Our vision is to be an outstanding and highly aspirational academy of choice for our local community. The Richmond Park Academy 6th Form will be noted for its curriculum offer, its range of creative and enriching activities, and its inspirational teaching. Our students develop skills for life, and a love and respect for learning. They will leave Richmond Park Academy as young citizens, well prepared for higher education or the world of work.

Students outside the student entrance
We believe our 6th Form offers many benefits to our students:
A safe and familiar education for young people - still only 16 years old - with staff who have cared for them pastorally and academically over the last five years

  • A highly skilled and inspirational teaching body which is totally committed to 6th form provision for our students
  • Teachers who can offer a wide range of A levels; all the ‘facilitating’ subjects, the arts, other humanities, sports, technology and vocational courses.
  • A site footprint to house a 200-strong 6th form; a £10 million refurbished building with outstanding, state-of-the art ICT provision
  • Membership of the AET Family of Schools, who have extensive experience of running successful 6th forms.

What marks us out from other providers?
The unanimous ambitions and aspirations of our staff and governors to become a centre of excellence and the school of choice for our community through:

  • The quality of our teachers
  • Our focus on creativity both in the curriculum and in our practice
  • The breadth and personalisation of our provision
  • Our genuine inclusiveness
  • Our diversity and racial harmony
  • The warmth of relationships between staff and students
  • Our commitment to ensuring our students leave school prepared for life, higher education and fulfilling employment opportunities
  • Our green and pleasant site and our excellent facilities

Students with Tracey O'Brien
The story so far... Under Tracey O’Brien’s leadership, all applicants who apply are interviewed and places are awarded to those who will benefit from - and positively contribute to - the academic framework, the focus and discipline of 6th form study at RPA and the influential role model responsibility which post-16 attitudes will have on younger school colleagues.

Raising the Participation Age
Since summer 2015 all young people have been required to participate until their 18th birthday (i.e. current Year 11s).

Participation means to be in one of the following:
  1. Full time education
  2. An apprenticeship
  3. Full time work combined with part-time education or training
Further definitions and stipulations:
  • Full time learning is at least 540 hours per annum of guided learning which can include some work experience
  • Part time education or training alongside full time work must be of at least 280 per annum guided learning hours
  • Full time work is defined as at least 20 hours or more per week for eight weeks or longer. Hours can fluctuate but must average at least 40 over a fortnight.
If the young person is taking a ‘gap’ year abroad, the Local Authority need to establish whether the young person is actually resident in the UK or not. If they are abroad they fall outside of RPA requirements. Gap years within the UK are permissible as long as the work or volunteering includes the part time education or training elements as above.

Where young people have attained two or more A levels or the other prescribed qualifications they are no longer required to participate, but may benefit from support to continue their education or get a job.