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Sponsored Walk 2018

posted 5 Oct 2018, 06:14 by Michele Colt   [ updated 5 Oct 2018, 07:27 ]

The Richmond Park Academy 2018 sponsored walk will take place next Friday 12 October. Mr Walker has devised a new route this year which means that students will be walking 12km which is a genuine challenge. Some students have also opted to run the course which takes it to a different level! It does mean that walkers and runners need to be extra prepared with good walking or running shoes and weather appropriate clothing. All students may come to school in house coloured mufti.

The charity beneficiary this year is SPEARLondon which is a South West London based charity who work with people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Their work includes; advice and help with housing issues, training and education, and providing accommodation for homeless families and individuals.  

All students have been given a sponsorship letter so please encourage them to ask friends and family to donate. You can view the letter home here. You will be able to transfer donations onto ParentPayfrom next week. Thank you for your support!

House       Colour
 Lions Yellow
 Eagles Black, white or grey
 Foxes Red
 Bulldogs Blue      
 Dragons Green
 Deer Lilac

Fireworks Spectacular 2018 - Booking open

posted 5 Oct 2018, 06:10 by Michele Colt

Richmond Park Academy PTA are delighted to announce the 3rd Fireworks Spectacular. It will take place on Saturday 3 November from 4.30 pm and promises to be another fantastic evening for the school and local community. Over 2100 people attended last year and saw a genuinely spectacular, music accompanied fireworks display. The hog roast is back by popular demand and will be well supported by hot dogs and burgers and candy floss. For the Over 18s there will also be 2 bars including the Mitre Bar run by staff from the Mitre Pub in Richmond. 
You can book your tickets now by going to and searching for RPA Fireworks. It's a night not to be missed so start booking now!

Autumn letter from Mr Mundy-Castle

posted 26 Sep 2018, 10:57 by Michele Colt

Letter to Families Autumn Term 2018

Curriculum Evenings - Save the Date!

posted 29 Aug 2018, 08:11 by Michele Colt

For the second year, we are delighted to announce our schedule of curriculum evenings. The evenings will be led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team plus your Head of Year and they will outline key dates, activities and priorities for the forthcoming year. After the initial presentation, your child’s Tutor will run a short session in their Tutor Room outlining their expectations for the year and answering any questions you may have. You are then invited to join your year’s teaching staff in the Oak Tree Cafe for informal drinks for around 45 minutes.

Please review the table below and make a note of the Curriculum Evenings relevant to you. These events are for parents and students; please ensure that your child attends in their school uniform.

Curriculum Evenings - schedule

Year Group



Head Of Year


Wednesday 12 September


Dominic Chan


Monday 10 September


Hayley Hunter


Monday 10 September


Jonathan Grindrod


Thursday 6 September


Francesca Williams


Thursday 6 September


Chris Trace

We do strongly recommend that you attend your child’s curriculum evening. They give a real focus to the year and ensure that everybody is clear about the direction for the year group.

We look forward to seeing you there.

MYEd app announced

posted 25 Aug 2018, 05:29 by Michele Colt

We are delighted to announce a new way to communicate between parents and school. The MYEd app is now available to download. It shares key information including the "what's on calendar" and has in app messaging. In addition, the app shares information on your child or children including their time-table and their achievement and behaviour points. Instructions on how to download the app are in the MYEd page under the parents' tab of this website. 

Return to School - check your dates!

posted 24 Aug 2018, 05:39 by Michele Colt   [ updated 24 Aug 2018, 05:41 ]

The return dates and times for the new academic year are confirmed below. 

Return to school 2018

Richmond Park Academy increases its Level 9/ A* performance by 27.5%

posted 23 Aug 2018, 05:20 by Michele Colt   [ updated 28 Aug 2018, 03:46 ]

RPA is pleased to announce its provisional GCSE results which show good outcomes in some key areas including:
  • A 27.5% year on year increase in the number of the very top grades of 9 or A* achieved across the school
  • 100% pass rate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology 
  • A solid increase in the standard pass rate achieved in English which is 19% above the national average
  • A year on year improvement in its Ebacc outcomes
Reflecting on the results Paul Mundy-Castle commented on the challenging new reformed GCSEs and the number of end of year exams that students had to experience for the first time. “We have maintained the good progress from last year and we forecast that our progress and headline outcomes will remain in line with national outcomes. Looking at where the school was 2 years ago it is pleasing that we continue with the turnaround. I want to thank the students and staff for their hard work and wish all our year 11s success in their next steps.”

A number of RPA students achieved outstanding outcomes including:
Eleanor Crump
seven grade 9s, one grade 8 and two grade 7s
Ellie was delighted with her results and is now planning for sixth form studying biology, chemistry, maths and history with the longer term goal of studying medicine in the army. Ellie has been at Richmond Park Academy since Year 7 and said, “the school has gone from strength to strength since Year 7 and the teachers during Year 11 have been really supportive.”

Robert Hilder
One A grade, three grades 8s and four grade 7s
Robert, who will start A levels in biology, chemistry and psychology in September said, “GCSEs start in quite a relaxed way and then reality bites! However, the results are definitely worth the effort. So many of the teachers were really passionate about their subject and added a whole range of extra steps and different approaches to their teaching that made a huge difference.”

Levi Djanogly
One A grade, three grades 8s and three grade 7s
Levi will be studying psychology, English, philosophy and history in the Richmond Park Academy 6th form. Like Ellie, he has been at Richmond Park Academy for 5 years and said, “It is a warm and welcoming environment with great teachers.”

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.


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