Enrolment and Recruitment

Sussex Bears Basketball Academy

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy and W6 sixth form college are in partnership with the Sussex Bears Basketball Club, one of Basketball England’s official accredited basketball schools. Anyone interested in joining the basketball academy in sixth form will be able to find out more and meet some of our academy coaches during our open evening:  October 19th, from 6pm to 8pm.

The Sir Robert Woodard Basketball Academy has the biggest basketball development programme in Sussex and provides coaching, competitions and support for players at all levels from grassroots through to elite.  The Academy is linked through the SRWA Bears directly into the Sussex Bears basketball team, and the top Academy players have the opportunity to train and play for the Sussex Bears basketball team.  The Sussex Bears play in the National Basketball League.

The Academy is committed to providing elite training, support, guidance, coaching and competitions to gifted and talented players.  With strong links to professional basketball teams and universities throughout Britain – and a bespoke preparation and placement programme for American colleges, British Universities and Basketball Academies throughout Europe.  Players who attend The Sir Robert Woodard Basketball Academy and W6 sixth form will be well positioned to fulfil their basketball ambitions.

What you get as an Academy basketball player:

All Academy players will receive:

  • Free training kit, tracksuit, casual wear and kit bag
  • Professional basketball coaching of 8+ hours per week in the Academy’s sports facility (overlooked by the Sussex Downs in Lancing) by professional basketball coaches with international and US college experience
  • We play weekly games in the ABL (Academy Basketball League), National Schools Competition and the AOC (Association of Colleges)
  • Affiliation with the Sussex Bears Basketball Club
  • On-site medical support for injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Free use of the Academy fitness suite
  • Free fitness, strength and conditioning, exercise and nutrition programmes designed and monitored for you

In addition to the above, elite Academy players will receive:

  • 15 hours of professional basketball coaching per week
  • Open access to daily training facilities
  • Individual skills development programme
  • Mentoring for college/university preparation and support
  • College/pro placement support
  • Opportunity to become a College Sponsored Athlete – value of up to £2500 per year
  • Annual travel to the USA and Europe to compete in international competitions

Basketball Academy selection criteria

To be eligible to be considered for the Academy, you must be:

  • 16-18 years of age on 31 August of the enrolling year
  • Enrol to study at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Academy Coaching Staff:
Director of Basketball – Gary Smith
Academy Coaches – James Brame & Dominic Baker
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Dan Sharp

Our great new basketball facilities

  • 2 Full sized basketball courts plus show court
  • Industry standard cardio and resistance training and fitness suite
  • Bespoke basketball training equipment



STEM Evening with Ricardo

Each year we host an evening for year 10 students interested in further education and careers in STEM, with out partner Ricardo. It is held at Ricardo’s Centenary Innovation Centre in Shoreham. Details for the next event will be shared early in 2018.

It will be an opportunity to meet with engineers, staff and students to discuss further study and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

It is open to all year 10 students and their families. There will be refreshments, talks, hands-on displays and a tour of the world-class Ricardo site.

Here are details of last year’s event.


Welcome back

That time has come. It’s time to start the new year.

The Scavenger Hunt was a great success, but now it’s time to get down to business.

All students are expected to come in at at 8.40 to go straight to tutor time for 8.50. If you are unsure of where your tutor is, go to the common room where you can find out. Year 13 will have an enrichment session during p3 and p4, in which you will be given an overview of the programme and expectations for the year. We will also update you on how the 6th form area will be used.

If you’ve not been back in yet, you will get to see the 90% complete renovations of the 6th form area.

Remember, “Look Smart, Sensible Choices” is the dress code.

If you have any questions, please ask your tutor. We look forward to you joining us at W6.


Scavenger Hunt – you did it!

Thanks to everyone who so enthusiastically participated in the W6 Scavenger Hunt in Brighton today. It was a great day, so many of you really embraced it and got stuck in. The turn out was amazing, and we appreciate you seeing it for what it was: a fun way to get to know your fellow students.
We were most impressed to see some selfies with the staff at Resident Records. Miss Warrington and Ms Roche even decided to hire bikes and do the hunt themselves.
If you have any more pictures to share, tweet them with the hashtag #W6Scavenger
Once all the submissions are in we will announce the winners and the prize.


Scavenger Hunt Tweets

Tweets from our students on the Brighton Scavenger Hunt.