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8 plus (8+) Exam – Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) – What you need to know

Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 8 Plus Exam

 

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 boys (150), it also has thirty boarding choristers who come from all over the country. Boys board from 8+.

 

From 2017, WCCS 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 Eight Plus

 

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 8+ registration form.

 

Boys can be registered at any time prior to the first Monday in December in the year prior to entry.

 

Registration fee: £150

 

Open Days/Visits

 

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

The School displays the dates of its open mornings on its website throughout the year. The annual timetable is as follows.

Day boys: three weekday open mornings in the Michaelmas Term (September – December), two in the Lent Term (January – March) and one in the Trinity (April – July) term.

Choristers: one Saturday open morning in the Lent Term.

 

Entrance Exams and Interview

 

Exams and the assessment for Westminster Cathedral Choir School 8+ entry take place on the same day in the January of the year of entry.

 

Their admission procedure has five elements:

 

  • academic and, in the case of chorister applications, musical assessment tests
  • boarding assessments for all chorister applicants
  • interviews for boys
  • academic, character and, where applicable, musical references
  • disability assessments (if applicable)

 

These procedures apply at the main points of entry: 7+  or 8+, and also to boys for available places in other year groups (which happens very occasionally).

 

Entry tests at 8+:

 

Exam – there are four papers in total: a 70-minute comprehension and composition paper (picture prompt), 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.

 

There are no reasoning or IQ tests.

 

Recommended materials:

 

8+ English practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ English Pack 1

8+ English Pack 2

8+ English Pack 3

8+ English Pack 4

8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

 

The Complete Guide to 8+ Comprehension

The Complete Guide to 8+ Writing

 

8+ Mathematics practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

8+ Listening practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) eight plus (8+) exam preparation:

8+ Listening Pack 1

 

Destination Schools at 13+

 

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+, 7+

 

Occasional places at other entry points in exceptional circumstances.

 

 

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