40 fact tour around Westminster Academy

International perspective, national achievements, community spirit

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Westminster Academy students achieve top international grades.

Westminster Academy students achieve top international grades.

In 2016 WA IBDP students achieved an average point score of 32, smashing the world average.
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Westminster Academy has smaller class sizes.

Westminster Academy has smaller class sizes.

Our class sizes enable maximum support and personalised learning for students at all levels.
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Westminster Academy students make outstanding progress.

Westminster Academy students make outstanding progress.

In 2016 73% of students achieved A*-C grades in core subjects. The Academy is consistently ranked in the top 1% nationally in terms of progress measures for its ‘best 8 score’ including English and maths.
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Westminster Academy keeps parents informed of their child’s progress.

Westminster Academy keeps parents informed of their child’s progress.

Westminster Academy holds regular Progress Review Days, Parents' Evenings plus Results Evenings.
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Westminster Academy is a national leader  in teaching and learning.

Westminster Academy is a national leader in teaching and learning.

In 2014 the Academy was one of only nine schools in the country awarded a grant by the Department for Education for innovative assessment methods.
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Westminster Academy retains strong links and offers opportunities to ex-students.

Westminster Academy retains strong links and offers opportunities to ex-students.

WA has a growing alumni network with Future First and has offered former students job opportunities and internships, providing former students with valuable experience and providing younger students with successful role models.
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Westminster Academy students are top of their fields.

Westminster Academy students are top of their fields.

In 2015 Labinot Krasniqi was awarded IT Student of the Year in the national Pearson Awards, with Mark Jusko a runner up.
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Westminster Academy values Careers Information and Guidance, providing personalised services to support students in planning their futures.

Westminster Academy values Careers Information and Guidance, providing personalised services to support students in planning their futures.

Specialist staff offer bespoke higher educational and work-related advice and guidance throughout students' time at the Academy.
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Westminster Academy was named Secondary School of the Year by TES.

Westminster Academy was named Secondary School of the Year by TES.

Westminster Academy has smashed national average scores, registering spectacular improvement." (TES School Awards Judges, 2013)
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Westminster Academy provides world-class opportunities for students to network with leaders in their fields.

Westminster Academy provides world-class opportunities for students to network with leaders in their fields.

Recent opportunities have ranged from politics with Newsround, biology with Professor Robert Winston, to animation with the Guardians of the Galaxy creators and citizenship with Angelina Jolie!
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Westminster Academy students care about the community.

Westminster Academy students care about the community.

WA students are involved in the Westbourne Forum, Rotary Interact Club, the Canal and Rivers Trust and many other voluntary activities as well as regularly fundraising for local, national and international charities. The Academy has had three Diana Award winners.
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Westminster Academy has international business partners.

Westminster Academy has international business partners.

Westminster Academy works with an array of business partners including M&S, Barclays, Bain, Crossrail and British Land, whose workshops and one to one mentoring programmes with students provide valuable career-related education. “Targeted mentoring schemes with international businesses have widened students’ horizons”. (Ofsted)
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Westminster Academy was praised by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as the national winner of his Pupil Premium Award.

Westminster Academy was praised by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as the national winner of his Pupil Premium Award.

"The judges were greatly impressed by the performance of the extremely diverse range of pupils at your school, supported by a pervasive ethos of high expectations, progress and support."
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Westminster Academy has a unique advanced internship programme.

Westminster Academy has a unique advanced internship programme.

As part of the business and enterprise specialism, all Westminster Academy students undertake three internships during Year 10 in prestigious firms such as the Serpentine Gallery, HSBC and AHMM Architects to encourage high aspirations and development of professional skills.
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Westminster Academy students are world citizens.

Westminster Academy students are world citizens.

An IB world school, Westminster Academy also holds International School status from the British Council.
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Westminster Academy values enrichment.

Westminster Academy values enrichment.

Westminster Academy students can participate in challenging and stimulating activities every day such as art, medicine, drama, orchestra, debating, languages, Noether club, trips, university visits and a wide variety of sports including indoor rowing and beach volley-ball.
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Westminster Academy has been awarded for transformational improvement.

Westminster Academy has been awarded for transformational improvement.

In 2013 Westminster Academy received the IAA Honorary President’s Award for Academy Transformation across factors including engagement, progress, attainment, closing the gap and increased access to Higher Education. This was presented by Lord Adonis.
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Westminster Academy has an award-winning building and world class sports facilities.

Westminster Academy has an award-winning building and world class sports facilities.

Our learning environment provides aspirational learning spaces for all our students both in and out of lessons. Westminster Academy is home to the world’s first outdoor managed parkour venue, a beach volleyball court and professional, international standard pitches and courts.
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Westminster Academy are specialists at developing international students who are new to the country or in transition.

Westminster Academy are specialists at developing international students who are new to the country or in transition.

"Coming from Japan, the education system in the UK was completely new to me and I did not know where to start. However, with the support from the teachers, I was able to do my best and succeed." Irene Prasetyo, who transferred in October 2013; GCSE results August 2015: 5 A*s, 3 As, 3 Bs.
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Westminster Academy provides opportunities for students to work collaboratively and independently during and after lessons and experience learning outside of the classroom.

Westminster Academy provides opportunities for students to work collaboratively and independently during and after lessons and experience learning outside of the classroom.

Over 400 educational visits and events take place every year to encourage learning beyond the classroom.
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Westminster Academy is recognised by the Mayor of London as ‘an exceptional school’ and a leader in challenging low aspiration and underachievement.

Westminster Academy is recognised by the Mayor of London as ‘an exceptional school’ and a leader in challenging low aspiration and underachievement.

In 2015 the Academy was once again the only Westminster Secondary School to be given a Gold Club Award by the Mayor of London.
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Westminster Academy is serious about sport and healthy eating.

Westminster Academy is serious about sport and healthy eating.

The outstanding range of sporting activities available to students at lunch times and after school ensures students have regular exercise and has increased girls’ participation in sport. Healthy meals made by our in-house catering team are very popular. In 2016 Westminster Academy was awarded a Healthy Schools Silver award and the Academy was highly commended in the TES Sports and Healthy Eating 2013 Awards.
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Westminster Academy provides free opportunities for parents and the community.

Westminster Academy provides free opportunities for parents and the community.

Free English classes, IT classes, art and food events are just some of the opportunities available to parents and the community.
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Westminster Academy students are leaders.

Westminster Academy students are leaders.

There are many opportunities for student leadership and taking on extra responsibility at Westminster Academy, such as through peer mentoring, the Academy Council, behaviour monitoring, peer mediating, Duke of Edinburgh and becoming a Student Ambassador.
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Westminster Academy is the partner school of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Westminster Academy is the partner school of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Thanks to our sponsors, the Dangoor family, all science students benefit invaluably from opportunities with the RSM.
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Westminster Academy students benefit through residential trips.

Westminster Academy students benefit through residential trips.

The Year 7 residential is an opportunity for the new cohort to develop friendships and work collaboratively.
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Westminster Academy students are academically stretched to maximize their potential.

Westminster Academy students are academically stretched to maximize their potential.

Gifted and Talented students are offered stretch classes and G&T opportunities. “In all lessons the level of challenge is high.” (Ofsted)
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Westminster Academy students value one another.

Westminster Academy students value one another.

“Students from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures get on well with each other and staff.” (Ofsted)
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Westminster Academy students receive world-class science opportunities.

Westminster Academy students receive world-class science opportunities.

WA sponsors have provided students with the chance to work at Imperial College’s Reach Out Lab and attend lectures by some of the most distinguished figures in science.
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Westminster Academy listens to the views of students and parents.

Westminster Academy listens to the views of students and parents.

The Student and Parent Wellbeing Group provides parent to parent support and an accessible way for families to communicate with the Academy; the Parent Council and Academy Council are effective in ensuring that all views are taken into account by the senior leadership team.
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Westminster Academy has numerous links with top universities.

Westminster Academy has numerous links with top universities.

“Older students speak positively about visits to universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College which have encouraged them to believe that they can aspire to higher education.” (Ofsted) University visits begin from Year 7.
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Westminster Academy offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Westminster Academy offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Westminster Academy is the only non-fee paying school in the Tri-borough to offer this prestigious diploma, which is widely recognized as the most rigorous Sixth Form course available in the UK, equivalent to taking 5.5 A Levels.
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Westminster Academy students experience high quality teaching and engaging lessons.

Westminster Academy students experience high quality teaching and engaging lessons.

“Teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and plan interesting activities which motivate students.” (Ofsted)
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Westminster Academy students have bright futures.

Westminster Academy students have bright futures.

All Westminster Academy students progress onto further education, higher education or employment. Westminster Academy guarantees a post-16 place for all its students. 100% of our Sixth Form graduates gain university offers.
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Westminster Academy Sixth Form graduates progress to top universities.

Westminster Academy Sixth Form graduates progress to top universities.

Westminster Academy students have been accepted into Russell Group Universities, including Oxford, Imperial, UCL, LSE, Durham University, Queen Mary University, the University of Manchester and London King’s College.
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Westminster Academy has experienced, skilful and dedicated staff.

Westminster Academy has experienced, skilful and dedicated staff.

Westminster Academy staff work hard to ensure every student achieves their potential. “Students appreciate the extra support they receive from teachers to improve their grades outside normal school hours.” (Ofsted)
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Westminster Academy delivers a demanding, innovative curriculum.

Westminster Academy delivers a demanding, innovative curriculum.

"In all lessons the level of challenge is high." (Ofsted)
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Westminster Academy students benefit from personal tutoring.

Westminster Academy students benefit from personal tutoring.

Westminster Academy students have a 1:1 tutorial with their personal tutor each week to review their progress.
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Westminster Academy students belong to vertical tutor groups within a House System.

Westminster Academy students belong to vertical tutor groups within a House System.

Westminster Academy students and their families remain in the same tutor group and House throughout their time at the Academy. This enables friendships to stretch across year groups.
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Westminster Academy is inclusive.

Westminster Academy is inclusive.

The Academy was shortlisted for the IAA Inspired Approaches to Inclusion Award in 2013 as a result of the Academy’s focus on personalising learning for every student. “Disabled students and those who have special educational needs make outstanding progress.” (Ofsted, 2013)