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Principal’s Introduction

Welcome to The Robert Smyth Academy; a highly successful school with a commitment to respect, success, and aspiration.

The Robert Smyth Academy provides a warm, welcoming setting where all children are well supported, and where their talents are nurtured through the exploration of a broad and rich curriculum. The Academy is highly oversubscribed and continues to be graded as ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted following a recent inspection report published in January 2023.

The Robert Smyth Academy is a proud comprehensive school which was founded in 1607 as the local grammar school in Market Harborough and which has its roots firmly grounded in a commitment to educational excellence. The school educates students with a wide range of aspirations, interests, and needs; everyone is welcome because our school is a family. The school offers outstanding pastoral support, excellent academic challenge and a wider curriculum that brings out the joy and confidence in all our young people.

The Robert Smyth Academy is located on an incredible estate set against the Hammond Arboretum and on the edge of Market Harborough. Students enjoy break and lunch times accompanied by the vista of large, luscious fields and they benefit from a fantastic catering service and dedicated restaurant and café facilities. Students enjoy relaxing and socialising in this wonderful space and this is highly conducive to their well-being.


Students who attend The Robert Smyth Academy regularly produce GCSE and A Level results that are well above national and local averages in both progress and attainment. This year, our students achieved GCSE results which placed our school within the Top 14% of all schools across the country and led to another year of students continuing with us to pursue A-Level studies. Many Sixth Form students progressed to Russell Group universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. These life changing outcomes show the impact of our commitment to academic challenge, pastoral care, and enrichment.

The school was inspected recently, and it was found to be ‘Good’ in all areas. The Ofsted inspection report is a glowing reflection of the school that we know.


Students at The Robert Smyth Academy benefit from access to the following facilities:

  • All-Weather Pitch
  • Netball and Tennis Courts
  • Two large sports halls
  • Multi-Gym
  • Large outdoor spaces
  • Science laboratories
  • Library
  • Computer Rooms
  • Food and Nutrition Teaching Kitchen
  • Art and Textiles workshops
  • Resistant Materials and Product Design facilities
  • Dance and Drama Studio
  • Main Hall
  • Music Practice Rooms
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Student Services Area

Beyond these plans, we have a comprehensive masterplan for the development of our estate so that students benefit from the best resources available. We are currently planning an

exciting capital works scheme for next year. We can make significant improvements because our school is supported by a fantastic multi-academy trust that shares our ambition for this school to be a centre of excellence for the East Midlands.

Year 7 Admissions

Every year we look forward to sharing our story with hundreds of prospective families and we invite prospective students and their families to visit the school for an Open Evening and we provide a limited number of places on school tours in the first part of the Autumn Term. As a highly oversubscribed school, we ask that parents remain mindful of the high demand for places on these tours and we always suggest early booking to avoid disappointment.

Students who start life at The Robert Smyth Academy do so with excellent support during transition and this allows them to explore a broad, challenging curriculum that encompasses sixteen different specialist subjects including the arts, sciences, humanities, and sport alongside technical disciplines including design, food and nutrition, textiles and computing. There is an incredible range of extra-curricular activities for students to get involved with after school and we strongly encourage participation in these activities. We provide these opportunities so that students enjoy school, build lifelong memories and progress well. Applications for places can be made via Leicestershire County Council here. The deadline for all applications is 31st October 2023.

Year 12 Admissions

Our Sixth Form is a thriving and high-achieving community. We offer academic excellence and personal development within a wide variety of subjects and a vast array of extracurricular opportunities. Our courses are open to both internal and external students who meet the course requirements.

Sixth Form students benefit from excellent pastoral support. We have a specialist team of Sixth Form tutors, led by two Heads of Year, who are experienced in successfully preparing students for Sixth Form life including managing the transition to this important stage in education, study skills and future planning. Students receive significant support with preparing for post-18 options including high level apprenticeships and prestigious places at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

We would welcome contact from prospective families and if you have questions regarding our Sixth Form then please email Mr Luhrs, Head of Sixth Form (gluhrs@robertsmyth.tgacademy.org.uk).

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2024.

Ultimately, the best thing about our school are the people who come here every day to make it such a special place to grow, develop and learn. We are a school that continues to put the interests of our students first so that they can reach and exceed their potential. We have a proud reputation for nurturing and developing the talent of our

Dan Cleary


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