Incoming Year 7 - 2020 entry
At present, our new Year 7 pupils should start at Westminster City School on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
While the move from primary to secondary school is an important and exciting step in the life of everyone, it can also seem daunting. This webpage is designed to provide further information and guidance for our incoming Year 7 cohort and their parents/carers.
Getting To Know You
As well as checking out all the information and guidance on this webpage, we would love our future Year 7 pupils to take part in our Getting To Know You activity.
Please watch the Loom message from Miss Mole, our Assistant Headteacher, which explains what pupils should do.
Your submissions should be sent to Miss Mole on email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5 June please. We can't wait to find out more about you!
A message from our Head of Year 7
As Head of Year 7, I look forward to welcoming you, our new Year 7, to Westminster City School soon.
At Westminster City School, we believe that every pupil is an important individual and we strive to ensure every pupil is able to achieve success. Our mission is to offer exceptional learning opportunities promoting wisdom, integrity, compassion and excellence within our inclusive community. Our dynamic Christian foundation and rich heritage help equip each person with the life-skills needed to flourish.
I encourage our new pupils, and their parents/carers to read this page together, as it provides useful information about their future at Westminster City School.
Remember that you can also keep up-to-date with all our latest news by following Westminster City School on Facebook and Twitter.
Miss Davies, Head of Year 7
Messages from current Year 7 pupils
A number of our current Year 7 pupils have created wonderful messages for our future Year 7 pupils. These can be viewed on the following Loom file.
In addition, current Year 7, Malekio, has written a lovely welcome message for our incoming Year 7:
"My advice would be to be patient. Everything comes in time like: friends, knowing the building and knowing the teachers. There is no reason to be scared. Once you reach the school and enter, everyone will be welcoming and a teacher or ambassador will lead you to where you are supposed to go. You'll be assigned a form group, tutor and a form room. You will share time with them in the morning and a perk is that your form group are together for certain lessons like, History and English. A perfect opportunity to make friends.
"The teachers are amazing. They offer a fun and effective experience in your learning. Some teachers I could say are my friends. They are that good. Now for the fun part. There is a system where you get positive points and can trade them in for prizes, like 1,200 positive points gets you a kindle. That's cool right! There are other prizes you can get for 200 positive points and more. The more positive points you get, the better the reward. Work hard. A merit = 5 positive points. A distinction = 10 positive points. Now for the stress relief. There are a wide variety of extra curricular activities. From sports to board games to homework. There is football, basketball, rugby, chess, homework club, science club. There are good things about being early because you can play some basketball or go to maths club.
"You get two breaks. The first break is the time to purchase snacks and the break with all the year groups except year 12 and 13. The second break is for purchasing lunch along with the year 8s. The canteen is at the back of the school where part of the playground is. Yes, the playground is at the back and front. Huge right! Back to the canteen. You have to line up in a straight line in front of the door where the teacher is. The teacher will send in 10 or 5 at a time depending on how filled the canteen is. Inside the canteen there will be seats around a round table three separate lines for the paying for the food and food stands. The cool thing is that you pay with your finger print or code.
"Just be cool and be yourself."
Our Year 7 induction process
We aim to make the transition from primary school to secondary school as smooth as possible, ensuring you quickly feel at home at Westminster City School.
At present, we are undertaking remote inductions with our incoming Year 7 pupils and their parents/carers. To be contacted by a member of staff to arrange your remote induction, please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/wcsinduction2020.
We are following all UK Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and we are hopeful that we will be able to run an induction day before the summer holidays. We will provide parents/carers with further updates as and when we have them.
In the meantime, the first day at Westminster City School for our new Year 7 is scheduled to be Wednesday 2 September. This is a day for Year 7 pupils and Year 12 students only, an opportunity for familiarisation, without the rest of our School community.
Once you join our School in September, you will a named member of staff dedicated to ensuring your wellbeing while at our School. In addition, our house system and strong pastoral support allows all within our new Year 7 cohort to immediately feel at home.
Our School uniform
All Westminster City School uniform can be purchased from Whitehall Clothiers in Camberwell.
Our uniform consists of:
- Black blazer with top left-hand pocket and School badge (the School badge can be purchased from our School Reception)
- School tie (this can be purchased from our School Reception)
- Grey V-neck jumper
- Grey trousers
- Black leather school shoes (no trainers)
Remember that you will also need a black school bag with our Westminster City School crest on it.
Our PE kit consists of:
- White polo shirt with Westminster City School crest
- Black sports shorts
- White or yellow socks
Remember that when you play rugby you will need to wear our School rugby shirt, which is yellow and has our School crest on it. You can also wear the jersey in the winter, when it is cold. This winter kit can be bought from Whitehall Clothiers.
A typical day at Westminster City School
Your day will begin with morning registration and form time, so you start your day with your friends and your form tutor. A number of assemblies take place each week, divided by key stage and by house, so you interact with others in your year group or house then.
In contrast to primary school, where you were probably taught by one teacher covering a number of subjects, you will be taught by subject specialist teachers at Westminster City School. For most lessons, you will be in your mixed ability form group. It is only in English, mathematics and science that you will be taught in ability groups.
We have a morning break and lunch, of course! Our Dining Hall serves hot and cold food, and many pupils enjoy taking part in extra-curricular activities over lunchtime, as well as before- and after-school.
Throughout the day and after-school, our Library provides a welcoming space for reading and quiet study, holding over 10,000 books, with new titles added regularly. You will have a weekly reading session in our Library during Years 7 and 8.
Beyond the classroom
You will find our extra-curricular clubs take place before- and after-school, as well as at lunch. So, you could be researching and taking on the roles of different countries for topical debates at our Model United Nations Society, undertaking exciting experiments at our Key Stage 3 Science Club and learning Latin in our Latin Club.
Music remains hugely popular, so we have an active Choir, a busy Orchestra and other musical ensembles. If you are interested in learning an instrument, then we offer individual lessons in brass, string and woodwind, plus piano, guitar and drums.
You’ll also be kept physically active, with cross-country running, football, basketball, rugby and athletics, to name just a few sports on offer. We have on-site facilities, including our large sports hall and outside playground, plus numerous leisure services and open spaces nearby. Our rugby teams, for example, train at Green Park three times a week during the rugby season.
We make the most of our central London location by inviting interesting visitors to our School, so you may be attending discussions with business leaders from Deutsche Bank or Google and taking part in workshops and auditions with the English National Opera and VOCES8, as well as going on exciting trips that support your learning. In the last academic year alone, excursions have ranged from art classes at Buckingham Palace to geography fieldwork in Richmond Park, and from science lectures at the Savoy Theatre to historical studies at the Churchill War Rooms.
Last year, almost 100 Year 7 pupils spent three days on a residential trip at an outdoor education centre in East Sussex. Once you join us in the autumn, we will have more news for you about our next Year 7 residential trip. This should be to an outward bound centre in Wales. Watch this space and get ready to get active...!