Wetherby Senior School London
Wetherby Senior School
London
390 pupils, ages 11-18
Boys only
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Wetherby Senior School

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The final step in a sterling all-through education that begins for some lucky boys in one of the pre-preps and continues all the way to 18, Wetherby Senior may still be in its relative infancy – but with numbers going from strength to strength, its success is already abundantly clear. 

The school is spread across a split central-London site. The original building in Marylebone Lane is home to the smart sixth-form centre, the art and design departments, science labs, gym and a clutch of classrooms. From here, it’s a five-minute walk to Hannah House, where everything else takes place (all boys – from Year 7 and up – walk between the two throughout the day). There’s a teeny bit of outside space at both sites (plus a balcony with table-tennis tables at Hannah House for boys to let off steam between lessons), while nearby Paddington Street Gardens is used for slightly longer daily doses of fresh air. 

Current head Seth Bolderow is heading off to pastures new this Easter, with David Lawrence, Wetherby Senior’s deputy head of staff and operations, stepping up until a new head is appointed. Mr Lawrence has oodles of experience on both the pastoral and academic front – and having been here since the school was founded in 2015 is a real constant. Calm and measured, he is loved by boys and parents alike. 

Selection is based on academic merit, with entry points at 11+, 13+ and 16+ (the 40-strong Year 7 cohort was full for the first time this year). Around 50 boys join in Year 9, with 15 to 20 joining seamlessly from Wetherby Prep and the rest leaping across from a broad range of prep and primary schools. There are usually a handful of applicants from abroad too – English must be up to speed before arriving, but EAL support can be provided through the SEND department if necessary.

Once they arrive, boys are assigned a ‘Trib’ (each named after one of London’s hidden rivers) – a vertical pastoral group or house. From Year 9 up, the forms are organised by the boys' Trib too, mixing existing pupils with the new boys and encouraging new friendships – so you’d never know who’s been here from the beginning and who joined at 13. 

Last summer, Wetherby Senior’s first sixth-formers scored 85 per cent A*-B at A-level, setting a sky-high precedent for this academically strong school. Mr Bolderow talks of the ‘can do’ attitude of his teachers, and there’s huge diversity of pupil interests and talents. Boys study two languages from the get-go (Mandarin is offered as a club), there’s philosophy for all (until the sixth form) and a strong careers programme helps lay solid foundations from Year 7, with classes in crucial skills such as financial thinking, decision-making and entrepreneurship. Almost everyone stays through to A-levels (those who do peel off might be relocating or choosing boarding). Last year’s leavers headed on to a spread of Russell Groups, with a handful studying abroad.

All the hard work is balanced out with a brilliant co-curricular programme (sixth-formers also have a lecture programme that is shared with a local girls’ school) and a pick of more than 75 clubs and activities for pupils to sink their teeth into. 

Sport takes place at Ealing Trailfinders’ training ground, a half-hour coach ride away. Here, boys have exclusive access to a top-notch cricket pavilion and smart 4G pitches – and they punch well above their weight on the rugby front. We hear great praise for the inspiring director of sport, who does a brilliant job at ensuring sport is creative and inclusive for all, particularly those who favour boxercise or spin classes over team games.

Boys hook up with the girls from Queen’s College and Francis Holland NW1 for big-scale drama productions, while budding artists’ work is sometimes displayed in the nearby Saatchi Gallery. There’s a nice mix of traditional and modern on the music front, with ensembles ranging from a string quartet to a rock school.

Full marks for the on-point pastoral care, which, for Year 9 upwards, includes age-appropriate workshops on issues around masculinity and gender stereotypes as part of the Beyond Equality Initiative. The school is small enough for every boy to be known, with plenty of vertical integration encouraged between year groups. Older boys are trained as peer mentors and anti-bullying ambassadors, and anyone showing an extra effort at upholding the values of the school is awarded a Gold Note. 

As you’d expect from a central-London school, the community here is a real melting pot of nationalities and cultures. The catchment area is steadily growing – and once Crossrail finally opens, we’re expecting it to get even wider.

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  • Academic results

    GCSE results
    A level results
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  • University destinations

    53% of leavers went on to a Russell Group university.
    13% of leavers went on to an American university.
    25% of leavers went on to an overseas university.
    80% of leavers went on to their first choice university.
  • Subjects offered

    GCSE

    Art & Design
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Classical Civilisation
    Computer Science
    English Language
    English Literature
    French
    Further Mathematics
    Geography
    German
    History
    Latin
    Mathematics
    Music
    Physical Education
    Physics
    Spanish
    Drama
    Graphic Communications

    A Level

    Art & Design
    Biology
    Business Studies
    Chemistry
    Classical Civilisation
    Computer Science
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    Economics
    English Language
    English Literature
    French
    Further Mathematics
    Geography
    German
    Government and Politics
    History
    Latin
    Mathematics
    Music
    Philosophy
    Physics
    Spanish
  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 7£8,310
    Year 8£8,310
    Year 9£8,310
    Year 10£8,310
    Year 11£8,310
    Year 12£8,310
    Year 13£8,310




    Bursary contact:
    Registrar Kathryn Easthope
    registrar@wetherbysenior.co.uk
  • Transport links


    Public Transport
    Nearest London tube station: Bond Street, Baker Street, Oxford Circus
    Nearest mainline train station: Marylebone
    Nearest international airport: Heathrow (19 miles)


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Address
100 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London, W1U 2QU

Contact
registrar@wetherbysenior.co.uk
020 7535 3530

Website
wetherbysenior.co.uk

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