Dear Parents and Carers
This is my final letter to you as Interim Headteacher and I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your continued support for our school. It has been an honour, a pleasure and a privilege to lead such a wonderful school and to work alongside such dedicated professionals who always put children and young people at the heart of all they do. Our new Headteacher, Mr Bird will lead the school from January, supported by Mr Bedford and Mrs O’Hagan and I have no doubt that Workington Academy will continue to go from strength to strength and quickly become an outstanding school.
Our Workington Academy community is a family with strong values and as parents and carers, you play a vital role in our success. We also value the support of our Governors and Cumbria Education Trust staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes to enable us to be the best we can be. I would like to thank them for all they have done and continue to do for our school.
We have made a lot of progress since we opened as a new academy in September 2015 and during that time, we have also managed a good deal of change – not least of which was moving into our brand new £16.5 million building in February 2017. Thanks to an incredible amount of hard work by everyone involved, we relocated with very little disruption and settled into our lovely new building in no time at all. We are extremely fortunate to have a brand new school building and are grateful for the significant investment in our students and our community.
Developing character is as important to us as academic success. As we focus on developing our core values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience throughout the school, we work extremely hard to create the conditions to enable all our students to thrive both academically and personally. In addition to a broad and balanced curriculum, we continue to offer a wealth of extra-curricular activities and study support. Despite the increasing pressures on school budgets and staff time, we continue to offer a broad range of additional opportunities in sport, drama, dance, music, outdoor pursuits, homework clubs, chess club, GCSE support sessions and trips and visits, including trips overseas. It is thanks to the commitment, passion and dedication of school staff that students are able to benefit from so many extra-curricular activities and I am delighted that they will continue to be part of our curriculum.
Our students are growing up in exciting and fast-moving times. The careers of the future will require knowledgeable, flexible and skilled people who are able to work successfully in teams as well as independently, who can manage people as well as technology and who continue to learn and grow throughout their working lives. At Workington Academy, we make sure that we support, challenge and develop all our students so that they are equipped with everything they need to live a happy, productive and successful adult life.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and every success and happiness for the future.
Mrs Colette Macklin
Wearing the correct uniform is an essential part of being a successful student at Workington Academy. The Academy has a clear set of uniform requirements that you will find alongside this letter. From January ensure your child meets all those requirements, particularly with regards to school shoes and school trousers. A small number of students have inappropriate footwear and they will receive sanctions for continuing to wear these in January. School trousers must be suitable in terms of length and fit, again sanctions for students who continue to wear incorrect trousers will be issued in January. Full details of our school uniform policy can be found on our website.