Submitted by admin.rpa on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:12
A flippant title for an extraordinary week at Richmond Park Academy. It promised, from the start, to be a tremendously busy one for staff. On Monday we had a very successful Year 11 Parents' Evening. This was well attended with an almost 90% turnout.
On Tuesday morning, our new Academies Enterprise Trust Regional Director of Education, Richard Bassett, came to look around the school for the first time. We spent a couple of hours looking at lessons and giving Richard the latest updates on our progress. That evening, governors and I sat down at 6 o'clock to identify some key targets to discuss with Richard next week; these will soon be shared with all governors and the Friends.
This was immediately followed by a meeting hosted by RPA of Quindrat Headteachers and Chairs of Governors, the first of an annual event. About 16 people sat down to enjoy the canapes provided by Sarah Hoitt, our very able catering manager, and discuss the work of our very successful quindrat.
On Wednesday, we held our Open Day, with more families than ever before attending what was an extremely professional, confident and inspiring evening. Speakers including our Chair, Simon Danciger, and David Triggs, the CEO of the Academies Enterprise Trust. Richard came to this too and both he and David complimented the school and staff on the atmosphere and quality of the evening.
On Thursday, we had 4 private Ofsted inspectors commissioned by the AET to do a leadership review, part of a rolling programme of such activities. Not the best week for us, you will agree, but we were up for the challenge: I am delighted to say that they found leadership at RPA to be good with good capacity for improvement.
Amidst all this activity, I received a letter from the Department of Education, stating that our bid for a 6th form has been accepted by the Secretary of State. As of September 2014, our age range for student admissions will be 11-18.
And the cherry on top of the icing on the cake was a letter from an exam board stating that they had upgraded our resistant materials GCSE results for 2012 from a miserable 36% to a wonderful 91%; the huge discrepancy was due to a grave mistake on behalf of the exam board. Furious though we are at this awful mistake, we are of course thrilled for the students and staff who have now got the grades they deserved. And, even better still, it increases our 5 A* to C with English and maths to 64%!
Yes, we are laughing out loud this weekend.