Student Voice

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.

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A group of elected representatives who lead their tutor groups in feedback on all matters of teaching and learning and welfare within the academy.  Regular agenda items may include; best lesson activities for learning, homework, marking and feedback from teachers. The council has been involved in choosing catering suppliers, uniform suppliers, marking policy, rewards policy to name a few.   The jewel in the student council crown last year was collating our West Lakes Academy Values, which have been absorbed into the very building of the academy and now form a structure for our rewards system. Watch our twitter page @wlasc for real time events and council news as well as our council twitter campaign of the month.

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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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Follow us on twitter @WPrefects for real time news

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 Leaders

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.

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