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Welcome to The Sir Robert Woodard Academy

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We are a thriving 11–18 Academy serving primarily the students of both Lancing and Sompting.  We are committed to ensuring that every student is known and nurtured and is provided with teaching and learning experiences that allows them to fulfil their potential.  We believe that students are engaged and achieve when the environment is both caring and orderly, with teaching that fires their imagination and brings learning to life.

Our core principles are based upon the educational, spiritual, moral and social and cultural development of our students.  We seek to educate our students so that they are equipped to succeed in their chosen career and make an active contribution to the communities in which they both live and work.

Since moving to the new building 2012 the Academy has been on a journey of constant self-review and improvement.  The resulting changes that have occurred have had a positive and significant impact upon our students in so many ways.  These changes coupled with our rigorous quality assurance procedures ensure that our expectations are continually being challenged and improved upon.

Indeed, we achieved record results in 2016 at KS4 and KS5, but we are determined to continue to strive for an improvement in academic excellence which influences student attainment at all ages. There is a positive feeling within the Academy which is clearly demonstrated through the level of student engagement and satisfaction.

Our aspiration is for our Academy to make a difference not only to individual students, but also to our community.  We look forward to working with all our partners in generating an ambitious community of learning where students are confident, articulate, self-assured and excited by the possibilities available to them.

Kieran Scanlon

Our Specialisms


Our two specialisms are superbly provided for with not only excellent facilities but also the
opportunity to contribute to highly innovative ideas and projects.  We therefore aim to provide the very best mathematical education for students of all abilities.  Mathematics and the use of numbers is a key skill and will contribute to success in all types of employment.  We are therefore determined that all our students have a sound mathematical foundation upon which to build their futures and careers. 

Our Mathematics team has strong links with local universities and we are a regular contributor to teacher training programmes, such is our strength in this area.  Mathematics is one skill that genuinely prepares a young person for work. Those who aspire to master the complexities of Mathematics are pushed to the maximum and as our 2016 results demonstrate, are taught and coached to achieve the highest possible examination grades.

Performing Arts

Our second specialism provides skills that are highly regarded and are able to enrich a student’s life.  The Performing Arts are a fundamental part of the Academy’s heritage.  Sompting and Lancing have a long and strong tradition of performance and that is firmly embedded within the Academy’s culture.  The skills acquired; confidence, movement, oracy, self-esteem, creativity, teamwork, determination, perseverance are all recognised as 21st Century Life Skills that are readily transferred to the world of work.

The performing arts teams provide numerous opportunities throughout the year for students to participate in music, dance and theatrical productions; all of which are of an immensely professional and impressive standard.

The performing arts team actively embraces challenging and original material with exceptional results.  Through our taught curriculum and numerous extra-curricular opportunities we are able to provide for every student and give them opportunities to learn new skills, develop as individuals and to celebrate their successes.

A key success of our performing arts provision is the phenomenal number of students who opt to join in at all ages, with year 7 students working side-by-side with older students to produce excellent creative works.