7 plus (7+) Exam – Westminster Cathedral Choir School – What you need to know
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School Name Westminster Cathedral Choir School
Description Boys Catholic day school/boarding for choristers from 8+
Age range 7-13 years
Fees £5,899 per term
Address Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QH
Email (general enquiries) firstname.lastname@example.org
Email (admissions) email@example.com
Telephone 020 7798 9394
Westminster Cathedral Choir School is a Roman Catholic prep school in the heart of London’s Victoria. Whilst the majority of boys are day students (150), it also has thirty boarding choristers who come from all over the country. Boys board from 8+ (Year 4).
WCCS now offers a pre-prep option for boys from Reception to Year 3, creating a school of over 280 boys aged from 4 to 13.
It has attained 22 music scholarships for boys leaving at 13+ since 2010 and has an impressive list of destination schools – see below.
The school bases its ‘modern liberal-arts curriculum’ on the three Cs: ‘curriculum’, ‘canon’ and ‘character’. Whilst the first one is self-explanatory, canon means providing boys with the highest level of cultural literacy for their age; and ‘character’ concentrates on helping boys to understand what is ‘beautiful, true and good’ in this world, to link these concepts to the world around them and to teach them how to think using grammar, logic and rhetoric.
The standard of music here is exceptional, as you would expect. Choristers are trained to the highest level. All boys are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, but it is not obligatory.
Admissions Process for Westminster Cathedral Choir School Seven Plus
There are approx. 15 places available at Westminster Cathedral Choir School for 7+ entry. Once academic prowess has been established via selective entry, preference will be given, where possible, to practising Roman Catholics.
Click here for Westminster Cathedral’s 7+ registration form. Registration fee: £150
You must register for an open day visit by contacting the Registrar, Miss Lucy Auger firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a few open morning dates available, at which you can observe classes, meet the boys, staff and headmaster.
Entrance Exams and Assessments
Assessment for Westminster Cathedral Choir School 7 plus entry takes place on the same day in the January prior to entry.
There are four papers in total: a one-hour comprehension and composition paper, a 30-minute punctuation paper, a 15-minute spelling paper and a 45-minute maths paper.
The assessment includes reading out loud and a friendly chat with either the Head, Deputy Head or Registrar.
7 plus English practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 7+ exam preparation:
7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 7+ exam preparation:
7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 7+ exam preparation:
Destination Schools at 13+
2016 destinations include:
City of London School for Boys
London Oratory School
St Edward’s Oxford
St Paul’s Boys School
University College School (UCS)
Other Entry Points: 4+; 8+