Realising Opportunities Update

Realising Opportunities Update – As part of our Realising Opportunities scheme, organised by our host university, the University of Sussex, our students have already been exposed to a wide range of advice and support for getting prepared for university life.

All students should be in contact with their e-mentor via the Brightside website, and should have already completed the ‘Skills 4 Uni’ module via the RO student portal.

The Academic Assignment – Save the dates!

Day 1 – Tuesday 19 June 2018

Day 2 – Wednesday 27 June 2018

Day 3 – Monday 09 July 2018

On each of the three days, students will depart the academy by coach at 9:30am, complete their day at the University of Sussex, Falmer Campus, and arrive back at the academy at 3pm.

There is no cost to students attending these 3 sessions, and lunch will be provided by the university. RO Students in Year 12 should have completed a reply slip for these events.

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Exploring STEM Subjects at W6

Interested in exploring STEM subjects at sixth form and W6?

Thinking about Sixth Form choices and STEM?

Are you in year 10 and beginning to think about your choice of sixth form and the subjects you’ll study once you’ve finished your GCSEs? Maybe you aren’t even sure what you want to do, but are keen to find out about different courses and careers.

The world renowned engineering firm Ricardo and W6 Sixth Form at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy are hosting an evening about careers and further study in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for students in year 10 and their parents. The event will be held at the impressive Centenary Innovation Centre at Ricardo’s Shoreham Technical Centre. The evening will be held on Wednesday 20th June, from 6 – 7:30pm.

About the Evening

Join us at 6pm as junior engineers, recent graduates and other Ricardo personnel share their stories of their education and the career paths that led them to where they are today.

There will be an opportunity to speak with Ricardo staff about their jobs and their studies. W6 Sixth Form students following STEM courses will also be ready and willing to have a chat about life in sixth form, how it differs to GCSEs, and the choices they made. They will also be able to offer any advice that may help you in deciding your next steps. Teaching staff from W6 Sixth form will be on hand to discuss the subjects you could choose and what they involve.

There will be the chance to get hands-on with some engineering challenges and to get a feel for what engineering and STEM is all about.

The Tour

Following all of this, you will be able to take a tour around the world class production facilities where some of the most impressive engineering solutions have been developed and made.

And before you start believing this is an event aimed at boys, think again. The world of STEM is ready and waiting for talented young women, so come along.

Find out more:

If you are interested and want to find out more, please see the EventBrite site, or alternatively visit our dedicated Facebook event page. We look forward to working closely once again with Ricardo.


National Student Conference

As part of the Realising Opportunities (RO) programme, a selection of our Year 12 students will be attending the National Student Conference 2018, held at the University of Exeter.

Mrs Morley and the Year 12 students will be leaving the academy before Friday lunchtime, and staying overnight at a Hilton hotel in Bristol – with an evening quiz and dinner organised! After breakfast in the hotel, on Saturday we will make the journey to the University of Exeter for the conference.

We will arrive back at the academy late Saturday evening by coach, where students will be dismissed.

We look forward to visiting Exeter, and proceeding further in the Realising Opportunities programme.

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Year 12 Trip to University of Sussex

This Monday 5th February, we are taking all of our Year 12 students to the University of Sussex for a taster day event. This includes a campus tour and an insight into what happens during the first month of university. There is no cost for the event and lunch will be provided on the day.

We ask that all Year 12 students attend this compulsory event, which will form part of their ASPIRE day, also linking well to their careers provision organised by Mrs Morley. Please complete the attached reply slip which needs to be handed in before the trip on Monday morning before departure on the coach.


  • Meet in W6 at 09:15
  • Depart W6 by coach at 09:20
  • Arrive at the University of Sussex by 09:45
  • Departure from the University of Sussex 14:00
  • Arrive back at W6 for dismissal 14:30

We look forward to seeing all Year 12 students this Monday for this great trip. See you there!

Letter & reply slip: Year 12 Taster Day, Uni of Sussex