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Located in Westminster, London, Westminster School is a renowned day and boarding school for boys, with a co-educational Sixth Form. The establishment is celebrated for its lengthy and distinguished history of academic achievement, coupled with a strong focus on physical activity. To support this, it features a dedicated Sports Centre, providing facilities for a variety of activities, including martial arts, climbing, fencing, table tennis, rowing, netball, badminton and indoor cricket. [1]


Westminster offers an education that has a distinct character, underpinned by a comprehensive curriculum that sharpens problem-solving abilities and focuses on applying knowledge to practical situations. The school places a high value on nurturing independent thought and a spirit of inquiry and debate while simultaneously encouraging students to excel in both individual and collective endeavours.


The range and variety of the co-curricular programme go beyond any expectations. Boys have the opportunity to join an array of societies, including those focused on engineering, diplomacy and classics. They can also engage in diverse enrichment activities, from carpentry and robotics to board games and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Additionally, they have the chance to participate in adventurous expeditions to exciting destinations, such as Cuba, Morocco, China, and Jordan. [2]


In line with the motto Dat Deus Incrementum (God gives the increase), the school’s vibrant community promotes humility and patience, aligning boys’ educational experiences to Westminster’s distinctive ethos. The campus is a vibrant environment where individual talents are not only nurtured but also flourish, and excellence is celebrated collectively, enriching pupils’ journeys towards young adulthood.


A staggering 96% of all recent GCSE results at Westminster were in the 9-7 range. To learn more about this establishment’s exceptional offerings, which extend well beyond academic excellence, please watch the video below:



Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Entry Admissions Process


The initial phase of the admissions process involves a visit to the school, ideally when your son is in Year 5. Both you and your son should attend one of Westminster’s 13+ open events, as it will provide you with the opportunity to explore the campus, view the facilities and gain insights into the teaching methods used and the variety of enrichment activities on offer. Westminster holds 13+ Open Days in the Spring and Summer terms and 13+ Tours each term. There’s also an opportunity to attend a 13+ Open Afternoon. To register your interest, please complete the enquiry form that’s available on this page


Prospective Year 9 entrants should register with the school while they are in Year 5. The closing date for submitting an application is in late September of Year 6. The following fees are payable:


– Registration fee of £300 (non-refundable)

– Entrance fee of £2,000, payable on acceptance of an unconditional place (refunded if a 13+ applicant fails to continue to meet the criteria for conduct and academic progress at his current prep school)

– Acceptance deposit of £4,000, paid to confirm the place (refunded at the end of the entrant’s career at Westminster)


While your son is in Year 6, he will be asked to sit an online assessment in October or November. Great emphasis will be placed on his score in this test, as well as the quality of a report from his current school. (Requests for reports are typically sent out in November.) Please note that this procedure is only relevant to applicants who will remain at their prep school until the age of 13. 


If your son performs well in the assessment, he will receive an invitation in December of Year 6 to attend an interview which includes further tests in English and Maths. This will take place in January. A separate interview, which doesn’t include assessments, will take place later in January or in February. The best-performing candidates will receive an unconditional offer of a place, with the expectation that they will secure a glowing reference from their current school in March of Year 8.


At 13+ entry, Westminster offers the following awards:


– King’s Scholarships

– Music Awards

– 13+ Bursaries


King’s Scholarships are normally valid for five years, and recipients are required to board at the school. These awards are available to 13+ entrants who perform successfully in scholarship assessments, also known as The Challenge, which test skills in the following areas:


– Mathematics

– Geography

– Science

– English

– History

– French

– Latin


Music Awards are worth 10% of the day fees, and applicants seeking either day or boarding places are welcome to apply. In addition to the discount on fees, scholars will also be eligible for free tuition on up to two musical instruments.


13+ Bursaries are usually only available to pupils who already hold a bursary at their prep school. Eligibility for a bursary requires that the applicant’s parent(s) have resided continuously in the UK for the two years leading up to the application and are living in London at the time of application. Should a boy who has been allocated a bursary later secure a scholarship, the financial value of the scholarship will be integrated into the bursary. Click here to learn more. 


Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test Information


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

County: Greater London

Admissions info: [email protected] or +44 (0)20 7963 1003

School type: Independent day and boarding school for boys

Open events: Throughout the year

Pre-test exam date: October or November of Year 6


To join in Year 9, your child will initially be asked to complete an online assessment called the ISEB Common Pre-test, which assesses skills in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The test provides a universal and standardised measure of attainment, ability and potential.


Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test Exam Format 


The ISEB Pre-test assessment comprises the following areas:


⦿ English – evaluates reading comprehension and grammar (using cloze sentences, shuffled sentences and SPaG question types)

⦿ Mathematics – measures mathematical ability relative to the national curriculum stage

⦿ Verbal Reasoning – tests thinking and problem solving with words

⦿ Non-Verbal Reasoning – assesses thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures


In total, the four parts of the ISEB Common Pre-test take 2 hours and 15 minutes to administer and complete. There is no audio component to any of the tests.


FAQs About the Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test


Do I need to register my son for the Westminster School 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


Yes, registrations for the pre-test are completed through the official ISEB website


Where can my son sit the Westminster School 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


The Westminster School 13+ ISEB Pre-test can be sat at your child’s prep school. If your child does not attend a prep school, Westminster will organise for them to take the test on site.


Will older pupils have an advantage in the Westminster School 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


No, the ISEB Pre-test is age-standardised so students are not disadvantaged by their age when they sit the test.


How many times can my child take the Westminster School 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


The ISEB 13+ Pre-test can only be sat once.


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We provide online practice tests, video courses and skill-specific tests which focus on helping boys familiarise themselves with the exact types of questions that they will be asked in their ISEB Pre-test assessment. Read on to learn more!


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Westminster School 13+ ISEB Pre-test Preparation Tips


Preparing effectively for the Westminster School 13+ ISEB Pre-test can significantly enhance a student’s confidence and exam performance. Here are some Pretest Plus Preparation Tips for the Westminster School ISEB Pre-test:


1. Familiarise your child with the ISEB Pre-test structure:

Understanding the format of the ISEB Pre-test is essential. Our expertly designed practice tests replicate the actual online exam’s structure, allowing students to become familiar with its various components.


2. Improve time-management skills:

Practising with our tests helps students hone their ability to complete questions within a limited time frame – a crucial skill for managing the time restrictions in the actual exam.


3. Get comfortable with the digital exam setting:

As the assessment is conducted online, it’s important for students to be comfortable with computer interfaces, ensuring they can effortlessly switch between on-screen tasks and written workings.


4. Learn from mistakes:

We encourage a thorough review of errors made in our practice tests. Understanding the reasons behind mistakes is key to avoiding them in the actual exam and enhances overall learning.


If you wish to learn how to prepare for the Westminster 13+ English and Maths assessments, please click here.
If you are interested in our mark schemes for 13+ The Challenge Scholarship examinations taken in Year 8, please click here


The information in this post was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of possible future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of the ISEB Common Pre-test or any other pre-test publisher.

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