Westminster is far from being a narrowly academic school, but there can be no doubt that its academic side is immensely strong and highly successful. League tables must be treated with extreme caution, even scepticism, but Westminster’s consistently high position in the tables speaks for itself.
Those who teach at Westminster School demonstrate individual scholarship and flair but have in common the wish to encourage pupils to think for themselves, to question and to argue in a way that genuinely stretches their minds.
The relevant syllabus for public examinations is well and comprehensively addressed, but it is never allowed to be a straitjacket. As a result, when the boys and girls leave Westminster they emerge informed, articulate, and well able to hold their own intellectually. At the same time, pupils should not feel weighed down by impossible academic burdens.