Westminster schools and their pupils

School types

Westminster has:

  • 4 maintained nursery schools
  • 33 primary schools (non academies)
  • 8 primary academies
  • 12 secondary schools (11 academy and 1 non-academy)
  • 2 maintained special schools
  • 1 pupil referral unit
  • 1 secondary Bridge school
  • 1 Sixth Form
  • 4 Colleges 

Of the primary schools, 19 are Church of England voluntary-aided schools, 7 are Roman Catholic voluntary-aided schools and 8 are academies.

Of the 12 secondary schools, 1 is voluntary aided and 11 are academies.

Voluntary-aided schools are denominational and have a religious foundation, usually Roman Catholic or Church of England.


In January 2018, there were 22,770 pupils attending mainstream Westminster schools and academies.

The large majority of primary pupils (78%) live in Westminster but fewer (49%) of secondary pupils are residents and pupils often come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 20% of primary pupils are entitled to free school meals compared to 14% nationally and 23% of secondary pupils compared to 12% nationally.

Westminster pupils come from a very diverse mix of national and ethnic backgrounds. 66% of primary pupils and 59% of secondary pupils have a first language other than English. This compares to 21% or primary pupils and 17% of secondary pupils nationally.

There are also high rates of mobility across Westminster schools (pupils arriving and leaving outside of the usual admission time). In 2017/18, the average mobility rate across primary schools was 11%, although there were large variations across individual schools, with some having mobility rates as high as 21%. The average rate across secondary schools was lower at 6%.

Results 2018

Key Stage outcomes in our schools are among the highest across the country. In summer 2018 Ofsted inspections reflect that view in that 97% Westminster schools have received either a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ judgment from Ofsted compared with 86% nationally.

Special educational needs

In January 2018 Westminster was responsible for meeting the educational needs of 1035 children for whom it held a statement of special educational need. Of these:

  • 628 children attended maintained mainstream schools, early years settings or academies
  • 312 children attended maintained special schools

Our school results are improving year on year. You'll find our schools are the ideal place to reach your potential. Westminster, with its diverse and vibrant community is a great place to start your teaching career.


Last updated: 6 December 2018
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