West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form Course Guide

A sixth form for success About West Lakes Academy Sixth Form As one of the highest performing sixth form centres in Cumbria you will be joining a sixth form where success is shown in our results. Many students go on to study at their top choice of university or move on to higher level apprenticeships and successful careers. As a sixth form student you will have access to our dedicated sixth form centre and learning area. Our students benefit from state of the art resources and technology and outstanding ICT resources including Apple Macs and iPads. Our specialism in science is supported by our sponsors, UCLan (Universityof Central Lancashire) as well as two of the most important energy organisations in the UK; the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd. With their support we benefit from a £300k engineering suite and their expertise gives students valuable opportunities to engage in industry based activities, both in and out of the academy. Our second specialism in the arts is delivered in our performing and expressive arts centre. The Sixth Form Team We have a dedicated team to support you throughout the sixth form, including two pastoral heads of year who are responsible for your progress and welfare. You will be part of a tutor group with students from years 12 and 13 and your tutor will be your first point of contact for any concerns you may have. Mr Andrew Haslop - Head of Sixth Form Mrs Diane Brown - Pastoral Head of Sixth Form Mrs Karis Orr - Pastoral Head of Sixth Form Life beyond the classroom As well as giving you the best education possible we want you to really enjoy your sixth form experience. There are lots of opportunities to engage in extra-curricular clubs including sports teams, science projects, music lessons and performing arts. There are opportunities for positions of responsibility including Principal Student Leaders and our Student Leadership Programme, which you must apply for in writing and be successful at interview in order to join. Student leaders are responsible for supporting the academy in a range of different areas including teaching and learning, student rewards and PR and events. There are also opportunities to experience international travel. Over the past few years, sixth form students have taken part in exchanges to Japan and expeditions to South India, Morocco and Tanzania. You can also support younger students with their literacy and numeracy skills and help to organise events for local primary school children. Previously, our students have helped to organise our hugely successful Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes themed days. Our students have also raised thousands of pounds for local charities and you will have the opportunity to continue this. Your future We allocate one afternoon a week for you to gain work experience in the wider community. We will support you in finding a placement in an area that interests you. Throughout the year we hold a range of events aimed at supporting you with your future choices. Apprenticeship Day involves representatives from a range of organisations coming into the academy to help you understand the different types of apprenticeships available, the application process and how to be successful. We also encourage our students to apply for the Dream Placement scheme organisedby CfLP. Previous students have been successful in gaining placements through the scheme with organisations such as Sellafield and NuGen. We host our own UCAS information day where we discuss the university application process with students and parents. We also hold mock interviews and guidance sessions on the university application process with students. There is also the opportunity to attend an Oxford and Cambridge student conference at Newcastle in Year 12. West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form 5