Incoming Year 7 - 2021 entry
At present, our new Year 7 pupils should start at Westminster City School on Thursday 2 September 2021, with an induction day for new Year 7 pupils only.
As Head of Year 7, I look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 cohort to Westminster City School soon.
It is an exciting time to be joining Westminster City School. In summer 2020, we saw record-breaking exam results with 34% of our GCSE grades at 9-7 and 31% of our A Level grades at A* or A. Many of our current Year 13 hold offers at Russell Group universities for autumn 2021 and, last autumn, all of our Year 13 went to university, with a third heading to top Russell Group institutions.
At Westminster City School, we believe 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.
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 and their parents/carers. 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, Twitter and Instagram.
Head of Year 7
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.
We will invite each pupil and their parent/carer to attend a one-to-one meeting in the spring. We have contingency plans in place, should this need to be a virtual meeting and will send further details about your meeting nearer the time.
This one-to-one meeting will be our first opportunity to hear more about our future pupil and a chance for us to share vital information. It will also be an opportunity for each pupil and their parent/carer to ask any questions.
We will invite each pupil and their parent/carer to attend an induction session in July 2021. Again, details will be sent closer to the time.
Summer school programme
We will run a summer school programme for our new Year 7 pupils in last August. This is designed to help our new pupils feel positive and excited about starting at Westminster City School, as well as a chance to begin to familiarise themselves with our School site, our staff and their new friends.
At the end of this programme, we will invite parents/carers for an informal event to socialise and meet each other.
Start of Michaelmas term
The first day at Westminster City School for our new Year 7 is scheduled to be Thursday 2 September. This induction day is for Year 7 pupils and Year 12 students only, providing an opportunity for further familiarisation, without the rest of our School community.
Once you join in September, you will be given 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. During lockdown, Whitehall Clothiers are open by appointment only. Please visit their website for more information.
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 year group, 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 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.
Each year, our Year 7 pupils undertake residential trip at an outdoor education centre. We will shortly provide some exciting news to you about our next Year 7 residential trip. Watch this space and get ready to get active...!
Individual instrument lessons - academic year 2021-22
We are very proud of our music provision at Westminster City School. We offer outstanding tuition with the help of some of the best teachers in London. Our music instrument teachers come from The Royal College of Music, Guildhall, the Spanish Conservatoire and other respected institutions. This results in enhanced progression through graded music instrument exams. The Old Westminster Citizens Association provides our Music Department with funds, which allow us to offer these lessons at a heavily subsidised price.
We have a limited number of places on our instrument tuition programme, and these will be allocated on a ‘first come first served basis’. Brass, guitar, strings and woodwind lessons are charged at £100 per term for ‘paired’ lessons or £130 per term for ‘solo’ lessons, per instrument. Piano, singing and drums are charged at £130 per term. There is financial help available for pupils who are entitled to and in receipt of free school meals.
Orchestra and performances
Performing and rehearsing as part of an orchestra helps develop vital skills required to be a musician. Rehearsals take place once a week in our Music Department. As our School heavily subsidises instrument lessons, it is compulsory that your son is part of the orchestra and performances in school.
Booking and paying fees
For lessons starting in Michaelmas term 2021 we require our Music Booking Request Form to be completed and returned to us on or before 1 July 2021, please make a note of the terms and conditions. The form can be returned by scanning or photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then determine if we have places available for your child in their requested instrument group.
Once you have had lessons confirmed your child will be added to the relevant payment item on ParentPay.
Lessons will not start unless payment is received in full.