Latest 6th form news

posted 14 Mar 2016, 01:50 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 14 Mar 2016, 02:03 ]

Roehampton University Trip 

RPA 6th form students at Roehampton University
A key event in February for our Year 12 students was a visit to Roehampton University. This offered students the opportunity to spend time at a university campus, attend lectures on crucial 6th form skills from choosing the correct course to taking part in personal statement workshops. Our students got to hear about university life, enjoyed a tour of the beautiful 54-acre parkland campus and historic buildings; and were also given the opportunity to enjoy lunch in the student union. The day concluded with a Q&A session and it was fantastic to see so many engaged. We were made to feel very welcome by the university and our Year 12 students commented on what an informative and fun day they had. 

Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau

We welcomed Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau to Richmond Park Academy recently who delivered a very informative session to all our 6th form students which was packed with advice on personal finances important to 16-18 year olds - from student grants and personal loans to employment rights and benefit entitlement.

6th Form Applications September 2016

If you think you have missed the deadline to apply for 6th form at Richmond Park Academy we will still consider your application so request an application form from Ms Jackson in the 6th form office - sjackson@richmondparkacademy.org.

Christmas is Coming! SAVE THE DATE! Saturday 5 December

posted 17 Nov 2015, 01:26 by Phil Broughton

Bonfire Night has passed and thoughts now  turn to Christmas. The RPA PTA and 6th form are here to help. Save Saturday 5 December for the RPA PTA Christmas Tree sale, where 25% of the proceeds comes to the school, and the RPA Christmas Market organised by our industrious 6th formers. Both events take place between 11.00am and 3.00pm.  This is a great opportunity to support the school and get your festive season going. See you there!

Question Time returns to Richmond Park Academy

posted 17 Nov 2015, 01:22 by Phil Broughton

Over one hundred enthusiastic 6th form students from secondary schools: Christ's, Grey Court, Heathlands, Orleans Park, Kingsley Academy and Waldegrave joined their Richmond Park Academy hosts for the second, annual RPA 'Question Time', moderated by Sir Roderic Lyne on Wednesday 11 November. 

Following the format of the iconic BBC1 current affairs programme a hard hitting and experienced panel were asked to debate subjects ranging from terrorism, immigration, and nuclear deterrence to the living wage and the effects of big money on sport.

The panellists came from across the political spectrum but all had location, Richmond and neighbouring boroughs, in common. The Chair for the second year was former diplomat, Sir Roderic Lyne, who successfully kept author and journalist Robert Chesshyre, Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Sally Hamwee, Former Governor of Gibraltar Sir David Durie, Labour MP Ruth Cadbury and RPA English Teacher Kyrill Potapov in order throughout the evening.

The energy and enthusiasm shown by students of all schools in RPA’s Hertford Hall was impressive.  Ex-diplomat Sir Roderic Lyne, commented: “There’s always a lively atmosphere at Richmond Park Academy. I was impressed by the students’ readiness to speak out in a forceful and articulate way on complex issues. This was democracy in action.”

Senior Vice Principal, Ms Tracey O’Brien added, “Once again we were delighted to organise and host the borough's own “Question Time” at RPA. With an incredible panel and visitors from schools in Richmond and beyond Sir Roderic Lyne chaired a fantastic evening. I was amazed by our young people's questions, deep thinking and their real interest in political and global issues. Their engagement was impressive.            

Changes to the structure of A Levels

posted 18 Mar 2015, 04:31 by sjackson@richmondparkacademy.org   [ updated 20 Mar 2015, 03:03 by Phil Broughton ]

Up until the end of this year, our year 12 students study for three or four AS levels and are entered for the AS exams in the summer term. They then continue to study for the A2 in Year 13. Some stay with 4 courses, some drop one and take just three. The AS represents the first half of the A Level course.

Government changes have meant that AS courses have been decoupled from A level courses. Alongside this, different subjects start new courses over a three year period. To avoid making this confusing for students, parents and staff - we have decided to carry on with our current policy. Art is the exception as Year 12 work cannot be assessed for both the AS and the A level.

For further details about A Level reforms please click here.

Tournament success for 6th form boys

posted 1 Feb 2015, 23:34 by Phil Broughton

6th Form 5-a-side Tournament 
Wednesday 21 January 2015 
Result - Tournament Winners 
Report by Mr Costello 

The RPA Year 12s emerged victorious from their first competitive 5-a-side tournament at Grey Court School yesterday as they managed to remain undefeated through their five matches. The afternoon got off to a shaky start when Bassi inexplicably shut the minibus door, locking the keys inside (I may have had a role to play in this too, but won't be admitting it). Luckily Mr Harrison was able to rush over with the spare key to spare our blushes and catch a game.

After a brief warm up match RPA started slowly against their first opponents and went a goal down early, but managed to pull it back to earn a point. They comfortably beat their next opponents with some strong play from Nemanja, Sam and Harvey and managed to beat the strongest opponents in the third match as Bassi and Will scored vital goals.

Jacob made some excellent saves in goal, but was embarrassed as some indecision with Harvey led to a pea-roller dribbling through his legs and into the net (which I had a good chuckle about). The final was a tight affair and Will scored the winner from the penalty spot after the Grey Court 'keeper had a brain explosion and tried to score from his own end, lifting the ball well above the allowed head height.

I look forward to upcoming fixtures in both football and basketball!

Team, Jacob, Dini, Will, Nemanja, Bassi, Harvey, Sam

RPA Christmas Fair 2014

posted 14 Nov 2014, 02:28 by Phil Broughton

Our 6th form students are championing raising funds to improve their common room in order to equip it as a place for discussion, private study, the generation of ideas and to help them to work towards the very best A-level results. This fantastic group of young people are demonstrating how much drive and passion they have, and how much pride they take in themselves and their place of study, by organising and managing as many fundraising activities as they can. 

As part of this initiative the 6th formers are organising a Christmas Fair, held at RPA on Saturday 13 December from 10:00am - 3:00pm. This will be a wonderful event, and we invite everyone from the local community to come along and support our 6th form appeal, while getting into the Christmas spirit. There will be a raffle, tombola, food and drink, craft stalls, Christmas gifts and much, much more. Full details are on the poster below, which has been designed and produced by the 6th formers. 

To local business - if you would like to host a stall at our fair, tables will cost £20. Please contact the 6th form office for more information: 020 8876 8891.


Question Time - a distinguised 'first' for RPA

posted 14 Nov 2014, 02:18 by Phil Broughton

Remember, remember the fifth of November… no, not this time because of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot of 1605 but because Richmond Park Academy’s 6th formers welcomed - on this memorable date in 2014 - dozens of other 6th form students from a host of schools across the Borough. The occasion? RPA’s own version of the BBC’s iconic Question Time programme which - like its nationally respected BBC television original - presented an engaging, thought-provoking, challenging and entertaining platform for a student audience to engage in a free and frank exchange of news and views with a group of distinguished panellists.

The session was chaired by Sir Roderic Lyne, former British Ambassador to Moscow, Private Secretary to John Major and, post retirement, a member of the Chilcot enquiry. Following the tried and tested Question Time formula, he introduced his fellow panellists - award winning journalist Robert Chesshyre, local Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Robin Meltzer, Sir David Durie, former governor of Gibraltar, Julie Stephenson, Green Party campaigner and journalist and David Rankin, the current editor of the Richmond and Twickenham Times. This formidable political and media line-up were to be kept on their mettle by rigorous questioning from well prepared student inquisitors who listened, measured and challenged perceived views, with impressive gravitas, of a clutch of ‘hot topic’ world events. The student contributions reflected a total involvement in the cut and thrust of this debating opportunity.

Should 16 and l7 year olds be allowed to vote? What can one individual realistically do to limit climate change? Why does the British Government not pay ransom for kidnapped British citizens? Should England pull out of the next two World Cups - from Russia because of their Ukrainian invasion and from Qatar, a host country clouded by the possibility that FIFA was bribed to secure their bid?

Tracey O’Brien, Richmond Park Academy senior vice principal who masterminded this innovative event, was - she confessed - rather pleased, but not entirely surprised, by the students’ performance. She said: ‘It was a fantastic event. The well thought out contributions from both students and staff added to the quality of the whole proceedings and I was particularly impressed by the confidence our young people displayed in such a public arena’.

No gunpowder plotting, perhaps, on this particular November 5, but some explosive stuff, nevertheless, prompting Kallum White, an RPA 6th former, to sum up the session thus: ’QT was a complete success. It added to my knowledge of the world around us - and sparked, for me, a future involvement in politics’.

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