Whitgift offers more qualifications than any other British school and is regularly ranked amongst the country’s top schools. These qualifications include BTEC, A-level and the International Baccalaureate as well as a bilingual section for native French speakers.
Whitgift has also established exchanges, visits and scholarship programmes with more than 25 countries worldwide.
Over the past five years, Whitgift’s commitment to sport has paid off in over 100 titles won. Students can participate in over 40 sports including football, hockey, rugby and cricket. Many of the School’s students have represented their country in a wide range of sports and some go on to professional careers.
There are more than 80 clubs and societies at Whitfield and are as varied as French, Green Team, Drama, Investment Society, Animal Club, Astronomy and the Sequential Art Club. There are also numerous Outdoor Education options including mountain biking, wakeboarding, skiing and sailing, among others. Students also have the possibility to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Whitgift also has a long-standing Combined Cadet Force, containing elements of all three Army, RAF and Royal Navy services, and one of the country’s oldest Corps of Drums.
The arts also flourish at Whitgift with plays and musicals staged in London and abroad. The choirs and orchestras tour regularly and perform at the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Pupils can also learn with professional musicians due to the School’s close relationship with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Options for boarding applicants consist of a Pre-Test in May of Year 6 or Year 7, or they may sit the 13+ in the January of the year in which they plan to be entering in September. Boys also may take the 13+ entrance examination in the January of the year they will be entering if they would like to be considered for a scholarship. With the exception of those for 13+ international applicants, entrance examinations include a Mathematics, General English, and Verbal Reasoning paper. Applicants from abroad sit examinations in Mathematics, and English as a foreign language. Those entering at 14+ sit examinations in Mathematics, Science, and English. 16+ entrants may choose any two of the subjects they plan to study in the Sixth Form. Non-UK-based applicants also sit an examination in English as a foreign language, or a competency-based paper.