Incoming Year 7 - 2021 entry
At present, our new Year 7 pupils should start at Westminster City School on Friday 3 September 2021, with an induction day for new pupils only.
As Head of Year 7, I look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 cohort to Westminster City School soon.
Further information about our induction process, including details about our transition day and summer school, can be read in the letter at the end of this page and in the section, Our Year 7 Induction Process, below.
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. We await our GCSE and A Level results for summer 2021 but already have 94% of our current Year 13 planning to start university in the autumn, with almost half the cohort holding offers at top Russell Group universities.
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.
Following the announcement that the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed until 19 July, we have had to reconsider plans for our onsite transition events.
Transition day on Wednesday 7 July
With pupils joining us in September from over 70 primary schools, it means our face-to-face event planned for Wednesday 7 July will now need to move online. This is to ensure the safety of everyone in our School community.
You have a choice of time slot for this online event, either 1.30pm-2.30pm or 5pm-6pm on Wednesday 7 July. Both sessions will run in the same format, so please only attend one.
During this event, you will hear from several key stakeholders, including our Headteacher Mr Broughton, our School Chaplain, Rev Steve Taylor, and members of our Year 7 pastoral team.
We would be grateful if you could indicate your time preference and any questions you’d like addressed by completing a short form, which can be accessed using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/f2T3mqrPtp. Zoom meeting links will then be sent out on Tuesday 6 July.
Summer school - Monday 16 August-Friday 20 August
We are pleased to announce that we are able to run our summer school. As previously mentioned, pupils will receive a blend of academic education and enrichment activities during this week. As in previous years, we will be working with ‘KICK’, a charity whose mission is to transform young people’s lives with God’s love through sport and support.
Thank you to all parents/carers who have indicated their interest for a place. We are now in a position to confirm more details. Our summer school will run from 9am-3.30pm, from Monday 16 August-Friday 20 August. Your son will need to attend each day, dressed in his full Westminster City School PE kit. He will need to bring a bottle of water, a fully equipped pencil case and weather appropriate items (eg sun cream).
During this week we will endeavour to complete as many of the transition activities that we normally would do during the day in July, including informing your son of their tutor group and giving out their timetable. There will also be a ‘Summer School Graduation’ on the Friday afternoon, which parents/carers are invited to attend. This will be from 1.30pm, followed by a family BBQ.
We look forward to seeing as many prospective pupils and their families as possible, for what promises to be a fun and exciting week!
Places for our summer school are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first serve basis. To ensure your son has a place, please complete a short form, which can be accessed using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/dkjD3t2BwD. You will then be sent further details via email.
Start of Michaelmas term
The first day at Westminster City School for our new Year 7 is scheduled to be Friday 3 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 and sports kit 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 black and amber PE kit consists of:
- T-shirt (summer) or jumper (winter) with Westminster City School crest
- Sports shorts
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 email@example.com. 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.