Short description of the school
Warminster School is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school in the town of Warminster, Wiltshire in South West England. It accepts boys and girls from the ages of 2 to 18.
The School is set in a 60-acre campus on the edge of the town centre. It has both beautiful, historic buildings and contemporary spaces thus creating a truly outstanding and inspiring atmosphere for learning.
The School was founded in 1707 by Thomas Thynne, 1st Viscount Weymouth who founded a grammar school for boys. Warminster was near to his family seat of Longleat, and the School was established to instruct the boys of Warminster in Latin, mathematics, and other subjects of the usual syllabus of the day. It now comprises the Preparatory School for pupils aged three to eleven, and the Senior School for students aged eleven to eighteen. The Schools share grounds and facilities.
The school has a broadly Anglican ethos but welcomes all faiths or none.
What makes this school different from others?
- stong sense of tradition
- oldest outdoor Fives court in the UK
- close to a famous safari park
We are a thriving boarding and day school offering an exceptional all-round education to pupils from 2-18. We offer both A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Sixth Form, as well as being one of few schools to offer the IB Career-related programme.
We are a school steeped in history with a strong sense of tradition, but one that is not afraid to innovate and take risks. We transmit this to our pupils who are encouraged to try new things, push out of their comfort zones and embrace failures as the best way to achieve success. This is all done in a supportive and nurturing environment, where the sense of community is tangible and authentic. It was that feeling of community which first drew me to Warminster School and I know that you will experience the same connection when you come to visit us.
Strong individual academic achievement is the central pillar of a Warminster education and this will always be the case. However, we firmly believe that what happens outside the classroom is just as important as what happens inside it. We seek to challenge and inspire our pupils through an extensive extra-curricular programme including a thriving sport programme, CCF and outdoor pursuits, as well as a formidable arts offer.
Personal and proactive pastoral care is at the heart of what we do at Warminster and our dedicated and talented staff know the pupils as individuals and nurture and mentor them accordingly. We put great importance in the key values of integrity, service, compassion and kindness and we take pride in developing young people with self-confidence and high self-esteem.
In truth there is no ‘typical’ Warminster pupil and nor should there be. As a community we are happy if our pupils get stuck in, give things a go and always push themselves to achieve their potential. In doing this we find they develop a sense of direction, happy memories and long-lasting friendships.
Maps,addresses and directions
11 Vicarage Street
programmes and subjects
|GCSE/IGCSE||A Level||IB Diploma|
Art (fine art/photography)
|English & English Literature||Biology||Biology (HL/SL)|
Business Management (HL/SL)
|subject choices:||Computing||Economics (HL/SL)|
|Design & Technology||English (HL)|
|Drama & Theatre Studies||English Literature (HL/SL)|
|Further Mathematics||German Literature (HL/SL)|
|German||IT in a Global Society (HL/SL)|
|History||Maths: Analysis & Approaches (HL/SL)|
|Mathematics||Maths: Applications & Interpretation (HL/SL)|
|Religious Studies||Politics||Spanish (HL/SL)|
|Spanish||Religious Studies||Theatre (HL/SL)|
|Theory of Knowledge|
The school also offers OCR Cambridge Technical courses in Art & Design, Business and Sport and Physical Activity
The IB Career Related Programme
The IBCP is a post-16 qualification which incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of pupils engaged in career-related education. The programme leads to Further/Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment.
Pupils undertake academic study through IB Diploma programme subjects, accredited career-related learning, and through the IBCP Core ‘learn how to learn’. The course also includes a substantial amount of work experience in a career-related place of work.
|A*-A / 9-7||37%|
|B / 6-5||
|C and below||
|A level 2019-20|
|C and below||29%|
IB Diploma 2019-20
The IB average point score was 30.3
Age of Paper Cutting
|Book Club||Geometric Design Club|
|Card Games||Lego Robotics|
|Creative Challenge||Puzzle Games|
Art and Design Centre (two)
|Rounders pitch (six)|
|Astro pitch||Rugby pitch (five)|
|Cricket square||Science labs|
|Drama studio (two)||Swimming pool (outdoor)|
|Football pitch (six)||Theatre|
Boarding at Warminster School is available from age of 11 - 18 (Years 7-13).
1+ nights: Occasional/flexi boarding
5 nights: Weekly boarding
7 nights: Traditional full boarding
How can I apply to this school?
The main points of entry to the Warminster School are at ages 4, 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 11.
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2020-21 Academic Year
|Y3||7-8||10,560 GBP||22,920 GBP|
|Y4||8-9||11,775 GBP||22,920 GBP|
|Y5||9-10||13,230 GBP||22,920 GBP|
|Y6||10-11||13,230 GBP||22,920 GBP|
|Y7||11-12||16,566 GBP||32,430 GBP|
|Y8||12-13||16,566 GBP||32,430 GBP|
|Y9||13-14||16,566 GBP||32,430 GBP|
|Y10||14-15||16,566 GBP||32,430 GBP|
|Y11||15-16||16,566 GBP||34,620 GBP|
|Y12||16-17||16,566 GBP||34,620 GBP|
|Y13||17-18||16,566 GBP||34,620 GBP|
|Accelerated GCSE (1 year programme)|