In our July 2017 issue of our newsletter we featured some of our former students and reporting on where and what they went on to study and how they have done in their studies or what careers they have embarked on and have recently been in touch via email with parents to gain updates on their son/daughter.  A couple of parents have recently got in touch with news independently and it would be lovely to include more of our former students particularly as they were our first cohort of Sixth Formers.  We are extremely proud of the way the Sixth Form has grown and developed in such a short space of time and our first Sixth Formers helped shape it into a wonderful learning environment.  If you were a former student here or a parent/carer of a former pupil, we would love to hear how you are getting on. Please send any information and photographs to: Alana Lloyd – Jex

Thomas North

Thomas North has gained a First at Lancaster University in Maths. Mr Guest studied at Lancaster so he is particularly pleased to hear this news! Lancaster Uni logoCongratulations.


Emily Ditton

Emily, has just completed her degree in Psychology and Criminology with a First from Nottingham Trent University. Whilst at university, Emily worked for Childline as a volunteer counsellor and in her final year worked part-time at River Island. After graduating, Emily then worked for Age UK Notts within a prison as a Link Worker for 6 months. She then worked as a Clinical Medical Assistant on a female acute inpatient ward for women with complex mental health difficulties. Emily carried out this role for a year which she says was amazing to gain experience with mental health.
She is currently working for the NHS (Steps2Change) as a Trainee Psychological Well-being Practitioner. Nottingham Trent Uni logoThis role involves assessing and treating people who are experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and/or anxiety disorders.



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Hayley Simons

Hayley has completed her degree in History at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and is expected to graduate with a 2-1. She has also worked at a USA Summer Camp as part of the drama department and in 2016 she returned to the camp after they asked her to be the Head of Drama for summer 2016.

Hayley has also extensively travelled around the USA visiting cities such as, New York, Virginia, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago, Miami, LA, San Francisco and Seattle. She even spent some time staying in a boathouse on a lake close to Boston.

Now she has competed her studies she is taking a year away from studying and intends to stay in Cambridge and has a full time job at Marks and Spencer’s, with the plan to continue with her travels (this year she is off round Europe) and investigate the opportunity to take on a Masters in History.

Mr and Mrs Simons       


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Chloe graduated as a secondary school maths teacher 2 years ago.  She is currently a teacher of Maths at Tuxford Academy.

Chloe was one of SWRA’s first sixth form students, and she says Mr Barnes and Mr Statham were her inspiration.

Her parents and SWRA are incredibly proud of her and her achievements. She was also recently a finalist for DALP (the schools trust) new teacher of the year 2019.





Tom Lane

Tom is now in his third and final year at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Throughout the course of the year, he will be performing in 3 shows, as well as a showcase at the Soho Theatre, London. Upon leaving Will Rob, Tom-Lane-238x300Tom quickly decided he wanted to persue a career in acting and so applied at most of the major UK drama schools before landing his place at Mountview. The last few years have only fuelled his hunger and passion to break in to the industry even more. He fondly remembers the school shows he was a part of while at school, as this is where his love of acting first took off. His highlights are playing Corny Collins in Hairspray and Marius in Les Miserables.

As well as his public performances this year, Tom will also complete a voice reel and show reel, these are short examples of his work which he will send to agents and other professionals within the industry with the hope of getting signed to an agent or landing professional work.

Tom is so grateful for his time at Will Rob and would like to thank all of the wonderfully supportive staff that helped him at the start of this journey.


Luke Anderson

League Football Education (LFE) ‘Celebrating Success’ programme names 11 starlets and former student from Welbourn, Luke Andersen, is amongst the 11. 18 year old Luke who left SirLuke Andersen William Robertson two years ago plays for Lincoln City and this accolade highlights his impressive performance on and off the pitch.  Luke flourished on the pitch this year, captaining Lincoln’s Under-21 and earning a first-team debut in a 2-0 win against Boreham Wood in October, as well as playing 25 senior matches as part of work experience.

He has also immersed himself in a number of different projects in the classroom, completing extended units and coaching in a local primary school to gain extra experience for his pursuit of a coaching career.

Luke will be an Ambassador next year on behalf of the Academy while studying, as he has been accepted onto a Coaching and Teaching Foundation degree at Bishop Grosseteste University. And as if that wasn’t enough, the midfielder has also applied to join the Schoolboy Academy coaching staff for 2017/18.

Congratulations Luke! We are very proud.

Mr Symmons


Holly Pickerill

Deciding that University was not the right route for her, Holly Pickerill left SWRA and went straight into employment as an apprentice at Tom Geraghty and Associates, a firm of accountantsHolly+Pickerill+ in Newark. Working hard and passing every exam on the first attempt, she completed her apprenticeship in just one year and achieved the AAT qualification. Demonstrating her dedication to both the accounting profession and her continued studies, she was awarded a prestigious scholarship with Kaplan Financial: one of just five awarded nationally.

Now a fully qualified Accounting Technician, she is currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Keeping up her impressive record of exam success, she has already completed the first of the qualification’s three levels, in just 4 months: a feat that should usually take between 12 and 18 months. Her employer is immensely pleased with her, as demonstrated through her progression up through the company to the point where she is now managing her own portfolio of clients, completing a wide range of tasks daily including accounts preparation, corporation and personal tax returns, VAT returns, payroll, company law work and book-keeping. Holly has been working together with the AAT on a project with three other successful students from across the country to help and support more school leavers into accountancy via the non-university route, as she wants other students to have the same opportunities she did and receive increased support in accessing them.

Holly is thriving both in her career and her personal life, and is now keeping busy running her own home and planning her wedding!


Elizabeth Evans

I am, like many others, a first time student of SWRA’s Sixth Form and since leaving, a lot has changed. I am now currently a graduate in English Language and Linguistics from York St York St John UniJohn University and have achieved a 2:1. Prior to attending University, I wasn’t sure as to what I would do in the future and what career I would find myself in. However, all I was sure on was that I had an interest for the English Language. Taking English Language at A-Level made me realise the scope of what there is to know about language. This interest grew and lead me to taking a course in English Language and Linguistics. This course entails learning about how language is acquired, articulated and structured, the meaning and intentions behind our social interactions as well as the social attitudes we have and share on language.

What drew me towards York St John in the first place was the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of the city, with the quaint shops and cafes and cobbled streets. Spending three years in the beautiful city of York was a pleasure. The University is small but welcoming and full of life, with an array of societies to join. I am glad that I chose to study at York and I couldn’t imagine studying at any other. During my time there I have met many people that will now be friends for life as well as having the opportunity to work for the Newark Advertiser, an experience that may draw me to a career in journalism in the future.

My advice for students who are looking to study at University is to visit as many Universities as you can. This allows you to get a feel of what each campus is like which will give you an idea as to what you want in a University, whether this be for the night life or for the best University for your chosen course. The choice is yours.


Liz Rijnenberg OBE

Former pupil of the school (1967-1972) Liz Rijnenberg, has recently been in touch to let us know that she was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 and honoured with s300_OBE_image_GOV_UK_an OBE. She goes on to say in her message that she was helped by John Halpen, Sheila Goldsborogh and Daphne Page. Liz studied at the University of Nottingham and Fitzwilliam Cambridge and became Chief Officer of Probation before retiring in 2016.

Liz Rijnenberge receiving OBE

Simeon Dyer

Simeon was a pupil at Sir William Robertson Academy from 2007 until 2012, and is now a successful actor who has worked all around Europe. He has performed at some world- famous venues, and last year appeared in an Olivier-nominated production of Snow White at the London Palladium alongside actors including Dawn French, Julian Clary and America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin. Simeon is a well-established pantomime actor during the months of December and January, and will be performing at the Birmingham Hippodrome for the coming pantomime season.

This year Simeon has completed filming for a role in the new Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, which is due to be broadcast in December. When he is not acting he works for and is on the committee of a charity called Little People UK, which was co-founded by actor Warwick Davis and his wife Samantha in order to offer friendship and support to people with dwarfism, as well as their families and friends. Dwarfism is a condition that affects the muscles and bones and makes the person affected shorter in stature. Simeon has achondroplasia, which is a type of dwarfism, and believes it has made him who he is today.