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Students are shoehorned into tiny classrooms, reminiscent of the dormouse being stuffed into the teapot at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and there is definitely an element of the unusual in the workings of this place but there is also an academic wizard at play here. Each student has an individual timetable and the system is immensely flexible, making it a logistics nightmare for the smiley, hugely competent college secretary, who has been struggling with spreadsheets for over 10 years. The school may be diminutive in terms of pupil numbers but in the quality of its staff it rates as a Titan. The teachers tend to be stars...

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What the school says...

Established in 1934, Westminster Tutors is one of the oldest tutorial colleges in the country, and is rated as 'Outstanding' in all areas by Ofsted.

Since 1934 we have built our reputation on our tutors and they remain our greatest asset today. Our student-teacher ratio is 1:1 and it is our policy to offer a balance of the brightest and best graduates from the top universities with highly qualified teachers who have many years of experience.

What sets us apart from other independent sixth form colleges is that we remain true to our tutorial college origins. Every student's programme of study is individually designed and classes are either one-to-one or in very small groups.

We offer GCSE, IGCSE, A level and Pre U courses, as well as private tuition and revision for a very wide range of subjects in almost all examination boards. We also offer Oxbridge preparation and are able to draw upon the expertise of our own teachers, many of whom are Oxbridge graduates.

Our students' results are impressive and almost all students go on to university, with over half of them going on to the top Russell Group universities each year.
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What the parents say...

After years (literally) of searching for an appropriate provision for my son, I found this small school tucked away in South Kensington, near the tube. It is everything it claims to be - warm, welcoming and tolerant. It provides sharp, intelligent, well qualified teachers and staff, good results in exams and a positive attitude. Caters well for those who may be square pegs in round holes in larger establishments, but who are bright and interested in learning. There is no uniform, so students are not targeted by other schools as 'belonging' to another tribe - a common problem in London today. The overall atmosphere is like a small college, although they cater for students officially from 13. Great training ground for later education such FE or Uni. Has been brilliant in promoting my son's social skills and independence. They are very transparent, and welcome visitors. Small site, but can provide sport off site at local sports centre. Very flexible all round and willing to take advice from external 'experts' with regard to individual pupils.

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Head

Since 2007, Virginia Maguire BA MA MLitt (40s), married. Moved on from her previous role as director of studies at David Game College (proprietors of Westminster Tutors) to running this tiny jewel in the crown of his group of tutorial colleges. She spent five years lecturing at a Thai university, 'learning that there are completely different ways of perceiving the world around us', which may account for her ease with the varied nationalities of the pupils in her charge. Her presence is notable in this educational microcosm, not just because of the proximity of her office but also because of the reaction of her charges. She may feel particularly at home because her mother was a pupil but whatever the reason, she is obviously capable and respected. When not at her desk, she is...

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Special Education Needs

Although we do not have any specific SEN provision, we have a long history of being able to help students who need extra attention. Groups are small, and one to-one-tuition is always available; this policy, and the dedication and experience of our tutors, enables us to help many students. We have been able to accommodate students who are partially deaf, dyslexic, dyspraxic, or who have ADHD, and students who, for various reasons, have not been able to cope with mainstream school. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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