School each day. Q. I haven’t studied the The subjects appear as they do there are a few exceptions. For more other pupils will be aware that a pupil subject before, how will College is a relaxed and friendly in the blocks because these are information, please refer to Before you is receiving financial assistance. When For more information about eligibility I cope with the exam? boarding house and the Queen’s the subject combinations that suit most decide (page 13). Studying for more a full bursary is awarded, it covers for bursaries, please refer to the Scholars mix with other pupils, just A. The exams in Art History and Westminster pupils, and which allow than four A Levels does not give the cost of uniform, equipment and website: www.westminster.org.uk/ like everyone else. The present Economics are based on the most Westminster pupils to go pupils any advantage in university compulsory school expeditions. Please admissions/bursaries. building dates back to the early assumption that candidates will not to their first-choice universities to read applications and may result in lower note that bursaries are available for 18th century and is in Yard, at the have studied these subjects before. the subjects, in which they are most grades across the board. day pupils who live in London only and very heart of the School. They are not offered at GCSE / IGCSE interested. who meet the eligibility criteria. level at Westminster, so all Westminster The Housemaster is Mr Gareth Mann, pupils moving up from Year 11 will be Q. What happens if I change Candidates who wish to apply for also known as Master of the Queen’s starting from scratch. There is also my mind after selecting a bursary should ask their parents to Scholars. There will be an opportunity a Russian examination for those who the A Levels / Pre-Us I want complete the Bursary Part A (Initial on the day of interviews for pupils to see have never studied the language. to study? Assessment) Form, which is available the House and meet Mr Mann. A. We expect pupils to study their as part of the online registration process. For assistance, please contact entrance examination subjects when The monetary value of the new 16+ they arrive at Westminster. Pupils who the Bursary on 020 7963 1028 or email Queen’s Scholarship for girls is set at wish to make changes to their choices firstname.lastname@example.org. halfway between 50% of the boarding should discuss this with the Deputy uk. If a candidate who is applying for fee and the full day fee. Based on the Head (Academic), who will probably a bursary is called back for interview, current year’s fees that would be £7,800 require them to sit an examination in his or her parents will be invited to per term. The Governing Body reviews the relevant subject(s). meet the Bursar on the interview day – the fees in June and will publish the fees 28 November 2020. for 2020/21 in early July 2020.
30 31 Information for Choosing your overseas candidates Sixth Form subjects All candidates whose parents do not live in the UK should read this section carefully before proceeding with an application. Candidate age UKiset Entrance examinations Guardians The date of birth of candidates All applicants who have English as Overseas candidates who cannot All pupils at Westminster School, applying for admission in 2021 their second language are required sit the entrance examinations at whose parents live abroad, must must be between 1 September 2004 to provide a UKiset (UK Independent Westminster School are expected to have a guardian. and 31 August 2005. The School Schools’ Entry Test) profile as part of arrange invigilation at their local British reserves the right to demand proof their application. UKiset is an adaptive Council. Parents are responsible for What is the role of the guardian? of a candidate’s date of birth. online test taken in English that has making the necessary arrangements • The guardian must take the place been designed to support admission and for payment of any costs incurred. of a pupil’s parent during term time English language into the UK independent education Westminster School must be satisfied in a very real sense. system. UKiset tests a child’s underlying in advance with the security of the • He or she must be available at all Candidates are expected to academic abilities through three supervision arrangements. The times to discuss with members of staff demonstrate fluency in both written and spoken English. Lessons at principal reasoning areas – Verbal, examinations must be taken on the any problems that may have arisen. It goes without saying, of course, that Westminster move at a fast pace and Non-Verbal and Numerical Ability – together with a piece of creative designated Examination Day, which is 7 November 2020. If this is not • In the event of illness or suspension from School, the guardian must take this is an important decision, and one that a pupil who does not speak good English will not cope. Candidates are writing and the English Placement Test. possible, permission must be obtained the pupil into his or her home. deserves careful thought. In total, the test takes approximately from Westminster School for the • Westminster School is closed over not allowed the use of dictionaries two and a half hours. examinations to be taken on either half-term holidays and for two ‘Exeat during the entrance examinations. 6 or 8 November 2020. The examinations Weekends’ each term. At these times, Talk to as many people as possible (parents, teachers, friends), but remember To arrange a test you must first register cannot be taken before or after those a pupil may not stay at school and that, ultimately, this is up to you, and it is a decision best made according GCSE / IGCSE qualification online at www.ukiset.com. This must dates. Candidates offering Music or must go to his or her guardian. to the reasons you find most compelling. It might be helpful, however, to bear There is no GCSE / IGCSE requirement be taken before the application closing Art as one of their four subjects must the following in mind: for overseas pupils, who attend schools deadline, Monday 30 September 2020. sit their entrance examinations at Candidates who are resident overseas that do not prepare pupils for GCSE / Westminster School on Saturday must provide the name and address of • First and foremost, choose a subject that you find stimulating, and try to IGCSE examinations. After the candidate has taken the test, 7 November 2020; these cannot be the proposed guardian and state their avoid the ‘means-to-an-end’ mentality; if the means are not attractive then a report is generated for their parents taken overseas. Any cost incurred in relationship to the guardian. there is a large chance that the end will turn out to be less appealing than and a separate, in-depth report is the sending out and return of the perhaps it seems at the moment. created for us. If you have taken UKiset examination papers must be borne An application will not be accepted if the and wish for your report to be sent to by the candidate. Wherever possible name and address of a guardian have • Find out as clearly as possible what the A-level or Pre-U course involves, and us, please contact the UKiset team at the preference of Westminster School not been provided or if, in the opinion make sure you are aware not just of its content, but also the methods, by which email@example.com. is for examination papers to be sent out of Westminster School, guardianship you will be working (e.g. number of essays, quantity of coursework, number of by electronic mail to a secure address. arrangements are unsatisfactory. practicals, amount of factual learning and so on). Moreover, do not assume that Completed examination scripts should the course will necessarily be similar to GCSE; try to find out exactly what will be scanned and mailed electronically, Visas be involved. in addition to sending hard copies of the Westminster School is authorised by the scripts to us by 11 November 2020. • Although it is true that your Sixth Form subjects should be ones, in which you Home Office to issue candidates who are aiming for top grades at GCSE, do not choose a subject simply on the basis have been offered places at the School If a candidate is invited for interview that you are good at it now; to be in the running for the top grades at A Level with Certificates of Acceptance to Study he or she must come to Westminster or Pre-U you must be willing to work very hard, within and beyond the syllabus, (CAS). Please look at the GOV.UK School on the designated Interview so make sure the subject is one with which you engage. website to find out how you can apply Day, which is 28 November 2020. to come to or remain in the UK as No exceptions can be made. • Aim for a group of subjects that complement and reinforce each other, but that a child student under Tier 4 (Child) of the include sufficient breadth to keep your options open. To this end, it is important points-based system and other related to be aware of the requirements that different degree courses may have. information: https://www.gov.uk/child- study-visa.
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