King Solomon Academy
Westminster, United Kingdom
About King Solomon Academy
King Solomon Academy is an all-through school for 3 - 18 year olds in Lisson Grove. It opened in September 2007 with two reception classes and is growing each year, until there are classes for children from nursery age right through to sixth form. The secondary school opened in 2009 with year 7 pupils.
Pupils and their immense potential are at the heart of the academy. They live and work by the philosophy that there are no excuses and no short cuts to success, and promote excellence in every aspect of academy life.
King Solomon Academy is based in state-of-the-art, purpose built new buildings. The original Grade II listed buildings, previously the North Westminster Community School have been extensively refurbished and expanded, providing:
- Accommodation for 660 junior, middle and upper school pupils
- A multi use games area with flood lighting for year round use
- A new sports building with excellent indoor sports facilities and equipment
- A well equipped design and technology suite
- On site catering facilities to provide high quality hot meals every day
- A brand new infant school for 180 reception and key stage one pupils with a sixty place nursery
Aims, Vision and Values
High Aspirations for All. Our vision is that every pupil achieves academic success and has the real option of going to university. We believe our pupils work hard towards this goal because we make it real for them.
We name our classes after well known university cities and we name each year group by the year in which they will graduate from KSA.
In secondary school we run an annual residential trip to a university to learn about life beyond school. This trip will be a reward for pupils' hard work. We will also provide mentors from different careers, from doctors to journalists and architects, and we will arrange internships for older pupils.
It is essential that all children leave school with mastery of English and mathematics. Our first priority is that we build a foundation in literacy and numeracy as this provides a gateway to all other learning. Pupils should be able to read, write and work with numbers fluently and confidently. Our curriculum focuses heavily on building these foundations.
Extended learning opportunities provide time for a rich curriculum, stimulating new interests and enhancing children's learning experiences. We have developed strong relationships with our local and wider neighbourhood and we benefit from a range of visiting professionals, artists, writers and musicians. We believe trips offer a wealth of learning and are an effective means of rewarding hard work.
Like all Ark academies, King Solomon Academy has a maths specialism. Proficiency in maths is essential in every sphere of adult life, so we invest in the resources to attract and train the best maths teachers. We aim to produce confident and proficient mathematicians. We will ensure that pupils acquire skills as early as possible. We will help every student to maximise their skills and qualifications and offer those with particular ability the chance to accelerate their achievement in maths and further maths.
King Solomon Academy is a music specialist school. We chose music as a specialism because it is fun and inspiring and can involve every pupil. We believe that being part of the KSA orchestra will create a great sense of shared identity as well enabling our pupils to benefit from the known academic, intellectual and social advantages of musical training.
King Solomon Academy was inspected by Ofsted in May 2013 and was graded as "outstanding" in all areas. You can read the full report here.
Among the points highlighted by the Inspectors in the academy's first full inspection report since opening, they say:
“King Solomon Academy is an outstanding and unique 21st century school". Among many other points Ofsted praise KSA's creation and inspiration of "a community of enthusiastic learners, who are passionate about achieving academic excellence."
The Ark network
King Solomon Academy is part of Ark, an international charity transforming lives through education. Ark has 38 schools across the UK in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Ark exists to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. Ark schools are all non-selective and in areas where they can make the biggest difference.
Read more about Ark: http://arkonline.org/