Our Unique History
The Lakes School has a unique history dating back well before the school was opened in 1965. Click the link below to view a short video about our amazing history. At this time of the year, our Year 9 students normally welcome Arek Hersh who talks about his life and experiences of The Holocaust. Arek was unable to visit this year but Mrs Metcalfe organised a screening of The Windermere Children and a series of activities to ensure that our Year 9 students cover this important part of our curriculum.
Thanks to Mrs Metcalfe for the article below…
On Friday 21st May, Year 9 were invited to a special showing of ‘The Windermere Children’ in the school hall. We’ve been studying World War 2 and the Holocaust this term and showing the film helped tie it to our local history. The film follows the story of a group of child survivors of the Holocaust who come to Britain in 1945 to recuperate in the Lake District.
300 Children were brought to the Calgarth Estate, Windermere, as part of a project created and run by Leonard Montefiore. The project was staffed with forward-thinking psychologists and allowed an extraordinary amount of freedom for these children who were so used to being controlled.
The History Department would usually invite one of the surviving children, Arek Hersh to school at this point in the term to talk to the students. Speaking with a Holocaust survivor is a powerful way to understand the events and personal experiences of those persecuted by the Nazis. However, we haven’t been able to invite Mr Hersh this year due to the pandemic.
Year 9 watched in rapt silence, linking their learning to the stories being told. In the lessons after the showing the quantity of questions asked about it was really lovely to see as they had clearly thought deeply about the experiences of the children.
More information can be found via the link below and the film is available on Amazon Prime.
Lateral Flow Device Tests
We continue to receive deliveries of Lateral Flow Device Tests and with the recent increase in coronavirus cases across the country, it is more important than ever that we all continue to test ourselves twice a week. Nationally, there has been a decline in the number of secondary school children reporting the results form their LFD tests and so we thank you for ensuring that your child takes a test on a Sunday and also on a Wednesday or a Thursday each week. We will be reiterating this message to students after half term.
The first half of the summer term has passed by without any positive cases and this is fantastic. However, the same was true in the first half of the autumn term and we then had a succession of student cases in November and December. Please ensure that your child completes a LFD test on Sunday 6th June or before leaving for school on Monday 7th June so that we can prevent the virus from coming in to school. I am sure you will agree that it would be very sad to see a return to sending year groups home during June and July when we have all waited so long to enjoy a summer term at The Lakes School.
Boxes of LFD tests are available for students to collect every lunchtime and we all thank you for your support in keeping The Lakes School virus free.
The summer ahead...
Just a quick note to let you know that we continue to keep our risk assessment arrangements and school events under constant review at a time when infection rates are rising nationally. We are well versed in planning for uncertainty and we will always respond calmly and sensibly to any national or local changes with regard to the spread of coronavirus. We dearly hope that all of our planned summer events will go ahead but we will not be taking any unnecessary risks. As always, thank you for your understanding when we have to make short notice changes to our plans.
Student attendance has improved since September 2020 which is great news! Here's a quick summary...
For the summer term, congratulations go to Brathay 2 for the highest tutor group attendance with 96.8% and also to Mr Hardy's Sixth Form tutor group with the highest attendance of 96.4%.
For the academic year so far, congratulations go to Rothay 2 with the highest tutor group attendance of 96.2% and again to Mr Hardy's Sixth Form tutor group with an overall year attendance of 96.5%.
Students continue to receive a merit for each week of 100% attendance and the merits can be used to purchase items form the school merit shop or to build up credits for the end of term Amazon voucher awards. Click the link below to visit the attendance page of our website...
The Lakes School Badges
During lockdown in the summer fo 2020, Miss Harris developed The Lakes School Badges which are a fantastic addition to our school awards programme. Many students have already applied for and been awarded their badges which reward students for their achievements in sport, creativity, the environment and the community. Click the link below to find out more information...