The Lakes School News Issue 5 a caring, learning community

Proud to be 50 Years Old: 1965-2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter which is packed full of news from The Lakes School. Whether in a browser or on a mobile device, our fresh looking newsletter should look great. Simply scroll down to view.

It's been a while since we have sent you a newsletter but we promise to stay in touch more often from now on.

HMI Visit

Just before Christmas we were visited by Her Majesty's Inspector Jean Olssen-Law to monitor the progress we have made since our inspection in May 2015. We couldn't have wished for a better visit and the report recognised all of the great work being done by our staff and students to improve The Lakes School. Our aim is to become one of the highest achieving comprehensive schools in the country and we are so pleased you want to be part of our journey. Click on the link below to visit our website and read all about our most recent inspection...

Thankfully, the winter weather is behind us now and we're looking forward to another wonderful summer at The Lakes School.

Parent Forum

Help us to establish The Lakes School as one of the best schools in England. If you have ideas you want to share then why not join us at our first Parent Forum meeting on June 21st 2016 from 6.30-8.30pm. Come along and join in the discussions with parents, staff, students and governors. Simply call reception to register your interest in attending on 015394 40810. It would be great to see you.

Go Herdwick!

The Go Herdwick competition was organised by the Calvert Trust. Over 50 life size fibreglass Herdwick sheep were commissioned and artists from far and wide took the chance to decorate one. The Herdwicks have been placed along the 555 bus route from Windermere! We were especially lucky to have got our hands on two Herdwicks through the great work of Wren Brammall and they have been beautifully decorated! The school fundraised the amount for one sheep and we were very lucky that the OCG Art Gallery in Ambleside run by Mr and Mrs Brammall sponsored us for a second Herdwick!

Wren Brammall, Project Co-ordinator, adding some finishing touches to a combined design from runners up Grace Harrison and Robert Smith.
Emily Halsall painting 'Patchy'
Cameron Ducksbury's winning design coming to life.

Photography Club

Since January, the art department have been running a Thursday lunchtime 'photo club' for year 7 and 8 students overseen by ex Lakes student and Photography graduate Beth Irwin. With hands on workshops on miniature creations, scanner photo art and abstract collage she hopes to encourage them to experiment with unusual ideas and imaginative thinking, showing that there is much more to photography than just clicking the shutter.

Art Exhibition

It's that time of year again when our talented art students begin exhibiting their work in our gallery ready for the examiner. The quality of the work on display is always of such a high standard and this year is no exception with the gallery jam packed with work that would fetch hundreds of pounds if it were to be sold; we already have staff bidding for some of the pieces! Scroll down to view images of just some of the work on display...


Here are some fab pictures of our talented cross-country runners who ran their socks off for the school during the cold wet winter weather. Well done team.

Lovely artwork by Estelle Gabrielle-Ainsworth

Ski Trip to Aprica, Italy

February half term seems a long time ago now but still fresh in the memory of our skiers who had an amazing time in Aprica.

Kendal Colour Dash

We had a fantastic time at the Kendal Colour Dash in April raising money for St John's Hospice. Below are some photos of the team in their FairTrade t-shirts. We will be running again in 2017 so come and join us when our team will be even bigger!

Design and Technology Evening

The Lakes School has an excellent reputation for producing fantastic technology work across product design and textiles. Parents were recently treated to a wonderful exhibition of work by our students. You can take a peak at the work below...

Year 7 Rounders

Here they are, the future of Rounders at The Lakes School. The squad have made a promising start to the year recently scoring 12 rounders against Windermere School but still losing narrowly by 1 rounder. Good luck for the rest of the summer.

Good News Stories...

Every Friday morning the staff at The Lakes School get together for a short meeting where we share good news stories. Here are a few that we thought we would share with you.

96 for September! We are all so excited as we have recently found out that 96 children will be joining us in September to begin their life as Lakes School students. Year 7 hasn't been this full for a few years now and we are thankful to all of the parents who believe that The Lakes School is the right school for their child.

Thanks to Mr Farren for his kind donation of a guitar to the music department.

Two ex students have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh - Anya Rands-Trevor and Natasha Turner. Huge congratulations to you both.

Many congratulations to Grace Long who, from 3000 applicants, has been selected for a prestigious place at LIPA, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. This is an amazing achievement and we wish Grace all the very best for the future.

Thank you to one of our governors, Mr Taylor, who has recently devoted a great deal of his time to building a number of picnic benches which are now being well used by our students in the sunny weather.

With the summer tennis season fast approaching, we thought you might like to explore the link below for more information.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and we look forward to bringing you our next issue. If you ever have information you would like to share through our newsletter then do get in touch.

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