“Here, the teachers are more like guides to independent thinking"

Where learning is limitless

Baptiste, 17, Milne's

“The teachers here are all very approachable and clearly love their subjects, which makes a huge difference to my interest in a topic. Really they are more like guides to independent thinking than ‘teachers’ in the standard sense.”

In order to explore beyond the syllabus, just as all Westminsters are encouraged to do, the pupils must first gain a solid understanding of the established curriculum.

Hence when boys first arrive at the school, aged 13, they follow a common yet comprehensive programme of study. This includes English, Maths, the Sciences, Geography, History, Religious Studies, French and Classics, as well as Art, Drama, Music and Electronics, Design and Computer Science. They also benefit from a broad Wellbeing (PSHE) programme and two afternoons of Sport each week.

As pupils progress through the school they are encouraged to make more of their own subject choices. In Years 10 and 11 boys are prepared for 10 or 11 GCSEs or IGCSEs, more than half of which they choose for themselves. All pupils must study Maths, English Language, English Literature, French and at least two of the three sciences; however, beyond that the choice of subjects is personal to each pupil and their parents.

In the Sixth Form our boys and girls normally take four A-level or Pre-U courses, all of which are chosen by the pupils themselves. We pride ourselves on offering an excellent range of subjects, all of which are taught by specialist staff, and more detailed and current information on these can be found in our Sixth Form Courses Brochure.

To enhance the formal elements of study we have a wide variety of extra-curricular activities on offer for all year groups, allowing our pupils not only to enjoy and to develop their existing interests and passions but to discover new ideas, perspectives and skills which will broaden their horizons.

Wifi is available across the site and lessons make extensive use of modern technology.

Life in the Sixth Form

"The co-educational environment brings in a whole variety of different views and ideas"

More about academic life at Westminster

The Library

Our Library is at the heart of the School and is housed in a suite of historic rooms on the first floor of Ashburnham House. Day pupils and boarders alike can be found enjoying this beautiful facility throughout the school day and into the evenings, as it provides a quiet yet stimulating place to study and reflect. It is open 8.30am – 9.00pm daily and on Saturdays 8.30am – 1.15pm

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Learning Support

For those with a specific learning difference certain aspects of study can be considerably more challenging and we are committed to offering relevant and empowering support through our Study Skills department.

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