Driving excellence through specialism
The specialist school movement now includes over 3,000 secondary schools in England and has been a vehicle for school improvement, a key contributor to national programmes and the leading innovator in the curriculum and school organisation. Specialist school status changes a school’s culture. It breeds a ‘can-do’ attitude and an innovative approach.
At Westminster City School we use our specialist status to create a challenging learning environment. This helps raise standards of achievement with the quality of teaching and learning in science and mathematics leading to whole school improvement in performance.
As a specialist science college we provide a centre of excellence in scientific, technological, enterprise and vocational education. We encourage young people to pursue science and mathematics beyond 16, providing them with appropriate learning pathways so they develop the skills needed to be active citizens within an increasingly scientific world.
We have been so successful in these aspects of our work that we have attracted additional funding from the government to help us develop them even further. This extra funding is spent on facilities and activities which directly benefit our pupils and community.
“...the proportion of students gaining good passes is higher than at the last inspection, with results in the specialist subjects of biology, chemistry and physics improving year on year.”