OUR OUTSTANDING FACILITIES Students at West Lakes Academy benefit from some of the best ICT, Apple Mac and Apple iPad facilities, a £300k engineering facility, a dedicated performing arts suite and an eco-pod science lab. Not only do we offer your child access to these fantastic resources but they are all based in our £26m state-of-the-art building. This excellent environment helps to keep motivation and morale high and allows us to deliver modern approaches to learning, using the latest technology. PARENT QUOTES “My son found the transition to secondary really challenging, he is shy and it was a huge step. The academy staff quickly supported him, encouraging him to join enrichment activities. He now plays rugby, his social network has grown and his confidence developed. I couldn’t be prouder in the change in him, over the last twelve months. - Parent of a Year 7 student. “Going from a small village school to West Lakes Academy can be a bit daunting for most children, but the support given by the staff was invaluable to my daughter. The head of year is always there for my daughter and I feel that this level of care is definitely important. I feel that I can contact the head of year about anything, big or small.” - Parent of a Year 7 student 09 LIFE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM As well as giving students at West Lakes Academy the best education possible, we also want them to really enjoy academy life and develop confidence, social skills and a wide range of interests. There are lots of opportunities to engage in physical activities such as athletics, dance and football to name just a few. Pupils can also experience residential trips and school exchanges for example, trips to Germany and Poland. There are lots of opportunities for positions of responsibility including Head Boy and Head Girl, Prefects and membership on the Academy Student Council. Pupils can also take part in national performing arts and sporting competitions. This year will mark our third year competing in an event called Dance Live. In 2023 we won the Northern heat held in Sheffield with our piece titled Sacrifice to the Blood Moon. The Year 8 boys’ rugby league team finished the season as runners up in the Cumbria Cup Final and quarter finalists in the National Cup. All of these opportunities help to develop students so they leave the academy with the will and ability to play a successful part in society. There are frequent trips, visits and opportunities for students. There is field work in geography, theatre visits in English, study visits linked to languages, pastoral awards trips and many other activities arranged by academic departments. Every week, many departments run their own lunch time/after school club or study session and the library is open at break, lunch times and after school Monday to Thursday to students from all year groups. We have a wide programme of music, performing arts and sports activities at lunchtimes and after school. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is a challenging programme of activities which are completed outside of the academy day. There are three awards to try for: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Usually, students start off with the Bronze Award in Year 10. Staff volunteer to support this and students thoroughly enjoy the experience. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in extracurricular activities and many opportunities for students to perform throughout the year including our Christmas concert, whole school production, young musician of the year event and our annual awards evening.