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The best private schools

The best private schools

Westminster School

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Westminster School has been a frontrunner in private education since Queen Elizabeth I founded the school in 1560. It sits in the heart of London near Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

The preparatory Westminster Under School admits boys at 7+ and 11+. Most boys enter at 13+ and the school admits both boys and girls at 16+ for Sixth Form. About a quarter of pupils board.

It consistently ranks towards the top of school league tables and sends a large proportion of pupils to Oxbridge every year - 80 out of 193 school leavers accepted places at the prestigious universities in 2011. Other destinations for that year's cohort ranged from LSE to American universities such as Yale and Columbia.

The school's notable alumni include philosopher John Locke, Winnie-the-pooh author A. A. Milne and St Paul's Cathedral architect Sir Christopher Wren. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber are some of its more recent leavers.