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Westminster Academy is delighted to announce that Mohammed Abdul Jalil has been honoured with the Diana Award. The Diana Award, set up in memory of Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better, has Prime Minister David Cameron as Patron and the support of the HRH Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry.
Mohammed Abdul Jalil (AJ) received the Diana Award for being a Diana Champion Volunteer at Westminster Academy and the surrounding area.
As a Volunteer Police Cadet, AJ has been actively engaged in keeping communities safe for the past three years. He has also led younger cadets and has inspired them to have a positive impact on the local area. Additionally, AJ has supported older members of the community by volunteering with Open Age at Westminster Academy. As well as helping to organise events for the group, AJ has been involved in weekly sessions to help Open Age members with technology, giving them the confidence to use the internet and mobile phones.
Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised over 44,000 young people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities. The Diana Award believe that young people should be: encouraged for their contributions to society, empowered to reach their full potential and they should be engaged in social action as early in life as possible.
Acting Principal, Dr Rana, said,
“At Westminster Academy we place high value on active citizenship, and as such are extremely proud of AJ. The Diana Award will encourage him to continue his volunteer work and will inspire other young people to volunteer in their schools and communities.”
Tessy Ojo, CEO of the Diana Award, added,
“The Diana Award is proud to recognise young volunteers, like Mohammed, who have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe. The Diana Champion Volunteer Award is presented to inspirational young people who have made a positive difference in their communities. With a growing network of over 44,000 Award Holders, we are building a force of young people who are committed to take social action and improve our communities.”
AJ recently completed the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme at Westminster Academy and is now pursuing his passion for media at Bournemouth University.
Westminster Academy is proud to announce that it has again won a Mayor of London’s Gold Club Award, making the Academy the only secondary school in Westminster to be part of the London Schools Gold Club for 2015-2016.
At the Gold Club Awards and launch of the 2015-2016 programme at City Hall last Friday, Westminster Academy was among only 7% of primary and secondary schools in London eligible to become Gold Club members. The annual scheme identifies and celebrates exceptional schools in London who are succeeding with their pupils, in particular schools who are ‘bucking the trend’.
With a growing culture of success at Westminster Academy, students and staff alike place high value on the improvements and achievements made in recent years, with over 70% of all students consistently achieving A*-C in core subjects and the school consistently being in the top 1% nationally in terms of progress measures for its ‘Best 8 Score’ including English and maths. The Sixth Form at Westminster Academy has also made rapid improvements, with 80% A*-A grades this year. The Academy attributes its achievements to its highly personalised approach and its focus on developing the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, intellectual and physical potential of students through a rich extra-curricular programme, International Business and Enterprise specialism and its partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson commented,
“Congratulations to Westminster Academy for its outstanding achievements and for the hard work of its pupils and teaching staff. London schools are going from strength to strength and our Gold Club members are testament to the fact all schools can aspire to attain excellence for all their pupils, whatever their circumstances. The Gold Club is a great platform for schools to share their bright ideas and approaches to enable every one of their pupils to achieve terrific results.”
This award comes as Westminster Academy’s long serving Principal, Ms Smita Bora, has been offered the opportunity to work with the Academy’s sponsors to further their educational strategy. To ensure a smooth transition and sustainability of the Academy’s unique vision and ethos, Dr Saima Rana will be appointed as Acting Principal from 01 October 2015. Ms Smita Bora will remain part of the Westminster Academy fraternity, continuing her invaluable work with the Academy’s educational, community and business partners in her new role but she is delighted to be handing over the Principalship to Dr Rana:
“I am proud to have served Westminster Academy for the last ten years and I am thrilled that Dr Rana will be continuing the outstanding achievements we have led together over the last four years.”
New Academy Principal, Dr Saima Rana, said,
“This is a great Academy; I am deeply honoured to be the Principal at this time of transition. I am completely dedicated to maintaining the highest standards which have made Westminster Academy an outstanding academy in all respects. The Academy is all about fulfilling the highest aspirations of every child and I will lead this academy with the values of fairness, integrity and honesty. Because every child matters to me, I will ensure that every child is safe, successful and reaches the very limits of their ability so that when they leave they are powerful citizens of the future; this is what the Academy was under Ms Bora and will continue to be under my leadership.”
Westminster Academy is thrilled to announce that Naim Dangoor has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘his extraordinarily generous philanthropy to a range of health, educational and religious charities.’
Whilst you see Sir Naim Dangoor’s name on the building every day, you may not be aware of just quite how exceptional his life journey and contributions to society have been.
After building a successful business empire in his homeland of Iraq, Sir Naim Dangoor and his wife were forced to leave the country in the 1960s as a result of political upheaval and arrived in the UK having seen all his businesses taken by the Iraqi government. Having studied engineering at London University many years earlier, Sir Naim restarted his business life again, and gradually with the help of his four sons he created a highly successful property business in the UK. Since then, Sir Naim Dangoor has set up the Exilarch’s Foundation and distributed large amounts to good causes. This includes substantial donations to Cancer Research UK and Age UK, both of which have touched his life personally.
Sir Naim Dangoor said,
“Like many families before us, my family had to flee its country of origin. We left Iraq and found refuge here in the UK. In this wonderful country, immigrants have the opportunity to restart their lives and contribute to the welfare of their new home, as many have done before us. My hope for Iraq, and the whole Middle East, is that, there too, harmony and co-operation will one day become the norm once more, to allow that region again to contribute to the welfare of humanity.”
We could not be prouder, nor more fortunate, to have the Dangoor family as the sponsor of Westminster Academy. Long may we be inspired by Sir Naim Dangoor’s story, which so profoundly resonates with the Academy’s ethos and the values and character traits we strive towards.
On behalf of the students and staff of Westminster Academy, our Chair of Governors, Mr Randeree CBE wrote to congratulate David Dangoor (son of Sir Naim Dangoor); we would like to share this with the WA community.
May I Congratulate your father on the wonderful Honour that was bestowed upon him by Her Majesty The Queen, in her Birthday Honours List.
Apart from this honour being a well deserved and fitting tribute to your father’s lifelong philanthropic work, it also acknowledges the on-going incredible contribution being made on a daily basis by your family, benefiting so many deserving communities and causes in the UK and Internationally.
On a personal note, I know I speak for every stakeholder at The Westminster Academy, the contribution and vision of the Dangoor Family in this community is immeasurable. It is a privilege being associated with the Dangoor Family via The Westminster Academy and I wish to extend my utmost Congratulations and that of everyone at The Westminster Academy.
Shabir Randeree CBE
Chair of Governors, Westminster Academy
Mark Sunday 7th June in your diaries for an afternoon of fun and sun at the canalside by the Warwick Estate. As always it will be a day of entertainment run for the community by the community!
There will be something for everyone with food, live music, drumming, yoga, exotic petting zoo, family activities, raffles, face painting, bouncy castle, stalls and much more!
We look forward to seeing you there.
Two Westminster Academy students were selected to go to Buckingham Palace to promote the benefits of Outward Bound residentials to a group of funders.
Principal, Ms Smita Bora, explained the level of deprivation within Westbourne to the funders. Many of the funders were unaware that Westbourne is the seventh most deprived constituency in the country and that the difference in life expectancy between a Westbourne resident and an average Westminster resident is 20 years.
Outdoor Education Co-ordinator, Matthew Puffett, explained how the generous sponsorship of 30 places at an Outward Bound residential, by Westminster Academy’s sponsors David and Judy Dangoor, had helped Year 7 students develop an awareness of how to transfer character traits experienced on the residential such a “grit” into challenges faced at schools such as examinations.
On Thursday 19th March students participated in the BBC School report, a nationwide event where schools are encouraged to create a news broadcast. Students from Westminster Academy were fortunate to have had training from the BBC due to links the Media department has been able to create over the last year and this put them in a really strong position.
On the day Team WA rose to the challenge of working to a tight dead-line through excellent teamwork, thorough planning and technical expertise. The students were really happy with the end product which can now be seen on the News pages of the Westminster Academy website; bring on next year!
By Mr Rahman, Head of Media
Westminster 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.
At the awards ceremony in Paddington, Andrea, Year 12, was awarded Highly Commended in the Young Volunteer Award for her volunteering including on the Westbourne Forum, where her work helps to improve community cohesion and communication between young people and adults.
Matinur, Year 12, was in the top two in Westminster for the Sir Simon Milton Award for young people who have made ‘an outstanding contribution to the community by working with older people or disadvantaged young people’. He achieved Highly Commended for his role leading on the partnership between Open Age and Westminster Academy. Matinur was heaped with praise by Open Age and Lisa Milton from the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. The Foundation was so impressed, that even though he didn’t win, they have offered to make a donation to Open Age as a result of being inspired by Matinur. Matinur was also offered congratulations by Westminster’s new Lord Mayor, Cllr Audrey Lewis, and Cllr Steve Summers, who also gave him some tips on entering a career in politics.
- Bringing People Together Award – Michael Dibble, The Stowe Centre
- Outstanding Organisation – Mosaic
- Partnership Award – M&S and WA
- Better City, Better Lives – Time for Paddington
Matinur said “It was a spectacular event and I was so proud to be there. I love volunteering with Open Age and am very thankful to them for supporting me.”