8 plus (8+) Exam – Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) – 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
Telephone (general enquiries) 020 7798 9081
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+.
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.
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
You must register for an open day visit by contacting the Registrar, Miss Lucy Auger email@example.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.
8+ English practice papers, ideal for Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
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Destination Schools at 13+
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
Occasional places at other entry points in exceptional circumstances.