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100% of surveyed parents happy with the RPA experience

posted 14 Feb 2014, 04:07 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 14 Mar 2014, 06:41 ]
Year 7 English class in the RPA iMac Suite
In a recent survey, February 5, 2014, all of the Year 7 parents who completed the Ofsted Parent Questionnaire we use - about half the year group - agreed that their child enjoyed school and that s/he felt safe, with 100% agreeing that they are happy with their child’s overall experience at Richmond Park Academy (RPA).

Most notably, 100% of those surveyed agreed that our school is led and managed effectively, that we deliver a high standard of teaching and that we keep parents well informed about their child’s progress. Over 95% were pleased with their child’s progress, the support given to help learning and the preparation of their child for the future.

One parent commented: “RPA offers excellent teaching, great management and an enthusiastic, passionate and caring environment.” And another stated: “My child’s first year at RPA is going very well; long may it continue!”

The support we provide children with Special Educational Needs was also praised, with one parent making a point of telling us: “My son has special needs and the standard of teaching and support has been outstanding, he feels safe, happy and determined to do well. Thank you to all.”

Lesley Kirby, Headteacher, concludes: “We would like to thank the Year 7 parents that took the time to complete this short survey. Your feedback and comments are invaluable in helping us to further improve the teaching and learning environment we offer your children. I am very proud of the staff and students of RPA and delighted to hear such positive comments from our parents.”

RPA very carefully monitors the attainment and progress of all its students. Ms Wallace is responsible for monitoring the half termly data of the so-called HEAT students (those with Higher Effort, Attainment and Talent). Her latest analysis shows that more than 95% are on or above target (which is set for students to make four or more levels of progress by the end of Year 11), and 87% are above target, that is to say, they are on track for making five or more levels of progress. The government expectation is that students make three levels of progress over five years, although statistically only about 70% manage to do so.  The reading scheme we use has also helped push up the students’ reading ages, with the Year 7  HEAT students' average being 14 years. All of this paints a very pleasing picture of progress, work and attitude to learning.