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Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Entrance Exam Information


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Westminster School is an independent school in Westminster, London. Among the best in the country, it has produced three Nobel laureates and a plethora of further notable alumni who have left a lasting mark on the professions of their choice. [1]


The Sixth Form syllabus caters for a broad range of interests, offering everything from Latin and philosophy to physics and Spanish. The subjects are arranged in four blocks, with one option to be chosen from each, and the preferences made at this stage of a student’s education should reflect their university and career objectives.


To balance the often challenging academic life, the school provides an array of opportunities for fun beyond the classroom. Expeditions form an integral part of the co-curricular offering, maximising students’ cultural proficiency alongside their non-academic skills through trips to far-off destinations such as Morocco, Jordan and the US. [2]


Westminster’s wealth of tradition and heritage is reflected in every aspect of its provision. Continuously operational since the 14th century, the school prides itself on fostering the best possible climate for all-round excellence, boasting exceptional facilities and pastoral care in conjunction with teaching of unparalleled standard. 


Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Exam Information


Address: 17 Dean’s Yard, Westminster SW1P 3PF

County: Greater London

Admissions info: or +44 (0)20 7963 1003

School type: Independent day and boarding school

Open day: June, September 

16+ Exam date: November of Year 11

16+ Exam type / Board: School’s own


Open Events for Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Entry


The best way to find out more about the school, its staff and ethos is to attend the Open Day events. They provide prospective students with the rare opportunity to chat with the Head and tour facilities, and thus learn, in detail, about everything on offer. Booking is made online, through this page


Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Admissions


Registration for 16+ places starts in June of Year 11 and ends in late September. The registration fee is £200.


The admissions process includes entrance examinations and interviews, and looks into the quality of applicants’ most recent school reports. The exam will be held in November. Please note that candidates for entry will also be asked to write a personal statement, based on provided questions.


Interviews for top-performing candidates will be held later the same month. At this point, Westminster will obtain confidential references from their current Head Teacher.


Offers of places are made in December. Acceptance includes a payment of a non-refundable entrance fee (£1,500) and a deposit of £3,500, refunded during the student’s last term at the school. 


Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Scholarships and Bursaries


For this entry point, the school offers two types of scholarships: Queen’s Scholarships and Music Scholarships. Queen’s Scholarships are awarded to both boys and girls entering Sixth Form, based on their performance in the entrance exam and interview. 


16+ Music Scholarships are worth 10% of the day fee. They also cover tuition for up to two instruments. Biennially, one 16+ student will be considered for the Henry Purcell Organ Scholarship by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey.


Means-tested bursaries are also available, covering up to 100% of fees. Please note that bursaries are only available to day pupils based in the London area. 


Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Exam Format


If students plan to sit Maths A Levels, then they will be assessed in this subject. Similarly, students planning to study English at A Level will be assessed in this subject. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Westminster School 16+ entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Exam


Consisting of thoroughly researched and up-to-date questions, our practice tests successfully reflect the actual 16+ exam. They offer a methodical approach towards 16+ exam preparation which can help identify the weak areas in a student’s knowledge base. 


Aside from identifying potential weaknesses, our practice papers help students recognise their strengths, and thus enable them to adjust their study schedule accordingly. 


The preparation process should become a little less demanding with a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’.


Reflecting the demands of a competitive entrance exam, our recommendations to help students prepare for the Westminster School 16 plus entrance examination can be found below.


Westminster School 16 Plus (16+) Practice Exam Papers


Recommendations for each section of the Westminster School 16 Plus exam can be found below:




To prepare for the Westminster School 16+ English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


16+ English Pack 1  


 16+ English Pack 2  




The following packs help develop problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Westminster School 16+ maths paper:


16+ Mathematics Pack 1 


16+ Mathematics Pack 2 



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Westminster School 16+ past papers. The information provided about Westminster School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Other entry points for Westminster Under:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

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