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Incoming Year 12 - 2021 entry

At present, our new Year 12 should start in our Sixth Form on Tuesday 2 September 2021 with an induction day. Lessons then begin on Monday 6 September.

We understand that the transition from school to sixth form can feel daunting, whether you started at Westminster City School in Year 7 or are joining us in Year 12 from a different school. This webpage is designed to provide further information and advice for our incoming Year 12 students and their parents/carers.

Welcome from our Head of Sixth Form

Greetings to our future Year 12!

As Head of our Sixth Form, I look forward to welcoming you to Westminster City School's Sixth Form soon.

Our Sixth Form prepares young men and women for future study and employment, combining academic excellence with guidance on higher education and careers. This year, the vast majority of our Year 13 have applied to start university in autumn 2021, receiving offers from a range of institutions, including prestigious Russell Group universities. We have been featuring many of these inspirational young men and women on our website.

You will be joining our Sixth Form at a very exciting time, as we launch a new initiative with Polar Capital, a nearby investment company. Support by Polar Capital means everyone in our new Year 12 will be gifted a laptop and, if you are thinking of applying to a three-year UK university degree programme, you may be eligible to apply for a very generous Polar Capital Aspire Scheme (PCAS) bursary. Find out more on our PCAS webpage.

Our central London location allows you to go beyond your subjects, deepening and expanding your knowledge and enjoyment, while we also provide extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support and careers guidance. 

As a fairly small sixth form, we offer a friendly atmosphere so, from the moment you join us, you will be part of our supportive and welcoming community. Our teachers and pastoral team will quickly get to know you and our strong induction programme will help you settle in and make friends.

This webpage is designed to provide further information about your future within our Sixth Form. Remember that you can also keep up-to-date with all our latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Ms Dennis, Head of Sixth Form

A taste of A Level studies

Our A Levels are challenging, exciting and rewarding. All can lead on to fantastic university courses and amazing future careers.

Our teachers have created some short videos to give you - our future Year 12 - a taste of our A Levels:

A Level Biology
A Level Business
A Level Chemistry
A Level Computer Science
A Level Economics
A Level English Literature
A Level Geography
A Level History
A Level Mathematics
A Level Philosophy and Ethics
A Level Physics
A Level Politics
A Level Psychology
A Level Sociology

Please note that Loom only works in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. You will need to copy and paste the link from Internet Explorer, if you open these Loom videos up in Internet Explorer.

A typical day in our Sixth Form

Our aspirational culture encourages and inspires you to be best and go on to a rewarding future.

Once you join our Sixth Form in September, your day will begin with morning registration and form time, allowing you to start your day calmly with those who know you best – your friends and your form tutor. We also hold two Sixth Form assemblies during the week, which enable you to feel part of our wider community. Regular speakers at our assemblies include representatives from business and industry, and from universities, providing extensive advice and guidance on your future plans.

During the day, you will undertake lessons taught by our subject specialist teachers. Class sizes remain small, with the average being 10 - 15 students. You will have a number of private study periods, where you will be in our supervised study areas, directing your own learning. This is a good experience and preparation for your future study at university. You will also have the opportunity to work with our excellent Sixth Form Student Support Officer, who will help you learn how to study independently more effectively.

Your day will also include a morning break and lunch. Our Dining Hall serves hot and cold food although, as the oldest members of our School, you will also allowed to leave our School site at break and lunchtime, if you wish. Extra-curricular activities take place over lunch, as well as before- and after-school.

Each day you will spend time in our dedicated Sixth Form area, which provides space for academic work and for relaxing with your friends. You will also make use of our Library, which has its own study area for sixth formers. Our Library holds over 10,000 books, with new titles added regularly.

Support within our Sixth Form

As a relatively small London sixth form, we maintain a supportive family atmosphere and get to know each student.

Once you join our Sixth Form, the immediate responsibility for your personal welfare rests with your form tutor. You will see your form tutor each day, thus building a close and strong bond while within our Sixth Form. Form tutors register attendance, monitor academic progress and promote students’ general well-being. 

Our Sixth Form Student Support Officer is another member of staff who you will get to know while studying with us. He is available to help and guide all our sixth formers, providing advice and mentoring to ensure you meet your goals, now and in the future.

As well as supporting you, we also expect your support for our School. Sixth formers make up our oldest year groups, so are looked upon by our younger pupils as role models. While many of our students provide mentoring to younger pupils, we also ask Year 12 students to apply for our Sixth Form leadership roles – Head Boy and Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl, and prefects.

Beyond the classroom

Our Sixth Form is about so much more than academic studies, as we strive to develop you beyond the classroom.

We take advantage of our central London location to help you go further with your A Level subjects, making the most of nearby lectures, seminars, museums, theatres, galleries and more, undertaking trips of historical, geographical, literary, religious or scientific interest.

In the 2019-20 academic year alone, our sixth formers visited nearby Westminster Abbey for a Tudor history tour, for a Question Time-style debate and to participate in OxNet 2019-20. Our students also travelled across London for a lecture on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, heard from top scientists at Science: Live at The Savoy Theatre, and saw the Churchill War Rooms at the Imperial War Museum. Our sixth formers attended conferences, lectures and other events at high profile universities in London, such as Imperial College London and the University of East London, and outside London, like Cambridge and Oxford. In January 2020, a number of our sixth formers explored topics relating to their A Levels in social sciences in Vienna, Austria.

Back at our Palace Street site, as well as our four innovative pathways – in Law, Policing and Criminology, Finance, and Medicine – that help you explore a particular industry further, we also offer a range of extra-curricular clubs. These take place before- and after-school, as well as at lunch. You may find yourself acting as a world leader at a Model United Nations competition, standing as a politician in our School’s mock general election or mentoring younger pupils. In addition, our flourishing Army Cadet Force meets weekly and provides an opportunity to take part in outdoor pursuits.

Music remains at the heart of our School. We have a busy orchestra and musical ensembles who meet before- and after-school, and at lunch. We offer individual instrumental lessons in brass, string and woodwind, plus piano, guitar and drums. There are performance opportunities throughout the year, including our weekly assemblies, at our services at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and concerts at external venues.

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