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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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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. We are also at the top of the DfE Performance Tables for A levels in the London borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

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, A level and retake 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 well over half of them going on to the top Russell Group universities each year.
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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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Since September 2020, former vice principal Joe Mattei. Joined Westminster Tutors in 2014 as an English tutor and SEND mentor. Recently completed a master's in special and inclusive education (Institute of Education UCL), his research project was on using a novel interventionary method (network analysis) to reduce anxiety for autistic students. Enjoys live theatre and music, cinema, literature, sports and travel.


This is a totally non-selective school but students must show the aptitude and commitment to undertake their chosen A level subjects. The majority of the intake are above average academically. They may have found it difficult to succeed in the competitive world of a large, hothouse London day school or have come from another educational system. The head interviews parents and potential students and considers whether they would be suited to this very individual...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

We have a long history of being able to help students who need extra attention and they achieve remarkable results with us. Groups are very small, often one to-one-tuition, and specialist SEND mentoring is available. Our approach, and the dedication and experience of our tutors, means our students make rapid and significant progress as well as successful transitions to higher education. We are also dedicated to the principles of inclusion and diversity, with each and every one of our students being welcomed and valued. We have been able to accommodate students with neurological differences (such as autism and ADHD), learning difficulties (SpLD), or mental health issues, which may mean they have found mainstream school a challenge. Wherever possible we will also make adjustments for physical disabilities. Please note that we have a maximum of 4 spaces each year for students with more complex needs who will need a higher level of support.

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