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Year 11 GCSE Information Evening
Please click here for the GCSE information presentation.

Year 6 Open Evening
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
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?
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
Meet our new staff

Contact Us Email
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
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
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: http://1drv.ms/1iYLw0h

Rock Challenge
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
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
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 stevensonc@westlakesacademy.org.uk

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

Updated Exam Dates - Summer 2014
The updated Exam Dates for Summer 2014 are now available in the Examinations section of the website.

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

Trainee Teachers Required
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
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
Please see the following letter regarding possible industrial action on Wednesday 26th March.

Information from Public Health Department
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
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
New blog post from the Principal available here

Start Dates Spring Term 2014
The Spring Term for all students starts on Monday 6th January.

Changes to Attendance Regulations
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: www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/537/955/1042/6325/4080515213.pdf

Raising Participation Age (RPA)
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: www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/participation/rpa

Ofsted Inspection Report Now Available
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
Ofqual has recently confirmed shift to summer-only exams

What parents think about West Lakes Academy!
The results of a recent parent's survey are now available to read here.

Updated Exams Information
Information regarding external and internal exams - including key dates - is now available on the Examinations pages.

Term Dates 2012-13
Term dates for the 2012-2013 Academic Year can be found on the Information section or by clicking here.

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

Cashless Catering
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
Information about parking and vehicle access in the new build is now available in the New Build section.

West Lakes Academy Virtual Learning Environment
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
Recent pictures of the new Academy are now available on the New Build section of the website.

English Baccalaureate Information
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
NHS Cumbria would like to make the following letter available to parents and carers.

Numeracy Booklet now available
A numeracy booklet for parents and students is now available here.

Applying to University
The guide "Informed Choices - A Russell Group guide to making decisions about post-16 education" is available here.