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7 plus (7+) Exam – Westminster Under – What you need to know

School Name: Westminster Under

Description: Boys; day school

Age range: 7-13

Size: 280 approx. 22 pupils are taken in at Year 3 for seven plus entry

Fees: £5,678 per term

Address: Adrian House, 27 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2NN

Email: general enquiries: sue.dible@westminster.org.uk   7+ enquiries: 7+admissions@westminster.org.uk

Website: www.westminsterunder.org

Telephone (general enquiries): +44 (0)20 7821 5788

Head: Mr Mark O’Donnell

Registrar: Miss A-M McCarthy

Bursar: Mr C A J Silcock

Overview:

Westminster Under is an academically selective boys’ school situated in the centre of London. It is the junior school of Westminster School. Its first entry point is at age 7 in Year 3, via the 7 plus exam. The majority of children go from Westminster Under to Westminster, (The Great School). Further entry points exist through 8 plus and 11 plus examinations, but it can get even more competitive at higher age groups.

 

Westminster Under Seven Plus admissions process

 

Applications: ideally two years before entry, but will accept up until start of October half term of year prior to entry.

 

Registration: apply online.

 

Open Days/Visits

7+ Open Mornings take place in September. Parents should register for their preferred date and time by clicking here.

 

Doors will open at 9am for the first session and 9:30am for the second session. Parents are asked to arrive by the 21 Douglas Street entrance where refreshments will be available.

 

For parents in the first session, the morning will begin promptly at 9:25am with a talk from the Master followed by tours of the school by boys and staff. Parents in the second session will begin with tours and then attend the talk from the Master beginning promptly at 10:25am. The talk lasts for about 30 minutes with time for questions. Further material will be available on the day. This is a fantastic opportunity to look around the school, speak to the boys and staff, meet the Master and to ask any questions.

 

Entrance Exams

 

The seven plus exam for Westminster Under School will take place in January. The examinations is designed to provide an understanding of current levels and to test potential. About 200-250 will take the exam. Approx. 50 are then called back for interview for around 22 places.

 

All candidates sit papers in mathematics, English and reasoning.

 

  • Previous Westminster Under seven plus maths papers have included: questions on time, money, numerical sequences and extended number problems. As a guide, candidates should have completed the programme of study contained within the National Curriculum at Key Stage One as a minimum and successful candidates will be working at the higher levels, typically NC Level 3.

 

  • The Westminster Under seven plus English paper contains spelling exercises, a short comprehension, in which candidates should respond in full sentences, and a composition exercise. The 2015 seven plus composition exercise asked candidates to finish a story based on an opening sentence about a fun fair ride.

 

  • The Westminster Under seven plus reasoning paper contains a mixture of elements including verbal reasoning, shapes, sequences of numbers and codes. The seven plus reasoning paper includes questions on converting side views to bird’s eye views.

 

Recommended Materials:

 

7 plus English practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under 7+ exam preparation:

 

7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

7+ English: Spelling

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

 

7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under 7+ exam preparation:

 

7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics

 

7 plus Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under 7+ exam preparation:

 

7+ Reasoning Pack 1

7+ Reasoning Pack 2

7+ Reasoning Pack 3 (including Spatial Reasoning questions that frequently feature in Westminster 7+ exams)

 

7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under 7+ exam preparation:

 

7+ Listening Pack 1

 

Interviews and activities:

 

Candidates who are successful in the exam will be called back for an activity and assessment session, which includes a short interview with the Master or a senior member of staff. The number called back is usually around 50. In January 2016, 48 seven plus candidates were called back for 22 places. The session lasted for about 2 hours.

 

Previous formats have included: candidates being split into 3 groups of 15-16 children for the activity sessions with teachers. Interviews take place in smaller break out groups of approx. 3-4 candidates. Questions can be subject-based or about a child’s family, interests and hobbies. Questions such as ‘Who do you admire?’ and ‘If you had two hours of free time, what would you do with it?’ have featured in the past.

 

Activities have included children being asked to: read a passage and then answer questions on it on a one to one basis with a teacher (recently, it was a passage from The HodgeHeg by Dick King Smith); a creative writing task, usually involving writing a passage about themselves, for example, ‘What Makes Me’; drawing about their hobbies; and group games, singing and drama activities.

Destination Schools at 13+:

 

Westminster Great school is the most popular destination for students though many also gain entry to top boarding schools such as Eton and Winchester.

 

Other Entry Points: 8+ and 11+

 

 

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