Where the money went – How Labour invested in Westminster’s secondary schools

Westminster academyWestminster’s Building Schools for the Future programme, initiated by the last Labour Government and supported by Labour Councillors, has rebuilt or refurbished all of Westminster’s secondary schools.

Pimlico Academy
• £34 million rebuild of the Lupus Street site school
• enhanced sports provision and facilities to support the schools specialism as a performing and visual arts college
• new community library and adult education centre
• Completed: 2011

St. Marylebone School
• redevelopment of the Blandford Street site into a university style learning centre for children aged 14 – 19
• refurbishment of the High Street site to support the school’s specialist subjects of performing arts, maths and computing
• Completed: 2010.

Westminster City School
• creation of new classrooms, improved sixth form provision and a sports hall for the school and community
• development of new music rooms and a drama studio
• new art department
• Completed: 2010.

St. Augustine’s CE High School
• refurbishment of main teaching block, including facade improvements
• new science laboratories to support the school’s specialism in science
• new atrium dining area linking the existing main school buildings
• new drama and activity studios
• new full size sports hall available for community use
• landscaping works to the entire site
• capacity increase from 700 to 900 pupils
• Completed 2011.

St. George’s RC School
• improvements to current school building
• increased pupil capacity from 600 to 750
• new classrooms and science laboratories
• new sports hall
• roof top court for variety of sports and play
• conversion of the existing gym into new drama and music spaces
• additional dining area and activity hall
• Completed 2011.

The Grey Coat Hospital
• new block at the St. Andrew’s site
• state of the art facilities for drama, music, art and film studies
• improvements to the outdoor sports facilities, which will be available for community use
• improvements to St. Andrew’s and St. Michael’s sites to increase dining and study space
• Completed 2011.

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School
• combination of refurbishment and new-build
• new hydrotherapy and physiotherapy suite
• new post-16 centre with independent living suite and gymnasium.
• Completed: June 2011

College Park School
• Brand new school built on the existing site
• Facilities include a new full service kitchen, additional therapy rooms, improved drama and art facilities to meet the needs of pupils with autism and complex needs and a full suite of IT enabled teaching accommodation.
• Completion date: December 2011
Alternative Provision Centre (incorporating Beachcroft School)
• A new facility to help young people who have had difficulty in mainstream schools continue their education.

Quintin Kynaston School
• Brand new accommodation for this 1,300 pupil school
• new science and music blocks and the integration of advanced Information Communication Technology (ICT) services across the whole school;
• new suite of sports facilities, available for community use.

King Solomon Academy
• Opened in 2007 in Penfold Street in a new building, together with the existing former North Westminster Community school building
• The Primary School opened in September 2007 with just 22 Reception pupils. From September 2013, we have 480 pupils across 7 year groups, Nursery to Year 6. In our school each pupil is known and cared about as an individual and behaviour and manners are exemplary.
• The Secondary school started with just 60 Year 7 pupils in September 2009. From September 2015, we will have all year groups from years 7 to 13, comprising around 360 pupils. We are a uniquely small secondary school where pupils are known and cared about as individuals and where behaviour and manners are exemplary.

Paddington Academy
• Established in September 2006, the school has a curriculum specialism in Media and Performing Arts and Business and Enterprise.
• In 2010, Paddington Academy became the second most improved academy in England, was ranked the 5th best school in the country and was ranked 2nd for the most student progress. As of 2011, it received the 3rd highest amount of students receiving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs in Westminster and was ranked the 4th best school in England.

Westminster Academy
• Westminster Academy opened in September 2006 in temporary accommodation and moved into new purpose-built premises in the summer of 2007 in the Westbourne Green area.
• Westminster Academy students are currently celebrating 80% A/A* grades as well as smashing a series of other records for the Academy in the IB Diploma, IB Career-related Programme and vocational courses with 95% A*-B, 97% A*-C and 100% A*-E grades. In July, Westminster Academy IB Diploma students achieved an average of almost 35 points, well above the 2015 world average of 29.88, with 100% of students passing the diploma.
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