Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre

London. 2007

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2007
  • Cost: £27.8 Million
  • Clients: Westminster Academy

Thinking about ‘Universality of Use’ and employing connectivity and flexibility to provide pupils with a place where they take control of their own education, Westminster Academy’s open configuration of spaces is as much a creative workplace as it is a theatre of learning. A long, rectangular block, stratified with glass panels and coloured bands of terracotta tiles, rises up out of its gritty context to provide a civic landmark. The plan centres on a ground floor ‘marketplace’ which links all key communal spaces and visually connects the entire school via a full-height atrium. Within the building, a robust material palette of unfinished concrete, timber and painted blockwork combines with super scaled graphics and artworks to foreground the learning environment and encourage exhibition and display. This Stirling Prize-shortlisted city Academy accommodates 1175 students and 128 staff. The local community, who were extensively consulted with during the project, has access to much of the school and its sports facilities.

Awards

AIA Award for Architecture 2010 Building Magazine: Public Building Project of the Year 2009 Civic Trust Award 2009 BCSE Industry Award for Inspiring Design 2008 Best Incorporation of Daylight Award 2008 Design Share Citation Award 2008 Design Week Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics Award 2008 RIBA National Award for Architecture 2008 RIBA Sorrell Foundation School Award 2008 RIBA Stirling Prize: Shortlist 2008 RIBA The London Building of the Year Award 2008 Specialist Schools & Academies Trust Future Vision Award 2007

Hollywood Royalty at Westminster Academy

09/10/2013

Hollywood Royalty at Westminster Academy

Students at Westminster Academy were treated to a surprise visit by Hollywood royalty this week, when Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld joined the launch of the school's new film club. The once-in-a-lifetime visit was made possible by FILMCLUB –- an education charity which encourages schools to educate pupils about films.

(image source, The Evening Standard)

 



 

Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ for Westminster Academy

25/03/2013

Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ for Westminster Academy

Westminster Academy has been awarded an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’. This excellent news is testament to the Academy’s recent successes, with 75% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades in 2012 compared to 17% of students in 2007.
 



 

Outstanding Results for Westminster Academy

30/01/2013

Outstanding Results for Westminster Academy

Westminster Academy – the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted school we finished in 2007 – is celebrating this week, having achieved their best performance ever in the school league tables. The number of students achieving 5 A*-Cs including English and Maths has risen from 17% in 2007 to 75% in 2012. The Academy is now in the top 11% of schools in the country when measuring ‘Value-Added’: a nod to the combined efforts of students, staff, parents, sponsors and the community.
 



 

Westminster Academy named one of the most Improved Schools in the Country

21/01/2011

Westminster Academy named one of the most Improved Schools in the Country

Westminster Academy is in the top forty of a list released by the BBC of the 200 Most Improved Schools in England.


The schools chosen for the list are those that have shown the greatest sustained improvement in their GCSE attainment over the past four years. Westminster Academy has achieved a twenty-eight point increase in the number of students who obtain five or more GCSE including English and maths. It is also in the top 25% of schools in England demonstrating value-added.


To see the list on the BBC website click here.


Westminster Academy is a city academy for 1175 students. Planned around a linear atrium on a challenging site adjacent to an elevated motorway, the building uses colour extensively on the elevations. The local community, which was fully involved in the project, has extensive access to both the school and its sports facilities. 



 

Westminster Academy's Continued Exam Success

17/09/2010

Westminster Academy's Continued Exam Success

Westminster Academy continues to achieve outstanding grades as proved by the students GCSE results this year. 74% of Academy students achieved 5 or more subjects with higher grade passes, making the Academy one of the most improved schools in the country. Four years ago only 23% of students were achieving 5+A*-C grades.


The Academy also produced impressive International Baccalaureate(IB), BTEC National Certificate and A Level results, resulting in 100% of students applying for university places to receive offers. 


Smita Bora, Principal says, “When I joined Westminster Academy, I knew we would be one of the most improved schools in the country after four years. The staff and students have achieved this aim today and I congratulate them for all their hard work and dedication.”



 

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, At Westminster Academy

08/09/2010

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, At Westminster Academy

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has given a speech to Westminster Academy, mentioning how the academies being built today are helping to shape children’s education. 


“I’m here at Westminster Academy … This school, like many other great schools is generating impressive results for children from a challengingly diverse range of backgrounds … there still aren’t enough of these good schools.”


Westminster Academy was completed in 2007 and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008 and has won numerous other awards for design. Most importantly the school is also winning recognition for improved exam results, decreased truancy and helping to reduce crime in the local area. To read all of Mr Gove’s speech click here.




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