Black History Month 2009

With the onset of Black History Month many leading inspirational black figures such as; Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, (to name a few) and at present times Barack Obama have prominent places in our minds.

To commemorate, each week we’ll be taking a look at the achievements of our very own members of staff at Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES). Continue reading

Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) lecturer unveils new book

Joanne Haywood, a leading studio jeweller and an associate lecturer at Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) has unveiled her new book; Mixed-Media Jewellery. Commissioned by A&C Black Publishing the book encompasses the essence of mixed-media jewellery in contemporary society and its methods and techniques for aspiring jewellers.

In order to write the book Haywood embarked upon a journey discovering the use and impact of mixed-media jewellery throughout the globe which has bought the specialist area of jewellery to a wider audience. Continue reading

Constance Briscoe visits Childcare Diploma Graduates at WAES

waes logo1Constance Briscoe, author of Ugly, Beyond Ugly and one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK, visited the graduating class of the Level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice at Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) on Thursday 9th July 2009.

Briscoe attended the event after graduating student Elizabeth-Ann Murphy and her tutor Angela Gordon-Wright made contact with her via her website Continue reading

WAES celebrates publication of Good Ofsted Inspection Report

WAES-webWestminster Adult Education Service (WAES) is celebrating the publication of its Ofsted inspection report after being awarded a Good: Grade 2 overall.

During the week commencing 11 May 2009, the service was inspected by Ofsted, the government department responsible for setting and monitoring standards in education. The purpose of the inspection was to assess the quality of education provision for adults provided by WAES, and to consider the effectiveness of the service along with its capacity to improve. The inspection also assessed the service for leadership and management and quality assurance procedures. Continue reading


Students from Westminster Adult Education Service’s (WAES) Special Effects make-up courses gained some real-life work experience after joining the Hollywood film set of screenwriter-director Neil Marshall’s “Doomsday”.

The futuristic action thriller, said to be a blend of Escape From New York and Mad Max, required more than 150 extras to be made-up as “marauders”, which consisted of scarification (scars), tattoos, and an overall punk-tribal look.

The one day shoot in London at an old Ministry of Defence (MOD) site near Chertsey, meant the make-up crew were stretched to their limits by the 150 extras that had to be quickly and efficiently made-up at intervals during the night.

The opportunity came from an ex-WAES make-up student, Simone Stubbs, the head of the make-up department on the feature film, which had already shot on location in South Africa and Scotland.

Jin Jin Ong, a WAES student who worked on the set, said that she was really inspired by the experience.

“It was insightful to work on a Hollywood movie production. There was so much going on and we worked really hard and enjoyed all of it,” Jin Jin said.

“I would really love to continue to work on this scale, working with Paul the Special Effects makeup artist was a really great experience.”

Marita Sargsjana also worked on the set and said that taking part in the experience had given her a boost in confidence.

“The experience was really great and I enjoyed working as part of a team and meeting new people. It has given me the confidence to keep on going,” Marita said.

“I am very happy with the progress in my career and I will continue to study at WAES.”

If you would like more information on make-up courses at WAES, call now on 020 7297 7297.

WAES Tutor Breaks Weightlifting Record

Denise Ramsay-Overall, a fitness tutor at Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES), broke the British Snatch Weightlifting record at the GL Senior Weightlifting Championship held at Crystal Palace on Saturday 27 October 2007.

Denise set the new snatch record, unbroken since 2000, by lifting 86kgs in the 75kgs body weight category.

While working her way towards her ultimate goal, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Denise, a former British and English champion, also promotes fitness through teaching at WAES.

For over seven years Denise, 35, has been working with WAES to empower elderly people with exercise. Her fitness courses promote healthy living, exercise and social interaction allowing elderly people to live independent and longer lives. She teaches Chair Based Aerobics, Fitness for Women with English Support and Summer Power Walk Club at WAES. Continue reading


Westminster City Council’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Carolyn Keen, has praised students of Westminster Adult Education Services’ (WAES) for their remarkable achievements in learning at an awards ceremony at Council House on Monday, 21 May 2007.

The awards were presented to the students as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Week celebration and recognise those students who have realised life-long dreams and transformed their lives through learning.

Sahra Ali is just one of the students who received an award on Monday night. Having only arrived from Somalia three years ago, Sahra joined English classes at WAES in September 2006. With no opportunity to attend school in Somalia, this was the first class that Sahra had attended. Sahra has now learnt to say and write alphabet letters and read short familiar words and phrases.

Sahra’s tutor Ruth Lennard said: ‘Sahra has worked extremely hard and made excellent progress as an ESOL Basic Literacy Learner. For beginner students with little English, trying to listen and concentrate in class is extremely tiring and requires a lot of stamina. Sahra has shown a great deal of determination and should be congratulated’.

Donald Lush, Director of Student Support for WAES said: ‘Every person who received an award has a great story to tell. We want everyone, whatever their age or background, to have the opportunity to succeed’. Continue reading