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Dance workshops at RPA

posted 11 Sep 2017, 05:47 by Web Admin

Combination Dance
At the end of last term Combination Dance Company came to RPA and ran two workshops for Year 8 and 9 students followed by a performance that same day. Other dance groups from Waldegrave School and Teddington School also came along to showcase some of the dance pieces they had been working on this year. 

This year promises to bring new exciting dance projects with Combination Dance Company who have been a great support and inspiration for our school.

Live @ The Rose

posted 11 Sep 2017, 05:29 by Web Admin

Live @ The Rose
At the end of the previous academic year, 50 members of the RPA choir performed at The Rose Theatre in Kingston at the annual Live @ The Rose event organised by Richmond Music Trust.

RPA students sang alongside other Borough choirs in 'big' songs in four-part harmony (including 'Gold' by Imagine Dragons, 'Rise' by Katie Perry and 'Dreams' by Stevie Nicks).

RPA choir belted out 'Na Na Na' by Pentatonix accompanied by a professional band while Tom rocked it performing 'Treasure' by Bruno Mars accompanied by his very glamorous backing singers: Ruby, Katie and Elizabeth. A fantastic evening was had by all.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

posted 1 Jun 2017, 01:59 by Phil Broughton

Duke of Edinburgh Award
Richmond Park Academy is now enrolling our current Year 9  and Year 10 students to take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic opportunity for Richmond Park Academy students. It will enable them to develop widely recognised life skills and provide them with a sense of adventure. In addition, students will make a difference to other peoples’ lives within the Richmond community through their volunteering. They will become fitter and healthier, make new friends and return with memories which will last a lifetime. As you are aware the Duke of Edinburgh is a renowned scheme for young people widely recognised by colleges and employers. It is an opportunity for your child to gain unlimited skills outside of the classroom environment. It enables students to grow, gain a sense of self-sufficiency, independence and teamwork skills. It is a real sense of adventure and an amazing opportunity.

Join your RPA Year Group Community now!

posted 15 May 2017, 06:00 by Michele Colt

We have launched out Year Group Community programme and we want you to join. Based on the primary school, class representative model, the Year Group Communities will give you the opportunity to meet parents and find out what is happening in the Year Groups most relevant to you. Data protection means that we need confirmation that you want to join so please fill in this short form now.

Help us to get to Africa! Donate here!

posted 1 May 2017, 23:21 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 9 May 2017, 04:24 by Michele Colt ]

African Adventures logo
Ms Hunter is organising a trip for 15 students to go to Africa and volunteer in a local school for a week. The trip will take place in February 2018. During this time students will teach, support and help improve the school environment. In order for us to do this, each student has to raise £1,800 for their place. This is such a worth while cause and we would love your support.

If you are interested in contributing towards the costs of the trip then please visit the RPA African Adventure page on the Just Giving website.

For more information about the RPA African Adventure and other planned trips visit our Forthcoming Trips page.

National Autistic Society family seminars

posted 2 Mar 2017, 02:29 by Phil Broughton

Understanding Autism
The National Autistic Society (NAS) family seminars have been held in Kingston for the last couple of years and have been open to both Kingston and Richmond families. To make them more accessible for all, some of the seminars will now be held in Richmond as well.

The first one is going to be on 'Understanding Autism' and is to be held at Heathfields Infant School on Tuesday 14 March 2017. Please see this letter for more information. if you would like to book a place, please complete this application form and return to Jane Piddick at the address on the form. If you know of any families that might be interested then please pass the information on to them.

Governor Recruitment - Richmond Park Academy

posted 15 Feb 2017, 14:05 by Michele Colt

Do you have the skills and knowledge to make a positive difference to your community secondary school?

Richmond Park Academy is on the brink of an exciting new phase in its history, with an inspirational new Principal and high aspirations for the future. We’re now looking for volunteers to join our local governing body. We’d be especially interested in hearing from you if you have a background in, or in-depth knowledge of, the secondary education sector, experience in working with young people, or a professional track record in Human Resource Management.

The governing body…
  • ensures the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy
  • holds the Principal to account for its performance and leadership, and
  • oversees the financial performance of the school and ensures money is well spent
It meets in full once every half term, and each governor also sits on at least one sub-committee, also meeting half termly.Committees focus on key aspects of the school's performance…
  • Student Outcomes - student progress, attainment, teaching & learning
  • Finance & Resources - budgeting, expenditure, HR, Health & Safety, premises
  • Student Wellbeing - student safeguarding, pastoral support, behaviour and attendance
Could you make a positive contribution in any of these areas? If so, please email our Chair of Governors, David Heath to arrange an initial chat.

Extracurricular dance opportunities

posted 12 Jan 2017, 07:37 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 07:38 ]

Combination Dance Company poster
Richmond Youth Dance

This youth performance company for 14-22-year-olds is accepting new places. Free training and unique performance opportunities with professional choreographers. Booking now for 2017.


Tuesdays from 5.30pm until 6.30pm at Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot Richmond upon Thames, TW9 2RE.


Wednesdays from 3.30pm until 4.30pm at Richmond Park Academy - leading London Urban artists will create a new work for upcoming performances.

Contact Karen Palmer on or

Places limited - to secure a space please send your name, age and phone number.

You could also see Ms Wardlaw for more details.

Germany Revision Classes

posted 12 Jan 2017, 01:31 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 06:59 ]

German flag in shape of Germany.
Ms Williams will be running a revision club purely for Year 11 students that are studying the Germany unit in history. Each week there is a different topic - students do not have to attend every week, just for the topics they feel they need to recap on.

Science Booster Classes and KS3 Competition Winner

posted 21 Nov 2016, 09:52 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 5 Jan 2017, 07:49 ]

Fruit fly under an electron microscope

KS3 Science Competition - looking for young inventors 

The winner of the KS3 Science competition is Joshua in 7R2 for designing the i-scarf. Which in a nutshell, is a heated scarf, powered by a pressure generator inside a shoe, each time you take a step. Joshua's entry was chosen because it generates power from kinetic energy, is environmentally friendly, has low manufacturing costs (if made), could easily be patented, can incorporate existing technologies and would be a popular Christmas present. His design was clearly presented with diagrams and a detailed description.

Science Booster Classes

Key Stage 3 science booster classes are taking place every Friday with Ms Homewood. These will take place in P07 every Friday from 3.30pm up until 4.30pm. For the next two weeks, it will only be open to Year 9 students as we prepare for the Year 9 exams. Year 7 and 8 students will also be welcome from December onward.

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