Admissions

Admissions

Boys may enter the Under School at ages 7, 8 or 11, and the Great School at age 13. Both boys and girls may enter the Great School at age 16. Applicants may only apply for entry at either 11+ or 13+ but not both. You will find a detailed overview of the admissions process in our Further Information booklet on the Prospectuses page.

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The different points of entry

  • Entry for 7+
  • Entry for 8+
  • Entry for 11+
  • Entry for 13+
  • Entry for 16+

Your child would join Westminster School in

Register your child

Online applications can be submitted from two years before the proposed date of entry.

Open Mornings

Open Mornings take place every year in the Autumn Term, allowing prospective parents and pupils to get a feel for the School environment and meet current pupils and staff.

Final registration point

Please see the Westminster Under School 7+ Admissions Page for the closing date for application.

Entrance assessments

All boys take entrance assessments in English, Maths and Reasoning to determine their suitability for entry into the School. We aim to make the assessment day an informal and friendly occasion. The papers are not designed to trip the boys up but to better understand their abilities and potentia

Additional assessments

Later in January or early February selected boys are invited to return to the school to take additional assessments and to have an informal interview with a senior member of staff.

Offers sent

Offers of a place are sent to the parents of successful boys.

Admission to the school

Boys achieving the required results in the entrance exams will then join the Westminster community.

Your child would join Westminster School in

Register your child

Online applications can be submitted from two years before the proposed date of entry.

Open Mornings

Open Mornings take place every year in the Autumn Term, allowing prospective parents and pupils to get a feel for the School environment and meet current pupils and staff.

Final registration point

Please see the Westminster Under School 8+ Admissions Page for the closing date for application.

Entrance assessments

All boys take entrance assessments in English, Maths and Reasoning to determine their suitability for entry into the School. We aim to make the assessment day an informal and friendly occasion. The papers are not designed to trip the boys up but to better understand their abilities and potential.

Additional assessments

Later in January or early February selected boys are invited to return to the school to take additional assessments and to have an informal interview with a senior member of staff.

Offers sent

Offers of a place are sent to the parents of successful boys.

Admission to the school

Boys achieving the required results in the entrance exams will then join the Westminster community.

Your child would join Westminster School in

Register your child

Online applications can be submitted from two years before the proposed date of entry.

Open Mornings

Open Mornings take place every year either in June or in September, allowing prospective parents and pupils to get a feel for the School environment and meet current pupils and staff.

Final registration point

Please see the Westminster Under School 11+ Admissions Page for the closing date for application.

Online testing

In late November or early December, boys sit the online ISEB Common Pre-tests, either at the Under School or their existing school. These tests are also used by a number of other senior schools and may only be taken once.

Additional assessments

After the electronic testing is complete, some boys are invited back to the Under School on a Saturday in late January to sit additional written papers in English and Mathematics.

Interviews

All boys who took the written tests return to the Under School for an interview with a senior member of staff.

Offers sent

Offers of a place are sent to the parents of successful boys.

Admission to the school

Boys achieving the required results in the entrance exams will then join the Westminster community, with various new starter mornings taking place in the summer term beforehand.

Your child would join Westminster School in

Open Days

Open Days and Tours for prospective parents and pupils in Year 5.

Final registration deadline

13+ registration opens in Year 5. We advise registering your child by the end of Year 5 (the academic year of his 10th birthday). Registration closes on 30 September, after which date no registrations can be accepted. The deadline for SEND reports is 2 October (email to registrar@westminster.org.uk)

ISEB Common Pre-Tests

Applicants will take the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) Common Pre-Tests in English, Maths and Reasoning at their prep schools. Westminster then assesses the results in conjunction with a current school reference.

Further Tests

English and Maths papers to be sat at Westminster School in early January.

Interviews

Applicants who have performed strongly in the ISEB tests and received a satisfactory reference will receive a letter (by email mid-December) inviting them to Westminster for an interview.

Offer letters

Parents will receive a letter (by email) either offering their son an unconditional place at the school (places are no longer conditional on passing Common Entrance), offering to place their son’s name on a waiting list, or a letter explaining that their son’s application will not be taken forward.

The Challenge

If applying for a scholarship, boys sit The Challenge examinations in Maths, English, French, Science, Latin, History and Geography.

Join the school

Subject to satisfactory progress in the previous 2 years, and a good reference from their current school in Year 8, applicants join Westminster School.

Your child would join Westminster School in

Registration opens

Our Sixth Form has a small registration window: it opens in June and closes at the end of September.

Open Days

There are two Open Days each year (in June and September), allowing prospective parents and pupils to get a feel for the school environment and to meet current pupils and staff.

Exams

Admission to the Sixth Form is by competitive examination at the beginning of November. Candidates select four subjects in which to be examined, based on their A-Level/Pre-U choices.

Interviews

Successful candidates are invited to Westminster for an interview towards the end of November.

Offer letters

Depending on the outcome of the interview and the exams, parents will receive a letter either offering their child a place at the school or explaining that the child’s application will not be taken forward.

Admission to the school

Boys and girls achieving the required results in their exams will then join the Westminster community.