Over £10m has been invested in the school over the last two years making it one of the best equipped community secondary schools in the borough. Visitors to the open day included the Deputy Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Peter Buckwell, Nick Whitfield, Chief Executive of Achieving for Children, Liberal Democrat candidate for the forthcoming election, Robin Meltzer, members of the House of Lords, diplomats, civil servants, journalists, educationalists, local parents and governors, the Local Authority and the Board of RPA’s sponsor, the Academies Enterprise Trust.
The official opening featured a tour of the new buildings and a short presentation showcasing performances from the school’s choir who sang “Time of My life“ in six-part harmony and readings from the student group Young Publishers who presented their own work. The presentation concluded with the official cutting of the ribbon by Dame Wilson.
Lesley Kirby, Headteacher of RPA, said, “We love the fact that Dame Wilson’s books are a gateway to voracious reading for so many children. She was an obvious choice for our opening ceremony and we were delighted to welcome her. This school has made huge progress over recent years. I think the fabric of the school reflects that progress and will inspire all our students to aim high.”