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Westminster School London

Student rating 5/5 by University of Oxford student
17 Dean London London SW1P 3PB United Kingdom

Academic

Westminster School London review by University of Oxford student. Westminster School is very strong academically across the board. Small class sizes and dedicated teachers who teach far past the syllabus ensures that everyone is ready for exams. Workloads vary with subject - for years 9-11 (GCSE), each subject will have, ordinarily, one slot per week, with some core subjects requiring two. For years 12-13 (A-level), each subject has 2 slots of homework per week, one from each teacher (students are assigned two teachers to try and ensure the best teaching in the field being taught, and to add variety). The school is very good at getting students to pass exams, but in no way is there an exam only emphasis - where attention is required to exam technique, it may be highlighted, but otherwise learning is done to a higher-than-required level whereby the exams become seemingly easy, also preparing students well for further study at university.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Westminster is a very fun place to be - the social life is excellent, and being in the unique location in the centre of London, just a stone's throw from many cafes, museums and galleries, makes the experience truly amazing. School housing is very comfortable - the houses are undergoing constant remodernisation, to ensure high living standards. School food is very good, especially Lunch and Breakfast, often catering for all dietary requirements.

The number of opportunities and ECs are astounding. To name a few: 13+ BOYS Archives Bookbinding Bridge Carpentry Chamber ensembles Chemistry projects Chess Chinese (to GCSE if desired) Computer composition Contemporary music Cricket (coaching at the Oval) Debating Design technology Drama Electronics projects Fives Football (7-a-side) Hindi Instrumental groups Italian Japanese Juggling Karate Modern Greek Orchestra Photography Printmaking Shooting (.22 rifles) Video-making 16+ PUPILS Art Bookbinding Cricket Debating Drama Film Society Football Ice skating Model United Nation Music Rowing training Society meetings Theatre (evening trips for Boarders) Many of the 13+ activities can be carried through to the Upper School, if chosen as a sport or subject. In place, societies, which Upper School members can join, are offered.