Westminster, United Kingdom
About Westminster School
By any measure Westminster School is one of the foremost centres of academic excellence in the country, but its commitment to the academic life does not make it a ‘hothouse’ for passing examinations. Pupils’ success at examinations and entry to leading universities is instead a result of their enjoyment of academic enquiry, debate and search for explanation, well beyond published syllabuses.
The school’s environment is happy, busy and purposeful. Pupils are intellectually, socially, ethically and politically engaged, and have plenty of opportunities to develop initiatives and to articulate and defend their views.
The broader ethos of the school resides in the enduring values of the liberal tradition reflected in the 1560 Charter of Westminster’s Elizabethan foundation, where it is stated that:
‘the youth which is growing to manhood, as tender shoots in the wood of our state, shall be liberally instructed in good books to the greater honour of the state’.
Whilst academic and cultural attainments are highly prized, the school is fully committed also to nurture each pupil’s spiritual, moral, emotional and physical development and well-being – with a particular emphasis on drawing out individual talent wherever it lies – and to prepare young people for fulfilled private and public lives beyond the school.