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A warm welcome

3 September 2021

The skies may have been grey but there were smiles waiting to greet Westminster City School’s new Year 7 today, as they started their academic journey at Palace Street.

An induction day for just our Year 7 cohort, plus sixth formers, meant our youngest pupils could make new friends, meet new teachers and start to find their way around our School before all our young people return next week. 

Starting at 10am, our induction day saw Year 7 attend an assembly with their Head of Year and then spend time in their form groups, getting to know their form tutor and peers, as well as learning more about routines and practices at their new secondary school.

As part of their induction day, our Year 7 pupils also undertook a COVID-19 test, as did our sixth formers. For our new Year 12, today also involved meeting staff and other students, as well as taking part in a fun team-building exercise at Hyde Park in the afternoon. 

Our Year 12 students will shortly receive their own laptop, as part of our Sixth Form’s new initiative with Polar Capital, an investment company based just a few doors along Palace Street. From September 2021, as part of our Polar Capital Aspire Scheme (PCAS), all students joining Year 12 in our Sixth Form be gifted a free laptop to use for academic work during Years 12 and 13 and beyond, whether they go onto further study or into employment.

Monday 6 September will see all other year groups return to Palace Street for induction and testing. There will be a 10am start (until 2.15pm) for Years 7, 12 and 13, a 10am start (until 1.30pm) for Years 8 and 10, and an 11.45am start (until 3pm) for Years 9 and 11. Our usual school start time and lessons will then commence for all year groups on Tuesday 7 September.

Westminster City School’s young people will find a few changes at Palace Street after the summer, with the most noticeable being scaffolding around Dacre, our oldest and largest building. Last term, our School was successful in getting a government grant of £1.1 million, which means there will be extensive work to the roof and top floor of Dacre, with our building contractors working hard to ensure minimal disruption to learning. In addition, there have been further improvements over the summer months to King’s, meaning our sixth formers will now benefit from more space for independent study.

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