Summer 2018: Rock Challenge Northern Premier Winners and National 2nd Place Winners

October 2017: Golden Apple Education Awards- WINNERS!

The academy was shortlisted for three and won all three Golden Apple Education Awards.

Best Secondary School: West Lakes Academy

Best Support Staff: Ken Brown, West Lakes Academy

Best Student: Eli Hughes, West Lakes Academy


July 2017: Academy awarded Teaching School and National Support School Status!

Academy has been awarded Teaching School and National Support School Status. Read more here.

March 2017: Outstanding OFSTED report!

The academy received an outstanding Ofsted report. Read more here.

September 2016: Golden Apple Education Awards – Finalists

The academy was shortlisted for three Golden Apple Education Awards.

Learner of the year: Sarah Jackson

Support staff of the year: SIMS team

Teaching assistant of the year: Tess Richardson


March 2016: Scholastic Reading School Status



November 2015: Bronze Commendation (Children’s Commissioner Takeover Challenge)



October 2015: Pearson National Teaching Awards – Gold WinnerPearson Winner Logo

The West Lakes Academy English team won the gold Pearson Teaching Award for ‘Outstanding School Team of the Year’. Read the full story here.

Watch Team English collect their award and find out why they won here.


October 2015: Secondary School of the Year – Finalist

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West Lakes Academy successfully reached the final three schools across Cumbria for the ‘Secondary School of the Year’ award at CN Groups’ Golden Apple Education Awards. The academy was nominated by Head Girl and Head Boy.

In their nomination they said:

“Our teachers make us feel worthy of the education they provide for us and make us feel able to achieve anything we want to. This is the kind of support that every student should have in their education, provided by teachers that everyone should have in their schools. The teachers of West Lakes Academy are phenomenal.”


July 2015: Pearson National Teaching Awards – Silver Award Winnertalogo_400x400

The West Lakes Academy English team has won a Pearson National Teaching Award for – ‘Outstanding School Team of the Year’. The team is also a finalist in the gold category. Full story here


July 2015: Healthier Menus for Schools Award -Copeland CouncilheALTHY6

West Lakes Academy’s canteen provided by Mellors Catering is the first school in Copeland to be awarded the ‘Healthier Menus for School Award’ by Copeland Borough Council. Full story here.


March 2015: Accelerated Reader Champion School Award

West Lakes Academy has been recognised as a ‘Champion School’, under the Accelerated Reader scheme. The Champion School Award is to recognise the work and success of the students on the scheme, which aims to increase reading comprehension, and to boost literacy for all pupils in years 7-9.


January 2015: Outstanding Centre for ASDAN Qualifications asdan-logo

West Lakes Academy has been recognised as an outstanding centre for ASDAN qualifications. ASDAN is a curriculum development organisation and awarding body offering programmes and qualifications that develop skills for learning, employment and skills for life. Full story here.


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October 2014:  Inspired Approaches to Inclusion – Finalist

West Lakes Academy reached the final three schools across the UK for the Independent Academies’ Association’s ‘Annual Best Practice Award’ for ‘Inspired Approaches to Inclusion’ Full story here