Challenging all Students

At West Lakes Academy we have the vision that each learner is entitled to a personalised learning experience depending on his or her individual needs.  This includes those who are more able and this personalised agenda is at the heart of our learning and teaching.

We endeavour to deliver a curriculum that will enable learners to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetical, creative, emotional, spiritual or social, finding appropriate challenge in our learning environment.

In all subjects across the academy, we aim to ensure that talented students achieve the highest levels of attainment and make exceptional progress in their time here by:

  • providing a challenging programme of study and opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, that enrich and supplement the individual’s need both academically and socially
  • nurturing the talents of our most able learners and communicating effectively with parents and carers
  • championing achievement and celebrating the excitement of excellence
  • providing a coordinated approach to transition between primary and secondary phases

Current projects

There are currently some exciting projects occurring within the academy aimed at more able learners:

Year 7

Star student:

Year 7 students are given the opportunity to complete an interactive game which aims to introduce them to higher education; this covers a range of subjects including social life and finance.

Great British Bake Off:

Allowing students to develop their organisational skills, as well as their cookery skills, in a fun and challenging environment.

Year 8

The **ASPIRE Group:
This group allows learners to talk about outstanding pieces of learning on a weekly basis. Learners are also looking into their chosen career, the entry routes they have to take and the skills and qualifications that are needed for this role.

Year 9

The Young Enterprise Challenge:
Talented learners have been given the opportunity to set up their own business during their first year here at the academy. It encourages learners to develop their thinking, problem solving and leadership skills.

Links with the Universities of Newcastle and Cumbria:

We have links and educational excursions with the above universities to provide an aspirational target for Year 9 students.

Years 10-13

Link with Oxford University:
We also have a link with one of the colleges at Oxford University. Some of our Year 12s will be spending some time at the college during the summer term.

Whole School

School council:
This society meets weekly to discuss philosophical and topical issues. The council encourages learners to develop their public speaking skills and to form coherent arguments.

WLA newspaper:

Giving G&T students from Year 7-13 leadership roles and the ability to take part in creating a termly newspaper about topics which they are passionate about.

Pi Club (computer control and programming):

To help students wishing follow this career path develop their passion and understanding.

BBC News school report:

The BBC runs School Report so that 11-16 year olds from across the UK have the chance to make their own news to real deadlines and broadcast it to real audiences.