We are very proud of our collaborative approach to teaching and learning at West Lakes Academy. All students are given the opportunity as often as possible to improve their own learning at West Lakes Academy.  Departments ask for feedback on variety of learning activities, quality of homework to name a few.  Students can be selected to form panels for feedback on specific issues relating to quality of learning in the academy.

Head Boy and Head Girl 17/18
West Lakes Academy has one Head Boy and one Head Girl.  We also have one Deputy Head Boy and one Deputy Head Girl. They are nominated by staff to represent the academy and to work alongside teachers and students to help improve the school. This year’s students were selected due to overwhelming support from staff, who believe they are excellent role models, hard-working, driven and ambitious individuals who always give their time freely to support academy events.

Head Boy: Joe Mellen
Head Girl: Leticia Wareing 
Deputy Head Boy: Matthew Jennings 
Deputy Head Girl: Amber Whyte 

Click the image below to meet this year’s Head Boy and Head Girl.

Student Council
Council Campaign of the Month
The Year 8 council campaign this month is all about picking up a book and sharing what we are currently reading. Year 8 students are sending in suggestions to Mrs Wharton in the library about what books they would like to see there.  Parents of our Year 10 students have also been joining in. Year 8 book reviews can also currently be found in the library and please look out for the return of our ‘student shelfie’.

Leadership Prefects
Each year in the Autumn term Year 10 students have the opportunity to apply for a position as a Leadership Prefect.  This is a very important role that most of our students aspire to and they are the face of West Lakes Academy on parents’ evenings and important events as well as undertaking other duties.  
We are delighted to announce our new Leadership Prefects for 2017.  Once again it was a tough decision as there were so many quality applications and our successful applicants were awarded their ties by Jamie Reed MP during a special presentation.  Leadership prefects are appointed on their strength of application and interview and have to demonstrate leadership skills, commitment to the academy and wider community.  New this year are our yellow ties – yellow being the year 10 colour.  We are proud to offer a range of leadership opportunities including subject prefects and ambassadors and these are all represented by badges.
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Student Leaders
We provide leadership opportunities for all of our students, this may include showing visitors around, meeting with governors and taking part in parents’ forums.  We also have groups of students working to raise awareness on issues that have great bearing in students’ lives.  This may include LGBT, mental health awareness and Autism, students will lead on the research and share this with their peers.  Students have also been involved in lesson observations, looking at learning from the teachers’ perspective.

Subject areas also provide opportunities for students across all year groups to become ambassadors or prefects.

Sixth Form Student Leaders
A range of leadership roles are available to Sixth Form students, these roles include head of charity, head of council and head of values.  Students can apply for these positions in Year 12.

Emblems of Student Leadership