Talented students at West Lakes Academy were rewarded for their hard work and effort at the annual year 13 awards evening on Thursday February 1st when students, parents, staff and governors celebrated together at Whitehaven Golf Club.

The students’ hard work and commitment to their studies were acknowledged and praised as over 25 awards were given out. The awards included: services to the academy, overcoming adversity and excelling in subject areas.

Rachel Denwood, Pastoral Head of Sixth Form commented that, “We held the event to celebrate the year 13 successes over the past 18 months, it’s great to see students, parents and staff gathered together to award the hard working students. This year we had lots of students attend to celebrate with their peers, which was fantastic and showed the community and family spirit we have within the Sixth Form. It was a fantastic night and a real opportunity to reward the students and celebrate their success, there were some truly inspirational speeches made about a number a students and it was an emotional night. This year we had past students who came to celebrate with their peers and this highlighted the importance of celebrating success. It was also fantastic to have Eli Hughes, another ex-pupil playing the piano.”

Guests enjoyed a lovely two course meal before the wining students were presented with their awards. Award winners included Joseph Dugdale who won awards for his Geography and Sport studies, as well as Emma Hartley who won awards for her Media studies and the Governors’ Award.