West Lakes Academy has been accredited as a centre of excellence of financial education.

The academy was awarded the accreditation by financial education charity, Young Money at their annual Centres of Excellence conference in Birmingham.

The event took place in November at The Vox Conference Centre and celebrated schools and colleges who are committing to developing and continuing excellence in financial education.

The overall aim of the Centres of Excellence programme is to support practical, effective and sustainable financial education for young people in schools. The schools will work for approximately one academic year to achieve the accreditation.

Head of personal development at the academy, Siobhain Walter attended the event, she said, “To see that our financial education has continued to develop is a great achievement. Financial education is always changing and developing especially in regards to payment types, credit, gambling and fraud it is essential that our students have knowledge of these areas to ensure that they are prepared to make their own fully informed decisions in the future and lead a financial stable life.

Since first achieving the status we have worked alongside the credit union at open evenings, ran a student credit union collection point and worked with financial companies to incorporate loan shark and gambling resources.”