Principal’s Introduction

Welcome to Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough’s only all-through secondary school where children join at 11 years old and progress through to a fully integrated Sixth Form at the age of 18. Robert Smyth offers families 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 oversubscribed and has been rated as ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted.

Robert Smyth is a comprehensive school founded in 1607 as the local grammar school in Market Harborough and firmly grounded in a commitment to educational excellence. The school educates over 1000 students every year with a wide spectrum 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 of our young people.

Robert Smyth is set on an incredible estate set against the Hammond Arboretum and on the edge of Market Harborough. Students are able to enjoy break and lunch times in large 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.


GCSE and A Level outcomes are consistently well above national averages in both progress and attainment. This year we celebrated the highest proportion of A*-A grades at GCSE attainment and over 20% of our Sixth form students progressing to Russell Group universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. These results demonstrate that our approach of academic challenge, pastoral care, wider opportunities and all-round development is working.

Year 7 Admissions

Every year we look forward to sharing our story with hundreds of prospective families. This year we have organised a Virtual Open Academy because we have decided that we cannot increase the risk of the inadvertent transmission of coronavirus by inviting tours or an open evening. We have done this because we put our students first and we cannot risk any further lost learning time for them.

Children who are successful in securing a place will be asked to write a personal letter of acceptance. We use this letter so that their tutor can get to know them before they arrive. All students explore a broad, challenging curriculum that encompasses 16 different specialist subjects including the arts, sciences, humanities, and sport alongside technical disciplines including design, food and nutrition, textiles and computing. There is also a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students to get involved with after school. These opportunities give students high quality experiences and building blocks for progression in their school journey.

Applications for places can be made via Leicestershire County Council here. The deadline for all applications is 31st October 2020.

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 and who have a good school reference.

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 (

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2020.


Robert Smyth is rapidly upgrading its facilities. In September 2020 we begin the construction of a high specification All-Weather Pitch as we become the new home of Market Harborough Hockey Club. This facility will feature full floodlighting and it will bring amazing sporting opportunities for students as part of both the Physical Education curriculum and in extra-curricular activities. This will bring hockey onto our curriculum. At the same time, we are also fully resurfacing all of our outdoor courts to national specification for competitive netball and tennis. Both of these projects have been developed in partnership with Sport England who we will continue to work with in the future to further develop sporting facilities of excellence for our community. This project will be completed by February 2021.

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 are able to 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.

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. My aspirations for our students are limitless and this is an exciting time to join our school.

Dan Cleary, Principal