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Westminster School. —The foundation of Queen Elizabeth consists of 40 Queen’s scholars. The admission is by open competition at Whitsuntide in each year. There is no restriction in respect of birthplace; but candidates are required ordinarily to have been a year previously in the school. They must then be under the age of 15 on March 25th of the year of admission. If not previously attending the school, they must be under the age of 14 on March 25th of the year. The Queens Scholars hold their scholarships subject to an annual examination, in which any scholar may forfeit his place on the foundation. The fixed expenses of a Queen’s Scholar are £30 annually, payable half-yearly in advance, at Whitsuntide and Christmas. This charge includes maintenance, as well as tuition, except certain extras. For boys not on the foundation, the school fees are £5 5s. entrance, and £31 10s. annually for tuition, also payable half-yearly in advance as above. These fees include all the ordinary instruction. All boys, according to their position, share in the expenses of school games. The age of admission is ordinarily from 9 to 14 years. Boys not on the foundation may board either wholly or partially at one of the boarding houses, or entirely at home. They may also dine, if desired, in the college hall, for which there is a separate charge. The boarding house fees are £5 5s. entrance, and £68 5s. yearly for boarders, or £25 4s. for half boarders, besides tuition fees. Six exhibitions, tenable at the school, are offered annually for competition to candidates (whether previously in the school or not) of ages between 12 and 14. Two are of the value of £30, and four of £20, raised to £50 or £30 respectively in the case of boarders. These exhibitions are all tenable for two years, or until the bolder is elected upon the foundation. The examination is held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Easter week. No entrance fee is charged for exhibitioners. Some foundation vacancies may be competed for at the same time. The school prizes are numerous and valuable. The Annual Benefactions open to competition, for all boys proceeding to the universities, who shall have been at least three years previously in the school, are at present: Three Junior Studentships at Christ Church, Oxford, tenable for seven years. Total annual value about £100 each. These studentships are augmented, in all cases of merit, by gifts from the Carey benefaction, the income of which amounts to £600 a year, and is divisible among the Westminster students of Christ Church. Three exhibitions at Trinity College, Cambridge, of £40 a year tenable for three years, or until the time for taking the B.A. degree. The Senior Exhibitioner receives also a Samwaise Exhibition of about £24, tenable for two years at Trinity. The second exhibitioner a similar exhibition, tenable for one year. Two or more exhibitions from the bequest of Dr. Triplett tenable for three years at any college of Oxford or Cambridge, conditionally on certificates of residence and good conduct from the authorities of the college. Annual value £50 each. These are not open to students of Christ Church. For any further information apply at the college.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879