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Royal Oak Coach Station

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Royal Oak Tube Station site of replacement for Victoria Coach Station  Public meeting about this: St Stephens Church 7.15 22nd January 2019

The lease for Victoria Coach Station is coming to an end and there is a Transport for London plan to move all or part of it to the vacant land behind Royal Oak Tube Station.

There are strong feelings about this and a public meeting has been arranged at St Stephen’s Church W2 5QT on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at 7.15 pm.

There is also a petition against this use for the site here.

Westminster Academy tops Sixth Form performance tables!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Picture of Westminster Academy studentsWestminster Academy is delighted to report that the Sixth Form is now top of the tables in Westminster. The average point score per academic student at Westminster Academy was 874.7 points (equivalent to 2 A* and 1 A), more than 25 points ahead of the next state school in the borough.

In 2014 88% of Sixth Form students gained A*-C grades, including 46% of students achieving the equivalent of A* and A grades. The high grades reflect the breadth of the IB, with students’ results being divided across six disciplines as opposed to the usual three subjects at A Level: English, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Science, Maths and the Arts or an elective.

Westminster Academy in top 1%

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Westminster Academy is celebrating outstanding results which put it among the top schools in the country for progress made, as published in the school performance tables. Almost 70% students are now achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths – up from 17% when the Academy opened in 2007 – and the Academy is equally delighted that the progress made by individual students since joining the Academy is significantly above the national average.

TES Secondary School of the YearWestminster Academy is ranked in the top 1% of academies nationally in terms of progress measures for English, Science and its Best 8 score including English and maths. In English, 87% of students are achieving expected progress compared with 69% nationally, with 57% of students achieving more than expected progress, compared with 30% nationally. Maths results are equally impressive.

Outstanding School Ofsted gradeAmong some of the outstanding GCSE or equivalent results in 2013 were those of Sarah Al-Saad, who achieved 5 A*, 5 As and 1 B as well as an A in her Arabic AS Level. Sarah is now applying her academic skills to the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the Sixth Form at Westminster Academy, where in 2013, Westminster Academy students beat the IB world average for the third year running.

All Westminster Academy students gain university offers and to further inspire students, the Academy’s sponsors are offering three ‘Dangoor Challenge’ scholarships for the first three students to gain a university place at Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College in August 2015.

Pupil Premium AwardPrincipal, Smita Bora, reminded the community that the exceptional progress made by students at the Academy was reflected in last year’s Outstanding Ofsted grading and the ‘golden year’ that followed. In 2013, the Academy was presented with three national awards: the IAA (Independent Academies Association) Honorary President’s Award for Academy Transformation, TES Secondary School of the Year and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Pupil Premium Award. In addition, Westminster Academy was the only school in Westminster to win a Mayor of London’s Gold Club award. Each accolade recognises the success of the Academy’s personalised curriculum and aspirational, inclusive vision to attain excellence for all students.

Sun, Sand and Success at Westbourne Summer Festival

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Beach at the Westbourne Summer Festival 2013With temperatures of 30 degrees, ice cream at the ready and a real, yes real sandy beach, the Westbourne Summer Festival held on Sunday 7th July, was an event enjoyed by many members of the local community.

The afternoon hosted by Chris Paradox brought together a number of organisations such as Westbourne Family Centre and Westminster Adult Education Services who pitched information stalls whilst children enjoyed face painting and time in the bouncy castle during an afternoon of entertainment and fun for all the family.

The festival also saw a host of local talent take to the stage from the likes of youth choir Lyric Voices to rock n’ roll from bands Scud Penguin and Crash Report who brought the afternoon to a close in style. The talent didn’t end there though, as the festival also had amazing food on offer from the classics of burgers and ice cream (not together obviously!) from JS catering to the exotic flavours of West African Cuisine.

All in all, the event which saw Westbourne Green transformed into ‘Costa Del Westbourne’ for the day was a great success, bringing a variety of fun filled activities to the area and a real feel -good factor to the local community.

Want to reduce your energy bills? Sign up now to Westminster’s Energy Switching Scheme

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Westminster residents can sign up to a collective Energy Switching Scheme to find out if they can reduce their energy bills by switching providers.

Many people are experiencing large increases in their energy bills. Estimates are that, on average, annual bills have increased by £90 over the last twelve months. At the same time, figures show that there has been a gradual decline in the number of households switching supplier.

So Westminster has joined the Big Community Switch along with many other local authorities around the country. By encouraging local residents to join a collective the council can ask energy companies to bid for their business so that their residents can get a better deal. All switching payments (max £10) received by the council from the energy company will be reinvested back into community projects.

To sign up:

  • Visit:
  • Provide your name, address and most recent energy bill.
  • There is no cost, it is completely free to sign up and there is no obligation to switch providers.
  • The deadline is 11.59pm on Sunday 7th April 2013
  • There is a phone line for people without internet access: 020 7641 4477. Using this phone line means all correspondence will be done through the post.
  • Alternatively residents can use a computer in any of  Westminster libraries or visit  Your One Stop Express kiosk.

International Day Saturday 9th April 1-5pm

Thursday, March 24th, 2011


Westbourne is celebrating its fourth International Day World Party on Saturday 9th April  from 1 – 5pm at the Stowe Centre.  There will be food, music and dance from around the world from places as far away as South Africa and as near as Britain and Ireland.  In addition Westbourne Forum has brought the Westminster Volunteer Centre , among other organisations who work with volunteers, to Westbourne to give local residents the chance to sign up for voluntary work which can be good experience, especially for anyone looking for work.   Also we are looking for people to help us transform the Stowe Foyer into a hub for the community.  If you are interested you can sign up at International Day.  Everyone is very welcome.  For more information please click here or call Dilara on 020 7266 8251 or email on

Have your say!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011


Have your say!!
Westbourne  Forum was set up by Paddington Development Trust and has been working towards making Westbourne a safer, healthier and better place to live. You may know us because you have been actively involved in decision making through our board and action groups, or because you have come along to our summer festival on Westbourne Green  or the International Day Celebration at the Stowe Centre or to one of our health events on Hallfield Estate…the list goes on!!
In the New Year we are very keen to find out what you think about us, how  you rate the work we have done and how can we do better. If you click the link below it will take you to a survey, which will take you not more than 3-5 minutes to complete. Please take some time out to let us know what you really think!!  This will help us to fundraise so that we can continue to provide social and other opportunities for the ward.

First Breakfast Meeting of 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Westbourne Forum would like to wish all their friends a very Happy New Year.  We kick off the new year with pastry and coffee at our Breakfast Meeting on Saturday 8th January at 10.30 at the Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES.  We will be updating breakfastees on the Housing Renewal Consultation work that we will be carrying out between January and March this year.  Anyone interested is very welcome to come along.  We will have the usual updates and anyone who has local information they would like to share is welcome to come and do that.   For more information please contact Allison on 020 7266 8252 or email


Friday, December 3rd, 2010

A massive congratulations to local charity the Floating Classroom who received the good news that their On the Waterfront  project has secured funding and is set to go ahead. This is very welcome news after the heartbreak of narrowly losing out in the final of ITV’s the People’s Millions a couple of weeks ago.

On the Waterfront will provide film-making workshops for children at four schools in North Westminster, including Edward Wilson Primary in Westbourne.  The children will research the histories of their neighbourhoods and the canals that run through it and then shoot short films based on these stories. They will try their hand at script-writing, scenery-making, performing, sound recording and filming. The project will culminate in a community premiere to celebrate the children’s achievements.