Westminster Academy

Name Westminster Academy
Website http://www.westminsteracademy.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 28 February 2013
Address The Naim Dangoor Centre, 255 Harrow Road, London, W2 5EZ
Phone Number 02071210600
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1120 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.3
Academy Sponsor The Westminster Academy (Westbourne Green)
Local Authority Westminster
Percentage Free School Meals 32.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 76.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The academy is an average-sized comprehensive with a sixth form. Almost all students come from a very diverse range of minority ethnic groups. Almost all students speak English as an additional language and the proportion of students who are at the earliest stages of learning English is high. The number of students who join the academy after Year 7 is high. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, from service families, and for students known to be eligible for free school meals, is very high. There are no students at the academy from service families. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is very high. The academy has an international business and enterprise specialism. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Westminster Academy was last inspected by Ofsted on 15-16 September 2010 and was judged to be satisfactory overall. The academy works in partnership with the City of Westminster College to provide a wide range of Post-16 courses. Forty students attend full-time off-site alternative provision at centres which include Westside Independent School, QK Aspire, Beechcroft, The Lighthouse Group and Marlborough Education Centre.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Overall students make outstanding progress. The proportion of students achieving five GCSE grades A*-C, including English and mathematics, is well above average. Teaching in English, mathematics and many other subjects is outstanding. Teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and plan interesting activities which motivate students. Disabled students and those who have special educational needs make outstanding progress as a result of the academy’s targeted interventions to support their achievement. Students from a very wide range of backgrounds and cultures get on well with each other and with staff. Students are proud of the academy’s achievements. 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. Senior leaders’ relentless focus on achievement has brought about outstanding improvements in students’ examination results. The Principal’s determination that every student fulfils their potential is well communicated to staff and students. Students now share her belief that they can succeed. Governors provide senior leaders with outstanding support in making sure the academy’s efficient use of funds raises standards. Senior leaders are held to account for all aspects of the academy’s performance. The sixth form is outstanding. Students studying the International Baccalaureate make outstanding progress.