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Welcome to WA Sixth Form!

"Thank you for giving the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors the opportunity to hear the history, ethos and commitment of Westminster Academy. It is such a powerful story of community building and providing access to quality education. The students were the best ambassadors for the school, and being evidence of the results the school is able to reach. We were truly impressed!" (Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of the IB, after visiting WA in November 2022)

PW 2021 10 22 IMG 3322Ours is a wonderfully diverse community at WA and to achieve our mission - “Education is Success” - we offer an education that provides not only the excellent academic outcomes that give students choices, but a broad and balanced education that nurtures curiosity, focuses on critical thinking and intercultural understanding so that students embody the IB Learner Profile and are equipped to make an impact upon the world. 

The WA Sixth Form is a supportive community which carefully guides young people through these two important years to help them feel prepared for university, apprenticeships, careers and the personal challenges that come as a young adult. We offer students numerous extra-curricular opportunities to gain real life experiences, to develop socially and emotionally, and to have fun. We are proud of our IB students' consistently excellent academic achievements and we are even more proud of the principled, caring young people they become.

Dr Paul Wood, Principal

International Baccalaureate programmes

The IB at WA (presentation to parents and carers by Paul Wood April 2023)

IB learner profile logo enThe International Baccalaureate has a Mission ‘to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’  The IB works actively towards achieving its Mission via academic programmes that allow students to develop relevant knowledge, skills, and traits.

IB programmes aim to develop specific attributes that empower learners to promote intercultural understanding and respect; these attributes form the IB Learner Profile and are embedded in our ethos at Westminster Academy.

For more information on courses, please visit:

The IB Diploma Programme

The IB Career Programme

Download our SIxth Form Prospectus

For details of our Open Evening and applying to the Sixth Form at Westminster Academy, please visit:

Sixth Form Admissions

Read the 'Sixthletter'

‘The Sixthletter’ was launched in December 2019 as an internal Sixth Form project: a regular newsletter with articles, features and artwork created and compiled by students only. Take a look at some examples of their work below.

2022-23 Term 2 edition

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Westminster Academy: Student Voices

Westminster Academy: Opportunity

  • 06/11/24 Ahead of the UK general election our school is preparing for the WA Big Vote! Why should young people vote? Our students would love to hear from you  - what are your views? — Westminster Academy () June 11, 2024
  • 06/10/24 Year 12 IB students are currently setting up for their Theory of Knowledge (#TOK ) and Service Learning (#IBCP) exhibitions! We are excited to hear them discuss their projects and hear their reflections on their hard work in these areas this year.— Westminster Academy () June 10, 2024
  • 06/6/24 This year we've been delighted to see 85 students sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award! Here are some of our Year 12s enjoying the view on their recent expedition. They will take away valuable skills and wonderful memories pic.twitter.com/It8qvBpUmT— Westminster Academy () June 6, 2024
  • 05/20/24 Thank you so much for a fantastic talk. Students found it extremely engaging, & afterwards one Y12 said the talk has made her consider studying History at uni! So grateful to have top academics support us in exposing students to these exciting pathways. Read more pic.twitter.com/ApnCBEqN30— Westminster Academy () May 20, 2024
  • 05/16/24 Wonderful to see staff share ideas and fascinating research at our annual Professional Learning Community showcase this week. This is our celebration of a year-long inquiry into different areas of professional interest aligned with our WA Way. pic.twitter.com/7MyXuM7YMe— Westminster Academy () May 16, 2024
  • 05/14/24 It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 🎉If you’re needing a little support, here’s who to call ☎️ pic.twitter.com/jXW5d8jbcp— Mind () May 13, 2024
  • 05/13/24 Last week our Hero of the Week (pictured) was recognised for the traits of being a Thinker, Communicator & Caring. Every day in Personal Development she creates a board of revision notes, helping her own revision and that of her Y11 classmates. Well done! pic.twitter.com/KSnhMX2tO1— Westminster Academy () May 13, 2024
  • 05/13/24 Great to see alumni engaging with project & embracing associated enrichment opportunities.⬇️Thankyou & Bernie Graham for visiting & making the day so special. Read more— Holocaust Education () May 10, 2024
  • 05/10/24 A huge thank you to Bernie Graham and for joining Year 9 students for their Holocaust workshop this week. The students really enjoyed their thoughtful conversations with you and learning more about individuals affected by the Holocaust pic.twitter.com/flGHa83ISX— Westminster Academy () May 10, 2024
  • 05/7/24 It is lovely when we see familiar faces return to WA and when we hear what our alumni go on to do after they leave us! Thank you to the former students who took the time to come in and chat to Year 12s for a careers carousel event and thank you Read more— Westminster Academy () May 7, 2024
  • 05/2/24 Basketball coaching and mentoring with our coaches is such an exciting and rewarding programme for our students. We are proud to see them develop and achieve success through opportunities like these, and above all, they have so much fun! Read more— Westminster Academy () May 2, 2024
  • 04/25/24 Our Principal & Vice Principal are currently at the ECIS conference enjoying lots of interesting discussion! Kevin Bartlett's Portrait of a Learner particularly resonates with what we seek to achieve with our own IB-informed 'WA Way' pic.twitter.com/pJNpFDFJts— Westminster Academy () April 25, 2024