Core Values & ethos

Core Values & Ethos

Working within a safe, happy and stimulating environment, which embraces diversity and promotes respect, and tolerance, we encourage students to dream the impossible, believe in their potential, achieve excellence and in the process become thinking, questioning and caring members of society.

We provide a structured environment that is tolerant yet disciplined and promotes the joy of learning. We are recognised as a school that assimilates academic rigour and traditional values within a modern progressive framework, adapting quickly to new ways of learning. We strive to know each student's strengths and weaknesses so that through our small classes and individual attention we may ensure that excellence is achieved.

Values and Ethos

We expect the very best from our students at the academic and personal level. Our delivery of a dynamic curriculum is intended to drive students to think for themselves, to investigate, apply knowledge and acquire skills both individually and as part of a team that will enable them to become active citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.

At Westminster, we believe that it is essential to promote the joy of knowledge and learning, whilst simultaneously maintaining the sharpest possible focus on the demands of the examination.

By providing a positive, safe and caring environment, we ensure that each student is able to reach his/her full potential..

At Westminster, we:

Our Approach

Academic rigour

Our educational ethos is based on inquiry learning where teachers thoughtfully prepare open ended or discovery type activities based on given topics. Students are immersed about the world around them, stimulating their natural curiosity and relishing the chance to learn and apply both knowledge and skills.

Students are assessed internally and externally.

We conduct regular audits of examination board requirements to ensure that students and tutors are following the current examination specifications and options. We place great emphasis on the successful time-management of our courses; it is essential that the teacher covers everything in the specification.

We use exam-based teaching methods featuring written homework and timed tests. By testing students regularly, we ensure full understanding of their subjects and build confidence for the final examinations. Our teaching integrates content with study skills, revision testing, note-taking, critical thinking, speed reading, memory skills and time management.

Individual attention

The small class sizes and intensive tuition mean that all students are given personal attention. Where additional tuition is necessary, it is available on a one-to-one basis.

Pastoral support

Students' progress and attendance can be monitored by parents/guardians on the school management system. Parents are able to access the latest reports, marks and attendance records for their son or daughter through the Parent-Portal.

Gifted and Talented students

Scholarships are available for students able to demonstrate special ability.


At Westminster, commitment to the core educational values of world citizenship, universal values, leadership qualities and forward thinking is aimed at helping realize student's full, all-round potential.

  1. World Citizenship
  2. Students at Westminster learn about the world and the people in it from an early age, developing an awareness of different cultures and countries. By exploring the world they become socially, culturally, economically and environmentally aware and learn about their responsibilities as world citizens. They learn to adopt a global perspective and understand how they can make a difference in the global community.

  3. Universal Values
  4. Our programme helps students develop the values, principles and ethics that are respected, admired and accepted in all cultures around the world. Students are taught healthy social attitudes and a spirit of humanity, providing them with the ethical foundation and solid social skills to guide them through life. A variety of activities and experiences based on the understanding of universal values teach students to make positive contributions to others, their schools and the community.

  5. Leadership Qualities
  6. From an early age, our education programmes encourage students to explore and question, to seek solutions, make informed decisions and solve problems. They learn to demonstrate tenacity and to express themselves confidently. Through the development of these skills and others, the programme aims at developing each student's own individual potential for leadership – either as a motivator of others or of themselves, discovering and excelling in their own specialist area.

  7. Forward Thinking
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is underscored in our educational programmes. ICT is taught not only as a stand-alone subject, but it integrated throughout the curriculum both as a teaching and learning tool. Emphasized as an essential skill, students learn to become proficient in the use of Information and Technology and its application right from the time they start school.