Sir William Robertson Academy is a highly successful 11 - 18 comprehensive school. In recent years the school has become one of the most sought after schools in Lincolnshire, with parents recognising the benefits of choosing a very successful school set in a rural location. 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.
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.
The school is driven by the aim to ASPIRE and this directs the work of all staff and pupils:
Examination results have increased in terms of 5+ A*-C from 53% in 2006 to 93% in 2012. This has led to the school achieving the ‘Most Improved Schools Award’ from the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust.
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.’
The school is extremely well-resourced and has recently benefited from a quarter of a million pounds of additional funding to extend its Performing Arts Block (opened in 2008) to develop a Media Studio and Apple Mac suite. In addition, we have used National Lottery funding to develop an ‘Eco Lab’ in school to support innovative teaching approaches in the teaching of Science at Sir William Robertson and in local primary schools.
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 will be performing Hairspray in February 2013. In addition, we hold two annual concerts and participate in the Shakespeare in Schools Festival (performing The Merchant of Venice in 2011 and The Tempest in 2012). 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, polo (with Leadenham Polo Club), 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 an annual Primary Schools Language Festival each summer.
We offer many opportunities for the development of education beyond the classroom. Foreign visits which have recently taken place include:
- A Year 8 MFL/Humanitites visit to Paris
- Ski Trips in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to Courmayeur in Italy
- World Challenge expeditions to Croatia in 2010, Morocco in 2011 and Romania in 2012
- A Year 10 Science visit to Eurodisney, Paris
- A Comenius Project (European Cook Alive!) with schools in Poland and Germany
We welcome visits to the school and it is possible to make individual appointments to see the school on a working day at almost any time of the year. These visits normally last for an hour and start at 9.00am with arrangements being made through the school office.
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.