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Letter from Ms O'Brien

posted 18 Jul 2016, 02:37 by Michele Colt
As we come to the end of this academic year I would like to formally thank you all for your unending support of Richmond Park Academy and, on a personal note, the support I have received as Acting Principal. I really enjoy working in our wonderful school and am looking forward to sharing the next chapter in its development with you as Senior Vice Principal 

The school year has been packed full of highlights. It is very difficult to pick individual favourites. Needless to say, I feel our students have lots of opportunities to take in the wider curriculum: trips, the arts, STEM, humanities and sports. These are wide-ranging experiences and it is always a pleasure to see so many students grabbing those opportunities with enthusiasm. Students have represented the school at all different levels and we are proud of them all.

I know that all staff and students have worked hard this year to improve outcomes and I look forward to seeing all these efforts rewarded in August on the two results days we have. I would like to extend our thanks to Mark Hartley and to all parents who came in on Saturdays to work with our KS4 students. I am also grateful to the PTA who have raised huge sums this year!

One of our big areas to focus on this year has been attendance. We have continued to improve this over the year. We work with families to ensure students attendance is as close to 100% as possible so that no valuable learning time is wasted, and we looked forward to these levels being even higher next year.

You should all be aware of the changes to our school day next year. I believe that tutor time at the start and end of each day will really support our young people in being organised and keep on top of their studies. One other change I hope families are aware of is our tightening up on the standards of uniform we accept. Students should not have dyed hair and they will need to be in hard soled school shoes. (not leather Vans or similar). I would also like to remind parents that skinny trousers are not permitted. Young ladies should be in proper school uniform trousers with skirts of a decent length. We appreciate your support on this.

We do lose some staff this year.  We will miss them but wish them luck with their future endeavours. However, I am delighted to share with you the news that we are fully staffed with subject specialists from September.

I believe that this year has been a fantastic team effort for students, staff, families and volunteers from the local community who have willingly shared their time and expertise - all with young people at the centre of all that we do. I look forward to working with Paul Mundy-Castle in September and delivering the very best educational experience for your child.

Finally, please note that there will be an early finish at 12 noon on Wednesday 20 July, although lunch will be available in first break. I wish you all a fantastic summer and look forward to seeing all the students back in September.

Best wishes

Ms Tracey O'Brien