Posts Tagged ‘Westminster Academy’

Update from Open Age Westbourne hub

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Open Age Westbourne HubThe monthly mobile help at Amberley has been replaced by an intergenerational computer and mobile phone workshop every Thursday from 3:30 till 5:30 at Westminster Academy. Members enjoy one-to-one help and instruction to suit their needs from Academy 6th form students.

To keep fresh and active in spring there is a new Ballroom Dancing class beginning on Friday the 14th February at 3pm at Paddington Arts. The Yoga class will now take place in Paddington Arts on Wednesdays at 2pm; the class focuses on maintaining and improving flexibility, strength and overall well-being.

The Film Club continues to run on the First Friday of each month. On March 7th will be the uplifting Great Exotic Marigold Hotel and on April 11th the recently released Le Weekend. Both will be screened on the big screen at Westminster Academy and both cost just £1, afterwards academy students and members enjoy film discussion over tea and biscuits. Invite your friends and neighbours for what is always an enjoyable Friday afternoon!

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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.

Westbourne kids learn why building design matters

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Westbourne kids learning why design matters.Children from Westminster Academy are participating in a unique pilot project. Vital Regeneration, the local charity who work with Westminster City Council on the housing renewal programme, have got together with internationally acclaimed architecture practice Farrells to create an exciting educational programme.

Over ten weekly workshops ‘Sustainable Design Matters’ sees local children team up with professional architects to create their own designs for a development site in the Westbourne Green masterplan – the space under the Westway at Royal Oak.

Working in teams, students liaise with ‘clients’, face challenges such as budget cuts and disputes with neighbours and consider how to communicate their proposals. Farrells host the pioneering workshops which emulate real-life building projects and introduce the importance of sustainable building design.

Each weekly session includes a speaker talking about topics such as ‘Community and Place’, participants then have a chance to translate these ideas into their own work.

The workshops also aim to inspire local young people to consider careers in architecture, design and professions related to London’s dynamic construction industry. Making this possible by increasing their understanding of the industry and the opportunities it offers, going beyond the idea that a job in construction implies labouring on a building site.

Christian Tilleray, Deputy Chief Executive of Vital Regeneration, says

“Young people have typically been under-represented as contributors to neighbourhood development plans, despite the fact that they inherit the results. Our job is to involve and inspire the next generation of participants and we are delighted to be collaborating with Farrells to this end.”

News from Westminster Academy

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

ICT Drop-in
Sessions for Parents

Thursday’s @ 1600 – 1800 in the Library

Sessions Will Include:

  • WA Portal; Parent Portal Training
  • Emails, Web Safety, Parental security
  • Introduction to Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excel: Formulas, Graphs, Charts and many more
  • PowerPoint: slides, transitions, animations and many more
  • Word: Mail merge, Labels, Tables, Graphs and many more
  • Outlook: Configuring Emails, Calendars and many more

For More Info

Email: Helpdesk@WestminsterAcademy.Biz

Phone: Ext 3009

English Classes at Westminster Academy

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Flags on globe picture

Improve your English with FREE English lessons. Westminster Academy welcomes all levels, for their English classes,which will be taking place every Monday and Wednesday from 1pm until 3pm, starting from Monday 16th September.

The places are filling quickly, so to register or find out more information, contact Sheba Begum on 07962 346874 or email

Also, on Wednesday 11th September from 12pm to 2pm, the Academy will be hosting a Community Food Day – a celebration of food and culture. All parents and members of the community are invited and encouraged to bring a dish to share with others.

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.

WA students awarded for local volunteering

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Westbourne Park Family Centre Volunteering Awards recipient...As a part of the ‘Young Leader Project’, Westminster Academy students Miray Erturk, Ron Kavada and Abdullatif Reda Ali received Bronze awards for 25 hours of volunteering, Eden Kibala ( pictured ) a silver for 50 hours and Sharon and Elohim Kibala a Gold award for 100 hours. They all volunteered to work with the charity’s out of school children’s clubs.

Abdullatif explains “I volunteer once a week at the Westbourne Park Family Centre and for three days a week in the holidays. I help children to be able to make friends and play with other young people. I was really pleased to get the bronze award and will continue volunteering!”

By Geoff Biggs, Director, Westbourne Park Family Centre.
Congratulations to Miray, Ron, Abdullatif, Eden, Sharon and Elo-him!

Ofsted rates Westminster Academy as OUTSTANDING

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Westminster Academy students and principal

Westminster Academy has been awarded an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ following its inspection in March. This excellent news is testament to the recent successes achieved by the Academy, with 75% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths in 2012 compared to 17% of students in 2007.

Ofsted Inspectors spent two days at the academy, visiting a wide range of lessons and speaking to students and staff. They examined all aspects of Academy life and observed improvements in every area since the last visit two years ago when the Academy was graded Satisfactory (Ofsted 2010). The report states: “This is an outstanding school. (…) teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and plan interesting activities which motivate students. Westminster Academy Principal Smita Bora was praised for the school’s commitment to ensuring every student is treated as an individual and given the support they need to achieve their potential.

The Sixth Form at Westminster Academy offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and a wide range of vocational courses. In recognition of the improvements students have been making and the generosity of the sponsors, the Academy is offering three Dangoor Challenge scholarships worth £15,000 each for the first three students to gain a university place at Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College from August 2015.

Ofsted was also impressed by the variety of ways in which Westminster Academy prepares students for the future: “Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is greatly enhanced by an outstanding range of extra-curricular activities. As a result, students have high aspirations for their futures”.

Ofstead 2013 report

Westminister Academy’s high results don’t go unnoticed

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Westminster Academy Students and SponsorsWestminster Academy has recently celebrated a success in the school performance tables, having achieved their best results ever, leaping from 17% of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and maths in 2007 to 75% of students achieving these grades in 2012. Such a dramatic rise in results represents the largest improvement in the borough of Westminster this year and has led the Academy towards being one of the most improved schools in the country.

This news comes as a reward to Westminster Academy’s students, staff, parents, sponsors and the community, who have supported the academy since it opened as a single-sponsor academy in 2006. The progress students are making puts Westminster Academy in the top 11% of schools in the country for the value added.

Among some of the outstanding GCSE or equivalent results were those of Anita Zejnullahi, who achieved 6 A*, 3 As and 2 Bs. Anita chose to stay on at the Sixth Form at Westminster Academy where she is applying her academic skills to the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IBDP, a rigorous course in which Westminster Academy has a record of producing consistently above world average results, is a logical step for students of Westminster Academy. The recent International School Award, received from the British Council, is testament to this, as is the award of three Dangoor Challenge Scholarships for the first three students to gain a place at university at Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College in August 2015.

The journey of Westminster Academy has not been without its challenges, but this success shows that the aspirational and inclusive vision that is at the heart of the Academy’s work is being translated into tangible results and will inspire all students to strive to attain similar standards of achievement.

Messages from our supporters

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Since Westbourne Forum began the campaign to mobilise support from the community over funding cuts we have been touched by the solidarity shown by the local community.  We would like to thank everyone who has given us support.  We filmed some of our our supporters at our Summer Festival in July.  Click on the links below to see their messages.

Smita Bora, Headteacher of Westminster Academy

Smita Bora, Headteacher of Westminster Academy

Manahil Ahmed, local resident and founder of the African Women’s Group

Shamsa Hersi, local resident and community activist

Mary Amayo, local resident and manager of Kyu Yo Bu Shin

Angel Samuel, local resident and community activist

Steve Latham, Minister of Westbourne Park Baptist Church

If your would like to get involved in the work of the Forum please contact Allison Bennett on 020 7266 8252 or email and arrange to come in for a chat.