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7 plus (7+) Exam – Westminster Cathedral Choir School – What you need to know

School Name Westminster Cathedral Choir School

Description Boys Catholic day school/boarding for choristers from 8+

Age range 7-13 years

Size 180

Fees £5,899 per term

Address Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QH

Email (general enquiries) office@choirschool.com

Website www.choirschool.com

Telephone (general enquiries) 020 7798 9081

Head Mr Neil McLaughlan

Registrar Miss Lucy Auger (and Head’s PA)

Email lauger@choirschool.com

Bursar Mrs Joanna Stephens

Email jstephens@choirschool.com

Telephone 020 7798 9394

 

Overview

 

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.

 

Registration

 

Click here for Westminster Cathedral’s 7+ registration form.

 

Registration fee: £150

 

Open Days/Visits

 

You must register for an open day visit by contacting the Registrar, Miss Lucy Auger lauger@chorischool.com.

 

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.

 

 

Recommended Materials:

 

7 plus English practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 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

7+ English: Inference Skills

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

 

 

7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 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 Listening practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 7+ exam preparation:

 

7+ Listening Pack 1

 

Destination Schools at 13+

 

2016 destinations include:

 

Charterhouse

City of London School for Boys

Downside School

Dulwich College

Eton College

Harrow School

King’s Canterbury

London Oratory School

Radley College

St Edward’s Oxford

St Paul’s Boys School

Tonbridge School

University College School (UCS)

Wetherby School

Winchester College

 

Other Entry Points

 

4+; 8+

 

 

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