National Teaching School

West Lakes Academy is proud to have been accredited as a Teaching School in July 2017. Our aim is to change lives through learning by bringing the highest quality initial teacher training, professional development and school to school support to the west coast of Cumbria.

What is a Teaching School?

A Teaching School is an outstanding school which has been nationally recognised for their capacity to support and help other schools to improve outcomes through:

  • the delivery of high quality, evidence-based CPD
  • the recruitment and training of new teachers
  • the sharing of their best leaders to coach and mentor staff in other schools

Jonathan Johnson, chief executive of West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded teaching school status. Becoming a teaching school not only recognises the skills of our staff, the support of our governors and sponsors, our innovative practice and our commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues, it also allows us the opportunity to continue to shape professional development opportunities whilst enhancing teaching and learning for all students. This is an exciting journey for West Lakes Academy and we are once again we are very proud of this fantastic achievement.”

Roger Pope, chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), said:
“I’d like to congratulate West Lakes Academy and Jonathan Johnson on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching schools and national leaders of education are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.”