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WCS Michaelmas Highlights 2022

16 December 2022

As we reflect on Michaelmas term 2022, there has been much to celebrate and enjoy, from fantastic GCSE and A Levels exam results to various partnership opportunities.

In August 2022, our outgoing Year 13 students received an outstanding set of results where 22% of grades were at either A* or A grade and three quarters of all grades were at A* to C grades. This reflected the national picture where the proportion of top grades fell when compared to 2020 and 2021 where teachers had significant input into the determination of grades.

Similarly, GCSE Results day 2022 saw over 82% of all GCSE grades achieved being at least a standard pass (Grade 4 and above) and well over a quarter of all grades being the very top grades (9 to 7) or their equivalent.

The doors of Palace Street were officially opened in September 2022 for the new academic year to welcome our new Year 7 and Year 12 students to Westminster City School. Students in Year 13 received the opportunity to visit Jesus College, Cambridge for an overnight residential trip. This experience allowed students who are considering to complete an Oxbridge application to interact with undergraduate ambassadors, learn more about life at Cambridge University and to find out more about the admissions process and how to apply.

Students were given a tour of Cambridge by current undergraduate students which included a tour of the various accommodations and colleges as well as the social settings used for recreation. As part of the scheduled programme of activities, students also received a talk about personal statements which highlighted insightful information regarding what to include and not include.

Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, Westminster Abbey reopened to the public from Tuesday 20 September, just in time for Westminster City School's annual rededication service at St Margaret’s Church. The theme was ‘A Fresh Start’ which represented the commitment made by the entire school community at Palace Street to give of their best to work and to each other. The Westminster City School choir and orchestra performed beautifully which enhanced the occasion, thus making it a really special start to the School's new year.

Further opportunities beyond the walls of Westminster City School continued to be available for students in the younger years and the Sixth Form. Tickets were given to students to attend the Classic FM Live concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 10 October, celebrating the most iconic film music from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to The Lord of the Rings and many more.

The blissful night was hosted by Classic FM presenters Alexander Armstrong and Margherita Taylor. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who were joined by a host of star soloists such as cellist Hauser, pianist Alexandre Tharaud, organist Anna Lapwood and the brilliant violinist, Braimah Kanneh-Mason, only to name a few, blew the audience away with a theatrical masterpiece, felt by the vibrations that filled the Royal Albert Hall.

Additionally, we welcomed guests speakers from various professions including, Alex Tenenbaum who is a comedy and script writer, Bola-Alysua Ayonrinde who is the National Education Lead for Racial Justice, facilitators from Hamilton Musical.

Finally, our students success stories continued as four Year 12 students at Westminster City School were successful in securing a one-week internship with Rolls-Royce, a British luxury car manufacturer. Also, eight GCSE students at Westminster City School travelled to Piccadilly Circus to see their finished architectural designs for a greener, more eco-friendly West End, located on the Piccadilly Lights billboard.

As the Michaelmas term has drawn to a close, we have seen several of our annual events taking place; our Music Department put on a special Christmas show last week which was preceded by a Christmas Fair. Our annual Carol Service for students, parents and staff took place in the uplifting surroundings of St Margaret’s Church on Monday 12 December. It was great to see so many families and former students at the event. Additionally, on Wednesday 14 December we provided a free Christmas lunch for all students so that we could celebrate Christmas as a community.

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