"West Lakes Academy is a good school." - OFSTED 2013
"Examples of outstanding teaching were seen in many subjects including in English, mathematics and science." - OFSTED 2013
"Students are increasingly proud to be a part of the academy." - OFSTED 2013
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E-Safety Event for Parents

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Please click here for information regarding the upcoming e-safety event for parents on Tuesday 9th December.

School Transport Complaints

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Dear parents,

As you may know, transport to and from the academy is provided by Cumbria County Council.  I am aware that some concerns have been raised by parents about the lack of seatbelts on the Stagecoach busses, the lateness of some busses, the reliability of others and the general interaction between the bus drivers and the students. 

If you have any concerns like this please report them in the first instance to  However, it would be helpful to me if you were to make me aware of any complaint you make so that I can have an overview of the situation.  Please let me know of any concerns via the CONTACTUS email

Academy Support Role

Wednesday 26 November 2014

From January 2015 for one term only, Principal Vanessa Ray will be providing temporary support to Whitehaven Academy whilst they recruit a permanent head teacher. This support role will be on a part-time basis for two days a week whilst Vice Principal, Stephen Gilby will assume the day to day management at West Lakes Academy.

Mobile phone use in class

Monday 24 November 2014

Information for students and parents regarding Mobile Phone Use During Class

Advice for parents on cyber bullying

Thursday 20 November 2014

Please click here for advice for parents on cyber bullying.

Pupil Premium Report 2014-15

Thursday 13 November 2014

Please click here for the Pupil Premium Report 2014-15 Autumn term

After School Cross Country Training

Wednesday 5 November 2014

The Copeland District Championships will be held on 4th December at St Benedict’s School. Cross Country training is every Thursday after school for all year groups starting this week until 4.15pm.

Y11 independent careers advice information

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Information Document

Year 7 Literacy Event

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Please Click Here for more information about the Y7 literacy event for parents and students.

2014/15 Examinations Timetable

Friday 3 October 2014
Please click here for the 2014/15 Examinations Timetable.

Information for Y6 Parents

Friday 3 October 2014

Please click here for information for parents and carers of Year 6 students.

An informative video for new students and parents is also available here.

Year 10 GCSE Information Presentation

Tuesday 30 September 2014
Please click here for the Year 10 GCSE information presentation.

Year 11 GCSE Information Presentation

Tuesday 16 September 2014
Please click here for the GCSE information presentation.

Year 6 Open Evening

Wednesday 10 September 2014
The open evening for year 6 parents, carers and students will take place on Thursday 25 September, 5pm-7pm. If you are unable to make this date please contact us on 01946 820356 to arrange a more suitable time to visit.

Homework Timetable 2014/15

Wednesday 10 September 2014
Please click here for the 2014/15 homework timetable. Please contact Mrs Byers on 01946 820356 if you have any queries.

Need Help Paying for School Uniforms?

Tuesday 9 September 2014
You could be eligible for a FREE school clothing voucher if you receive one of the following qualifying benefits; Income Support; Income Based jobseekers Allowance; An income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; Child Tax Credit (provided that you do not receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by HMRC) or the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit SEARCH CUMBRIA SCHOOL CLOTHING VOUCHER OR CALL 01228 226105 / 221548

Meet our new staff

Tuesday 19 August 2014
Meet our new staff

Contact Us Email

Friday 18 July 2014
The Contact Us email address will be unavailable from the afternoon of Friday 18 July until Monday 4 August 2014. Please contact the Academy on 01946 820356 during this period.

Results Day Information

Friday 18 July 2014
A Level and AS Results Day – Thursday 14 August 2014

Year 13 results are available from 8.00am, with UCAS advice available if needed in the Reception area

Year 12 results are available from 10.00am in the Reception area

Results can only be given to the student named on the results, unless a letter granting permission, signed by the student is provided.

GCSE Results Day – Thursday 21 August 2014

Year 11 GCSE results are available from 9.00am, in the Reception area.

Year 10 GCSE results are available from 10.00am in the Reception area

Students wishing to take up a place at West Lakes Academy Sixth Form should confirm their place and return enrolment forms to Mr Simpson or Ms Robson.

Results can only be given to the student named on the results, unless a letter granting permission, signed by the student is provided.

Year 12 Taster day

Wednesday 16 July 2014
Thank you and well done to the 100+ prospective sixth form students who attended our taster day on thursday 3rd July. Induction tasks (to be completed for the first week of term) can be accessed via OneDrive at the following link:

Rock Challenge

Wednesday 2 July 2014
Rock Challenge is a wonderful experience for students and we have been very successful with this over the last 5 years and do hope that this will continue, our performances are always a delight to watch. However the decision has been made to restrict the students taking part to years 7-10. This is because of the timing of the Grimsby event which occurs when students in years 11, 12 and 13 are in the middle of preparing for very important examinations that will determine their future. In order to resolve some of the conflict students are faced with by competing in Grimsby and trying to revise for examinations the decision has been made to limit students competing to years 7-10; as many other schools do. Some students will be disappointed not to be competing next year but we feel the strategy of only allowing students in years 7-10 to compete is a reasonable compromise. The Academy has invested a significant amount of money in rock challenge and will continue to support students with this and will support them to raise funds for next year’s involvement.

Summer Arts Show

Tuesday 24 June 2014
A showcase of music, dance and art from years 7 to 13 will be held on Wednesday 9th July. Doors open from 6.30pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets £2 are available from Miss Metcalf.

Tablet Launch Event

Wednesday 18 June 2014
There will be a launch event for the new tablet scheme at West Lakes Academy on Saturday 21 June 2014 between 10 am and 2.00 pm for next year's 7, 8 and 9. The event will be an opportunity for parents and students to see and use the iPad minis, to see some demonstrations of the devices and how they will be used, and to meet with staff who have been pioneering the use of iPads. This is also a chance for those who have not yet signed up to the scheme to come and find our more information about how the scheme will work alongside the e-learning foundation. If you have not received your invitation letter and would like to attend please contact

Leave of Absence in Term Time

Friday 23 May 2014
Please see read this letter from Children's Services, Cumbria County Council; regarding Leave of Absence in Term Time.

Updated Exam Dates - Summer 2014

Wednesday 16 April 2014
The updated Exam Dates for Summer 2014 are now available in the Examinations section of the website.

Pupil Premium Report - Spring 2014

Wednesday 16 April 2014
The Pupil Premium - Spring Term 2014 Report is now available in the Information Section of the website.

Trainee Teachers Required

Wednesday 9 April 2014
West Lakes Academy is part of the Western Lakes Teaching School Alliance, providing Teacher Training. We are currently recruiting trainee teachers for the following subjects: Art, Biology, Computer Science, Design Technology, Geography, Maths, Physics and Modern Languages. Please visit the Western Lakes Teaching School Alliance website for more information.

Bad Weather Advice

Saturday 1 March 2014
In cases of adverse weather please listen to Radio Cumbria for details of school closure. Messages will be sent via the School Comms system to the phone number you have nominated - if this has changed please contact the Academy. The Academy website will be updated with more information when available.

Industrial Action Wednesday 26th March

Thursday 27 February 2014
Please see the following letter regarding possible industrial action on Wednesday 26th March.

Information from Public Health Department

Friday 14 February 2014
The Acting Director of Public Health for Cumbria would like to make this letter available to parents and carers.

6th Form Open Evening - Thursday 30th January

Monday 6 January 2014
West Lakes Academy Sixth Form will be holding an open evening on Thursday 30th January 5pm-6pm. Find out about your options post-16, meet the staff and take a look at the facilities on offer. Current and non-current students welcome. For more information call Andy Williamson on 01946 820356

New Principal's Blog

Thursday 17 October 2013
New blog post from the Principal available here

Start Dates Spring Term 2014

Monday 2 September 2013
The Spring Term for all students starts on Monday 6th January.

Changes to Attendance Regulations

Tuesday 27 August 2013
New changes to legislation mean that all schools in England will now be required to refuse requests for holiday absence during term time.

The Department for Education believe that time lost by children due to family holidays taken in term time can be disruptive to their education and can have a serious effect on their learning; this has led them to remove the discretionary 10 day period of absence which covered family holidays.

West Lakes Academy will now only be able to grant a leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. It is also important to note that these changes are made by the Government’s Department for Education and the Academy has no power or influence to overrule them.

The changes take effect from 1st September 2013 and the Academy’s attendance policy will also be amended to reflect these changes. If you require leave of absence for exceptional circumstances then you should put the request in writing at least two weeks before the departure date. In this letter you should outline why you consider this request to be of an exceptional nature. Applications should be made before the leave is arranged; absences will not be made retrospectively.

Parents who take their children on an unauthorised holiday in term time could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. The amount of the fine is £60 if paid within 21 days and £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days. For more information please visit:

Raising Participation Age (RPA)

Tuesday 27 August 2013
What is RPA?

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015.

This means that all WLA students who left year 11 in summer 2013 need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. Students starting year 11 or below in September 2013 will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday.

What are the benefits of RPA?

Participating in learning for longer means young people are more likely to get the skills and qualifications that will open doors to future employment, help them make the most of their potential, and earn more over their lifetime. Evidence shows that achieving qualifications at this age can help to boost a young person’s prospects for instance, young people with 2 or more A-Levels earn around 14% more than those without.

What are my options?

RPA does not mean raising the participating age of school. There are a number of ways you can continue to participate in education or training. These include: • Full time education, such as 6th Form or College. • Work based training, such as an Apprenticeship • Part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

West Lakes Academy staff will be on hand to provide students and parents with impartial advice about all the different options available post-16. Please contact your head of year for more information or visit:

Ofsted Inspection Report Now Available

Monday 18 February 2013
The Report of the Ofsted Inspection carried out on the 19-20 February is now available to read using the link below.

Ofsted School Report - West Lakes Academy

Update: Changes to A-Levels

Thursday 22 November 2012
Ofqual has recently confirmed shift to summer-only exams

What parents think about West Lakes Academy!

Wednesday 7 November 2012
The results of a recent parent's survey are now available to read here.

Updated Exams Information

Sunday 9 September 2012
Information regarding external and internal exams - including key dates - is now available on the Examinations pages.

Term Dates 2012-13

Wednesday 29 August 2012
Term dates for the 2012-2013 Academic Year can be found on the Information section or by clicking here.

Parents' Newsletter Summer 2012

Wednesday 4 July 2012
The Summer 2012 Issue of the West Lakes Academy Parents' Newsletter is now available here.

Cashless Catering

Friday 3 February 2012
More information and some Frequently Asked Questions about the Biometric Cashless Catering system being used in the New Build is available here.

Parking and Vehicle Access

Friday 3 February 2012
Information about parking and vehicle access in the new build is now available in the New Build section.

West Lakes Academy Virtual Learning Environment

Monday 30 January 2012
As a parent, guardian or carer, the RM Learning Platform gives you access to news about the Academy, and an up-to-date picture of your child's progress, whenever and wherever you need it.

Before you can access this information, the Academy must supply you with a Username and Password. This can be obtained by completing the attached slip. This online service complies with the Department for Education's requirements to report online to parents about their child's progress.

The following is important information about your Online Account and the data that you will be able to access:

  • Only Parents or Carers with 'parental responsibility' for a particular child are entitled to an account for that child's data. Parents without parental control are not allowed accounts.
  • Only a Parent or Carer with 'parental responsibility' and authorised school staff can access this data about your child.
  • Your data and that of all students is managed by the Academy and is held securely on servers at the Academy. We take the security of this data very seriously and all sensible measures have been taken to safeguard this information.
  • When you connect, data is transmitted across the Internet securely using security encryption.
  • You will be able to change your password at will to maintain the security of your account.

If you haven't already made use of this online service and wish to do so, please print and complete the VLE Parental Request Form and return it to Mrs Trembath in the SIMS Office.

New pictures of Academy

Thursday 12 January 2012
Recent pictures of the new Academy are now available on the New Build section of the website.

English Baccalaureate Information

Monday 5 December 2011
Information about the English Baccalaureate is now available on the Key Stage 4 curriculum pages or from the link below.

English Baccalaureate

Year 8 HPV Vaccination Programme

Monday 21 November 2011
NHS Cumbria would like to make the following letter available to parents and carers.

Numeracy Booklet now available

Tuesday 13 September 2011
A numeracy booklet for parents and students is now available here.

Applying to University

Tuesday 12 July 2011
The guide "Informed Choices - A Russell Group guide to making decisions about post-16 education" is available here.