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


Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) prides itself in searching for the best possible tutors in order to deliver the best possible teaching and Anna Silverton is no exception.

Anna Silverton is a Course Team Leader for 3D Art & Design at WAES and an accomplished Ceramist who runs her own studio from home.

Her clients range from Doris Lockhart Saatchi and Sir Terence Conran. Anna has also enlisted a wide range of corporate clients who commission her to produce one off ceramic pieces. Previous clients include Butterfield Chapel, Covent Garden, London Meridian Hotel Piccadilly, Budapest
Four Seasons Hotel, Canary Wharf, London Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire
Radiance of the Sea, Caribbean Cruise Ship Sandy Lane, Barbados.

Anna has built up an elaborate collection of ceramic vases over the years receiving impressive coverage at exhibitions and in magazines including Elle Decoration. Currently some of her work is being exhibited at Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in London.

“All my vases and bowls are wheel thrown. I like to interrupt and repeat structures, through cutting, joining and reshaping on the wheel, to discover new forms and hone them” says Anna.

Anna completed an
MA Degree (with commendation) at the Royal College of Art, from there she went on to teach Ceramics in America. When returning to the UK she naturally continued her teaching as a part time Ceramic tutor at WAES and then went onto becoming a Course Team Leader. Anna has been a tutor at WAES for over 15 years and thoroughly enjoys the experience.

“Teaching is incredibly satisfying and I absolutely love it, I’ve remained with WAES for so long as I’m passionate about the quality of teaching and the excellence of facilities. WAES excels on both those accounts as some of the equipment we use at WAES is equivalent to that of degree level.”

Anna’s experience at WAES has given her immense satisfaction, she has seen people fulfil their lifelong dreams and go onto achieve great things, at Universities or in their own studios.

Anna goes onto say that; “ Over the years there’s been a wide range of people taking ceramic courses at WAES, some are older learners with hobbies, people returning to study and broaden their horizons or sometimes professionals looking to increase their skills. Whatever their reason, background or ability I have never yet failed to teach anyone how to use potters wheel to make functional ceramics, I gain great pleasure from that.”

WAES was the first adult education to offer a glass course and is still the only adult education to offer kiln-formed glass. This coupled with the fact that WAES has some of the best quality tutors are the main reasons why students from all over London and beyond come to study at WAES.

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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 Adult Education Service (WAES), in partnership with Age Concern Westminster and Open Age, are spearheading a £100,000 project backed by the City of Westminster to deliver a range of activities and classes to engage the over 50’s in Westminster.

Reaching U offers a range of activities and classes to help the over 50’s maintain active lifestyles and encourage participation.

Taster sessions held in Pimlico and Maida Vale have already proved successful with a many people participating in the varied range of courses including Art, Line Dancing, Tai Chi and digital photography.

Westminster Adult Education Services’ coordinator for the project, Lauretta Von Paulson said that Reaching U was a great project to be involved in.

“We are very pleased to be involved with the Reaching U project because it gives us the opportunity to reach learners who might not otherwise get involved,” Lauretta said. “Our goal is to increase participation within the community, particularly from the over 50’s, by offering fun and informative classes in venues where people feel relaxed and comfortable.”


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