Posts Tagged ‘Young People’

WA alumnus honoured with Diana Award

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Mohammed Abdul Jalil has been honoured with the Diana AwardWestminster 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 wins Mayor of London’s elite Gold Club Award

Friday, December 18th, 2015

London Schools' Gold Club Awards - 25 Sep 15Westminster 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.”

Westbourne Festival 2015 – the biggest one in the history !

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Westbourne Summer Festival took place on 7th June and was attended by over 2,000 people, which is over twice as many as in the previous years!

People of all ages came together to enjoy all that the festival had to offer – and there was plenty to choose from.

Once again the petting zoo and the bouncy castle were a huge success. The drumming circle which featured fifteen drums which festival-goers played with the guidance of teachers was a hugely popular activity and created a lovely beat as people were entering. Acrobats and balloon artists helped entertain the children and there was a range of activities that also took place on the Electrical Barge.

The visitors could also find out about local projects and services at the information stalls, and unwind in the holistic marquee with some yoga and massages. What a day it was!

We can’t wait for the next year!

Cloth of Gold

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Cloth of gold - Summer Fun Family Art Project - Print T-shirts and Bags at St Mary Magdalene Church

Westbourne Festival 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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.

Westbourne Festival 2015

By royal appointment: Year 7 students give presentation at Buckingham Palace

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Westminster Academy goes to Buckingham Palace

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.

When I went to Buckingham Palace, I was outside and saw all those tourists; I thought about whose house I was going into and thought, ‘I am the best of the best!’ When I took my first step inside I was instantly amazed. I saw real gold everywhere, red silk and the stairs were made of white crystal. Just one word could define everything: ‘amazing’.

When I got to the balcony room, I saw Chinese art everywhere. I was amazed. I did a practice speech at first and they all said it was great! When everyone else came I started to feel nervous. When I made my real speech I made one mistake but carried on. It was an amazing experience!

By Lanre Dada, Year 7

The journey was nerve-racking and was shorter than I expected. When we arrived, there were lots of people staring and wondering, “How come they get to go in?” We went inside to a very extravagant room where men took our coats and told us when to go upstairs.

We went up to a room with oriental decor. We waited until the guests came and then we gave our speeches. I was so nervous! I was very proud of myself afterwards. We then received a visit from HRH the Duke of York! He asked us about our experiences with Outward Bound. Then we had our lunch at a hotel called Ruben. It was divine.

By Abado Jama, Year 7