Confirmed date for the Post 16 Taster Day is Thursday 21st June

Please note that the sixth form taster day will take place on Thursday 21 June and not on June 28th as originally planned. This is because of the potential clash with the Inspira NCS event on June 28th 


GCSE – new grading system from the Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) have published an information sheet about the new GCSE grades for parents which explains the new  9 to 1 grading system that is replacing the A to G.  Grade 9 is the highest grade and will be awarded to fewer students that the old A* English and Maths GCSEs used the new grading system in 2017 and the rest of the new GCSEs will be rolled out, most will change to the new grading system in 2018.    

 The sheet from the DfE can be viewed here


Summer 2018 Examinations

Dates & times of Summer 2018 Examinations can be found here

Free school meals eligibility changes – April 2018

Cumbria County Council (CCC) have recently issued updated information regarding free school meals eligibility and the implications of the changes. Here is the information they have shared with us:

From 1 April 2018, the government are introducing a Universal Credit earning threshold of £7,400 per year for free school meal eligibility.

Children who are eligible for free school meals by 1 April 2018 will continue to receive them until at least 2022, without the need for further eligibility checks while Universal Credit is rolled out across the country.

All children who currently receive free school meals are not affected and do not need to apply again. They will continue to receive free school meals and clothing vouchers until at least 31 March 2022.

To ensure children continue to receive clothing grants it is crucial that all parents update any change of personal details, i.e. address / name / parent / guardian during this period to March 2022. Failure to do so may result in delays in receiving clothing grants.

Personal details can be updated online or contact the Free School Meal Service by calling 01228 606060.

The CCC team say that as you will appreciate, the introduction of universal credit is likely to be a very busy period for us processing a high volume of applications.

For new applications, we would encourage parents/guardians to apply online, and reminding them of the need to check the eligibility criteria before submitting an online application. This will assist us to avoid disappointment and unnecessary applications.

Parents can check their eligibility on our website.

Parents/guardians, if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Cumbria County Council team on 01228 606060.

Homework Club Transport Letter

Please click here to view the Homework Club Transport Letter.

End of Term Letter- Easter 2018

Please click here to view the End of Term Letter from Mr Johnson.

Year 11 NCS Summer programme

Don’t lose out – get your NCS summer programme place now!

Area Coordinators from the National Citizen Service (NCS), delivered by Inspira, came into West Lakes Academy in November to talk to Year 11 about this extraordinary summer programme.

We are encouraging everyone in Year 11 to participate in the four week programme as it helps to build their confidence and gain new skills.

Whether they’re about to start sixth form or college, or preparing to enter the working world through an apprenticeship or traineeship, signing up to NCS is one of the best decisions a teenager can make.

Government backing means that it costs just £50 (or less) to take part which covers all activities and residential costs. Bursaries are available on a case by case basis and support is provided for young people with additional needs.

Places are available on NCS Programmes in West Cumbria on numerous dates across the summer between 25th June and 6th August 2017.

You can check the website out on the following link –

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Andrew and Sarah your local NCS Area Coordinators at Inspira on 01900 604674, they will answer any questions you may have.