Westminster School is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions and has a rich and distinguished history dating back centuries.
In 1943, Westminster expanded its educational scope by forming the Under School, an independent preparatory school for boys aged 7-11. This allowed high-ability pupils to benefit from the principles and practices of a liberal education, long favoured and demonstrated by Westminster, from an even younger age.
These principles, still proudly upheld by the Under School today, include a love of knowledge, an ability to question and a desire to serve others. We want all our pupils to enjoy and be stimulated by the process of learning; to feel empowered to think for themselves, to ask questions and be inquisitive about the world; and to use the understanding and ideas they gain to help others and to serve society and the wider world around them.
This means that although the standard of our education is of the highest quality, the school’s focus is not only on academic achievement: Westminster boys receive a full and rounded education that includes sport, the arts and many opportunities to engage in community outreach. We are also committed to developing pupils of strong and compassionate character and the school works to make pupils aware of their responsibilities towards those around them as well as to take pride in their own and their fellow pupils’ achievements.
Although the Great School and the Under School share the Westminster ethos, we do not share the same physical site. Since 1981 the Under School has been situated on separate premises in Vincent Square, overlooking the school playing fields, just a few moments’ walk from the Great School and its site on the doorstep of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Our central London location is a huge asset, adding a significant cultural dimension to the education of our 285 boys. The setting also serves to further emphasise our enquiring yet altruistic ethos, surrounded as we are by institutions that play such a significant role in challenging and shaping the national and global status quo.
Ultimately, Westminster Under School is a busy, passionate and purposeful place where boys greatly enjoy the activities of learning and are given the support and guidance they need to develop as intelligent, compassionate and inquisitive individuals.
Life at the Under SchoolLaunch Gallery
Reading takes our boys into a different world.
Analysing sketchbooks in Art lessons.
The library is one of the most popular destinations at break and lunchtimes.
Programming Microbits during an ICT lesson.
Playing Garry Kasparov in chess.
UK winners in the UKMT national finals.
A Middle School production of Julius Caesar.
A Junior Production, being a pastiche of Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks.
Wind in the Willows, our Senior Play. Can you spot the characters?
Rich Man, Poor Man lunch to highlight global inequality.
Wearing all red for Comic Relief.
Recording the flow of a river while being photographed by a drone.
Visiting Pompeii in Italy.
Seal watching in Norfolk.
About to go behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, Iceland.
One of our string quartets about to perform.
Playing in the Performing Arts Studio.
The Senior Choir singing at a concert in southern Spain.
Indoor Climbing at the Sports Centre.
Table Tennis, one of our after-school Extras.
Launching home-made rockets in Science.
Preparing a stall for the Summer Fair.
The Junior Choir sing in School.
Our main summer sport, cricket.
Tug of War during Sports Day.
Achieving a PB in the High Jump.
Re-enacting the Battle of Agincourt in Normandy, France.
Westminster’s origins can be traced to a charity school established by the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey. Its continuous existence is certain from the fourteenth century.Find out more
We are committed to involving all our boys in a range of activities that allow them to discover and practice what it means to live as compassionate, contributing citizensFind out more
We offer a variety of activities that sit outside of the formal curriculum, allowing our boys to widen their interests, make new friends and develop additional skillsFind out more