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  • Westminster School
    17 Dean's Yard
    SW1P 3PB
  • Head: Mr Patrick Derham
  • T 020 7963 1003
  • F 020 7963 1002
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • Westminster School is an English independent day and boarding school for boys aged from 12 to 19, located next door to Westminster Abbey. It educates around 750 pupils and has origins that date back to before the 12th century.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Westminster
  • Pupils: 761: 138 girls/623 boys; sixth formers: 402
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day: £28,809 pa; Boarding: £41,607 pa
  • Open days: June and September for sixth form; February and March for 13+
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Westminster Under School

What says..

‘It is so much more liberal than at my previous school,’ said a sixth form student. ‘It’s not constrained by the syllabus – it’s learning for the sake of learning. It really allows you to get a proper understanding outside the exam baselines.’ Pupils tend to internalise that love of learning. ‘They read and they question and they challenge,’ says the head. ‘In my first lesson one asked me, “Where is the evidence?” I’d never been asked that before...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head Master

Since 2014, Patrick Derham MA (50s). Previously head of Rugby School. Aged 12, he was sent to live and study on the naval training ship Arethusa, run by the children’s charity Shaftesbury Homes to prepare young men for the navy. Two years later the ship was abruptly sold due to financial difficulties and, with a day’s notice and little idea of what a public school was, he arrived at Pangbourne College on a bursary. He eventually became head of school and read history at Cambridge (first class degree), and feels ‘my life was transformed by education.’

Taught at Cheam School and then Radley for ‘12 very happy years’ before being advised by the warden there to go straight for a headship. Five years as head of Solihull were followed by...

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Special Education Needs

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Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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