Wetherby Senior School is an independent school for boys aged 2 to 8 located in Notting Hill, London. The pre-prep school was attended by Prince William and Prince Harry. It is part of the Alpha Plus Education Group and is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.
Wetherby Senior School was founded in 1951 as a pre-preparatory school for boys aged 4-8. It wasn’t until 2004 that the school began allowing boys to stay on until the age of 13.
The school’s original building was constructed in about 1850 and was located in Wetherby Place in South Kensington. It moved to its present building on the south side of Pembridge Square, on the other side of Kensington Gardens in 1971.
Wetherby Senior School is known to provide an outstanding, progressive all-round education, fully preparing pupils to meet the challenges of British life and contribute to local communities.
The school’s diverse community respects and celebrates differences, emphasizing curiosity, independence of mind, imagination and self-reliance.
Wetherby Senior School’s aim is to instill in pupils an understanding that the right effort put into education leads to excellent progress, and is strongly aligned with the idea that everyone has the potential for personal and academic growth.
Teaching, supported by excellent resources, enables pupils to attain high levels of academic achievement whilst maintaining a focus on pastoral care.
Each student at Wetherby Senior has a Form Tutor and he or she is the pupil’s main point of contact. The Form Tutor is responsible for the supervision, guidance and care of the pupils in their tutor group, meeting them every morning for registration at 8.25 a.m.
The Year 7 curriculum includes English, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, French, history, geography, drama, art & design, music, philosophy, IT, learning skills, PE and PSHE.
The curriculum is underpinned by the Growth Mindset, a learning philosophy centred on the belief that a person’s talent, ability and performance can be improved by developing self-awareness and self-challenge.
The school offers a variety of optional academic and co-curricular trips for the boys. As part of the PSHE programme, the school regularly invites guest speakers to give talks and presentations on a wide variety of subjects.
Address: Snaresbrook, London, E17 3PY
Admissions info: [email protected] or 020 7535 3530
School Type: Independent day school for boys
Number of Students: 360 (approx.)
Open day: November, December
11+ Exam Date: January
11+ Exam Type / Board: School’s own
Open Days offer parents the opportunity to meet and talk to the school’s staff as they tour around the school, which is not possible on a regular school day.
The Open Day starts with a presentation from the Headmaster, followed by a pupil-guided tour of the school and concludes with refreshments and the opportunity to meet other members of staff.
During Visitor Mornings parents can meet up with the Headmaster. They take place in November and December. Complete this form if you are interested in attending one of the Visitor Mornings. For more details, contact the Registrar at [email protected] or 020 7535 3533.
Wetherby Senior School is an academically selective school, with selection based upon academic merit which is assessed through an entrance examination, references from the candidate’s previous school and an interview. The selection process is designed to identify pupils who are compatible with the school’s balanced and well-rounded education ethos.
Prospective pupils must have a good level of written and spoken English or demonstrate the aptitude to acquire it quickly. Generally, pupils should be educated in the English medium for at least 3 years before coming to school.
The 11+ assessments consist of English and maths papers and will be held in January of the year of entry. The deadline for registration for 11+ admission is set in December.
After submitting the registration form, parents are informed by letter of the key dates for the entry process at the start of the Autumn Term. The school tends to offer places to candidates from the waiting list after the closing date for acceptance.
The 11+ Entrance Examination consists of English and maths papers.
The English paper lasts 1 hour and aims to evaluate the child’s reading, comprehension and writing skills.
The maths paper also lasts 1 hour and is designed to measure your child’s skills in algebra, problem-solving and arithmetic. The paper mainly consists of standard format questions.
Since Wetherby School’s admission process is highly selective, we strongly suggest that you make use of our practice tests. They cover all the question types that could be asked and can help boost your child’s confidence significantly.
After your child familiarises with the style and layout of the 11+ entrance exam, you will then be able to identify any weaker areas that require additional work. You will also become aware of their strengths, which will help you create a study schedule that highlights what needs to be studied and when.
With such a structured approach towards 11+ exam preparation, unnecessary stress from the preparation process can be removed as your child gets used to answering questions under time pressure.
With the use of practice tests under timed conditions, your child will be able to deal with the exam paper questions quickly, efficiently and confidently, gaining a significant advantage over his peers as a result.
Our practice tests are age-appropriate, yet still challenging, and are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase.
The following packs are highly recommended for successful preparation for the Wetherby Senior School 11+ English paper. They will help improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and inference:
For the Wetherby Senior School 11+ maths test, we strongly suggest the use of the following packs, which will help develop your son’s skills within an examination context:
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