Warminster School

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Age of pupils: 2-18 y.o.

Gender: Co-educational

Boarding: Day, Weekly boarding, Full boarding

Pupils: 600

Head: Mr Matthew Williams

Last updated 11.02.2021

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

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoWe 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

Warminster School
Church Street
BA12 8PJ

Warminster Prep
11 Vicarage Street
BA12 8JG

programmes and subjects

GCSE/IGCSE A Level IB Diploma
core subjects:

Art (fine art/photography)

Art (HL/SL)

English & English Literature Biology  Biology (HL/SL)

Business Studies

Business Management (HL/SL)

Science Chemistry Chemistry (HL/SL)
subject choices: Computing Economics (HL/SL)


Design & Technology English (HL)


Drama & Theatre Studies English Literature (HL/SL)

Computer Science

English Film (SL)

Design Technology

French French (HL/SL)


Further Mathematics German Literature (HL/SL)



History (HL/SL)


German IT in a Global Society (HL/SL)


History Maths: Analysis & Approaches (HL/SL)


Mathematics Maths: Applications & Interpretation (HL/SL)


Music Philosophy (SL)


PE Physics (HL/SL)

Physical Education

Physics Psychology (HL/SL) 
Religious Studies Politics Spanish (HL/SL)
Spanish  Religious Studies Theatre (HL/SL)


    Extended Essay 
    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.

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-A / 9-7 37%
B / 6-5


C and below



A level 2019-20
A*-A 42%
B 29%
C and below 29%

IB Diploma 2019-20

The IB average point score was 30.3




Badmington Hockey
Basketball Lacrosse
Cricket Mountain Biking

Cross Country

Cycle Coaching Rugby
Fives Running
Football Table Tennis
Football (girls) Tennis


Non-sporting activities

Age of Paper Cutting


Board Games

Free Draw
Book Club Geometric Design Club
Calligraphy Italian World
Card Games Lego Robotics
CCF Mindfulness
Chess Photography
Creative Challenge Puzzle Games
Debating Rock Painting


Facilities available

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
Multi-media suite  

boarding options

Boarding at Warminster School is available from age of 11 - 18 (Years 7-13).

Boarding Options

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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Currency Converter:

2020-21 Academic Year

Year Age
Day fees
R 4-5 8,680 GBP NA
Y1 5-6 8,400 GBP NA
Y2 6-7 8,400 GBP NA
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
A Level
Y12 16-17 16,566 GBP 34,620 GBP
Y13 17-18 16,566 GBP 34,620 GBP
Year Age

Day fees
Full boarding
Accelerated GCSE (1 year programme)
Y11 15-16 £16,566 34,620 GBP
International Baccalaureate
Y12 16-17 £16,566 34,620 GBP
Y13 17-18 £16,566 34,620 GBP

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