16+ Entry

Westminster School has an intake of about 200 boys and girls who enter the Sixth Form each year. While around 120 of those pupils are boys who are continuing on at the School, the remainder come from a wide range of other schools, and take up both boarding and day places with us.


The online registration for Sixth Form begins the year before entry. Registration for Sixth Form in September 2025 opens on Saturday 1 June 2024 and closes on Monday 30 September 2024; the bursary application deadline is Monday 23 September 2024 – for further information about bursaries and how to apply, please refer to the Scholarships and Bursaries page. The application process follows a similar pattern every year, with registration dates for the following year’s entry being published in February of the year before, so please check back at the end of February 2025 for details for 2026 entry and so on.

Before applying to the School, please read all the information below carefully and check our  registration age checker to find out when your son or daughter is able to apply to join the School at 16+ entry and to view the registration timeline.

As part of the application process and as outlined in School Fees, parents are asked to pay a registration fee, followed by an entrance fee and an acceptance deposit if their child is offered a place. Any parent who is applying for a bursary to Westminster for their child, and feels unable to pay one or more of these fees, may also qualify for a waiver when being considered for a bursary.

Registration for Sixth Form entry in 2025 is now open
School visit

The best way to learn about entry to Westminster School at 16+ is to join us for one of two Open Days, with introductory talks and tours of the School. We hold an Open Day in June and in September every academic year. The next two Open Days for 2025 entry take place on Saturday 15 June and Monday 9 September 2024. For more information and to arrange a 16+ visit, please enquire online.

Entrance Examination

To help the School select pupils for the next 16+ intake, candidates are required to take an examination in the November the year before they join the School.

As part of the registration process, each candidate will be asked to select the four subjects they wish to study at A Level, and in which they will be asked to sit an entrance examination. Please refer to our Sixth Form Subject choices pages for more information and guidance.

  • For 2025 entry, examinations will take place on Saturday 9 November 2024, from 9.00am until 2.00pm in Westminster.
  • Candidates sit examinations in each of the four subjects selected, each lasting 45 minutes. There is information about the examination requirements for each subject within our Departments pages.

Candidates who have performed most strongly in the examinations will be invited for interviews at Westminster in late November; candidates not being invited for interviews will be notified in writing, via email, at the same time. The interview day for 2025 entry will be Saturday 30 November 2024, from 9.00am until 2.00pm. All candidates who are invited, including those from overseas, must attend interviews in person on that day. Candidates invited to interview will complete the following:

  • 20-minute interviews in each of their four examination subjects;
  • 40-minute Thinking Skills Assessment;
  • 20-minute general interview.

In advance of the interviews, we will write to the Head of the candidate’s current school for a reference to support our selection process.

Offer of a place

Offers of places will be sent out in December. Some candidates will be placed on a waiting list, and these candidates will be contacted if they are going to be offered a place. The offer of a place is conditional on a candidate achieving a minimum of eight (I)GCSE passes at A / 7 grade, of which at least four are at A* / 8-9 in the subjects to be studied at A Level.

For September 2025 entry, successful candidates will be invited to spend a day at the School in March 2025. By this time, they will have been allocated to Houses, so this will be an opportunity to get to know the other pupils going into the same House and also to meet existing pupils. Candidates will also meet their Housemasters for the first time. There will be another opportunity to meet with Housemasters after (I)GCSE examinations and before the summer holidays.

Boarding or day?

The decision about whether to apply for a boarding or day place will need to be decided before 16+ registration. See our boarding pages for further information.

The School welcomes international boarders at 16+ entry: candidates from overseas should refer to the International Applicants page for further details about applying to the School and for information on being an international boarder in the Sixth Form.

Study skills

The School should be informed of any particular needs, including details of exam concessions and copies of relevant diagnostic reports via the online registration form. It should be noted that exam concessions previously agreed will not automatically transfer; regulations state that a new application must be made post-(I)GCSE. For more details, see Westminster School’s Protocol for Exam Concessions, available within the online registration.

For those pupils who do go on to study at Westminster, there is an experienced Learning Development Team to offer guidance and support for pupils who might benefit from specialist input.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries at Westminster. For further information about scholarships and bursaries and how to apply, please refer to the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Find out when your child is able to join the School using the personalised age checker and timeline.

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