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Kings Priory School 01 Duke of Edinburgh at SRWA The Duke of Edinburgh Award was launched two years ago at SRWA and it has grown in leaps and bounds ever since...

19th October, 2017

Duke of Edinburgh at SRWA

The Duke of Edinburgh Award was launched two years ago at SRWA and it has grown in leaps and bounds ever since, with nearly 30 students successfully completing the most gruelling element of the course – the assessed expedition.

Students have to complete four elements to the course in order to achieve their award:, volunteering, skill, physical and an expedition. It has been amazing to watch young people develop into rounded individuals by completing most of these in their own time.

Jay, for example, volunteered at Lancing library to improve his social and organisation skills. Josh volunteered at a care home, and made a real difference to the people there. The skills have ranged from photography, to chess, to musical instruments. The physical dimensions have ranged from karate, to ballet with Sophie choosing rugby.

The most exciting bit for most, however, is the expedition. The practice section takes place in Arundel, at Gumber Bothy. This is a secluded spot, near and old WW2 bunker. It was also used as a hunting playground for William the Conqueror 1000 years ago, and an old Roman stomping ground even further back. We managed to see the old Roman villa that was unearthed a 100 years ago. Today it is an area of outstanding beauty, with rolling landscapes and secluded woods.

For two days students have to fend largely for themselves, with a nice bonfire and marshmallows in the evening as a reward. There is a badger track nearby, and hundreds of deer roaming around. We also saw numerous birds of prey. Every student was amazing, and showed real grit and determination even when the weather was difficult.

The assessed expedition takes place at Truleigh hill, atop an old cold war era nuclear bunker. The hills are steep and intense, but the students dealt with them in spectacular fashion, with only one person falling over – no names mentioned…. The young intrepid explores gave themselves a well deserved rest at Mile Oak Barn, with AJ having his lunch stolen by an impressively bold chicken! There, they made friends with a friendly old donkey.

Seeing young people out of the house, working well as a team, and engaging with nature in a confident way is one of my highlights as a teacher. One of my lowlights was seeing some of the cooking – Josh destroyed some perfectly good food by heating it up to the temperature of the sun. The amount of pasta consumed was deeply impressive, if slightly tasteless.

Silver launches this year to those who successfully completed Bronze, with one of the expeditions taking place in the South West, where we can hopefully squeeze in some surfing on a rest day in the May half term.

Keep going team! Excellent work so far!

Mr Andain

Kings Priory School 02 Year 7 through to second round of County Cup Congratulations to the Year 7 football team who are through to the second round of the County Cup

19th October, 2017

Year 7 through to second round of County Cup

Congratulations to the Year 7 football team who beat Gildredge House School in Eastbourne 3-0 in the first round of the County Cup. The boys completely dominated play and had many further opportunities to score but we are all happy to have a win and be through to the next round. Scorers were Danny, Moses and Charlie.

Danny and Charlie have also made the Sussex Under 12 County squad after trials last Saturday so extra congrats to them!

Kings Priory School 03 SRWA Bears Half Term Camp Half Term basketball camp 23 and 24 October. All ages welcome. Great fun and even better value!

19th October, 2017

SRWA Bears Half Term Camp

Bears Half Term Camp - October 2017

18th October, 2017

Sponsored walk raises funds for African Adventure

Earlier this month a group students took part in a sponsored walk from Brighton Pier to Worthing Pier. The aim was to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Kenya in April 2018 when they will be travelling with African Adventures to work with disadvantaged children there. Eleven SRWA students from Years 9-11 will be helping to build and run sporting events with children in Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city. The cost of an education is out of reach for many Kenyan children so the charity African Adventures works with schools that have been set up by local people to give children the chance of a better future.

Before they travel to Kenya though, the students need to raise around £2000 each for their travel and cost of their stay through a variety of activities. The time and effort the students put into fundraising in order to afford the trip is outstanding and without the generous support of others they simply wouldn’t be able to go and make the difference they are destined to make.

Any donations will be greatly appreciated!

Kings Priory School 05 Business Breakfast event builds local links On Friday 13th Oct, SRWA held its regular Business Breakfast which sees local businesses visit the academy to share in i...

16th October, 2017

Business Breakfast event builds local links

On Friday 13th Oct, SRWA held its regular Business Breakfast which sees local businesses visit the academy to share in its successes, present about their own business and network to generate business links.

Our 6th form musicians performed a couple of tracks, there was a presentation by our students about their upcoming trip to Kenya and Chestnut Tree House children's hospice gave a presentation to thank Mandela Chapter for raising over £900 for their charity. 

SRWA is proud of the business breakfast, and it gives a unique chance to link with the local business community. Many students go on to volunteer and work with local businesses and charities, and many of the businesses donate their time to support careers and enterprise events.

The next Business Breakfast will be held on Friday 9th February. Please contact businessbreakfast@srwa.woodard.co.uk for further information or to take part.

Kings Priory School 06 Year 9 learns science of flying with RAF Year 9 students were this week treated to a live RAF Road show courtesy of Royal Air Force Engineers.

12th October, 2017

Year 9 learns science of flying with RAF

Year 9 students were this week treated to a live RAF Road show courtesy of Royal Air Force Engineers.

The demonstrators dramatically revealed the science and technology behind fighter jets and defence using a drone, a model jet engine and the Rueben’s tube of fire!

The presentation, called, 'Fun with Flight', explored the science of flying. Students learned how the physics they study in the classroom is an integral part of the work that engineers do in the RAF and other engineering organisations.

The show gave a fascinating insight into some of the future careers our students can aspire to. There is already a shortfall of ‘home grown’ scientists and engineers to meet the needs of the country and by capturing the interest of young people aged 12 – 14, the RAF hope to increase the numbers that take STEM subjects and ultimately increase the pool of talent in years to come.

STEM subjects have recently been given a big boost at SRWA winning two accreditation certificates this half term in recognition of their committment to the subject area.

Kings Priory School 07 W6 Open Evening Come and check out our dynamic, friendly sixth form centre at the W6 Open Evening on Thursday 19th October from 6pm unti...

9th October, 2017

W6 Open Evening

Come along to see us at W6 on Thursday 19th October from 6pm until 8pm.

We are a dynamic, creative and diverse sixth form at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy and will be hosting an evening in our newly refurbished sixth form area to share our courses, basketball academy and also our academic pathways which focus on STEM, Medical, Virtuoso and Academic Excellence.

There will be displays and demonstrations of all our subject areas and also our partners at Ricardo and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. It will be a great evening and the perfect opportunity for you to look around in an informal atmosphere and meet our friendly students and teachers.

See you then!

 

 

Kings Priory School 08 SRWA launches book award for year 6 students Last week saw the launch of our 6-up Book Award at North Lancing Primary School.

9th October, 2017

SRWA launches book award for year 6 students

Last week saw the launch of our 6-up Book Award at North Lancing Primary, one of our local feeder schools. The reading scheme, devised and run by our library staff, involves working with local Year 6 primary children to encourage a love of reading, widen their experience and challenge top readers.
 
The scheme has previously been a huge hit with other local primaries and works on many levels; the pupils read books they might not otherwise have chosen but more importantly they get to meet some of our year 7 top readers, they visit the academy so they are building a relationship with us throughout the year and getting excited about the events our library can offer when they do come up to the academy.
 
The funding to establish the 6-Up Book Award came from Sompting Big Local, who awarded us £500 to buy the books, provide prizes and resources to support the reading. The students each get an invite to join 6-UP and a 'Reading Passport' which they use to write reviews of the three shortlisted titles.
 
Around World Book Day (Thursday 1st March 2018) the year 6 students will all come to SRWA for the afternoon where we will have activities based around the themes in the three books. The pupils will vote for their favourite book and the winner will be announced! 
 
The three shortlisted books this year are: 
Kings Priory School 9 Open Evening 2017 a great success Open Evening on Thursday 5 October was a great chance to show off the school in all its glory and staff and students at...

6th October, 2017

Open Evening 2017 a great success

Open Evening on Thursday 5 October was a great chance to show off the school in all its glory and staff and students at SRWA made sure they grabbed the opportunity with both hands!

From the steel band that played the visitors in at 6pm to the trench warfare in the History rooms, the Science experiments to the dance performances there was a great buzz about the school from the start of the night to the finish.

It was a busy event but don’t panic if you couldn’t make it. There are still opportunities to visit this week for our Open Mornings. Call 01903 767434 to make an appointment.

Kings Priory School 10 New wheels for Shoreham shuttlers New Year 7 Students travelling to SRWA from Shoreham have been enjoying school runs in their very own shuttle bus.

11th September, 2017

New wheels for Shoreham shuttlers

New Year 7 students travelling to SRWA from Shoreham have been enjoying their school runs in their very own shuttle bus.

The bus picks the students up at a central spot on Shoreham High Street each morning and drops them back again at the end of the school day.

With Shoreham’s ever growing population SRWA is fast becoming an obvious choice for West Shoreham families and being close neighbours the trip between West Shoreham and Lancing takes just 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

Head teacher Kieran Scanlon said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this safe and reliable service that will literally drop the students off at the school door. I fully expect to be expanding the service over the years to come.“

Kings Priory School 11 SRWA GCSE Results Press Release Students at Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing are celebrating today after opening their magic envelopes on GCSE resu...

24th August, 2017

SRWA GCSE Results Press Release

SRWA pride in student success


Students at Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing are celebrating today after opening their magic envelopes on GCSE results day. There have been many fantastic individual success stories and the school is proud to share excellent achievement in many areas.

Once again, students performed well in English with 65% achieving a good pass and 53% gaining the government's new 'strong pass'. Science results were impressive with 70% of students gaining an A*-C. Results in creative subjects have been outstanding with 86% A*-C in 3D Design and 85% in Art & Design.

Being a Performing Arts specialist school, results in this area were fantastic, with 80% of students gaining a good pass. Student achievement in Sports was also exceptional with 100% gaining an A*-C equivalent.

There were many individual success stories, including:-

Megan Bowden, 9As and A*s. She is planning to stay on at Sixth Form to study Biology, Psychology, Maths and Philosophy A-levels.

Abbie Cartwright, 9As and A*s. She will also stay on for A-levels to study Psychology, Biology, French and Maths.

Noah Simmonds, 8As and A*s and will study Music, Physics, History and Maths at SRWA Sixth Form.

Alexandra Butterfill, 8As and A*s and plans to do French, Performing Arts, English and Psychology in Sixth Form at SRWA. She and another high-achieving student, Jack Taylor, achieved a remarkable top Grade 9 in the new challenging English assessment.

Another outstanding performance deserving a mention is that of Calin Burcin, who came to the UK from Romania just two years ago not speaking English fluently. Incredibly, he achieved the equivalent of an A in English and also gained no less than 7 additional good passes in other subjects. We are especially proud of him, and recognise all the extra work he has put in to reach this level of attainment in such a short time.

In addition to their GCSE results, SRWA has also made big improvements in their EBACC outcomes, with double the number of students making the grade compared to last year, which means they got an A*-C or equivalent for their GCSEs in the core subjects of: English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a language and a Humanity.

Newly appointed Principal Kieran Scanlon said: ‘I am delighted that students of all abilities are celebrating their personal academic achievements in their exams today. Our students' attainment across many different subject areas reflects the strength and depth of teaching across the curriculum. I’m particularly proud of the fact that almost a fifth of the cohort have attained the equivalent of A*-A in English  which gives us a  strong platform from which we can make further improvements in our drive to become an Outstanding Academy’.

 

Kings Priory School 12 A Level results 2017 Students and staff at W6 Sixth Form at SRWA, a member of the Woodard Academies Trust, are today celebrating another grea...

17th August, 2017

A Level results 2017

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy celebrating A level successes:

Students and staff at W6 Sixth Form at SRWA, a member of the Woodard Academies Trust, are today celebrating another great set of exam results.

A key strength for the Academy has always been our Performing Arts specialism. Once again, this subject area delivered results among the best in the country in Performing Arts, Production Arts, and Music, with 100% of students achieving an A/A* grade or equivalent.

The Academy offers a broad selection of subjects ranging from academic A-levels to a variety of equivalent qualifications. Building on last year’s departmental successes, new highlights this year included 100% of students in History and Music achieving a grade of A*-C, along with 92% achieving the same in Sociology. English Literature and Mathematics continue the success of last year with 100% A*-C, representing an outstanding outcome for the subject and students.  Across the board, 25% of students achieved an A* or A grade in academic and vocational courses, which is a testament to the hard work of our students.

The successes of previous years also continued in Health & Social Care with 100% of all students gaining the equivalent of an A*grade.

As ever, there were numerous examples of excellent individual performance.  These achievements are a great source of pride for the Academy – as well as setting up the students concerned to be highly successful in their chosen further studies and future careers.  They provide a strong foundation for further success for W6 Sixth Form students yet to come!

Individual A2 Highlights include:

Connie Franks

Distinction* (Music), Distinction* x2  (Performing Arts)

Zac Lelean

Distinction* (Music), Distinction* x2  (Performing Arts)

Megan Phillips

Distinction* (Music), Distinction* x2  (Performing Arts)

Melanie Zaft

A (Art), Distinction* x2  (Performing Arts)

Jamie Hull

A (Maths), B (Further Maths), B (Physics), Distinction* (Production Arts)

Bryony Johnson

A*(Psychology), B (Biology), Distinction* (Sport)

Amber Boden

Distinction* (Health/Social Care), Distinction* x2  (Performing Arts), Distinction (Music)

Alicia Veale

Distinction* (Public Services), Distinction* x2  (Sports Development)

These results have secured many of our students, places at local and national universities.  Alex Luff has secured a place at The University of Sussex, reading American Studies which will see him spend some of his time abroad in the United States.  Other notable placements include Felix Barrett who will study Music at the University of Chichester and Bryony Johnson will pursue Physiotherapy at London’s Brunel University.

Kieran Scanlon, SRWA’s Principal, commented that he was “delighted to be here with the students and teachers this morning to celebrate the fruits of all their hard work over the last two years.  We wish all of our outgoing sixth form students every success for the future”.

Kings Priory School 13 SRWA Students Get Creative SRWA art students have been busy lately getting involved with two projects, the Creative Waves for Worthing’s ‘Appear on...

26th June, 2017

SRWA Students Get Creative

SRWA art students have been busy lately getting involved with two projects, the Creative Waves for Worthing’s ‘Appear on the Pier’ art exhibition and the Worthing Children’s Parade on 17th June.

art on the pier

Creative Waves - Earlier in the year, a group of our gifted and talented art students took part in a workshop to create an installation as part of Worthing’s ‘Appear on the Pier’ art exhibition.  The project included a visiting artist who came in and worked with the students to create a set of artwork pieces. These are now on display on Worthing Pier for a whole year, alongside other schools and local artists, including the well-known artist of Gorillaz and Tank Girl fame, Jamie Hewlett.

Worthing Children’s Parade - On 17th June, our art club students took part in the annual Worthing Children’s Parade. The theme this year was based on the books of Julia Donaldson and Julia herself attended the parade.  The book chosen by us was “Follow the Swallow” and students created their very own flock of swallows to parade through the town centre.  The weather was brilliant with bright sunshine which made the sculptures really stand out against the blue skies.

Kings Priory School 14 SRWA at GSK Headquarters On 16th June, 14 of the Academy’s Year 8 students took part in a national competition final at GSK HeadquGSK june 17arte...

19th June, 2017

SRWA at GSK Headquarters

On 16th June, 14 of the Academy’s Year 8 students took part in a national competition final at GSK HeadquGSK june 17arters in London, as part of the Go4SET Industrial Cadets’ scheme.  They competed against 19 teams from across the country including several local schools and all the other students were in year 9, one year above them.

The students worked independently for 10 weeks to produce high quality and professional looking scientific reports and displays and the final stage was for them to present their findings to a panel of GSK judges.  Almost 150 students attended and one of our teams were chosen for the Student Choice Trophy - massive recognition, characterising the respect they commanded from their peers at the event.  

They were also awarded their Bronze Industrial Cadets’ award that is part of a nationally accredited STEM scheme. 

Kings Priory School 15 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Expedition On 1st and 2nd June the first successful SRWA cohort of DofE Bronze Award year 10’s completed their Bronze assessed expe...

12th June, 2017

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Expedition

dofE picture 1 smallerOn 1st and 2nd June the first successful SRWA cohort of DofE Bronze Award year 10’s completed their Bronze assessed expedition.  The award required them to plan their own route, camp overnight and walk 25km in two days.  They had to be fully self-sufficient, and push themselves physically and mentally to the limit.  They performed exceptionally well.

On day one they walked from Truleigh Hill, down into the valley as far up as Henfield.  They met at the exact point, at the exact time, all through their own navigational merits.  How often is it that you travel around an area you have never been before, entirely by yourself and entirely without technology?  This group also arrived back to the campsite exactly on schedule, after walking up a near vertical incline.  They were exhausted, but in amazing spirits.  They then settled down to plan day two, cook a hot meal on a stove and watch the sunset whilst playing some card games together.

dofE picture 2 smallerDay two was a slow start, but they were eventually on their way by 9.30am after they had packed up their tents and made breakfast.   Again, ask yourself how often it is that your survival depends entirely on your own skill set?  This is why DofE is brilliant - you become independent, you become a leader and your confidence shoots up as a result.   After getting horribly lost and accidentally walking down an unbearably steep hill, and back up it, they eventually found a medieval site for a Motte and Bailey castle dating back to the time of William the Conqueror.   They then completed a 12km walk in intense sunlight, at the end they looked exhausted but in great spirits.   

It was one of my highlights as a teacher seeing how these teenagers embraced this challenge with resilience, determination and a smile.  Their assessor, Mr Harman, was suitably impressed.

These legendary year 10’s are: Beth, Hannah, Crystal, Holly, Jack and Sophiya.   A big shout out too to Beth who unfortunately couldn’t complete due to injury, but she has been a star throughout and will hopefully complete it too!  

 

Kings Priory School 16 Ricardo Aerodynamics Session On Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May, the Academy hosted the annual Ricardo Aerodynamics workshop.

24th May, 2017

Ricardo Aerodynamics Session

On Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May, the Academy hosted the annual Ricardo Aerodynamics workshop.  

Ricardo Engineers, Jonathan Conway and Matthew Mammana visited the Academy to introduce the current year 7 students to the work that takes place at Ricardo Engineering and to take a look into aerodynamics.  The engineers demonstrated how they use wind tunnels to measure wind resistance and help develop design concepts for the motor industry.  They then set the year 7 groups a design challenge, to see which class could create the most aerodynamic model car.  The students put into practice the knowledge they had learnt in the presentation and developed a series of plasticine models which were tested for drag in the 3D Design Department’s mini wind tunnels before turning their attention to the larger Ricardo block car and wind tunnel. 

Both sessions were extremely successful and gave the students some valuable hands-on experience of engineering and aerodynamics. The SRWA 3D Design Department would like to take this opportunity to thank Ricardo for giving up time in their busy schedules to come in and work with our students and for their continued support of the STEM subjects.

 

Richardo aerodynamics

Kings Priory School 17 SRWA Students at Lancing College Medics Dinner

18th May, 2017

SRWA Students at Lancing College Medics Dinner

lancing College medics 1a

Lancing College hold an annual ‘Lancing Medics Dinner’ where their sixth form students who are considering studying medicine at university, have the opportunity to network with Doctors and other medical professionals over a three course dinner.

This year, Lancing College invited some of our SRWA students who are thinking of a career in medicine, to join them, and so, Jonty Orford, Danushka Dooraree, Tinashe Madyise, Carla Snipe and Mr Loveridge spent an evening with them.  

The evening consisted of a splendid meal, interspersed with talks from various medics who have links to Lancing.  In between courses the students rotated tables and chatted to the doctors to discuss career paths, applying for and studying medicine at university and the possibilities of work experience.

Our students really enjoyed the experience and were a credit to the Academy.  Links with local Doctors have been made and the students are organising their work experience opportunities. Lancing College has also asked if, in the future, students would like to take part in some of the other sessions run at the College for aspiring Medics.

All in all, a good and very positive experience for our students

.lancing College medics 4lancing College medics 2blancing College medics 3

 

 

Kings Priory School 18 Mrs Heery with TapTastik on Britain’s Got Talent The Academy is extremely proud of Mrs Heery, who is through to the next round of Britain’s Got Talent, tap dancing with...

16th May, 2017

Mrs Heery with TapTastik on Britain’s Got Talent

The Academy is extremely proud of Mrs Heery, who is through to the next round of Britain’s Got Talent, tap dancing with the troupe TapTastik.

TapTastik is a tap dance group from Brighton, and Mrs Heery dazzled us all with her brilliant smile and amazing footwork!  Please join us in wishing Mrs Heery and TapTastik the best of luck in the next round.

Kings Priory School 19 Year 12 BTEC Music Performance – ‘Parklife' On Tuesday 9 May, the Year 12 BTEC Music Performance students put on their own live music event in the Academy’s Alan St...

10th May, 2017

Year 12 BTEC Music Performance – ‘Parklife'

On Tuesday 9 May, the Year 12 BTEC Music Performance students put on their own live music event in the Academy’s Alan Strong Theatre.

As part of their course the students were responsible for organising all aspects of the concert, from the theme and performers, to the venue, set, sound, lighting, song list, budgets and advertising.  Over the course of five months, the students worked together to rehearse and develop their performances as well as taking on their own individual job roles.

They decided to use the concert as a way to raise money for Cancer Research UK, with all profits going to the charity.  Their concert raised over £500, which is an incredible achievement.   The students also used the opportunity to allow some Year 11 and Year 13 students to showcase their talents too.

Overall, it was a really successful concert, which demonstrated the amazing talents of our Year 12 BTEC Music Performance students.

You can view the Gallery here.

Kings Priory School 20 Visit to SRWA of Christelijk Lyceum Zeist school in the Netherlands Before the Easter holidays, we hosted two groups of visitors from the Christelijk Lyceum Zeist school in the Netherland...

5th May, 2017

Visit to SRWA of Christelijk Lyceum Zeist school in the Netherlands

Before the Easter holidays, we hosted two groups of visitors from the Christelijk Lyceum Zeist school in the Netherlands as part of their week long cultural visit to the UK.

Over 90 students along with 10 teachers spent a day in the Academy, experiencing what it is like to be at a secondary school in the UK. The students were hosted exceptionally well by our Year 10 Student Leaders and were welcomed into lessons, as well as enjoying the unique experience of a school canteen lunch, which they loved. Our students were a credit to the Academy and really enjoyed the opportunity to meet peers from another European country and share experiences. The Dutch students really made the most of their visit and were wowed by our facilities and variety of curriculum opportunities.

We understand they are now keen to build their own canteen and would love to expand their range of practical subjects. Whilst sharing our differences, it also helped all those involved to celebrate our similarities and form new friendships. 

Kings Priory School 21 Cracking the Code STEM visit to Worthing College A group of aspiring STEM students took part in a code breaking task at Worthing College. This involved using the periodi...

5th May, 2017

Cracking the Code STEM visit to Worthing College

A group of aspiring STEM students took part in a code breaking task at Worthing College. This involved using the periodic table, design and engineering skills and team work, in order to crack the code first and open the safe to claim the prize for SRWA. Other activities included computer coding and making a working model of the Second World War Enigma code breaking machine, along with an inspiring talk from a nuclear fusion scientist and being awarded their prizes by local MPs Tim Loughton and Sir Peter Bottomley.

Kings Priory School 22 PGL Adventure Revision Weekend On the weekend of 21st-23rd April, Miss Bovill and Mr Andain took a group of year 11 students to Windmill Hill PGL Centr...

23rd April, 2017

PGL Adventure Revision Weekend

On the weekend of 21st-23rd April, Miss Bovill and Mr Andain took a group of year 11 students to Windmill Hill PGL Centre, Hailsham for an adventure revision weekend.

Over the weekend students got involved in some brilliant team building exercises and adventure activities. These included a giant swing, a zip wire, canoeing, trampolining basketball (aeroball) and lots competitive sport related games.  They also attended six hours of revision sessions in History and Geography, which were a great success. 

All the students had a brilliant time and found the experience very supportive in the lead up to their GCSE examinations.

You can view the Gallery here.
 

Kings Priory School 23 Bang@Butlins Twelve students from the SRWA Science Club went to visit the Big Bang event at Butlin’s Bognor Regis.

22nd March, 2017

Bang@Butlins

Big Bang@Butlins
Coastal Stemfest, Bognor Regis
Tuesday 14th March

Twelve students from the SRWA Science Club went to visit the Big Bang event at Butlin’s Bognor Regis.

It was a day of colourful and fun interactive displays, shows and hands-on activities provided by dozens of local businesses and other organisations aimed at bringing science and engineering to life.

Our students had the opportunity to experience many different aspects of science and engineering including underwater welding using virtual reality, testing aerodynamics in a wind tunnel and calculating the cost to send themselves into space. The day culminated in an interactive show by the science museum on the subject of robotics.

 

Kings Priory School 24 Ypres Battlefield Trip On Monday 27th February, 40 students from year 8 had the opportunity to go to Belgium. They were accompanied by Humaniti...

16th March, 2017

Ypres Battlefield Trip

World War One Battlefield Trip to Belgium

On Monday 27th February, 40 students from year 8 had the opportunity to go to Belgium. They were accompanied by Humanities Teachers:  Mr Lowe, Ms Vivier, Ms Highmore and Miss Peach.  They were there to visit the many tourist sites, cemeteries and museums, all to do with WWI, not forgetting of course the amazing chocolate shops!

Following report written by students, Elizabeth and Robert

 

It was an early start for everybody on Monday morning, as we had to be at school by 5.30am!  It was surprisingly quiet on the coach until everybody had woken up, then it was buzzing.  When we arrived in Belgium at 1.30pm (local time), we had about two hours of looking around the shops for gifts for family and friends.  The majority of the students went to buy Belgian chocolate and souvenirs.  There was one chocolate shop that did a special deal for us, so most of us went there.  Some of the main tourist sites were Menin Gate and St Georges Church.  Ypres is a medieval town that was built during the Belgium invasion, the Germans bombed it and it was destroyed, however it was later rebuilt in the 1940’s.Ypres Battlefield Trip 2

The first stop for the educational part of the trip was Tyne Cot British Cemetery, which was created for the allied forces (France, England and the British Empire).  In this cemetery, there are over 39,000 graves.  It is a massive cemetery, everywhere we looked there were graves or names of all the people who died.  There were rows and rows of graves.  When you think of the 37 or 39 thousand people that died, it just puts it into perspective what it was like just to survive the first day of this battle (The Somme).  You could never imagine what the conditions were like during the First and Second World Wars.

Once we were finished at Tyne Cot Cemetery, we travelled to the hotel where we were staying, we unpacked and had dinner, the rest of the time was for our own leisure.  There was a pool table, table tennis or you could just sit and watch TV, some decided to hang out in their rooms for the evening.  When it was time for bed, everybody was talking for quite a while after we were supposed to be asleep!

Tuesday was quite an action packed day for us.  The first stop of the day was to Lochnagar crater.  It is a massive crater and is what remains of a massive explosion that was heard as far as London - pretty impressive.  The Lochnagar crater was where the British dug a tunnel underneath the German trench, and planted 1000 tons of explosives underneath and when it was detonated it left a huge crater, it is one of the things the Allies have kept from the war as a memorial.

Next stop was the Thiepval Memorial and Visitors Centre.  Although it was raining it didn’t dampen our spirits.  At the Memorial, Elizabeth, managed to find one of her relatives, her great-great grandfather who was a Private soldier.  It was unbelievable just how many names were on the memorial, because they couldn’t be identified.  It was very touching and emotional for some.

We then set off and went to Newfoundland Memorial Park for a feel of what the trenches felt like during WWI.  Whilst we were there we saw the danger tree. The Danger Tree had been part of a clump of trees located about halfway into No Man's Land and had originally been used as a landmark by a Newfoundland Regiment trench raiding party in the days before the Battle of the Somme.  At the highest point there is a caribou (reindeer) to remember all the Canadians who died during the Great War and is the emblem of the Newfoundland Regiment.

After lunch, we travelled to Wellington Quarry, an underground museum.  This is a quarry which miners used to create a new network of tunnels underground.  This quarry was where the New Zealand miners came into France and helped expand the network of tunnels.  The quarry was used during the battle of Arras.Ypres Battlefield Trip trenches

The Tommies (soldiers) spent eight days in the quarry waiting for the right time to attack the Germans as a side attack, so the French could hopefully win their battle against the Germans a lot easier. The British then blew up the exits to the tunnel to make a surprise attack on the Germans.  In the tunnel there was accommodation, electricity and water and even a hospital for the wounded.  We had a tour of the quarry, it was cold underground and we all looked ridiculous with our WWI hats and audio guides on!

Finally we travelled back to the hotel for dinner, which was definitely better than the previous night.  We set back off out again to go and listen to ‘The Last Post Ceremony’ which is held at 8.00pm every evening at the Menin Gate.  They lay wreaths, and play the bugle.   We looked around and everywhere you looked there were names of people who had passed away.   We had a final look at the chocolate shop we visited the afternoon before.   Once we got back to the hotel, we had to go to our rooms and settle down, no matter how much sugar we had had.  It was definitely quieter than the previous night.

Wednesday morning was a late breakfast since we had to pack.  When we left the hotel our first stop was Passchendaele Memorial Museum where there were life-like trenches.  It was interesting to see how heavy some particular weapons were.  We also saw a massive, very early version of the tank, around the tank there were lots of empty shell canisters that may have had explosives in.  We also saw a lot of handguns, some very early machine guns and rifles.  In the dugouts, there were many rooms.  In the trenches, we could see both an adaptation of a German trench, and a British trench too, you could tell which one was German as the duckboards were very close to the ground and were very wide, and in the British trench, the duckboards were easily slotted together and that made drainage better.  There were some little passageways downstairs, we didn’t get scared, but Ms Highmore freaked out when Vincent scared her downstairs, this then scared the rest of her group.  It was hilarious!!  When we were walking through the life-like trenches you could imagine what the conditions were like. There were sandbags, mud and wooden platforms but you still couldn’t have imagined what it was like to live in the trenches during the war.  The mud was sometimes so deep that people drowned!

Our final historical place for the Belgium trip was Langemark German Cemetery.  It was important we went here as we needed to respect everyone who died not only the allies.  What really made that trip heart-warming was that someone had lain a photo of the family whose grave it was.  It was very emotional.

On the journey back everybody was tired but still much alive and talking.  Most of us fell asleep for a little bit but not for too long, as there was too much going on!

“The highlight of the trip for me was looking at the trenches on the last day” – Natalie Matthews

 

Kings Priory School 25 Southern School Book Awards Since September, our students have been involved in the Southern Schools Book Award. Students have read five simply supe...

1st March, 2017

Southern School Book Awards

Since September, our students have been involved in the Southern Schools Book Award. Students have read five simply superb young adult novels and were given the chance to vote for their favourite.  The books on the short list were: One by Sarah Crossan, Seed by Lisa Heathfield, Bomb by Sarah Mussi, The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson and Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne.

Ms Waton and Miss Goodwin attended the awards ceremony.  Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell and past winner Bali Rai, compered the event.  Everybody was transfixed (even the Head of Roedean) by Riddell’s drawings of the authors and their books.

Many thanks to the staff and students of Roedean for hosting and organising an amazing evening.

Our students will now be reading for the Amazing Book Awards. The library is open every Tuesday lunchtime for those students who want to get involved.

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Kings Priory School 26 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat In January, we hosted for the fourth year running, the All Schools Music Workshop with a record-breaking 500 students an...

30th January, 2017

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

In January, we hosted for the fourth year running, the All Schools Music Workshop with a record-breaking 500 students and staff taking part from six local primary schools.  The workshops were held over two days followed by evening performances.

The schools represented this year along with our own Academy students were;  Seaside Primary, North Lancing Primary, Shoreham Beach Primary, The Globe Primary Academy, Sompting Village Primary and St Andrews CofE Primary School in Hove.

The show was amazing and highlighted the talent of all the students involved.  We would like to share some of the comments received following the performances:-

Comment from Tim Loughton MP – “May I extend my grateful thanks and heartfelt congratulations to all those involved in the outstanding production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It is a remarkable achievement bringing together so many students from different schools and to see them united in their pleasure in performing this wonderful production.  It obviously could not have happened without the dedication of your committed staff”.

Comment from Sarah Erratt-Rose, Deputy Head, Sompting Village Primary School - “Always brilliant, but this year even more brilliant than ever!   The staff and students of SRWA must be so proud and, as one of their feeder schools, we are so grateful for everything their performing arts department does for us”.

Comment from Ricky Leigh, Head of School, The Globe Primary – “The performance was amazing and I am extremely grateful to you for offering our pupils this unique opportunity.   It is always great to have pupils experience the exciting times that lie ahead for them at secondary school”.

Comment from Kieran Scanlon, Acting Principal, SRWA – “It has been a great privilege for us to get the opportunity to collaborate with our feeder schools in such a creative way.  I’m very grateful to the community for supporting this wonderful event!”

Comment from James Lelean, Director of Music Performance, SRWA - “I thoroughly enjoyed working with the amazing students from across the primary schools and we have had a fantastic show with sell-out performances – a real highlight for SRWA”.

Comment from Felix Barrett, SRWA Sixth Form student who played the leading role of Joseph - “This is my second time playing Joseph, but playing the role in a performance with the six primary schools made it an amazing performance and it is a privilege to have had them here with us”.

You can view the Gallery here.

Kings Priory School 27 Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the Homeless

16th December, 2016

Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the Homeless

The huge support with regards to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal from staff and students was brilliant, a big thank you to all.  Miss Gill and a couple of sixth formers delivered them to the Worthing Churches Homeless Project at their depot before the Christmas break.  They were over the moon and couldn’t thank everyone enough for all their efforts.

Some students and tutors actually went above and beyond to help those less fortunate this Christmas.

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Kings Priory School 28 Upper School Celebration of Achievement Evening At the Upper School Celebration of Achievement Evening on 14th December, we recognised and celebrated the achievements o...

15th December, 2016

Upper School Celebration of Achievement Evening

At the Upper School Celebration of Achievement Evening on 14th December, we recognised and celebrated the achievements of our senior students.

We were delighted to welcome as our guest speaker for the evening, Mr Mark Spofforth OBE, the High Sheriff of West Sussex.  He presented all the awards to the very deserving students and added some pomp and ceremony to the event with his ceremonial uniform or court dress.

To help us with the celebrations, we had many talented students performing throughout the evening.   The evening’s performances consisted of Luke Elder and the Jazz Group performing Autumn Leaves, an ensemble dance performance of O Holy Night, an excerpt from the recent drama production of A Christmas Carol and to end the evening, a Sixth Form ensemble performance of Jesus, Lover of my Soul.

We handed out many awards during the evening for chapter, curriculum and a number of special Academy awards.  We were also fortunate once again, thanks to Ricardo Ltd at Shoreham, to be able to offer Ricardo burseries to six of our sixth form students. 

Huge congratulations and very well done to all the students who received awards on the night.
 

Kings Priory School 29 Newsletter - December 2016 Read our December Academy newsletter.

12th December, 2016

Newsletter - December 2016

Kings Priory School 30 Dickensian London in Lancing The December school production was the family favourite A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by John Mortimer.

12th December, 2016

Dickensian London in Lancing

The December school production was the family favourite A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by John Mortimer. 

The theatre was transformed into the streets of Dickensian London, where out of a London skyline the familiar characters emerged, assisted by a chorus of Victorian townsfolk to make hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge see the error of his ways before Christmas Day.  Incorporating live music, song, dance and storytelling, the audience flew through time and location as Scrooge became enlightened to the joys of Christmas and the need for charity and friendship.

Ebenezer Scrooge was played by Sixth Form student, Liam, who together with all the students involved, performed like professionals and were amazing.  The costumes, set and stage management, all made, constructed and run by SRWA students, was stunning and something to be very proud of.  

A brilliant production!

You can view the gallery here.

Kings Priory School 31 Borneo Expedition Summer 2016 Throughout our lives we are often busy and unfortunately don’t get enough time to appreciate what and who we have around...

11th November, 2016

Borneo Expedition Summer 2016

Throughout our lives we are often busy and unfortunately don’t get enough time to appreciate what and who we have around us.  During the summer holidays eight brave students went to Borneo.  This expedition was designed for students to gain an insight into what struggles communities may go through, and to help villages and local people, as best we can.  They were to work on a range of volunteer projects to help improve the standard of living for rural communities.Borneo 2016 03

Our adventure first begun in the village of Tinangol, the students were greeted by the ‘legend’ which was Kenny. Kenny was such an inspirational man who had very little, but who lives every minute of his life to the fullest.  We worked closely with the local community to help build an outdoor classroom area for the local primary school, run a sports day for the village and teach the local students.

Borneo 2016 04Batu Puteh was the next stop of our expedition.  Here students really went back to basics, sleeping in the middle of the jungle with only a hammock to sleep in.  Students took part in a forest regeneration project to protect wildlife and the environment.  They were also taken on a boat trip through the jungle along the Kinabatangan River where we witnessed some amazing wildlife.  Before our stopover in Batu Puteh, we visited Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, students were fortunate enough to see numerous Orang-utan and Sun Bears.

Bongkud is Camps International’s longest serving village where we met Eve the Manager. She made our stay so enjoyable and made us feel so welcome within the camp and the community.  Students worked extremely hard during their stay here working 6 days solid concreting for the market square and primary school.  During our time here we also climbed Bongkud Hill which was 650 metres above sea level (not so much a hill).

The small isolated community of Mantanani remains one of the poorest in the region with high Borneo 2016 08levels of unemployment.  Many families have set up homestay initiatives to generate income for their families.  Students helped with this by building new rooms within their homes.  Although Mantanani is a beautiful tropical island, it suffers greatly from rubbish. They have no waste systems, so everything that drifts onto the island has to be upcycled and created into something useful.  Our eight students set out to aiding this problem by doing a beach clean which helped the local community greatly.

In the tropical waters off beautiful Gaya Island, students finished their trip by taking part in their PADI Open Water Course.  Students had to work hard over the three days taking part in numerous practical scuba tests plus passing a written exam.

NoBorneo 2016 09 man, woman or child should have to live in some of the conditions that we witnessed over the summer.  The students were an unbelievable credit to the Academy.  Through their determination, hard work, kindness and happiness, they were able to put smiles on everyone’s faces, and know that they left an incredible country making a difference.

Kings Priory School 32 W6 trip to B&W On 8th November the W6 3D design students attended a visit to the Bowers and Wilkins facility in Worthing for a tour of...

8th November, 2016

W6 trip to B&W

On 8th November the W6 3D design students attended a visit to the Bowers and Wilkins facility in Worthing for a tour of the manufacturing plant and to experience some of the world class acoustic products they produce.  The tour introduced the students to real-life manufacturing techniques and the rigorous quality assurance that ensures such high standards. 

The W6 students were welcomed by the B&W staff who went out of their way to answer all our questions and provide a very unique and valuable experience for the students.  On completion of the tour the students had the opportunity to sit down with the B&W engineers and talk through design ideas for their current project.  The students have been tasked with creating a working MP3 dock and speaker system so it was an extremely useful opportunity to gain some inside knowledge and design expertise.  During the listening session the students were spoilt by the hospitality and the sound quality they experienced.  They enjoyed various tracks and video clips that demonstrated the high end results of the extensive design, testing and manufacturing techniques that are used.

The SRWA 3D design department and W6 would like to extend our thanks to B&W for giving up their valuable time for our students, it was a truly awe inspiring visit which demonstrated perfectly how products are created and highlighted many potential careers paths available to them.

Mr O’Brien

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Kings Priory School 33 Auschwitz On 3rd November, Sarah, Megan and Ms Vivier visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, alongside 160 other young people and their educa...

3rd November, 2016

Auschwitz

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On 3rd November, Sarah, Megan and Ms Vivier visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, alongside 160 other young people and thauschwitz3eir educators from different colleges in the South of England.

I found visiting Auschwitz grim, but it was important to be able to understand the relevance of remembering and teaching about the holocaust today.

The two most powerful memories from the visit are probably: 

  • The experience of standing inside a gas chamber.  It is even more chilling now as I remember it than it felt at the time. 
  • The enormous pile of human hair harvested from the victims of Auschwitz and woven into fabrics.   There is a fabric sample on display in the museum.

 

auschwitz4Sarah has written her reflections on the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Megan the story of Steven Frank a survivor of the Holocaust.

You can read Sarah's story here.

You can read Megan's story here.

Mrs Vivier

 

Kings Priory School 34 GCSE Results – August 2016 Staff and students are celebrating once again!

5th September, 2016

GCSE Results – August 2016

 

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Press Release

GCSE Results – August 2016

 

Staff and students are celebrating once again!

Building upon last week’s superb A level results it was the turn of the Year 11 students to show what they are capable of … and they did not disappoint ensuring that for the third year in succession the results of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy improved and built upon the successes of the previous year.  Indeed, compared with the national picture in the results for both English and mathematics the Academy ‘bucked’ the trends with 10% improvements in both.  English Language Full Course (78%) and mathematics (67%) represent a significant rise in both areas on last year’s results and once again demonstrate the sustainable journey of improvement that SRWA is on. Trepidation

Other curricular areas  including Performing Arts, Physical Education and Health & Social Care achieved 100% A*-C pass rates.  Other areas that continue to deliver high standards include Art and Design (94%), Dance (94%) and Science (80%) and demonstrates the success that has been achieved by the hard work of both staff and students.  One area that has seen a meteoric rise in attainment is French who have seen a tripling of their results (73%) over the past two years.

David Simmons, the Chair of the Academy’s Council said;A Star A - for all

‘As an Academy that already has many areas of excellence in both teaching and examination results, these latest figures are an endorsement of our innovation and determination to be outstanding right across the curriculum.   I would like to congratulate all of the staff and students at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy for the hard work and dedication that has led up to this excellent set of results in this year’s GCSE examinations.  Well done!"

Students that have performed especially well and gained numerous A*/A results include

James Robbins – 6 A*, 1 A,

Shaun Miskelly – 5 A*, 4 A,

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Charlie Beeston – 4 A*, 4 A

Sarah James-Short – 4 A*, 4 A

With the Government’s greater emphasis upon overall progress in all subjects studied by students to examination level, SRWA is thrilled with this year’s results as they demonstrate a consistency of rigour and good achievement across the curriculum.   The Academy’s headline figures of Progress 8 (+0.11) and the English and Maths Threshold (62%)  are clear evidence of the tale of improvement at SRWA.  The push to recognise the progress students have made during their secondary education is recognised in the new measure of Progress 8 which indicates what value has been added to a student’s level of attainment.   At the Sir Robert Woodard the two most improved students were Blu Lewis (+2.54 and 3 B, 5 C) and Talia Van Houghton (+2.64 and 1 A *, 4 A, 3 B), their achievements are a testament to both them personally, their families and the teachers involved.

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The Principal, Peter Midwinter, said ‘Once again we have improved upon the previous year’s results and are now set to continue upon this pathway of improving the life chances of the students within our growing community.’

For further information on the Sir Robert Woodard Academy please visit www.srwa.woodard.co.uk or call the Principal, Peter Midwinter on 07889704500.

 

 

Kings Priory School 35 SRWA Multi Sport Summer Camp At the SRWA Multi Sport Summer Camp in August, great fun was had by all children that attended, with a range of sports o...

1st September, 2016

SRWA Multi Sport Summer Camp

At the SRWA Multi Sport Summer Camp in August, great fun was had by all children that attended, with a range of sports over a two week period, including - archery, table tennis, cricket, hockey, football, and basketball.

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Kings Priory School 36 A-Level Results Continuing success for A level students at Sir Robert Woodard Academy.

18th August, 2016

A-Level Results

Continuing success for A level students at Sir Robert Woodard Academy:

Students and staff at SRWA, a member of the Woodard Academies Trust, are today celebrating another  excellent set of A-Level results.

Most pleasingly, the number of students who achieved the top grades of A*-B has increased to 53%. A positive, overall improvement on last year’s performance.

At the very top end, there was an increase in the achievement of higher grades with an impressive 23% of candidates achieving an A* or equivalent . In Maths, English and History one in three students achieved an A* or A, giving many of our students access to some of the country’s finest universities.

The Academy offers a broad selection of subjects ranging from academic A-levels to a variety of equivalent qualifications. Among the many successes, students excelled in Maths with an 86% A*-C  pass rate, 67% of students in Geography achieved an A*-C pass and in English an impressive 67% of students passed with an A*-B grade.  

The successes of previous years continued in Health & Social Care with 100% of all students gaining the equivalent of an A* or A grade.

A key strength for the Academy is in the Performing Arts specialism. Once again, this subject area delivered excellent results with 100% of all students achieving the equivalent of an A* grade. Students achieved these impressive results in disciplines ranging from Acting, Production Arts, and Music Technology.

This year there were numerous examples of excellent individual performance. These achievements are a source of pride for the Academy and they provide a strong foundation for further success for our students. Impressively, many of these students achieved these outcomes while balancing the demands of four qualifications.

Individual A2 Highlights include:

Josh Baker

A (Sociology) A (English Literature) A (Geography) A (History)

Sammy Clegg

A* (Mathematics) A (English Literature) B (Further Maths)

Thomas Nulty

A* (Mathematics) A (Further Maths) A (Physics) B (Chemistry)

Danielle Herrington

A* (History) A* (Economics) A* (Extended Project) C (Mathematics)

 

Peter Midwinter, The Principal, commented 'These results reflect the talents of the students and the ability of committed and professional staff to ensure students succeed.  The quality of the results demonstrates a continuing upward trend and achieving 53 % A* - B grades is over double where the results were in 2013.   The whole Academy community can be pleased with what has been achieved.'

 
Kings Priory School 37 SRWA Activities Week Activities Week was our chance as an Academy to team build within the Chapters, experience new events and take time to e...

9th August, 2016

SRWA Activities Week

 

“We Should All Be More Like Malala”

Activities Week was our chance as an Academy to team build within the Chapters, experience new events and take time to enjoy education in a broader sense.  We are proud to support the local community and Activities Week is a time for our students to become involved in this.  Time is also taken to value society and to be aware of the environment - both locally and internationally, as well as appreciating the wider world.

Students volunteered in a host of local venues from the Worthing Churches Homeless Project to St Barnabas House, to clearing up the local beach, hospital gardens and the local nursery school.  We had guest journalists in from ‘The New Internationalist’ Magazine and explored education around the world through inspirational workshops and watching a documentary about the life of Malala Yousafzai.  The New Internationalist team said “It was a really amazing four days.  We probably learned more from the students than they did from us!  Thank you for being awesome!”

Students went on trips to explore local wildlife and heritage, as well as appreciating the wider world. Trips included: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hever Castle in Kent and locally to the lifeboat station in Shoreham.  The Performing Arts Department took their Annual Tour this year to Lake Garda, Italy and for the second year running a group of Year 7 and Year 8 students went camping at Broadstone Warren Scout campsite.

Understanding ourselves and the things we can do is an important part of development, so a day was dedicated to exploring new physical skills and learning about the special skill sets of people with disabilities. The day included a workshop with our Academy friend and local artist Alison Lapper, in which staff and students learnt how to paint with their feet and their mouths.  Alison said: “Thank you so much. You were amazing! I had a great time!”   ‘Enable Me’ gave sharp insights to life for the disabled in our community, and included a hectic game of wheelchair hockey.  Circus Allstars taught everyone a wide range of circus skills and said: “What a great Academy!  Your participation and talent was brilliant!”

Prior to each Chapter taking part in these activities, we all joined together for the Annual South Downs Sponsored Walk from the Academy up to Cissbury Ring and back, which raised money for each Chapter charity.  At the end of Activities Week, when asked to sum up how the week had affected them, one of our students spoke for all when she said “We should all be more like Malala!”

Foot and Mouth Painting

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Year 7 and 8 Camp at Broadstone Warren

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Year 7 and 8 Camp 3

Volunteering in the Community

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Whole School South Downs Walk

South Downs Walk

Performing Arts Tour in Lake Garda, Italy

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Kings Priory School 38 Shell Make the Future ‘Shell Make the Future’ Festival of Innovation, London

1st July, 2016

Shell Make the Future

On 1 July 2016 a group of year 8 design technology students visited the Olympic Park in London to attend the ‘Shell Make the Future’ Festival of Innovation.  The Festival is all about bright ideas for tomorrow’s energy challenges, giving the students the opportunity to see first-hand examples of how these challenges might be tackled.   As well as exhibitions from Shell, Ferrari and Formula One, there were science shows going on through-out the day, plus TV’s Rachael Riley was on hand to start the Shell Eco Marathon.   The Eco Marathon is a unique competition that challenges university teams around the world to create the ultimate-energy-efficient vehicle.  The distances achieved on the test track were incredible; the best result being 3,771km per litre.    The event was a great day out for the students; they saw some truly inspiring energy innovation as well as some of the awesome architecture and sculpture around the Olympic Park.

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Kings Priory School 39 SRWA Summer Fete SRWA Fairytale Themed Summer Fete, Saturday 9th July 2016

22nd June, 2016

SRWA Summer Fete

SRWA Summer Fete

Kings Priory School 40 Palestinian Friends On 7th June, the Academy opened its arms to five special people from Gaza, Palestine - Mohanad, Farouk, Mohammed, Najlaa...

17th June, 2016

Palestinian Friends

On 7th June, the Academy opened its arms to five special people from Gaza, Palestine - Mohanad, Farouk, Mohammed, Najlaa and their teacher, Ismail.  They had the most difficult of journeys in getting to us having had their visa applications turned down by the British, the Jordanians and the Israelis and ended up arriving five days late.

On their arrival in the UK, they performed in the Brighton Festival on Saturday 4th June.  They spent the day with us at the Academy on Tuesday 7th June sharing classrooms with Mr Lelean and Ms Fauvel and performing in the Courtyard at lunchtime.  Students Ielyaa (year 9) and Yousef (year 7) accompanied them and translated for them all day

On Friday 10th June, the group performed alongside the SRWA Community Band at Offington Park Methodist Church and we presented them with gifts, including a new guitar for birthday boy, Mohammed (who didn’t have an instrument of his own).

They touched something very deep inside everyone who met them and heard them perform.  When asked by one of our students what inspired them to play music they replied “We want to express ourselves and music is more powerful than weapons.”

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Kings Priory School 41 Going Postal Drama Production This summer’s drama production at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel, Going Post...

14th June, 2016

Going Postal Drama Production

This summer’s drama production at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel, Going Postal.  The production will be held on 5-7 July at 7.00pm, in the SRWA Alan Strong theatre.  

In the imagination of Terry Pratchett, the world that we know is twisted and shaped into wonderful patterns.  Sometimes disturbing, often hilarious, this adaptation of his novel is the tale of a con artist, Moist von Lipwig, who is conned into taking the job as Postmaster General in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office.  This is a tale of treachery and betrayal, of the struggle between the modern and the ancient, of romance, revenge, haunted letters and angels.  It is also a fabulous vehicle for some of Pratchett’s most inventive characters; Havelock Vetinari, Mr Plump, Adora Belle Dearheart and Stanley Howler to name but four.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the show.  We are certain that you will enjoy the experience.

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Kings Priory School 42 Summer Sounds Concert 2016 The Sir Robert Woodard Academy and local charity, Electric Storm Youth (ESY), will be hosting the ‘Summer Sounds’ concer...

14th June, 2016

Summer Sounds Concert 2016

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy and local charity, Electric Storm Youth (ESY), will be hosting the ‘Summer Sounds’ concert on Thursday 14 July at 7.00pm, in the Sports Hall at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Upper Boundstone Lane, Lancing.

Performing at the concert will be; the SRWA Orchestra and Community Band; Il Voci, the SRWA Dance Company and Dance Club, the cast of Going Postal, dancers from Strive, members of Chichester Festival Youth 

Theatre, the winners of Woodard’s Got Talent, One Beat Silence, the Junior Band, students from Sompting Village Primary School, and the Performing Arts Tour students.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the show.  We are certain that you will enjoy the experience.

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Kings Priory School 43 University of Brighton Graduate Show 2016 On the 8th June 2016 the year 12 3D Design and Art students attended a trip to the 2016 University of Brighton Graduate...

9th June, 2016

University of Brighton Graduate Show 2016

On the 8th June 2016 the year 12 3D Design and Art students attended a trip to the 2016 University of Brighton Graduate Show. 

The students were given a real insight into the work produced on the many creative courses available at the University of Brighton.  We were privileged to a private tour by the current second year students, who welcomed questions about the work on show, the courses available and university life in Brighton. 

We were all impressed at the diversity and quality of the work and it was an inspirational trip that highlighted the many creative pathways available to our students after sixth form at the Academy. 

We would like to express our thanks to Jo Tolley for organising the tours and to the University of Brighton for welcoming our students and sharing their achievements.

Kings Priory School 44 Multi Sport Summer Camp 8th - 12th august and 15th - 19th August

8th June, 2016

Multi Sport Summer Camp

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Kings Priory School 45 BOWERS AND WILKINS FACILITY TRIP, WORTHING On 13th May, the 3D Design Sixth Form students attended a visit to the Bowers and Wilkins facility in Worthing to take p...

27th May, 2016

BOWERS AND WILKINS FACILITY TRIP, WORTHING

On 13th May, the 3D Design Sixth Form students attended a visit to the Bowers and Wilkins facility in Worthing to take part in a tour of the manufacturing plant and experience some of the world class acoustic products they produce.  The tour introduced the students to real life manufacturing techniques and the rigorous quality assurance that ensures such high standards.  We were welcomed by the B&W staff, who went out of their way to answer all our questions and provide a very unique and valuable experience for the students.  On completion of the tour, the students had a brief talk from an employee regarding apprenticeships and possible careers within the company, before heading over to the media centre for a listening session.  During the listening session the students were spoilt by the hospitality and the sound quality.  They enjoyed various tracks and video clips that demonstrated the high end results of the extensive design, testing and manufacturing techniques.

The 3D Design Department and SRWA would like to extend their thanks to B&W for giving up their valuable time for our students, it was a truly awe inspiring visit which demonstrated perfectly how products are created, and highlighted many potential careers paths available to our students.

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Kings Priory School 46 Become a teacher Become a teacher and inspire the next generation with the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and local schools

23rd May, 2016

Become a teacher

If you will shortly be graduating or already hold a degree come to a Train to Teach evening on 25 May 2016 5-7pm co-hosted by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex.

Find out about postgraduate routes into teaching:

  • PGCE primary, secondary and Further Education and Training
  • School Direct Training and School Direct Salaried
  • Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Meet course tutors from both universities and discuss vacancies with their School Direct partners. Plus learn about training bursaries and scholarships worth up to £30,000.

Find out more and book your place.

Kings Priory School 47 Be The Change A group of year 9 students have been working with volunteers from business at the American Express Stadium in Brighton.

10th May, 2016

Be The Change

A group of year 9 students have been working with volunteers from business at the American Express Stadium in Brighton. The students have been learning about self-belief, self-confidence and how to make positive choices. The students worked with a range of business leaders, including a manager of a Porsche showroom in Burgess Hill.

The programme was run by the Brighton organisation LovelLocalJobs.com and allowed students from SRWA to work with students all across the Brighton area. 

It was an inspiring and exciting programme. To find out more about the programme you can follow the link below:

 

Kings Priory School 48 Online Safety and Digital Parenting This week students have all had an assembly from our School Police Officer, PC Andy Price about using technology safely.

27th April, 2016

Online Safety and Digital Parenting

This week students have all had an assembly from our School Police Officer, PC Andy Price about using technology safely. To support your child to make the right choices when using technology you can find some helpful information at the links below. There is also a letter that you can download here (or from our letters home page) which outlines what you can do to help them make sensible decisions online.

http://parents.vodafone.com/

Kings Priory School 49 World Book Day Celebrations at SRWA On Thursday 3rd March, SRWA was full of staff and students in costume for World Book Day, ranging from terrifying zombie...

3rd March, 2016

World Book Day Celebrations at SRWA

On Thursday 3rd March, SRWA was full of staff and students in costume for World Book Day, ranging from terrifying zombies (‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’) to the Mad Hatter; characters from GCSE classic texts such as ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘Great Expectations’  and ‘An Inspector Calls’.

In the morning, the Academy welcomed storyteller Jamie Crawford, who told tales of fantasy and morals woven with intense visual imagery and amazing sound effects, to the whole of year 7.  He kept a theatre full of eleven year olds totally enthralled, and afterwards, back in the LRC, spoke to older students who remembered the stories he had told them when they were back in year 7; including some year 12s who could still re-tell the horror stories he had told them years ago!  In collaboration with maths, whilst half of the year group were in the theatre with Jamie, the other half were up in maths telling stories using tangrams and learning about the maths of two dimensional shapes. This was a brilliant opportunity for the LRC and the maths department to work together, linking themes for World Book Day and underlining the links maths has with so many other subjects. 

Kings Priory School 50 Ski Trip 2016 After months of planning, the first ever SRWA ski trip got under way during the spring half term holiday. Spirits were...

1st March, 2016

Ski Trip 2016

After months of planning, the first ever SRWA ski trip got under way during the spring half term holiday.  Spirits were high as the group set off on the 15 hour journey across Europe to our destination of Lofer Unken in Austria.  

As the group were all complete beginners, the first morning proved to be an entertaining affair as students learnt to move, fall and get up with skis attached to their feet.  By the afternoon of the first day all students were up the mountain and attacking the nursery slopes with confidence.  It soon became clear that there were some speed demons and they provided some spectacular falls, much to the hilarity of the rest of the group.  

The students progressed day by day with some naturals standing out from the start.  There were several awards given out every day including; the ‘airborne legend’ and ‘most improved’ and the not so glamourous ‘pants’ award for students who may have spent more time on their bottoms than on their skis.  As with all trips, the week flew by and the trip ended with a ski race where students (and teachers) had to follow a course down and race against the clock.  This was also Fancy Dress Day with a lot of students opting to race in their fancy dress onesies, including Thor and super woman.  This was a great event with students showing their competitive sides as well as the excellent carving skills they had learnt over the week.  

Roll on the SRWA 2017 ski trip!

Further photos can be viewed in our Gallery.

Kings Priory School 51 DAY TRIP TO BOULOGNE 2016 On Tuesday 1st March, we left the Academy at 5.00am to embark on a fun filled day to Boulogne with 60 students. We took...

1st March, 2016

DAY TRIP TO BOULOGNE 2016

On Tuesday 1st March, we left the Academy at 5.00am to embark on a fun filled day to Boulogne with 60 students.  We took the ferry from Dover to Calais, where students explored the on-board shop and the arcade, and for some students it was their first time on a ferry.

On arriving in Boulogne, our first stop was at ‘Bec a Suc’, a traditional sweet factory in the heart of Boulogne where students saw how traditional French sweets were made. They also observed the demonstration entirely in target language and got to operate the machinery for themselves and sample the sweets that they made.  The next stop was the ‘Pain Show’, a traditional Creperie in Boulogne Sur Mer where our students got to experience lunch in an authentic French restaurant. The owners did a pancake making demonstration, where students got to mix the ingredients and create the batter and they were then invited into the kitchen where they got to flip their pancake and garnish it to their taste.  The owner then created in front of the students a beautiful decoration out of marzipan with SRWA on it together with monuments of Boulogne.  Students got to explore the old town, take pictures of the monuments and visit a French market for souvenirs.

We then headed back to Calais and stopped off at a traditional French bakery where students got to see how they make traditional bread in an old fashioned oven built of stone and got to roll the dough into loaves themselves. They then had to chant the ingredients of a croissant with the owner of the bakery who kept banging his rolling pin on the steel table if they forgot the ingredients, which made them laugh and scared them at the same time!  They then rolled the dough to make croissants with varying success.

After our visit to the bakery we headed back to Calais to catch the ferry back home.  A good time was had by all, students and staff, with the favourite quote of the day being: “This was the best day of my whole life”.

Kings Priory School 52 Visit to SRWA by Matt Dickinson, Everest Summitteer and Author Matt Dickinson, Everest Summiteer, inspirational speaker and author visited the Sir Robert Woodard Academy on Friday 12...

29th February, 2016

Visit to SRWA by Matt Dickinson, Everest Summitteer and Author

Matt Dickinson, Everest Summiteer, inspirational speaker and author visited the Sir Robert Woodard Academy on Friday 12 February 2016 to enthral the entire staff and students with tales of climbing the world’s highest mountain.  

Sue Waton, Learning Resources Centre Manager invited him to come and talk to the entire school at the end of term assembly, and to explain a little about his experiences and how they had influenced his writing.  Matt has written the ‘Mortal Chaos’ series of fast paced action adventure stories for teens as well as the new crime drama series ‘The Everest Files’.  He also wrote a book based on his climb to the summit of Everest during the storms that killed so many back in 1996, ‘The Death Zone’ on which the recent cinema blockbuster ‘Everest’ was based.

Matt talked about what it takes to get to the top, the preparation and practise, the determination and how quickly frostbite can strike at such high altitudes; the difficulties of going to the toilet in such temperatures and the fact that his chocolate bar of choice (200 bars in fact) exploded in the thin atmosphere and so wasn’t much use to him as an energy source.

He gained the attention of the audience in seconds and showed some impressive slides of what it is like to walk the final few steps to the top of the world before challenging every student to think about their own ‘Everest’ challenge.   It may not be as grand as climbing the highest mountain in the world, but to achieve something that is out of your comfort zone will give you a feeling as good as standing on top of the world.

Matt then stayed and gave two creative writing master classes to groups of students; firstly to the winners of the creative writing competition run to promote Matt’s visit, and secondly to a group of year ten students chosen by the English staff.   They were all invited to write a paragraph about the thing they would miss most if they went to Everest for three months, then a paragraph about who their tent buddy would be and why; this had to be a fictional character!  Finally they wrote about what they would do if, on reaching the final 100 feet before the summit, after months of work and effort, they came across an injured climber and had to make a choice.  Help the injured person, and lose their chance at the summit, or ignore them, climb to the summit and leave the other climber to a certain death.   All three tasks produced deep concentration from the students and some fantastic emotional and descriptive pieces of writing.

Sue Waton said “year 10 student Shannon said afterwards that Matt gave one of the most interesting talks she’d heard; she went on the school ski trip to Austria over half term and when she was in the mountains all she could think about was Matt’s tales of frostbite and the effects of altitude on the human body!”

All in all a hugely successful visit, and one that will be remembered for a long time.

 

Kings Priory School 53 A week of Musical Extravagance! ‘Maestro – let the music play!’ was the call at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy recently. The Academy celebrated two sig...

11th February, 2016

A week of Musical Extravagance!

‘Maestro – let the music play!’ was the call at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy recently.  The Academy celebrated two significant events during the week involving several hundred students, parents, staff and distinguished guests.

The first event was the production of The Lion King involving some 500 students from eight of the Academy’s feeder primary schools.  The production, which was performed in front of a capacity audience, was facilitated by James Lelean the Academy’s Director of Performance who brought together numerous other staff, the students from both the primaries and the Academy in a seamless interpretation of the acclaimed musical.  The continuity of the production was facilitated by Sue Waton as the narrator who ensured that the moments of anger, love, tension and elation were not lost upon all those involved. 

The production was the culmination of a project which has involved Mr Lelean working with the primary schools on a regular outreach basis since September.  The production arts students at the academy constructed and provided all the staging, lighting, costume design and scenery which contributed to not only their assessments but also their experiences.

Later in the week it was a chance to become a ‘Pop Picker’ as the Academy went back to the ’60’s and 70’s’!  This event, held over two nights, was again a capacity event and confirmed the need for the additional evening.  The performance, involving 85 students and supported by an orchestra comprising of both students and professional musicians, encapsulated the energy and joy for life of the era.  The tunes ranged from ‘Aquarius/Let the sunshine in’ to ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’ delivered by both soloists and the SRWA Ensemble.  There were several stand out performances including ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ performed by Shaun Williams and ‘Georgy Girl’ performed by Connie Franks.    The presentation transported and captivated all those in the audience through the clever use of a catwalk which ensured the wonderful dancing, contemporary costumes and general love of life of the young people involved was not missed.

The Academy’s next major event is in conjunction with Electric Storm Youth and takes place on Thursday 14 July 2016.

Kings Priory School 54 Internationalism At the Sir Robert Woodard Academy we are committed to developing an internationalist perspective that pervades all of ou...

11th February, 2016

Internationalism

At the Sir Robert Woodard Academy we are committed to developing an internationalist perspective that pervades all of our work and meets the needs of three interconnected communities: the young people and adults of the school; the people of Lancing and Sompting; and the people of the world. The developing vision for this aspect of our work, is leading students to be asking themselves: What can I do?  How can I make a difference?  How can I make sure that the mark I leave behind is a positive one?

Ethiopia

On Friday 21st October 2016, an intrepid group of twelve SRWA students will be flying from Gatwick to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia at the start of an amazing new adventure. They will be working with disabled children who are being integrated into mainstream schools in a country where disability is viewed very differently from here.  It is a huge challenge and one to which our students are already rising. Led by the ever enthusiastic and very caring Ms Peach (who also led the team to Uganda in 2014) and Ms English, the team have organised countless fund-raisers.   

We have International trips planned for the next 12 months and they include:  a ski trip to Austria, a day trip to Boulogne, and in June there is an Art and History trip to Russia to develop friendship with the students of School 27 in Kursk.   During Activities Week in July there is the Performing Arts Tour to Lake Garda in Italy and a six day break to France and Spain.  Four of our A level French students are spending three weeks living and working in France during the summer.  As well as the Ethiopia expedition there is also an expedition to Borneo in August 2016.   At the planning stage, we have a cricket tour to South Africa and a 2017 ski trip.

Kings Priory School 55 SSBA Award Presentation Evening The hugely exciting finale of the Southern Schools Book Award was held at Roedean School on Friday 15 January, and eight...

11th February, 2016

SSBA Award Presentation Evening

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The hugely exciting finale of the Southern Schools Book Award was held at Roedean School on Friday 15 January, and eighteen of our most able readers went to the event.  We all arrived and took our seats in the magnificent theatre, looking down on a stage set for the five shortlisted authors; Sara Crossan, Keren David, Juno Dawson, Alan Gibbons and Bali Rai.

Sophie McKenzie, last year’s winner was hosting the event and she introduced Chris Riddell – our current Children’s Laureate - who spoke a few words about his award.  Each author then came on stage and talked a little about why they had written their book, how the stories developed and how they grew their characters throughout the books. This was Sara Crossan’s debut novel so she was thrilled to be on stage with so many famous Young Adult authors, and talked about the land, myth and legends her story, Bone Jack was based upon.  Keren David explained that she had worked with children in the care system and that she wanted to write a story full of hope that showed how things can improve for a teenager whatever the circumstances of their upbringing, and so she wrote Salvage.  Juno Dawson told the audience how the school in ‘Say Her Name’ was modelled on Roedean, and that she had wanted to write a gothic horror story to scare her readers. Alan Gibbons made a very political speech, calling for hate crime to be acknowledged in society and referring to the Sophie Lancaster murder on which his book ‘Hate’ was based. Finally Bali Rai talked about ‘Web of Darkness’ which portrays how easily teenagers can be drawn into a predator’s web of deceit on social media – sometimes with criminal intent and sometimes just for a power rush.

Our student representative went up on stage to collect our book tokens, and we all joined in the drum roll as the runner-up (Juno Dawson) and then the winner (Bali Rai of course) were announced.  A quick refreshment break and then we went to the bookstall to get our free copy of a book of our choice before queueing to get the books signed (and take selfies) with the authors!

It was a fabulous evening, very exciting and the winning author Bali Rai really plugged how important reading is for all teenagers, and asked them to support and campaign for their libraries and librarians to be appreciated for the difference reading can and does make to our lives.

Kings Priory School 56 Drop-in Health Service In recognising that the health and wellbeing of young people is of great importance, we launched in November a new initi...

11th February, 2016

Drop-in Health Service

In recognising that the health and wellbeing of young people is of great importance, we launched in November a new initiative.  This coincided with the publication of the West Sussex Annual Public Health Report 2014/15.  This report reflected the findings of other major governmental reports, which have determined that unless communities are engaged and empowered to take responsibility for their own wellbeing, current health services will be unaffordable. 

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy Health and Wellbeing programme offers a weekly drop-in health service with a Registered Nurse for both students and, if the need arises, their parents.   The service looks to address any health related issues that may be causing concern.   In addition, there is a weekly confidential drop-in service during break and lunchtimes for students who may wish to discuss keeping healthy, emotional health, weight management, sexual health, drugs, alcohol and smoking.

The foundations of good health and wellbeing are laid at the start of life, in pregnancy, childhood and in the teenage years.  Children who have poor health are likely to have poor health as adults which will impact across all aspects of their lives – in particular their educational attainment and future employment opportunities.  Evidence shows that education and health are both crucial in determining an individual’s future.  Those who are well educated have better health and wellbeing.  Schools are an important environment for shaping children’s wellbeing and reinforcing messages and the Sir Robert Woodard Academy recognises this as being a fundamental benefit to promote their students’ broader wellbeing and development, which will benefit their academic learning and future successes.

The Principal, Mr Midwinter, said “A former colleague once said to me that ‘Health is wealth’.  I would go further and maintain that whilst that statement is indeed true having health coupled with a first class education makes an individual even richer and a complete person”.

Kings Priory School 57 Borneo Trip 2016 – A flavour of what’s to come Students started fundraising in June for a month-long trip of a lifetime to Borneo next summer. They will make the long...

9th February, 2016

Borneo Trip 2016 – A flavour of what’s to come

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Students started fundraising in June for a month-long trip of a lifetime to Borneo next summer.  They will make the long haul flight to Malaysia next August to experience a different culture and carry out beneficial projects to local communities.   The trip will finish with a five-day scuba diving course.

Comments from students who have been selected for this trip of a lifetime:-

Kelly said “I just like volunteering and helping out people.   I feel like I need to give back to the world, as I have grown up in good living conditions.”  Will said “It’s something completely different.   I’ve never seen an opportunity like this before”.

During the October half term holiday, Mr Matanle, PE Teacher at the Academy and who will be accompanying the students on the trip in August 2016, went out on a reconnaissance visit.  Mr Matanle said ‘On entering Borneo, I was slightly apprehensive on what to expect. You can read as many books or watch as many programmes as you like, but nothing prepares you like the real thing. The people of Borneo are so unbelievably friendly and the landscape that surrounds the country is stunning. The students will have the opportunity to make a real difference with a variety of project work from helping build a primary school, to reforestation in the jungle, our students will have the chance to help many communities in real need.  During my visit I couldn’t help but notice how the country and its people have the ability to turn what we deem as 'rubbish' into functional buildings or tools.

The week was such a fantastic experience from the overnight stay in the jungle, to snorkelling on Gaya Island, to visiting the Orangutan sanctuary and seeing the sunrise on Mantanani Island.  These experiences were life changing and I cannot wait to share them with our students.’

The students continue to work tirelessly to raise money for the trip. 

Kings Priory School 58 Make Your Mark SRWA has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of our contribution and involvement in student democra...

21st January, 2016

Make Your Mark

SRWA has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of our contribution and involvement in student democracy.  Students took part in a voting project to identify the issues that they believed were most concerning for young people in the UK.  They decided that the most important issue was the right to a living wage, followed by the need for the government to provide apprenticeships that prepare students for work in a changing economy.

Make your Mark is an annual event in July, so this year our students will be taking part once more.  

West Sussex was one of the counties who polled the highest number of votes, so we are proud to be part of this.

Kings Priory School 59 Star Gazing In the New Year, the Science Department, took a selected group of 20 students from year 7 and 8 to Sussex University to...

21st January, 2016

Star Gazing

In the New Year, the Science Department, took a selected group of 20 students from year 7 and 8 to Sussex University to learn all about star gazing and our universe.  

We travelled to the University by coach and were treated to a wonderful lunch.  Afterwards the students were involved in learning about university life by current and past students promoting them to think about further education in their own futures.  They then attended two small and interactive sessions on our universe by the University lecturers - one of which was in the planetarium!  

As part of the Academy’s careers programme we have forged partnerships with the local universities, this enables us to provide our students with experiences they may not encounter in the classroom.

This is our second Key Stage 3 trip this year and we look forward to many more to come!

Kings Priory School 60 Rocket Car Competition On the 13th November 2015 the year 12 and 13 Three Dimensional Design BTEC students visited the Ricardo test track to at...

1st December, 2015

Rocket Car Competition

rocketcar2On the 13th November 2015 the year 12 and 13 Three Dimensional Design BTEC students visited the Ricardo test track to attend the Ricardo Rocket car competition.  In this event the Ricardo employees go head to head in designing and engineering a vehicle to be propelled down the Ricardo test track by a small, yet quite powerful rocket, the objective is to cover the most distance possible.   

The SRWA students were invited to take part in the event and in the two weeks prior to the competition, the students worked tirelessly designing, testing and manufacturing their cars.

All four cars entered by SRWA had relatively good runs with one of our vehicles retaining fourth place for a large proportion of the competition.  The students had a great selection of rocketcar3design ideas but unfortunately, we just could not quite match the distance covered by the Ricardo employees’ light weight vehicles. 

The event was a great opportunity for the students to meet with professional Ricardo engineers and engage in some friendly, design related competition.  The students worked really well together in a team and showed dedication as a number had to stay late to get the cars ready for race day.  The students enjoyed the event and learned some valuable engineering lessons, as well as gaining some new ideas for next year’s cars!

Kings Priory School 61 GCSE Results - August 2015

19th August, 2015

GCSE Results - August 2015

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Press Release

GCSE Results – August 2015

 

Staff and students are celebrating another year of improved results.

With the Government’s greater emphasis upon overall progress in all subjects studied by students to examination level, SRWA is pleased with this year’s results as they demonstrate a consistency of rigour and good achievement across the curriculum.  From its low point of being in Special Measures the Academy has striven to ensure standards are improved in all facets of Academy life and especially examination success. 

English Language Full Course (67%) and maths (58%) represent steady rises from last year and demonstrate the sustainable journey of improvement that SRWA is on.  Other curricular areas  including Spanish, Music, Sport, Health & Social Care, Additional Maths have all achieved 100% A*-C pass rates.  Dance (93%), Film Studies (92%), Triple Science (80%), also demonstrates the success that has been achieved by the hard work of both students and staff.  Other areas, such as French, have almost doubled the percentage of students achieving A*-C to 60% plus.  History’s results have improved by more than a third to 63%.

Students that have performed especially well include:

Jamie Hull – 3 A*, 4 A, 1 B

Rosie Stanley – 1 A*, 5 A, 1 B

Connie Franks – 1 A*, 6 A, 1 B

Other students whose determination should be recognised as they achieved impressive results despite other pressures are:

Carl Moffatt – 4 A, 4 B

Parco Cheng – 1 A, 7 B

Peter Midwinter, Principal, said:  “We are pleased that our headline GCSE figures have improved, with 6% more students gaining 5 A* to C with English and Maths.  This reflects the very hard work put in by our students and staff.”

Kings Priory School 62 A-Level Results - August 2015

13th August, 2015

A-Level Results - August 2015

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Press Release

A- Level Results – August 2015

 

Upward trend continues for A level students at Sir Robert Woodard Academy:

Students and staff at SRWA, a member of the Woodard Academies Trust, are today celebrating another  excellent set of A Level results with a 100% pass rate in all subjects, with an impressive half of these at Grade A*-B.  AS results also show a positive overall improvement on last year’s performance, again reflecting an upward trend.

Students took AS, A Levels and a variety of equivalent qualifications across a wide range of subjects.  Among the many successes at A level, excellence was achieved in the specialism of Maths, with an 100% A*-B Grade pass rate, Sociology with 80% A*-B, and History with 67% A*-C .

Fantastic results were also achieved by Health and Social care, with 100% of all students gaining the equivalent of an A*grade. Students in English also performed strongly, with a 67% pass rate at A*-C.

As ever, the Academy’s specialism in Performing Arts continues to deliver outstanding results, with an overwhelming number of students achieving the equivalent of an A* grade in Production Arts (Drama), Dance and Music Performance.

There were many examples of excellent individual performances, adding value to the academy and the students’ own progress towards academic success in preparation for their futures.

Individual A2 Highlights include:

 

Lim Yun Tang

A* (Maths) A* (Further Maths) B (Physics)

Lawrence Pethick

A* (Maths) A (Further Maths )  B (Physics) B (Music)

Abigail Phillips

A* (Sociology) A (Psychology) C (Biology)

 

The grades at AS level were a 4% improvement on last year’s % of A*-B grades and a 6% increase in A-E passes. Subject highlights include Media Studies, Maths and History, with 100%, 78% and 75% A-C grades respectively.

Individual AS Highlights include:

 

Joshua Baker

A (Sociology) A (Geography) A (History) A (English Literature)

Sammy Clegg

A  (English Lit) A (Maths) B (Further Maths) Distinction* (Dance)

Thomas Nulty

A (Maths) A (Further Maths) B (Chemistry) B (Physics)

Danielle Herrington

A (Economics) A (History) B (Maths) C (Chemistry)

 

The mixed 11 – 18 academy serving primarily Lancing and Sompting in West Sussex opened in 2009 and is co-sponsored by Woodard Schools and West Sussex County Council.

Principal, Peter Midwinter said:

‘These results reflect not only the dedication and expertise of our teachers, but also a steadily rising work ethic and commitment from our students, so that, increasingly, they can aspire to continue their studies at university’.

Kings Priory School 63 Academy Site Chosen for All weather Pitch

6th February, 2015

Academy Site Chosen for All weather Pitch

http://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/local/academy-site-chosen-for-all-weather-pitch-1-6196155