Westside School Westside School

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    Who We Are

    Westside School was founded in 2006 as a charitable, independent school located in North Westminster. In 2013, the Department of Education gave its approval for Westside to become an Alternative Provision Free School Academy, after an application the DfE described as ‘outstanding’. The new Westside moved to a large, newly-outfitted building just off Hammersmith's King St in September 2013. 

    Westside was set up to provide a supportive, individually-focused, effective alternative educational option  for students. We  provide a small-scale, consistent and academically rigorous atmosphere in which  students can rise to meet high expectations and get on track. Westside School  has a current capacity for 50 students, Years 7-11 and includes provision for students with SEND.

    In addition we offer  a short respite programme  for student in Years 7 and 8 and  full time alternative educational provision for Years 9, 10, and 11.  Students are referred to Westside by their mainstream settings or by local authority agencies. The school offers a full-time GCSE programme of study; a combination of GCSEs and Vocational qualifications are available.

    Year 7 and 8

    We provide short-term respite programme of either a half-term or a term, for Year 7 and 8 students who are disengaged in their mainstream education. The intention is that after the programme, the student will be successfully reintegrated back into their host school.  Each student is set individual targets.  On occasions Year 8 students remain at Westside and continue their education, if it has been decided that they would not successfully reintegrate back into mainstream. 

    The focus of Westside is to support both the academic, personal and social achievement of our students. We  equip our students with the necessary life skills to prepare them to become part of their communities, and progress to take advantage of the opportunities available at post 16, including placements at local FE colleges and apprenticeships. 

    The school is managed by a Headteacher and a committed team of specialist staff, who are experienced in dealing with vulnerable and challenging young people. The school benefits from the support of an active and skilled board of school trustees who are committed to lifting the educational opportunities of  young people.

    Five reasons to choose Westside:
    Modern facilities and high-quality teaching to provide a welcoming and flexible learning hub.
    Small, calm, nurturing environment in which to re-engage and raise self-esteem.
    Focus on personalised learning   with individual aspirational targets.
    Bespoke programmes available on request, including vocational, outreach and KS5 options.
    Rapid intervention in response to need, with fully flexible start dates.
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