Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
|Motto||Via Diversa Vita Una
Many pathways, one road... success
|Founder||Kesteven County Council|
|DfE URN||137135 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Windsor, Stuart, Tudor and York|
|Former name||Robert Pattinson School|
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy (formerly Robert Pattinson School) is a secondary school on the northeast side of Moor Lane in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, England. The Academy has approximately 1,281 students and is a Language College specialist school.
The school was opened in 1953 as the Robert Pattinson School. Sir Robert Pattinson was the Chairman of Kesteven County Council for 20 years, and for 50 years a County Councillor. He was Liberal MP for Grantham 1922-23. He was knighted in 1934, the year he became leader of Kesteven County Council. His sister married Sir Richard Winfrey, another Lincolnshire Liberal MP, and their son, Richard Pattinson Winfrey, founded the East Midland Allied Press in 1947, today known as the magazine publisher EMAP. Sir Robert Pattinson died a year later on 2 December 1954, aged 82.
The school was a 'bilateral' school (part grammar/part secondary modern) until January 1961 when the grammar school students transferred to the newly opened North Kesteven Grammar School. It became a comprehensive when parts of northern Kesteven became comprehensive in September 1970. This was four years before Lincoln went comprehensive – Lincoln was a separate county borough until April 1974, and had been historically Labour-controlled.
It became a grant-maintained school self-governing in 1992, transferring to Foundation status in 1999. On 1 August 2011 the school became an Academy and changed its name to Sir Robert Pattinson Academy.
- 1992 - became a self-governing school with grant-maintained status
- 1994 - new science block opened by Sir Henry Nevile, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
- 2000 - become a Beacon school
- 2001 - appointed as a specialist school for languages
- 2002 - language site opened by Anne, Princess Royal on 18 April
- 2003 - achievement award for examination performance. Listed as an effective school by Ofsted
- 2004 - John Alexander Music Suite opened, after a donation of £125,000
- 2005 - new technology suite opened by Stewart Pattinson, grandson of Sir Robert Pattinson. Recognised as a high-performing specialist school by the Department for Education and Skills
- 2006 - appointed as a Languages and Science College
- 2011 - granted academy status. Name change to Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps
The Band Det (F) detachment of the Army Cadet Force is sited on the school. It was formed by the Nottingham-based East Midlands Reserve Forces. The cadet building was built in October 2010, and is used by the Regimental Band of the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force.1237 Squadron (North Hykeham) ATC are also based there and the two cadet forces work together to ensure a positive image of young people in the community.
The school has four houses, Windsor, Stuart, Tudor and York – named after three historic families and one modern name from British Royalty – who compete in sporting events throughout the year for the Governors' Cup. This is presented at Sports Day each year, which is typically held in the first week of July.
In the 1990s the school received GCSE results 3% higher than the Lincolnshire average. The school receives average GCSE results in Lincolnshire and England. At A level, the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form is slightly over the English average.
Notable former pupils
- Lindsay Coulson - bassist (King King)
- Paul Mayo - footballer
- Marc Garfoot - footballer