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Triathlon extracurricular club launched

posted 5 Dec 2018, 04:17 by Michele Colt

We are delighted to announce another exciting new extracurricular opportunity from next January. The club will be run by specialist Triathlon coach, Mark Klein and will feature running and cycling both in school and in Richmond Park. Sessions will take place on Thursday mornings at between 7.20 and 8.15 am. Sessions are £55 for the 11 week spring term. Spaces can be booked by emailing

Christmas countdown.....

posted 24 Nov 2018, 06:52 by Michele Colt

Following on from a very successful year last year, we are organising a second Richmond Park Academy Christmas ParkRun on Saturday 8 December. Students, parents & staff are invited to join the rest of the Richmond ParkRun community to run 5k. Come wearing something christmassy! Meet at 8.45 am at Richmond Gate in Richmond Park for a 9 am starting gun. Participation is free, but if you want to get a time register on the ParkRun website to get your own ParkRun barcode. There will be mince pies at the end so a festive incentive is thrown in too! Please indicate whether you intend to come by filling in the short form below. 

Another one for the calendar; the RPA Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day are on Wednesday 19 December. There will be an extended lunchbreak from 11.45 am - 1.30 pm. Christmas jumpers are encouraged but don't forget to bring in your £1 to contribute to the Academy Opportunities Fund.

ParkRun 8 December 2018

Black Friday preparation!

posted 22 Nov 2018, 02:56 by Michele Colt   [ updated 22 Nov 2018, 02:58 ]

Black Friday is approaching but before you reach for your credit card please sign up to EasyFundraising. All of the main retailers including Amazon, Ocado and John Lewis and donate a % of everything that you buy to Richmond Park Academy. It won't cost you a penny but it will make a huge difference to our school. It also couldn't be easier to set up!
  1. Go to the easyfundraising website
  2. In the "Search for a cause" box enter Richmond Park Academy PTA
  3. Click on the pink "Join us" box, enter your details and click on Create My Account
  4. Start shopping!
  5. Save the easyfundraising website in your favourites/ bookmark the page so you don't forget to use it!
You also have the option of setting up an App on your phone. You can find out more on the easyfundraising website.

This is an effort and cost-free way to raise money for the school especially as the Christmas period approaches so, if you can, please join up!

EasyFundraising instructions

Register now for Rock & Roll Recruits - January 2019

posted 19 Nov 2018, 06:39 by Michele Colt

We are delighted to announce the addition of a new extracurricular club for January 2019. Rock & Roll Recruits, delivered by an external provider, will take place every Tuesday from Tuesday, January 8 and will encourage students to develop music together. The programme is for a 12 week period across the whole of the spring term and will conclude with a performance. You can find out more about Rock & Roll Recruits on their website and view the flyer for the RPA session here.

Currently, all of the RPA extracurricular activities are free. However, we are very ambitious for our enrichment provision. To enhance it further we will be identifying specific activities and inviting specialist companies or individuals to deliver it. This small group of classes will have a cost. Rock & Roll Recruits is the first session in that mould and will cost £84 per half term for each of the spring half terms.

It is also important to note that concessions are available so no student should feel that any paying activities are inaccessible for them. Parents should submit interest in a class regardless of their financial situation.

We are very excited about this new addition to our creative curriculum. In the first instance, please register your interest by emailing so that we can establish how many teachers we will need. We will advise again when payments can be made on ParentPay

Year 7 Parents' Evenings 2018

posted 12 Nov 2018, 07:43 by Michele Colt   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 07:44 ]

Please note that due to the size of the Year 7 cohort, we have had to make some changes to how we organise the running of the evening:

Firstly, we have split the year group into two different evenings, with the X band having their evening this Thursday, 15 November and Y and Z bands having their evening on Thursday, 22 November. Splitting the year group ensures that you will have the opportunity to speak with as many of your child’s teachers as possible on the night.

We use an online booking service to book meetings with individual teachers. X Band parents will have received their booking instructions and should have completed their entries. Y and Z Band parents will receive their email invitation and instructions on Wednesday/ Thursday this week for their evening on the 22 November.

Once you have received the instructions you can contact us if you are having trouble with the for any reason. Please call Mr Lowe or Mr Rashid in Main Reception on 020 8876 8891 or email for support. 

Emails are being sent out separately to each band. So, if you have received an email referring to X, Y or N then your child is in that teaching band. You can also confirm which band your child is in by referring to their timetable; 7X pupils will have the code ‘7X’ in their core subjects of English, Maths, or Science and so on.

Finally, the focus of Parents’ Evening is on your how your child has settled into life at Richmond Park in all subject areas, and their attitude towards learning. Your child’s tutor may or may not be in attendance on the night (depending on whether they teach classes in your teaching band). However, please bear in mind that tutors are also teachers and as such their focus will be meeting with their own pupils’ families, and thus tutors may not be able to meet with you to discuss pastoral matters. Should you have any non-academic concerns, please contact your child’s tutor via email (addresses can be found on the school website).

On the night, please remember to enter the school via the main Visitor’s Entrance on Park Avenue, where you will be asked to sign in and be directed to the designated meeting areas. Also, please keep to the 5 minute limit on appointments, so that we may be able to speak with as many families as possible.

We look forward to sharing the progress of the Year 7 cohort with you across the next two weeks.

"Spectacular!" Fireworks Spectacular

posted 8 Nov 2018, 04:22 by Michele Colt

The Richmond Park Academy, PTA organised,  Fireworks Spectacular sizzled and glowed last Saturday, keeping over 2000 people from the school and local community enthralled. The audience enjoyed a hog roast and burgers, mulled wine, a bar courtesy of the Mitre Pub in Richmond, flashing novelties and cakes and tuck galore! This is an important fundraiser for our school and we are very grateful to the PTA organisers and other supportive parents who gave up their time to make it happen. Thank you to them and to everybody who bought tickets. Finally, a special thank you to Peter Edwards who very kindly took the photographs for us.

Letter to families from Mr Mundy-Castle

posted 5 Nov 2018, 03:47 by Michele Colt

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of a tragic event that will affect our school community.

On Thursday last week, one of our year 11 students was sadly hit and killed by a train near Mortlake Station. At this point, his name has not been released to the wider public but we have been able to share his information with his year 11 peers.

We informed his friends and his year group this morning. They have had specialist support from the local authority in the form of bereavement counsellors and our own in-house counsellor also remains available to offer support whenever required. Our staff are also being supported by internal and external agencies as they endeavour to deliver as normal a school experience as possible.

On the advice of the Samaritans, we will not be formally informing the wider school at this stage. They have asked us to try and maintain normality for all our other students. I am kindly requesting that you keep an eye on your children over the next few days and report to us via your child’s tutor if their mood is negatively affected. We will provide counselling where required, especially if they were friends of this student.

It is always incredibly difficult to deal with bereavement but I know that the RPA community will pull together and support each other through this period.

All our heartfelt condolences are with the family at this time; we will plan a delegation of his peers to the funeral once the details are received.

I thank you all for your support and ask for continued sensitivity as we grieve and come to terms with this heartbreaking event.

Kind regards

Paul Mundy-Castle


The RPA 2017/8 6th form - where did they go?

posted 23 Oct 2018, 13:40 by Michele Colt

We are very proud of our growing 6th form. This year they have all departed for university and are now enjoying an eclectic range of undergraduate subjects. You can see the list below.

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!

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