Westminster School

Westminster School is an historic public school in Westminster, London, England, in the precincts of Westminster Abbey. It derives from a charity school founded by Westminster Benedictines before the 1066 Norman Conquest, as documented by the Croyland Chronicle and a charter of King Offa. Continuous existence is clear from the early 14th century.[10] Its academic results place it among the top schools nationally;[11][12] about half its students go to Oxbridge,[13] giving it the highest national Oxbridge acceptance rate.[14] Boys join Under School at seven and Senior School at 13 by examination. Girls join the Sixth Form at 16.[15] About a quarter of the 750 pupils board. Weekly boarders may go home after Saturday morning school.[16] The school motto, Dat Deus Incrementum, quotes 1 Corinthians 3:6: "I planted the seed... but God made it grow."[17] Westminster was one of nine schools examined by the 1861 Clarendon Commission[18] and reformed by the Public Schools Act 1868. It has produced three Nobel laureates: Edgar Adrian (Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1932), Sir Andrew Huxley (likewise in 1963) and Sir Richard Stone (Nobel Prize in Economics in 1984). Six UK prime ministers have attended, including Henry Pelham, William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, and John Russell, 1st Earl Russell.

Westminster School
Address
Little Dean's Yard


England
Coordinates51.4984°N 0.1284°W / 51.4984; -0.1284
Information
TypePublic school
Independent
day and boarding school
MottoLatin: Dat Deus Incrementum
(God Gives the Increase)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England[3]
EstablishedEarliest records date from the 14th century, refounded in 1560
FounderHenry VIII (1541)
Elizabeth I (1560 – refoundation)
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Department for Education URN101162 Tables
Chairman of GovernorsJohn Hall, Dean of Westminster[4][5][6]
Head MasterGary Savage[7]
Staff105
GenderBoys
Coeducational (Sixth Form)[8][9]
Age13 (boys), 16 (girls) to 18
Enrolment747
Houses  Busby's
  College
  Ashburnham
  Dryden's
  Grant's
  Hakluyt's
  Liddell's
  Milne's
  Purcell's
  Rigaud's
  Wren's
Colour(s)Pink  
PublicationThe Elizabethan
Former pupilsOld Westminsters
Websitewww.westminster.org.uk