Welland Park Academy
The school was originally known as Welland Park High School. There is another nearby secondary school, the Kibworth High School, that feeds into the Robert Smyth School (upper school). In 2009 the school finished 3rd in the Times Spelling Bee final at Leicester Square, London. The school recently became an academy. Welland Park Academy is currently owned by Julie McBrearty,who is the principal.
Whilst it caters for pupils aged 11 to 16, it also works with different community groups providing facilities. Subjects offered for Key Stage 3 (KS3) include the core SATs subjects of English, Maths and Science; Modern Foreign Languages (French and German); Design subjects including Art, Textiles and Food Technology; Humanities including Geography, History and Religious Studies. And at GCSE level they have multiple new options.
It is located on Welland Park Road and like the road, is named after the River Welland by which it was built. It has an Octagonal Hall that is used for many theatrical productions in the town and is well known for its great shape.
Welland Park Academy converted to Academy status in August 2011. Harborough Mail Welland Park Academy has announced that starting 2016, Welland Park Academy will become an 11-16 school, placing it in direct conflict with Robert Smyth.