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A level improvement for the 2nd year running!

posted 16 Aug 2018, 05:11 by Michele Colt   [ updated 16 Aug 2018, 05:15 ]

The hard work and determination of Richmond Park Academy students
were rewarded when the 2017/18 A level results were published today. Students across the sixth form achieved a 96% pass rate; an increase on last year with 47% achieving A* - B, a 4% increase on the 2016/17 results. 

Reviewing the results, Principal Paul Mundy-Castle said, “I am extremely proud of the continuing upward trajectory of our A Level results, especially when these results are based on more challenging A level examinations. Our 6th form is growing on a year by year basis which is a testament to the level of attention that our teachers pay to each and every student.”

Head of 6th form, Mary-Jane Blease added, “This is great news for our talented 6 formers who now leave us for higher education and an endorsement for our hard working 6th form team who identify every opportunity to get the best out of their students – many of whom have been with us at Richmond Park Academy since Year 7. Well done to everyone involved!”

A Level Exam headlines
96% pass rate across all exams
25% of results were A*/As – 5% up on 2016/7
47% of results were A*Bs – 4% up on 2016/7

Student snapshots

Sophy Higgins – 2 A*s 2As 1C
Philosophy, EPQ, Psychology, History, Maths
Sophy will be studying history at King’s College, London with the ultimate aim of becoming a history teacher. She was delighted with her results saying, “Richmond Park Academy wasn’t my first choice of school in Year 7 but it has been the right school for me from the very start. The teachers have always supported and encouraged me. I don’t believe I would have got the results I have without the belief that the teachers have shown in me throughout my time here.”

Eve Dobel – A*, A, B
Art, Philosophy, History
Eve will be studying Philosophy at Leeds University and is enthusiastic about the next stage of her educational journey after 7 years at Richmond Park Academy. “The teachers put so much effort in,” she said when asked what made the difference for her. “They came in to offer additional help whenever we needed it – before, during or after school. There is a genuinely nurturing environment here that ensures that everyone reaches their potential. The time and effort we put in are definitely worth it for the feeling you get when you do well!”

Marsin Sesay - 3Bs
Psychology Philosophy and Maths
Marcin will be studying Psychology at Kent University with the ultimate aim of becoming a clinical psychologist. He said, “the teachers showed faith in me and were always encouraging; it really made a difference”

Anisa Almbajarae – 1A* 2As and 1B
EPQ, Psychology, Philosophy and English
Anisa will be studying Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the LSE with the view of becoming a teacher. “The encouragement of the teachers across my time at Richmond Park Academy has been key to my results today. Early on at RPA It took me time to realise that I had to work hard to get the results I deserved. The teachers didn’t give up on me and I couldn’t be happier with the results; it makes the stress of taking the exams worth it.” 

End of term newsletter - available to view

posted 27 Jul 2018, 11:33 by Michele Colt

The end of term letter is now available to view featuring World Week, Prize Giving, national success in a History Association competition and lots more. You can view the newsletter here

Prize Giving 2018

posted 26 Jul 2018, 15:15 by Michele Colt

RPA celebrated achievement across the academy on the last Tuesday of the school term. 136 awards were made by subject and by year group with all winners receiving a personalised book. Awards are made based on a combination of attainment, attitude and progress. As well as rewarding those students who have gone above and beyond expectations in their subjects this year, Prize Giving also had a great soundtrack across the evening including performances from Louis B and Elizabeth P.  The audience was also very lucky to hear South African triathlete and Olympian, Gill Sanders share her athletic and academic story which highlighted how life can offer different opportunities and pathways at all times; it is about embracing those opportunities when they come. Congratulations to all those recognised on Tuesday 18 July. For the full list of winners, review the Prize Giving 2018 programme.



posted 15 Jul 2018, 11:24 by Michele Colt

The RPA PTA and PCAB organised SHEENSTOCK took place on Friday night and over 400 people from school and the local community came to join in the fun. The evening featured a festival atmosphere with back to back live music with a set from RPA students followed by local bands: Children of the Revolution, The Saps, The Hairy South and Dubvocaliza. It was a fantastic evening of entertainment supported by our sponsors, Hamptons who managed our Pimms Bar and Trendy Spaces who kept the BBQ running at full throttle! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the evening; we are looking forward to next year already! You can see more photos on the RPA Facebook page.

Wonderful World Week!

posted 15 Jul 2018, 11:12 by Michele Colt   [ updated 15 Jul 2018, 11:14 ]

Last week's World Week, RPA's new enrichment initiative, was full of energy, creativity and exploration. Students across all year groups were off time-table enjoying weekly activities as diverse as Basketball Camp, Mindfulness, Creative Faculty Week, Bletchley Park and Museum Week. We also had three academic boot camps which culminated in a high octane trip to Thorpe Park. Add to those activities the 3 overseas trips to France, Belgium and Germany and you can see that World Week has been a great success! You can see more images on the RPA Facebook Page or view the short slideshow below.

World Week 2018

"The Territory" author to visit RPA

posted 7 Jul 2018, 09:48 by Michele Colt   [ updated 7 Jul 2018, 09:49 ]

Sarah Govett, award-winning author of the "The Territory" trilogy of books is visiting Richmond Park Academy next week to run a creative writing workshop and host a book signing.

The trilogy has received universal acclaim with Book Trust calling it, "a great, page-turning read with plenty of action that will appeal to reluctant readers and bookworms alike.’ 

Sarah will be doing the book signing in first break between 10.40 am and 10.55 am on Thursday 12 July in the school library. Some books can be purchased at the book signing at a price of £5.99 for the first book in the trilogy and £7.99 for the final, recently released book. You can also buy your own books from Sheen Bookshop or on-line and bring them in for the book signing.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the writer of a hugely engaging series of books which has kept readers of all abilities gripped until the last page. Please encourage your children to come and see her!

Iris M wins creative writing prize

posted 19 Jun 2018, 02:19 by Michele Colt

Fourteen Year 8s  attended a 5-week writing skills programme after school with Ms Money last term. To graduate from the course, all students had to submit a piece of creative writing to demonstrate their newly developed skills and most students clearly applied the strategies they'd been taught. The winner of this writing competition is Iris M who, according to Ms Money, "wrote with great narrative voice and applied a range of descriptive writing devices to add interest to her story." Well done to her and all who participated. You can read Iris' story below.

Dollhouse short story.


Pre-season sports camps launched - book now

posted 14 Jun 2018, 05:02 by Michele Colt   [ updated 14 Jun 2018, 05:04 ]

In preparation for the upcoming seasons, Head of PE, Mr Clifford has announced an exciting new initiative -  Richmond Park Academy pre-season training camps. RPA has had a successful year winning a number of competitions and we want to continue to grow a tradition of sporting excellence. Pre-season will put our teams in a strong position heading into the new school year with the camps focusing on skill development, team strategy and players fitness levels. 

The camps are open to all players wishing to develop their performance. Students will be work with their respective age groups/ability levels throughout the week of the camp. 

Camp dates:

Football pre-season: Monday 13th- Friday 17th August, 9.45am-3pm.

Basketball pre-season: Monday 20th- Friday 24th August, 9.45am-3pm.

Girls specific sports camp: Tuesday 28th- Friday 31st August, 9.45am-3pm.


Payment for the camps can be made via Parent Pay. Please select the appropriate camp from the list. 

The Football and Basketball camps are priced at £50 for the week (Monday to Friday). The 4 day, girls only camp is £40.

Day price: £12 per day. 

For further information please find attached a camp flyer alongside a program for each camp. 

Pre season sports camps information

SHEENSTOCK - RPA announces new community festival

posted 6 Jun 2018, 06:31 by Michele Colt   [ updated 21 Jun 2018, 09:15 ]

The RPA summer BBQ on Friday 13 July has a festival feel this year with a host of exciting bands lined up to perform throughout the evening. Local bands Children of the Revolution featuring alumni Tom Adamson, reggae band Dubvocaliza, Hairy South and The Saps will be joined by Richmond Park talent, David B, Lakenya T-S, The SHERPAS, Leanne & Lucy and staff band, The Edukators. Add in the BBQ, Bar and other activities and it becomes an event not to be missed. Sheenstock starts at 6 pm and is only £5 for adults and £2 for students under 18. That's the best value of the summer! Remember, this is a community event so friends, family and the local community are all welcome. You can book your tickets now at Search for RPA Sheenstock. 

You can download the poster here.

"OMIGOD, You guys!" Legally Blonde comes to RPA

posted 6 Jun 2018, 05:47 by Michele Colt

Richmond Park Academy is proud to present four performances of Legally BlondeThe story follows the life of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a law degree, and has had success, first as a book and then a high grossing film and finally a musical. The schedule of performances is below and with tickets at only £5 for adults and £2 for under 18s, it promises to be a great night out. Tickets can be booked via ParentPay now. All performances are in Hertford Hall. 

DayPerformance Time
Tuesday, July 35.30 pm
Tuesday, July 37.30 pm
Wednesday, July 47 pm
Friday, July 67 pm

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