COVID-19 / Coronavirus
We have created a page to provide service updates and useful resources relating to Family Information.
Coronavirus: Free Online Courses, Activities and Resources for Children on Lockdown
Please find free online learning resources compiled by teachers and parents who normally homeschool. These covers a range of topics from maths, geography, science, literature to fun craft activities, cookery and exercises you can enjoy with your kids at home:
All 3 and 4-year-olds whose parents require it are entitled to up to 15 hours per week of early education or childcare during term time. An additional 15 hours is available for working parents. A comprehensive list of childcare providers can be found in the Early Help Information Service Directory. Some 2-year-olds are also entitled to up to 15 hours per week of free early education or childcare. These places can be taken up at pre-schools, through childminders or at a selected number of nurseries and in some children's centres
Information on the schools admission process is available from https://www.westminster.gov.uk/contact-school-admissions-and-access-education-team - this provides a breakdown of the school admission process, transferring between schools and help for school travel expenses, exclusions and elective home education.
Links to individual schools
There are 85 schools across Westminster, please use the links on the right-hand side to show which schools are available near you.
To find up to date performance information, please check individual schools website or the Government's School Performance Website.
Complaints procedure for schools
Any complaints regarding schools should be made through the school.
Up until a young person's 18 years old, they need to be in full time education, apprenticeship, traineeship or doing 20 hours of volunteering a week. The Young Westminster website provides a good place to see local options for post-16.
Westminster Adult Education Service is Westminster's adult college, offering full-time and part-time study in the daytime, evenings and at weekends. www.waes.ac.uk/
Visit the Westminster Adult Education Service at Lisson grove to get a taste of the adult courses on offer. Open day information can be found at: www.waes.ac.uk/opendays
All of our libraries offer free WIFI, computers for public use, events and activities and a wide range of resources. It is free to become a member and once you join you will access to over 1 million books, games, language course and talking books in our lending libraries, access to specialist libraries (Westminster Music Library), the Westminster Chinese Library, the Westminster Archives and Local Studies Centre and the two reference libraries. You library care will also give you access to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham Council libraries. www.westminster.gov.uk/libraries
Every local authority maintained schools and academy school is legally required to publish an SEN Policy and SEN Information Report. These should be freely available to download from the school's website.
An SEN Policy should tell you about arrangements and responsibilities the school has for meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND. This should include information on legal obligations and guidelines, the school's aims, objectives and vision, the roles and responsibilities of staff and arrangements for monitoring and evaluation.
The SEN Information Report should tell you about how the SEN Policy is applied in practice. You should expect to see information on how the school identifies and monitors for SEND, how they support children and young people identified with SEND, their ambitions for children and young people with SEND and how they will achieve them.
We have worked with local schools to makes sure their SEN Policies and SEN Information Reports are available on the Local Offer. To download these for any school, naviagate to their record on the Local Offer directory and click on the download link on the right-hand side.