10 OUR COMMUNITY We place great importance on working in partnership with parents. We have high expectations of parental engagement in their child’s education particularly with homework, listening to their child read and providing them with a suitable environment in which to do their homework. We also enjoy a successful partnership with parents in making sure that students meet our high standards of appearance and discipline. Our community stretches further to include local people and residents, businesses and voluntary groups. Students play an active role in their community through fundraising and voluntary services. Our Student Council has representatives from within each year group who work both within the academy and outside in the local community. OUR SKILLED STAFF Students at West Lakes Academy are taught by a team of skilled and enthusiastic staff in every subject area. Our focus is on developing outstanding teaching and learning and delivering excellent lessons. We are committed to attracting and keeping high quality teaching and support staff dedicated to your child’s success. TRANSITION We pride ourselves in offering a complete worry-free transition process for all our Year 7 students. We provide as much reassurance and information about the new school year as possible so that each student receives a smooth, happy and seamless start to the next chapter of their academic life. Staff from the academy visit students in their primary schools throughout their time in Year 6, making time to talk to their class teachers. During the summer term students are invited in to the academy for a day. There is also the opportunity to take part in our summer school, which allows our new students to settle into the academy and feel part of the family before they join us in September. CHALLENGING ALL STUDENTS The academy is committed to giving a personalised learning experience to all of its learners. As a result of this, we recognise the need to provide extended provision for those learners whose mind-set is already sufficiently resilient. In all subjects across the academy, we aim to ensure that students achieve the highest levels of attainment and make exceptional progress in their time here. We endeavour to provide a stimulating learning environment, set challenging tasks and regularly review learning with our students. We enrich provision beyond the classroom by providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits and enrichment opportunities. Core provision for students is through quality teaching in the classroom. Staff training is provided regularly to update and further develop classroom practice.