Sir William Robertson Academy is a highly successful 11 – 18 co-educational non-selective school. Our school is proud to be one of the most sought after schools in Lincolnshire, recognising the benefits of choosing a very successful school set in a peaceful and rural location. In addition to serving our local catchment area, high levels of parental demand have led the school to offer daily school transport to Newark, Grantham and Sleaford.
Sir William Robertson Academy is delighted as being judged as ‘Good’ in all areas of the school following its Ofsted inspection in June 2015. The inspection report praised developments across the school, highlighting the progress and behaviour of pupils and their engagement in their learning as a particular strength. All aspects of the school were inspected ranging from leadership and management; behaviour and safety of pupils; quality of teaching; achievement of pupils to its Sixth Form provision and found all areas to be ‘Good’. The school has been recognised as being one of the ‘Top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England’ in a recent letter from Nick Gibb MP – Minister of State for Schools (February 2016).
The school is driven by the aim to ASPIRE and this directs the work of all staff and pupils as we strive for year-on-year improvement. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of every child and we offer a broad choice of academic and vocational options. These combine to enable us to offer a ‘curriculum for every future’.
As you browse through our website you will see written commentary and photographic evidence of our unique school and the benefits that this brings to our pupils. One highly regarded factor is the security of being in a rural location with no opportunity for pupils to disappear into the local town. Indeed, it is our policy to keep all pupils on site throughout the working day, including lunch and break-times, offering a range of activities and clubs to occupy their social times. We pride ourselves on getting to know your children as individuals and value the opportunities that can be provided through our small class sizes which help to create a supportive and stimulating environment for your children.
The school is named after William Robertson (1860-1933), the son of the local Welbourn postmaster, who became the first soldier in the British Army to rise from the rank of private to Field Marshal. The four houses in the school (Simla, Dragoon, Lancer and Chitral) are named after important aspects of this inspirational individual’s life and experiences. Each pupil and teacher remains a member of their house throughout their time at Sir William Robertson. Teachers have pastoral and academic mentoring responsibilities as Base Tutors to a vertically grouped tutor group. The Base Tutor and their Head of House are the first point of contact for all parents. Student voice is well-developed in the school through Citizenship lessons, active House Councils and the School Council.
We actively promote modern British values and the school is driven by the aim to ASPIRE which directs the work of all staff and pupils:
Achieve their full potential as individuals
Support each other as members of a caring and creative community
Pursue knowledge and understanding
Involve themselves in the wide range of activities that the school offers
Respect other people’s values, beliefs and customs
Extend their horizons striving to achieve their best
Making a decision about secondary education is not easy and is best achieved by gathering as much information about possible schools in advance. Primary Workshops cast on tourAt Sir William Robertson Academy, we aim to provide a range of opportunities for parents/carers and their children, to visit the school to make that decision – one that is fully informed by experience. Our Summer Open Evening (late June/early July), Open Week and Open Evening (held during mid September), provide a chance to see the school working and meet with pupils who have very recent experience of starting in Year 7. In addition, it is possible to make individual appointments to see the school on a working day at almost any time of the year. Appointments and further information are available by ringing the school office where our team will be pleased to help you.
The artistic and sporting life of the school is rich and vibrant. We have an annual school production which provides a focal point for the school year. This year, our pupils performed Our House which was fantastic. In addition, we hold two annual concerts and participate in the Shakespeare in Schools Festival. The school offers a wealth of opportunities for pupils to showcase their considerable talents.
We have developed high levels of participation in a range of sports. These range from the more traditional sports to new developments such as boxercise, kickboxing, archery and lacrosse.
We are committed to developing the international dimension to our curriculum and have held the International School Award since 2009. We continue to support many local primary schools in language learning and host several Primary Schools workshops during the year.
We offer many opportunities for the development of education beyond the classroom. Activities and foreign visits include:
- A Year 8 MFL/Humanities visit to Paris
- Annual Ski Trips to Courmayeur in Italy
- Annual visit to Berlin
- Visit to the Hindu Mandir in Neasden
- Visit to Beth-Shalom Holocaust Centre
- World Challenge expeditions to Iceland (2017), Croatia, Morocco, Romania, Norway & Thailand
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Bronze & Silver)
- Growth Mindset programme
We are committed to preparing all of our pupils to be active and tolerant citizens in modern British society. We hope that you will choose to apply for a place at our school if you share our vision for a twenty-first century education in a calm, disciplined and supportive environment.
Mark Guest, Headteacher