Sir Robert Woodard Academy head will leave in August

A SCHOOL principal has denied rumours she is leaving because of poor exam results.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy principal Carole Bailey this week said she handed in her resignation in July before exam results were revealed after deciding to move nearer to family in Kent.

Mrs Bailey said this year’s exam results were good, with the results for post-16 Btec courses putting the academy in the top 10 per cent of schools in the country.

She said: “The first year of the academy we made a massive jump in the amount of students making five A-Cs.

“Our big challenge is English and maths but in terms of five A-C we made our targets.

“The academy is in a strong position to springboard forward in terms of continuing progress.”

Mrs Bailey will stay at the academy, in Sompting, until August but the next two terms will not be easy as the academy prepares to move into the new building on January 3.

Year-seven to 10 students will be doing “home-learning” for the last week of the winter term so equipment can be taken to the new building.

Students in year 11, 12 and 13 will carry on with their lessons at the school that week, with year-11s sitting exams.

A post-16 open evening will be held in the new school building on Monday from 6pm until 8pm.

For the full story, read the November 10 edition of the Lancing Herald.