Entry Level Eight Plus (8+) exam
School Name Westminster Under
Description Boys; day school
Age range 7-13
Size 280 approx.
Fees £5,678 per term
Address Adrian House, 27 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2NN
Email (general enquiries) email@example.com
Telephone (general enquiries) +44 (0)20 7821 5788
Head Mark O’Donnell
Registrar Miss A-M McCarthy
Bursar Mr C A J Silcock
Westminster Under is an academically selective boys’ school situated in the centre of London. It is the junior school of Westminster School. Pitched as a school for the ‘intellectually curious’, new Master Mark O’Donnell took up the reins in September 2016.
Westminster Under’s first entry point is at age 7 in Year 3, via the 7 plus exam. Click here if you’re interested in learning more about the 7+ exam at Westminster Under. Boys also join at eight plus, which we’re going to talk about here, and eleven plus.
Applications: The deadline for applications is in October. To register, apply online here.
Open Days: registered candidates are invited to the 8 plus Open Morning, which is held in September.
This is an opportunity to look around the school, speak to the boys and staff, listen to a 30-minute talk by the Master and to ask any questions.
To register, click here.
The 8 plus (8+) entrance exam and assessment morning for Westminster Under take place in January:
All candidates sit papers in mathematics, English and reasoning.
8+ English practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
8+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
8+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
8+ Reasoning Pack 3 (including Spatial Reasoning questions that frequently feature in Westminster 8+ exams)
8+ Listening practice papers, ideal for Westminster Under eight plus (8+) exam preparation:
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. Past classroom-based assessment activities have included being taught imaginary languages, sorting pictures of famous buildings into date order and working in groups on a collage.
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 most admire and why?’ and ‘If you won a million pounds on the lottery, what would you do with it?’ have featured in the past.
However, the new Master this year may employ a different format!
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