WA parents are invited to our FREE Triple P Parenting course; 8 sessions starting Friday 18th September 10.00-12.30. Email [email protected] for more information.
Behaviour Policy
Good behaviour is actively sought by each member of the Academy community. Our chances of success and happiness, both in school and in the future, depend considerably upon the ability to demonstrate self-control and to make responsible choices regarding behaviour. From a very early age we all make choices about our behaviour, understanding the differences between right and wrong. People can, and usually do, choose to behave well. However, when they do misbehave they are making a conscious decision to do so. A cornerstone of success is the manner in which we are all involved in ensuring that the right choices are available and supported. To ensure a positive learning environment, we recognise that all members of the Academy must accept responsibility for their own behaviour and for correcting misbehaviour. For this to work, there has to be cooperation, communication and consistency between students, parents, staff and governors.

The Behaviour Policy provides a set of common standards of behaviour to which all members of the Westminster Academy community adhere. The Academy values are the foundation of these standards. Consistent strategies in behaviour management are used to maintain a safe, disciplined and attractive learning environment for all. Our policy documents relating to behaviour are given below:
 Appendix B - Incident Codes (in the process of being reviewed)
 Appendix C - Student Support Guidance
 Appendix D - Warning System (under review)

Uniform Policy
Westminster Academy has a strict uniform policy. Please read our policy below for further information.

Freedom of Information Policy
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to recorded information held by public authorities and obliges them to disclose information, subject to a range of exemptions. Applicants have the right:

- To be told whether the information exists

- To receive the information within 20 working days

The following will
provide details of:  



The white paper The Importance of Teaching outlined the intention to simplify the School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Codes the “Codes”) so that it is easier for schools, academies and parents to understand and act upon, while maintaining fairness as the guiding principle.
On 1 December 2011 the Department laid the revised Codes before Parliament, as required under section 85 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Subject to the views of Parliament, these Codes will came into force on 1 February 2012, affecting the 2013/14 admissions intake.
Listed below is our Admissions Policy which complies to the above, and stipulates the criteria for applying to Westminster Academy.Arrangements for Admissions Appeals are contained within our Admissions Policy, should you wish to make an appeal against an Admissions decision.


Complaints Policy

This policy is for the benefit of parents/carers of students at the Westminster Academy and accords with good practice.

Westminster Academy has a consistent policy of making parents/carers feel welcome at their child’s school. Governors hope that parents/carers find it easy to discuss their child’s progress with members of staff. When there are particular concerns which parents/carers wish to share, we encourages the parent/carer to contact us by telephone or email/letter so that the matter can be dealt with quickly and informally.

This policy will be relied upon in respect of all complaints by parents/carers against Westminster Academy except in the following areas, where separate policies exist:

· child protection allegations

· permanent exclusion

· admission appeals

· appeals relating to internal assessment decisions for external qualifications

The following will provide details of:

Our Complaints Policy

Charging and Remissions Policy

The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips, clubs and residential experiences can make towards students' education.  The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the students of the Academy and as additional optional activities.  However, due to the limited funds in the delegated budget, the Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the Academy. The Governing Body will, from time to time, review and amend the categories of activity for which a charge may be made.This policy complies to Sections 449-462 of the Education Act 1996.

SEN Report

Every child is a unique individual with personal, social and intellectual needs. At the Academy we believe that every child has talents, skills and interests which must be nurtured and developed. We believe that every child has an entitlement to equal opportunities, and the offer of personalised support in respect of Special Educational Needs, including students with disabilities, English as an Additional Language, Gifted and Talented to name but a few.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is allocated to the Academy to give to those students identified as being entitled to and in receipt of free school meals. However, it is not ring-fenced to those students and can be spent in any way the Academy considers encompasses the specific needs of the free school meals students.

For information:

i)  The Academy has budgeted to receive Pupil Premium of c£300,000 in 2012/13.

ii) This will be utilised to meet the needs of those students on free school meals via our Alternative Curriculum provision which personalises learning, catering for students with complex needs who do not have a statement.

iii) At Westminster Academy, students on Free School Meals make as much progress as those without because we have benefited from extra funding in the past to enable smaller class sizes and extremely specific, targeted intervention. Although this extra funding has now ceased, the Pupil Premium has enabled us to sustain this level of intervention in English and Maths.

iv)  Pupil Premium for 2011/12 was utilised as per point (iii)

v) The Academy considers that this use of the Pupil Premium is appropriate, as demonstrated by the Academy's results in 2012, which demonstrates that there is no significant difference between the performance of students with Free School Meals and those without.


ASDAN Policies

ASDAN Satellite and Partnership Arrangements Form

ASDAN Staffing Update

ASDAN WA Access to Fair Assessment Policy

ASDAN WA Appeals Policy

ASDAN WA Data Protection Policy

ASDAN WA Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy

ASDAN WA Health and Safety Policy

ASDAN Internal Moderation Policy

ASDAN WA Malpractice Policy