West Lakes English team are classroom heroes

By Rachael Grealish

The West Lakes Academy English team taking home the gold!

The West Lakes Academy English team taking home the gold!

The English team at West Lakes Academy took home to the gold as they were awarded ‘Outstanding School Team of the Year’ at the 2015 Pearson Teaching Awards.

Thousands of schools from all over the UK had took part in the competition but it was West Lakes that shone brightly for Cumbria at the award ceremony which took place at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on Sunday October 18.

Head of English at the academy, Melissa Relph said: “We are over the moon to receive an award for a job we love doing. Honoured to serve our young people and we love working at West Lakes Academy.”

West Lakes have also been in front of the camera’s earlier this month as a BBC2 TV crew filmed the teachers in action as part of their programmer; Britain’s Classroom Heroes.

Academy principal, Vanessa Ray nominated the team for the award she said: ““I am absolutely thrilled for the team, they have had a fantastic year and truly deserve this award. We are all incredibly proud of them.”

In her nomination Mrs. Ray wrote: “The English team at West Lakes Academy care deeply about each and every student that studies English. Our students are their priority and are at the heart of everything they do. The staff have a passion for instilling, within all of the academy’s learners, a thirst for knowledge and have a real drive to create independent thinkers and exemplary communicators.

“They make each and every student believe they can achieve, and they do! They never leave any student behind and are constantly working to enable each student to flourish and achieve their potential and overcome any barriers they may have.”

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Eastenders star, Richard Blackwood presented the team of English teachers with the gold award, which can be seen as part of the television programme, “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” which will air next Sunday on BBC2 at 6pm.