Hat Trick of Awards for the Academy
The evening of Friday 6th October saw the annual ‘Golden Apples’ awards ceremony take place, held this year at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle. The awards ceremony is designed to recognise and reward excellence in education and learning across the whole of Cumbria, so West Lakes Academy were delighted to be nominated for three awards. Our first nomination was for Best Secondary School, our second for Ken Brown for Best Support Staff and our third and final award for Eli Hughes for Best Student. After being entertained by a fantastic choir from Carlisle College and a delicious three course meal, we were delighted to be awarded the prize for Best Secondary School against some really tough competition. The nomination for this award took us completely by surprise, coming from one of our parents, so to win was a great privilege. Shortly afterwards we were thrilled to see Ken Brown head to the stage to collect his award for Best Support Staff; Ken has been a part of the site management team at the Academy for 17 years and seen the huge changes from the old Wyndham School to West Lakes as it is now. Ken was nominated by the student council for this award, making it even more special. A few minutes later Eli was collecting his award for Best Student; Eli, now studying for a Psychology degree at Edge Hill University, was again nominated by the school council in recognition for all his hard work during his time at West Lakes in establishing the thriving and influential school council, amongst many other things. Overall, it was an amazing evening, and a superb set of awards to go with our Outstanding OFSTED judgement, Teaching School and National Support School designation and record breaking exam results. What a year!