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Inthe first female pupil was admitted to the school, with girls becoming full members of the school from onwards. In the school expanded further with the creation of a new day house, Milne's at 5a, Dean's Yard.
In the school was one of fifty leading private schools guilty of running a cartel, exposed by The Timeswhich had allowed them to collaborate in uncompetitive fees for thousands of customers. She wrote to John Vickers, the OFT director-general, saying, "They are not a group of businessmen meeting behind closed doors to fix the price of their products to the disadvantage of the consumer.
They are schools that have quite openly continued to follow a long-established practice because they were unaware that the law had changed. In the school collaborated with the Harris Federation to set up a selective, mixed, sixth form academy, with entrance priority given to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Harris Westminster Sixth Form opened nearby inand pupils of the academy share some lessons and facilities of the school. In the school and the abbey celebrated the th anniversary of the granting of their royal charter and Elizabeth I's refoundation of the school in The statue's head has since been replaced.
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In Maythe school was criticised for staging an auction involving the selling of internships to fund bursaries, resulting in adverse coverage in the press. The school was criticized in the media and by its pupils for its decision to teach the Chinese national curriculum as opposed to an international curriculum normally taught by international schools. Liddell's House, and the school reception, taken from Dean's Yard Immediately outside the abbey precincts on Great College Street is Sutcliff's named after the tuck shop in the building in the 19th centurywhere geography, art,  Theology, Philosophy and Classics Latin and Ancient Greek are taught.
Milne the school has acquired the nearby Millicent Fawcett Hall for Drama and Theatre Studies lessons and performances;   the Manoukian Centre for Music lessons    both timetabled and private and recitals; and the Weston Building at 3 Dean's Yard.
College Gardento the East of Little Dean's Yard, is believed to be the oldest garden in England, under continuous cultivation for around a millennium. The boathouse is now some way from the school at Putney where it is also used for the Oxford and Cambridge boat race ; but the school's First Eight still returns annually to exercise its traditional right to land at Black Rod Steps of the Palace of Westminster. It provides space for an array of activities, including climbing, martial arts, fencing, rowing, table tennis, badminton, netball, indoor football and indoor cricket.
Margaret's, and the Palace of Westminster, has several buildings notable for unique qualities, age, and history. In the s, Elizabeth I several times came to see her scholars act their Latin plays on a stage in front of the attractive Elizabethan gallery, which may have been first erected especially for the purpose. College dates fromand was designed by the Earl of Burlington based on earlier designs from Sir Christopher Wren himself an Old Westminster.
From it was used to teach all the pupils, the Upper and Lower Schools being separated by a curtain hung from a 16th-century pig iron bar, which remains the largest piece of pig iron in the world. The original shell-shaped apse at the north end of school gave its name to the shell forms taught there and the corresponding classes at many other public schools.
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The current shell displays a Latin epigram on the rebuilding of School, with the acrostic Semper Eadem, Elizabeth I's motto. The classroom door to the right of the Shell was recovered from the notorious Star Chamber at its demolition but was destroyed during the Blitz. The phoenix which was placed on the roof of school in the s to commemorate the school's resurgence after World War II The building lies directly on top of the Westminster Abbey museum in the Norman Undercroft, and ends at the start of the Pyx Chamber.
Both School and College had their roofs destroyed during the Blitz by incendiary bombs in The buildings were re-opened by George VI in Ashburnham House may have been built by Inigo Jones or his pupil John Webb around the time of the Restoration, as a London seat for the family who became the Earls of Ashburnham.
It incorporates remains of the mediaeval Prior's House, and its garden is the site of the monks' refectory and some of the earliest sittings of the House of Commons.
In when Ashburnham housed the King's and Cottonian librarieswhich form the basis of the British Library there was a disastrous fire, and many of the books and manuscripts still show the marks. The dispute was reported in The Times, and it was suggested by Thomas Wise, Secretary of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings that the property was "in danger of being pulled down or of being virtually destroyed by being converted into a boarding-house in connexion with Westminster School" adding that the "house is admirably suited for a residence for the Dean or one of the Canons, and is totally unfitted for a school or a boarding house".
It had originally two wings; one was destroyed and never restored. About the roof was taken off, a story added, and a dome in the ceiling of the drawing-room demolished, the external elevation being ruined. The house now has no beauty externally, and hardly any features of interest internally, except the staircase, which in any case would be preserved".
Customs[ edit ] Pupils fight for the pancake leftwatched by the dean of Westminster Abbey and the head master right. The set of scales determines the winner. Members of the school fight for the pancake for one minute, watched over by the Dean of Westminster Abbey as Chairman of the Governorsthe head master, the upper years groups of the School  and distinguished or even occasionally royal visitors. The pupil who gets the largest weight is awarded a gold sovereign promptly redeemed for use next yearand the Dean begs a half-holiday for the whole School.
Weighing scales are on hand in the event of a dispute. A cook who failed to get the 'pancake' over the bar after three attempts would formerly have been "booked", or pelted with Latin primers, although that tradition has long lapsed. The school was expressly exempted by the Act of Uniformity to allow it to continue saying Latin prayers despite the Reformation.
Every Wednesday there is an assembly Up School known as Latin Prayers, which opens with the headmaster leading all members of the school in chanting prayers in Latinfollowed by notices in English. The school's unique pronunciation of formal Latin is known as 'Westminster Latin', and descends from medieval English scholastic pronunciation: Queen Elizabeth I, who spoke fluent Latin, commanded that Latin was not to be said "in the monkish fashion", a significant warning upon loyalties between Church and State.
The School commemorates its benefactors every year with a service in Westminster Abbey in Latin in which the Captain of the Queen's Scholars lays a wreath of pink roses on the tomb of Elizabeth I: It has a distinct aim to combine the benefits of boarding and day schools together and to this end boarders are expected to return home at weekends until the Sixth Form. Its majority day students, however, are treated to a boarding style culture. The school also admits girls into the Sixth Form, believing that this, combined with its hybrid approach to boarding, takes the best of a British Boarding School education but with a better integration of family life and wider society.
Westminster is, however, also selective, with highly competitive academically restrictive entrance examinations, this resulting in an intellectually gifted mix of pupils at entry and a consistent top-2 place, with the much more traditional Winchester School, in British academic league tables of results at GCSE, A Level and Pre-U. Westminster School also offers the most successful slipstream to Oxbridge in the UK. Geographically, Westminster School is the only boarding school in central London, enjoying a location within walking distance of Westminster Abbey.
Around 20 pupils come to the School from overseas in the Sixth Form. The selective academic entrance requirements further restrict entry. The result of both is very limited provision of learning support and none for EFL; the school does not admit international students who are not proficient in English.
In only a single student was identified with a Special Educational Needs certificate and only 30 required any form of educational support. The Queen visits Westminster's new sports hall. Academic performance is built on this liberal focus on the whole student rather than from an exclusively academic focus on examinations.
Questions and problems are seen as more important than answers and individual thought and expression are highly valued. Learning to take risks and sometimes fail is seen as intrinsic to the development of its pupils. Sports provision is diverse extremely diverse with 25 sports offered.