Paddington Academy

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Motto The best in everyone
Established 1 September 2006 (2006-09-01)[1]
Type Academy
Headteacher Katie Gillam and Peter Jones
Location Marylands Road
W9 2dr
Local authority City of Westminster
DfE number 213/6905
DfE URN 130912 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1146
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Navy and Pale Blue

Paddington Academy is a non-selective co-educational secondary school and academy located in Maida Vale in the borough of Westminster and the ceremonial county of London, England.[1] Established in September 2006, it is run by United Learning, the new name of the United Church Schools Trust.[2] The school has a curriculum specialism in Media and Performing Arts and Business and Enterprise.[3] It was officially opened by The Princess Royal on 19 March 2009.[4]


Paddington Academy opened in September 2006 as one of two new academies (along with Westminster Academy) established to replace North Westminster Community School. According to the government, North Westminster Community School was apparently failing since just 25% of pupils were leaving with 5 A*-C grade GCSEs. The initial plan was for the school to move to an older building located on North Wharf Road for its first term of opening and then move into a brand new building located on Marylands Road. However, work on the new building was severely delayed a number of times which forced the school to stay situated on North Wharf Road for a year before finally being able to move to the new and current site in 2007.[5][6]


In the academy's first Ofsted report in 2007 it was described as "[an] academy [that] rightly judges that standards remain low and that achievement is inadequate."[7] The academy's second Ofsted report and first full inspection in 2009 showed that there was an improvement in the grades of students however, there was a lack of consistency within the subjects. However, overall the school was described as "[an] academy which provides a satisfactory quality of education."[8]

In 2007, GCSE results showed that only 25% of students managed to get 5 or more A*–C grades including English and Maths. The following year that figure reached up 41%, a 16% increase. This then fell again to only 34% including English and Maths in 2009, a 7% decrease in the amount of students managing to reach the sufficient grades.[9] However, in 2010 the number of students achieving 5 or more A*–C GCSE grades including English and Maths jumped to 62% and in total, 94% of students managed to achieve 5 or more A*–C grades, up from 86% the year before. As of 2011, the results show that figure has manage to rise again to 68% with a total of 99% of students managing to achieve 5 or more A*–C GCSEs, a 5% increase from last year.[10]

In 2010, Paddington Academy became the second most improved academy in England, was ranked the 5th best school in the country and was ranked 2nd for the most student progress.[11] As of 2011, it received the 3rd highest amount of students receiving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs in Westminster and was ranked the 4th best school in England.[10]

In 2011 Mohammed Said Noor became the first ever student to gain a place at Oxbridge from Paddington Academy. Mohammed received 3A*s and 1A in his A-levels and is currently studying Medicine at the University of Cambridge.[12]

In 2015 the academy recorded its highest number of students going to Russell group universities. The most impressive of the year was the school sending its first Bangladeshi student to study History at University of Cambridge as well as Loui Silawli getting a chance to study Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Minority white British Student[citation needed]Jack McKinney is currently reading Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, after being one of five to achieve 3A*s. [13]

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  1. ^ a b "Establishment: Paddington Academy". EduBase. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ Charity Commission. United Learning Trust, registered charity no. 1093277. 
  3. ^ "Academy Information". Paddington Academy. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Princess Anne opens Paddington Academy". Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Mason, Paul (November 6, 2006). "A "lost year of education" for Academy school?". BBC. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Charity Commission. United Church Schools Trust, registered charity no. 1016538. 
  7. ^ "Paddington Academy". Ofsted. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Paddington Academy Inspection Report". Ofsted. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Anti Academies Alliance" (PDF). AntiAcademies. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Loeb, Josh (August 26, 2011). "Students at Paddington Academy celebrate GSCE results". West End Extra. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Paddington Success Nationally". Paddington Academy. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ Eysenck, Juliet (August 18, 2011). "Academy student gains Cambridge place". Westminster Chronicle. 
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