Richmond Park Academy

Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom

Location: Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Richmond Park Academy

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About Richmond Park Academy 

Richmond Park Academy (RPA) is situated in East Sheen, close to Richmond Park, which is the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. Richmond, Kingston and the West End are all between 15 and 30 minutes journey from the school and our proximity to central London means that students can benefit enormously from the vast range of social, cultural, sporting and academic opportunities that we are able to access. Our student body is diverse, exciting, and talented - and the same is true of our staff. 

I accepted the headship of RPA with great pride in the summer of 2016 and remain very positive about the real potential that RPA demonstrates every day.  I attended Graveney School, an excellent and highly achieving school in Wandsworth and enjoyed my time there thoroughly. It is quite clear to me that no child’s outcomes should be adversely affected by the school they attend. Schools should be about inspiration, opportunity and students achieving the results that they deserve. I am committed to ensuring that, during my time as Principal, all students at RPA have every opportunity to be successful. 

Any new Principal comes into their new school with fresh eyes. It is their job to commend or challenge existing practices and behaviour across the school. With this in mind I have already implemented:

  • A new streamlined behaviour policy
  • Changes to the pastoral care structure
  • In-depth review of the curriculum across all three key stages
  • New accountability measures across the staff team

I can say with some conviction that the GCSE results in 2016, although excellent in some subject areas, were not good enough for a school of this size and ambition. I have the highest expectations going forward that this will change as many of the improvement initiatives are implemented. Students can expect:

  • Well planned and structured lessons
  • High-quality feedback
  • Clear steps on how to improve their own outcomes

This school will build on its skills going forward and will be a success. I look forward with anticipation to seeing that huge potential fulfilled across our community. 

We put huge emphasis on professional development, much of it in-house, and are proud of the high number of good and outstanding teachers who work in our school. We are also noted for our ‘can do’ attitude. We are keen, always, to encourage new and/or young staff to make their mark as soon as they are ready.

RPA is on a journey towards excellence.  Many targets have been achieved on the road to achieving that goal. Incoming cohorts are now at healthy numbers and forecast results for upcoming years are looking strong. We are looking to deliver consistent results that accurately reflect the skills and commitment of teachers and students alike and we want those results to ensure that RPA becomes the school of choice for all local parents. Many in this affluent area take the independent route. Our challenge is to compete and deliver a compelling alternative.

The school completed a £10m rebuild and refurbishment programme, including the introduction of a 6th form, in 2014. Our Year 7 base, the Acorn, is innovative and very effective in ensuring a smooth transition for Year 7s into the academy. 

We warmly welcome visitors and hope that you will come and see for yourself just what we are about and whether or not working here is right for you.

Paul Mundy - Castle (Principal)

Our Curriculum

For us, balance is key. Students are encouraged to participate in as many different activities as possible and make the most out of their time with us. We are very proud of our extensive and free extra-curricular activities which are challenging, varied but inclusive. The wide range of student backgrounds - socio-economic, ethnic and academic - is a reason for the schools investment in spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and extra-curricular opportunities. We consider this approach to be a huge strength of the school. Those considering higher education have frequent opportunities to visit a range of redbrick and Russell Group universities. In addition, whilst we are focused on good behaviour and standards we are also a happy school. A core part of our ethos, encapsulated in our RPA pledge, is kindness. This is a fundamental part of our teaching. RPA sends kind and well educated young people out to further education or the world of work and we are proud of that balance.

To view our curriculum across the year please click here 


We are a currently judged to be a 'Good' school and we were last inspected in December 2017. To view all our Ofsted reports please click here 

Our Trust 

We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust. 

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of 63 primary, secondary and special schools across England. Our schools are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.

As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, Local Government pension scheme and childcare vouchers.

As the largest MAT across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our schools serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.

We offer a wide range of career pathways to our teachers, middle leaders, support staff and senior leaders with many of our schools being host to Teach First and Ambition School Leadership.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the SFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here 

We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here

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Address: Park Avenue, East Sheen, London, SW14 8RG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 88768891
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