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RPA hosts Separated Parents Support Workshop - Book to attend now

posted 5 Feb 2018, 11:56 by Michele Colt   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 06:21 by Web Admin ]

On Thursday 22 February RPA will be hosting a Separated Parents Support Workshop run by adult learning programme business, Kids Come First. The purpose of the seminar is to introduce strategies to support separated parents in becoming more positive co-parents. The course will be delivered by Nicola Withycombe, Founder and Co Owner of Kids Come First, who has extensive experience in mediation, counselling and workshops. This workshop is free to attend and will take place between 6 pm and 7.30 pm in the school library. 

You can find out more about Kids Come First on their website.  You can also view more details in the folder below. While this workshop is free, we would be grateful if you would confirm your interest for numbers by emailing

Separated Parents Support Workshop

RPA PTA Quiz & Chilli Night - Book tickets now!

posted 5 Feb 2018, 01:55 by Michele Colt   [ updated 6 Feb 2018, 01:51 ]

It is time to book your tickets for the 2018 PTA organised Quiz & Chilli night on Friday 9 March. The quiz features new quizmaster, Y10 dad and homemade chilli during the half-time interval. Tickets are only £12 each and include your chilli and a drink. Teams can be up to 8 people strong so either organise your team ahead of the night or we can organise teams for you! Book now at searching for RPA quiz night.

It's Oxford University for two RPA students!

posted 24 Jan 2018, 03:47 by Michele Colt

Two Richmond Park Academy students are Oxford-bound for the 2018/9 academic year. Charlotte Hall and Sophie Heath secured 8 A*/A results in their A levels at the end of last year and both have taken a year off before making their way to St Hilda’s and Balliol Colleges respectively. Both colleges have impressive pedigrees with notable alumni including MPs Gillian Shephard, Susan Kramer and Boris and Jo Johnson plus Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, three prime ministers and seven Archbishops of Canterbury.

Charlotte, a fluent German speaker, will be studying Dual Honours English and German and says, “ I am really looking forward to a university environment which encourages smaller debates and am very excited about exploring the texts chronologically and seeing how different movements across time influence each other.”

Sophie will be studying English Language and Literature and says, “I am really looking forward to studying medieval literature; I’ve never studied anything like that before and find the history really interesting.”

When asked what impact Richmond Park Academy has had on her journey Sophie added, “I’ve been at RPA since I was 11, so I do think I can owe most of who I am to the teachers and people I’ve met there. The teachers have always been motivational and pushed us to learn outside the curriculum. For example, I went to exhibitions on Russian art, read books about the Duke of Wentworth and watched talks on the romanticists. It really helped me to cement my learning.”

Principal, Paul Mundy-Castle who encouraged both students to re-apply to Oxford said, “One of our goals as a school is to have an expectation that our students will attend the best universities in the country. I did not expect it so soon but am delighted for both Sophie and Charlotte. Much of our A level teaching is operating in the top 10% of the country so it is gratifying to see that reflected in the outcomes our students achieve.”

STEM event makes waves!

posted 23 Jan 2018, 06:39 by Michele Colt

63 students in Year 8 and 9 participated in the Sea Cadets Marine Engineering Pathway (MEP) workshop last week. The session focussed on the scientific principles behind buoyancy and displacement and brought to students attention career opportunities in Marine Engineering. They designed and built their own boats and were challenged to create a boat that could hold the most marbles. Pupils were required to work in teams to design and create an engineering solution. Congratulations to Ariana J and Hiba S who built the winning Year 9 boat which successfully held a magnificent 244 marbles and t
he winning year 8 team of Farah S, Freya B and Evie D. 

Parent & Community Advisory Board launched

posted 11 Jan 2018, 07:20 by Michele Colt   [ updated 16 Jan 2018, 05:16 ]

The Richmond Park Academy Parent & Community Advisory Board (PCAB) has been introduced by RPA Principal, Mr Mundy-Castle. The group brings an impressive range of skills and experience to the PCAB ranging from finance and PR through to government and commercial. The role of the PCAB is:
  • To act as a link between parents, community and school

  • To celebrate the strengths and achievements of the academy

  • To be an independent point of contact for stakeholders to express concerns or make suggestions

It will feedback to the RPA Management Board on a termly basis. Mr Mundy-Castle's letter can be viewed on the "letters to parents and carers page". You can contact the PCAB with your comments or suggestions at

Auditions for StaRPA

posted 11 Jan 2018, 02:54 by Michele Colt

StaRPA, RPA's very own Talent Show, is now auditioning and we are looking forward to seeing singers, dancers, musicians, acrobats, comedians, sports demonstrators, jugglers and all the rest as they come and showcase their talents. Auditions take place every Monday lunchtime and after school in January so those interested should book their time slot now. The audition booking form can be downloaded below or a copy can be collected from Mr King's classroom, H09. The Grand Final will take place on Thursday 22 March in front of a live audience and entertainment panel. Lots to look forward to! So, don't delay, get that entry form in now!

Mr Mundy-Castle very encouraged by Ofsted "Good" judgement for RPA

posted 7 Jan 2018, 13:03 by Michele Colt   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 02:10 ]

Ofsted will publish RPA's 2018 Ofsted report on Monday 8 January and it will show that it achieved a "Good" judgement in all categories with some very positive feedback from the inspectors. They stated, "Across a range of subjects, pupils make good progress and where differences in achievement exist, leaders are taking effective action to secure good progress," and, "Pupils’ behaviour is good and exemplifies the school’s values. Pupils are confident and articulate."  

Mr Mundy-Castle is very encouraged by the report, "Ofsted’s judgement is a recognition of the rapid improvement that RPA has made over the last two years and reflects the confidence that the inspecting team have that the improvements can be sustained by the leadership team."

This is an exciting time to be part of the RPA family. Of Mr Mundy-Castle the inspection team said, "The new principal has galvanised the school community with his high aspirations to improve outcomes for pupils. He is tenacious and inspires staff." This report, together with an improvement in GCSE results of 23%, an uplift in progress from below floor standard to positive, improved A Level results and attendance above the national average are all positive indicators that RPA is moving in the right direction on all fronts. 

Stardust at RPA! Aston Merrygold inspires our students

posted 20 Dec 2017, 06:06 by Michele Colt   [ updated 20 Dec 2017, 06:31 ]

Aston Merrygold of band JLS and more recently part of the Strictly Come Dancing cast, joined us at RPA this to talk, perform and share his passion for music. Aston is one of the judges of the NextGen Music Competition and encouraged all students with a love for music to enter. We were treated to some a cappella performances across the school. Highlights included a fantastic beatbox accompaniment from Yacine H and a duet with Lakenya T-S with full harmonies which brought the house down! Music Gateway also brought us an early Christmas present from Gibson - a new guitar for the music department. Thank you to Music Gateway and Aston for coming to see us.

You can find out more about the Music Gateway, NextGen competition on their website

Christmas jumpers for Save the Children

posted 20 Dec 2017, 05:55 by Michele Colt

Richmond Park Academy held its Christmas Jumper day last Friday raising money for Save the Children. As well as raising money for a good cause it had the benefit of getting everyone into the Christmas spirit!

Amna on the road back to RPA

posted 8 Dec 2017, 04:29 by Michele Colt

Amna H-S is a special member of the RPA community. Amna has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), more commonly known as Brittle Bone disease, so lives with the prospect of breaking bones on a daily basis. However, she constantly remains positive, upbeat and helpful wherever she can. Amna went into hospital for an operation on her back in November. Ms Hutchinson and Ms Berry went to visit her and are delighted to report that she is making a good recovery. We are very lucky to have Amna as part of our school community on a daily basis so we would like to take the opportunity to support the Brittle Bones Society too. You can donate to their cause via the Brittle Bones Society website. 

We look forward to seeing Amna back in school soon!

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