West Lakes Academy in Egremont, Cumbria, provides education to children from 11 to 18 years old. We opened in September 2008 and moved into our brand new building in March 2012. As an Academy, we are independently governed but state funded and free to all children. Like other schools, we are subject to normal OFSTED inspections and work with the Local Education Authority in relation to issues such as admissions.
Our vision is to succeed in ‘Changing Lives through Learning’ by providing the very best possible educational opportunities for young people in West Cumbria. We have extremely high hopes for all of our students and our highly skilled and enthusiastic members of staff encourage children to have high ambitions and to work hard to achieve these.
After four years of planning and construction we are now settled in our brilliant new £26m building. Students and staff now benefit from fantastic facilities, outstanding IT resources, a £300k Engineering Facility and a Performing and Expressive Arts Suite. All this makes West Lakes Academy one of the best possible places in which to study. Our excellent environment helps keep motivation and morale high and allows us to deliver modern approaches to learning using the latest technologies.
We are sponsored by two of the most important energy organisations in the UK and two of Cumbria’s largest employers; The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd. They provide invaluable resources and industry support to our specialism in Science. We also receive excellent higher education expertise from our education partner, the University of Central Lancashire.
This year we celebrated outstanding A Level results with a 99 per cent pass rate, 210 APS per entry and 830 APS per student. Our GCSE results were also our best ever with 57 per cent gaining five A* to C grades including English and maths and 98 per cent gaining A* to C in five or more subjects.
The hard work of our pupils and the dedication of our skilled members of staff enable us to provide students with the education they need for a successful and happy future.