We are immensely proud to be named after a unique member of the British armed services whose childhood home was in the village of Welbourn, where his father was the local post-master and tailor.
William Robertson, born in 1860 is the only member of the army to have risen from ‘Private’ to ‘Field Marshal’, and this was at a time when the class system that prevailed within society was rigidly structured and worked against such aspirational movement through the classes.
Everything that is written about this extraordinary man testified to his perseverance, tenacity, attention to detail and his support for his fellow officers and the men serving under him. Typically very blunt when expressing his opinions, he earned the respect of all around him and finally achieved the highest rank in the British Army. Part of his success was that he learned five different Arabic dialects, in addition to speaking French (by his own admission badly!) that he learnt from the local minister of Welbourn parish.
We are proud of the Sir William Robertson name – a name that captures the principles that we now use to drive our school forward and to equip our young people with the qualities they need, enshrined in our mission to ASPIRE. Our pupils know and stand by those attributes every day.
In sending your child to The Sir William Robertson Academy, you will be signing up to a commitment of the ideas espoused by Sir William Robertson.
The school has some historic items about the history of the school and Sir William Robertson.
Watch our school pupils on the Sir William Robertson WW1 feature programme as seen on BBC Look North and BBC Radio Lincolnshire recently. Sir William’s Great Grandson visited the school to help make the programme.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7TLIBiFofw&feature=youtu.be BBC Look North programme
BBC Radio Lincolnshire shorter clip of programme:
Fantastic photographs of Sir William ‘Wully’ Robertson during his army career:
Sir William with Winston Churchill. The two men disagreed on much during the First World War. Churchill did not hold this against Robertson and personally recommended him to be made Field-Marshal to the King.
Below are maps drawn by William Robertson as a school boy. His interest in and talent for cartography would prove valuable in his rise through the ranks.
Click here to read the Programme from the Official Opening of the School on 17th October 1961 by The Right Honourable Lord Robertson of Oakridge.
Click to read the Lincolnshire Life article on Sir William Robertson (April 2015 issue)