Westminster has always been a boarding school. Around a quarter of our pupils board, which means that there is a lively boarding community of approximately 190 boys and girls. Most of our boarders go home at weekends, but a few older ones opt to remain at school and make the most of all that London has to offer.
The advantages of being a boarder at Westminster
- It's relaxed and fun and you spend a lot of time with your friends.
- You can take full advantage of the school's extended evening programme: concerts, plays, lectures, etc.
- There are organised evening activities in the School, Sports Centre and Music Centre.
- Every evening there’s structured time for prep between 7:15pm and 9.00pm with the support of housemasters and tutors.
- You can see your family at weekends and you can go home for special occasions such as family birthdays or religious festivals.
- You get to stay in bed just that little bit longer!
A pupil's status may be changed from boarding to day but it is expected that such a change would occur only at the end of the academic year if there is space available.
With the exception of Purcell's, all the boarding houses are situated around Little Dean's Yard which adds to the sense of community. College is the boarding house for the 40 Queen's Scholars. Rigaud's is also a boys-only boarding house; Grant's, Busby's and Liddell's have boys and girls boarding. Purcell's, which is situated on the corner of Tufton Street and Great College Street, only has girls boarding in the house alongside the day boys. All boarding houses have day girls and/or day boys, e.g. there are nine day girls in Rigaud's and there are 38 day boys in Purcell's.