A look at the brief history of Westminster provides an overview of how the School has evolved through the centuries. The School has been responsible for educating some famous pupils who have progressed to become actors, musicians, authors and politicians.
Look at A Typical Day to get a sense of what it’s like to be a pupil at Westminster.
Westminster has a long sporting tradition and we achieve plenty of success in matches and competitions against other schools. Look at News and Events for recent results. 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.