Living in a Material World

This week, Year 7,8 and 9 were treated to the National Science Museum’s Material World road show in association with the REACT Foundation. In the fast-paced and fact-packed show the outreach team from the National Science Museum dived into the weird world of materials, in which no jelly baby, Barbie doll or paint tin was safe! Staff helped to answer those all-important questions about materials, such as: What is the world around us made of? What’s the difference between elements, molecules and compounds? And just how do you make a jelly baby scream? Science teacher, Dr Dixon commented, “I would like to thank the REACT Foundation for bringing the London Science Museum’s shows to West Lakes Academy, as some of the children don’t get the chance to visit the museum in London. It is a fantastic opportunity to enhance the students’ enjoyment and knowledge of science and engineering and the presenters always make the shows exciting and interactive. The students enjoy talking about the show afterwards and what they have learned with their teachers and parents.”

Academy Reaches Finals for National Education Award

West Lakes Academy has been shortlisted for a national award for the development of inspired approaches to inclusion. The Independent Academies Association’s ‘Best Practice Awards’ aims to celebrate transformational, innovative and creative practice across the Academies Programme.

The Academy’s innovative approaches and dedication to supporting and encouraging students has secured us a place in the final three schools from across the country. Mrs Williamson and Miss Fell will represent the Academy at the IAA’s prestigious black tie Awards Dinner on Thursday 9th October in London.

The Academy was also recently shortlisted for two Golden Apple Education Awards. Our pastoral heads of year team was nominated by members of the student council for ‘Support Staff of the Year’ and for the second year running we reached the final three schools for the ‘Secondary School of the Year’ award.

WLA Supports Just Read Campaign

West Lakes Academy has backed the new Just Read campaign, organised by Good Morning Britain, to encourage parents to remember the importance of literacy to achieve the best for their children.

One in four children at age 11 is leaving primary school not able to read well. It has been predicted that if we do not act now, there will be a reading crisis by 2025, and a generation will be left behind.

Exclusive findings by Good Morning Britain, have revealed that more than two thirds of children would actually like to read more. And of those, almost three quarters would like to spend more time reading with their parents. The aim of the Just Read campaign is to inspire you to read for at least ten minutes a day with your children.

Support the campaign by using the hash tag Take10 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tweet us or post on our Facebook page to let us know how you get on with the challenge.