As the end of our first academic year approaches, I am writing to thank you for all your support throughout what has been a very rewarding and busy year. A great deal has happened at Workington Academy in the last 12 months of which we should all be proud. The list of events and successes could go on and on but I have picked out a few highlights to share with you:
Charity Events: Macmillan Cakes; Easter parcels to the elderly.
Performances: St George’s Day Parade at Beckstone School; Dearham Carnival; Performance Café.
Trips/Cultural exchanges: Italian visitors; Taiwan visitors; Berlin trip; Paris trip; Ski trip.
Transition Events: World of Walliams day; Science and Technology days; Dickens day; Summer School.
Sport: Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 attended Twickenham to take part in a touch Rugby competition.
Whole School Events: Summer Arts Show; ‘Futures’ Careers’ Event.
Year 7: Camping and outdoor activity trip to Eskdale; Allerdale 7-a-side champions;
Derwent Water Team Building Day.
Year 8 & 9: Engineering Club – Mission to Mars working with staff from Sellafield.
Year 8: Girls’ Rugby League team were placed 5th nationally.
Year 9: Workington in Bloom Boards.
Year 9: Girls’ Rugby League team were placed 7th nationally.
Year 10: Junior Citizen Scheme; Cumbria Aspires Master Class.
Year 11: Boys’ Football team won the Allerdale Cup (the first sporting trophy for WA).
Year 12: Placed 3rd for Young Enterprise in the west.
If you visit our website, www.workingtonacademy.org you will be able to read more information on the items I have referred to above (and lots more)!
We will continue to be relentless in our drive to ensure your child can ‘be the best they can be’ and have the very best educational opportunities. In addition to academic successes, we have offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities and we will continue to encourage all students to take part in at least one activity as has been the case this year.
I would also like to thank you for ensuring your child is dressed in the correct uniform and attends school regularly. I frequently receive comments on how smart the students look and, as we are linking with more and more employers and universities, this first impression will help to ensure your child has access to the very best opportunities in the future. We will always monitor attendance rigorously as we want all our students to succeed and so have appointed Mrs Mumberson as Attendance Officer. Mrs Mumberson will be able to help you if you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance and how this may be impacting on their education.
All our students who attended the Lakes College were successful in their courses. The students have been excellent ambassadors for the academy and were presented with ‘The School Award’. This was to recognise how, as representatives of the new academy, they had demonstrated unity, respect and readiness to learn and work to their full potential. This is an award to be proud of and what we want all our students to aspire to – respect, responsibility and resilience.
The work on our new building is going well and we are all very excited at the prospect of moving into our new academy. The move is planned to take place after February half term. I will provide you with more information on this in the next few months. Again, you can get regular updates on the new build by visiting the academy website.
The last week of term will be busy time for all our students as they get involved in a wide range of activities. If your child is in Year 7, 8 or 9 then they will be involved in activities days and on Tuesday they will be going to Copeland Athletics Stadium to take part in Workington Academy Olympics. On Monday and Friday your child will be in school and as such we ask that they are in full school uniform. If your child is in Year 10 then they will be out all week taking part in their work experience week. The academy will close for the start of the summer holidays at 12:15pm on Friday 22 July 2016. Bus companies have been notified of these changes.
In September we will be holding Awards’ Evenings to celebrate the hard work and achievements of all our students last year. The evening starts at 6.30pm and the dates for these are:
Year 8 (last year’s Year 7) – 29 September 2016
Year 9 (last year’s Year 8) – 7 September 2016
Year 10 (last year’s Year 9) – 14 September 2016
Year 11 (last year’s Year 10) – 15 September 2016
You will receive individual invitations to these evenings next term.
We have a number of staff leaving us this year and I would like to wish them all well in retirement or in the next stage of their careers. We also have some new staff starting the academy and I look forward to welcoming them to September, and for some of them, to Cumbria.
On a personal note I would like to thank all, students, staff, parents and carers, who have been so supportive and worked so hard throughout the year with a special mention to the Head Girl, Loren Hadfield, and Head Boy, Jack Earl, for representing the academy in such an important role. We are also very grateful to the Student Council for its support and views over the year and look forward to working with it next year. We will be appointing a new Head Boy and Girl in September of whom I am sure we will be equally proud.
I hope you have an enjoyable summer holiday and that the weather is kind to us all.
Arrangements for the end of term
|Friday 22 July||Last day of term. Students will finish at 12:15pm|
|From Tuesday 9 August onwards||Uniform can be collected between 9:00am – 3:00pm|
|Thursday 18 August||‘A’ Level Results Day|
|Thursday 25 August||GCSE Results Day|
|Monday 5 September||Start of Autumn Term|
End of year letter 15-16 JLO (.pdf)