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  • Westside Staff 2015

Our Story So Far

  • 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 and currently has a full complement of 26 students.

Westside was set up to address the lack of supportive, calm, individually-focused and, above all, effective alternative educational options in the immediate area for students at risk of exclusion. We aim to provide a small-scale, consistent and academically rigorous atmosphere in which the student can rise to meet high expectations and get on track. Once we have supported the students to feel settled in their new environment, the next step is to improve their self-esteem, maximise their academic capacity and widen their horizons and ambitions.

Our Results

Since opening, Westside has enabled dozens of vulnerable young people to start with a clean slate, re-engage with education and embrace opportunities.

The overwhelming majority of Westside alumni go on to further education, employment or training after Westside. Of those who have since finished their courses, some are working at: British Gas, the Royal Parks and at other establishments locally as carpenters, chefs, or gardeners. Every year we have a few students who go on to A Levels and, with our in-house Prospects career-training, we aim that our leavers are successful in applying for colleges and vocational courses. We are particularly proud of one alumnus who is now at university.

We are also proud of our GCSE, results, which are significantly better than those of comparable organisations:   

  • In 2013, 100% of Westside students gained 5+ GCSEs at A* - G level
  • 80% achieved at least 1 A*-C grade
  • Compare this to the National PRU data for 2011-12 (the most recent data), where only 19% got 5+ GCSEs at A*-G level 
  • From this 2012 cohort, 40% were SEN-statemented, 80% were identified as low attainers at their mainstream schools in Key Stage 2, and 80% had EAL challenges: making these results all the more impressive in a year which saw exclusions reduced and attendance improve