West Lakes Academy is celebrating another successful year in the performance tables. The annual league tables show how each school has performed at key stage four and five and compares achievements to other schools nationally.

The academy’s GCSE results have improved over the past seven years with 64% achieving five A*-C grades (including English and maths) in 2016, placing the academy in the top 8 non-selective schools in Cumbria.

The recently introduced Progress 8 score measures the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school across a wider range of subjects when compared with students with the same prior attainment. The academy’s score of +0.08 places the academy in the top 4 non-selective schools in the county and is the highest score in Copeland, as well as being above the national average of -0.03.

The academy has also performed exceptionally well at key stage five. An outstanding 100% of students passed their exams this summer with over a third of all grades awarded being A*/A. This set of results makes the academy’s Sixth Form one of the highest performing in the area. The value added score for A Levels is classed as being nationally significantly above average, with students achieving nearly a third of a grade higher in their exams when compared with similar students. Advanced vocational students have continued to achieve highly. The average grade per vocational student is distinction*- with a significantly above average value added score of +0.35 of a grade. The excellent results at Key Stage 5 ensured all students who applied to university were successful.

West Lakes Academy Senior Vice Principal, James Jackson commented, “I am absolutely delighted with these results and what they represent for the young people and our local community. They are a real testament to the hard work of the amazing staff and students we have here at West Lakes Academy. If you consider the journey that West Lakes has been on over the last 8 years, to see our results now exceeding the national and county averages fills me with immense pride.”