Warminster School 沃敏斯特中学，沃敏斯特学校,Warminster,
Wiltshire BA12 8PJ
Tel: 01985 210100 Fax: 01985 214129
• CO-ED, 3–18 Day, 8–18 Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 650, Upper sixth 60
• Termly fees £2295–£3045 (Day), £4300–£5300 (Boarding)
• SHMIS, IAPS, BSA
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of two single-sex schools, the Lord Weymouth
School (founded 1707) and the School of St Monica (founded 1874). Its handsome
and well-equipped buildings lie in beautiful gardens and grounds, facing open
country on the edge of the very attractive old town. The school has
long-established and close links with the town and the locality where it enjoys
strong support. The prep school is on a neighbouring site. A friendly school
with the declared aim of developing the potential and recognising the value of
all pupils. More than half the school is involved in music and about 120 pupils
learn an instrument. A large number is engaged in dramatic activities and there
is a strong design department. It has a high reputation in sport and games (a
number of representatives at county and national level); there is also a strong
CCF contingent, a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, a substantial
commitment to local community schemes and a well-established Duke of Edinburgh’s
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 650 pupils, 340 day (200 boys, 140
girls), 310 boarding (190 boys, 120 girls). Senior department 11–18, 420 pupils
(250 boys, 170 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and
own tests used. For sixth form entry, 5 GCSE subjects at least grade C (grade B
in English and sixth-form subjects). No special skills or religious
requirements. State school entry 15%. Own prep department provides more than 75%
of senior intake.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 26–28 pa scholarships, value 20%–50%
fees: 16 academic, 6 all-rounder, 3 sport, 2 art, 1 music (awarded at age 11,
13, 16 and prior to entry). 10 bursaries for existing pupils whose parents
experience financial difficulty. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; average
£50 other extras.
Parents 65+% live within 30 miles; 10% live overseas.
Head & staff
Headmaster: David Dowdles, in post since 1998. Educated at Douglas
Academy, Glasgow, and Glasgow University. Previously Deputy Head at Bradfield,
Lecturer in Modern Languages at Glasgow Caledonian University. Also set up a new
school and lectured at various universities in Japan; Director of Studdert-Kennedy
& Dowdles Educational Consultants Ltd; ISI Inspector; and background in
international marketing with Glasgow Tourist Board.
Teaching staff: 90 full time, 15 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 55 pupils in upper fifth: 87% gain at least grade C in 7+
subjects. Average GCSE score 51 (48 over 5 years).
A-levels: 60 in upper sixth: 97% pass in 3 subjects. Average final point
score achieved by upper sixth formers 285.
University & college entrance 95% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course (10% after a gap year), 2% to Oxbridge. 5% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 35% in science & engineering, 43% in
humanities & social sciences, 12% in art & design, 5% in other vocational
subjects eg pharmacology, nursing, media studies. Others typically go on to HND
or art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and
A-levels: 19 subjects offered (including business studies, psychology,
Sixth form: 40% take science A-levels; 35% arts/humanities; 25% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Dyslexia unit and EFL teaching with qualified staff.
Languages: French (from age 5), German (from 13) and Spanish to GCSE and
A-level. Visits to France and Germany; pupils from Germany and Spain in school.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week at all levels) and
across the curriculum (eg for design and presentation in design technology,
multimedia learning packages in languages and science, internet and CD research
tasks in all subjects); all take GCSE short course. 70+ computers for pupil use
(9 hours a day), all networked (including boarding houses) and with e-mail and
internet access; many pupils own laptops.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 6 musical groups including orchestra, concert band, stage
band, clarinet choir, choir. Band has played at opening of new Safeway store,
and receptions at Longleat and in Normandy; clarinet choir at Bembridge Music
festival; choir tour to Denmark.
Drama: Drama offered. Some pupils are involved in school productions.
Art & design: On average, 16 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Design and textiles
Sport & activities
Sport: Soccer, rugby, cricket, hockey, athletics (boys), hockey, netball,
athletics (girls). Optional: basketball, badminton, squash, cross-country,
tennis, swimming, rounders, golf. County representation in hockey, athletics and
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award; current expeditions to Iceland and Austria. CCF and community service
optional. Over 30 clubs, eg computing, music and drama, aikido, various craft
groups, school newspaper, shooting, electronics, cookery.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy and girl, head
of house and house prefects – appointed by the Headmaster or house staff. School
Religion: Daily assembly and Sunday morning chapel for boarders.
Social: Drama, debates, social service, mini-enterprise. Regular skiing
trips. Some meals formal, some self-service. School shop. No tobacco or alcohol
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect
Boarding Sixth form have own study bedroom, others in dormitories of
Single-sex houses of 35–60. Central dining rooms. Senior pupils can provide and
cook own food. Exeats at half-term. Visits to local town allowed.
Former pupils F Jaeger, C J Benjamin, E J Baddeley, F Bartholomew
(actors); Ian Macdonald (racing driver); Thomas Arnold (headmaster); David
Backhouse (sculptor); Lord Christopher Thynne; Major-General C E N Lomax;
Major-General C H Foulkes; Admiral P H Hall-Thompson;
E J Davies (world long jump record holder); Grosvenor Thomas (painter);