English and maths information for parents of Year 11

Dear parent/carer

I am writing to you about some key information regarding English and mathematics and how you can further support at home with these two core subjects as we move in to final preparations for your son/daughter’s GCSE exams.

As you know, it is vital that students do well in these two subjects so that they are well prepared for their next stage post Year 11. All Sixth Forms, Apprenticeships and Colleges will all ask for your child’s grades in English and mathematics and as an academy we want to ensure that students are fully supported to do their best in these two areas.

Parent and child resources

I have sent an envelope home to you with some things enclosed. In this envelope please find a range of resources and tasks that you can use to support your child


  • Poetry flashcards. Please use these to revise methods and the narratives of the poems
  • New literature quotations and some blue tac for you to use at home
  • Further intentions that link to the text your child has been studying


  • An individual scheme of work – unique to your child’s class. This scheme of work highlights known areas of weakness and the topics your child is currently studying in school. Please talk with your child about these topics.
  • An understanding content sheet – to help emphasize what a GCSE mathematics examination consists of and identifying the topics at the higher end of each examination.
  • A need-to-know-formula sheet – with essential formulae your child needs to know for the exam.
  • One-a-day sheets – one question per day for you and your child to go through each day (solutions are provided). This is in addition to the revision your child should already be doing. Just choose one question from the sheet of the relevant week per day. Each question should take no more than five minutes. Check your answer with the solutions provided.

March mock exam period

We have another round of English and mathematics mock exams during the week beginning 4th March 2019. Please contact the following Heads of Departments/ Key Stage Coordinators if you would like any further advice or support:


Miss Capstick – Head of English capstickn@westlakesacademy.org.uk

Miss Starkie – KS4 Coordinator English starkiem@westlakesacademy.org.uk


Mr Moss – Head of mathematics mossb@westlakesacademy.org.uk

Mr Bonney – KS4 Coordinator mathematics bonneys@westlakesacademy.org.uk

If you have any questions or queries about provision in English or mathematics, please do not hesitate to contact me at the academy on 01946 820356 or on my email address relphm@westlakesacademy.org.uk

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Miss M Relph

Vice Principal

School meals price changes

Dear Parents and Carers

The prices of our food and drinks in the canteen have not been increased since September 2017. We constantly work very hard to manage the cost increases of our ingredients to minimise the impact of this on our sales prices.  However ingredient prices have risen and we are no longer able to absorb these. Therefore we have reviewed the prices and will be increasing the price of a limited number of items by 5p after the February half term to reflect these increased costs.

The items which are increasing by 5p are baguettes, wraps, pizzinis, main meal, tray bakes and flavoured milk and water.

Although the price of the main meal has been increased by 5p we have held the meal deal (main meal and desert / tray bake) at £2.30.

We have held prices for a range of healthy items, such as salads and water.

We hope you will appreciate our efforts to keep prices constant and the difficult decision we have had to come to.

GCSE Exam Preparation and Revision Support

Please see below for a recap from our Year 11 Planning for Success evening to assist over the Christmas break. There are loads of great tips in the presentation and also some amazing subject specific and general revision resources proven to have impact that can be obtained by accessing these links. Students will need to use their WLA Google log ins to view and print the resources.

GCSE exam preparation and revision support evening presentation. 

Planning for Success WLA Revision Booklet https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1tlQIsYPHmqfyjKbuJsSqlnKsYOJgYXVA

General revision resources that will support every subject https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/18SriOz_BywdReTFr2RARtr7ZQGGyAr_0



Academy Closure 18.3.19

Letter for parents/carers regarding the academy’s one day closure on the 18.3.19