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cantwait2020 Tue 07-Apr-20 07:49:16

Hi mums would appreciate some feedback from mums who are in Richmond park academy we've been offered a place but reluctant to accept it... would appreciate parents who are already there to give their honest thoughts on the school. Thanks

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Meredusoleil Fri 10-Apr-20 09:22:48

As no one has answered, I thought I'd add my comment!

I used to attend this school about 30 years ago when it was called Shene School. It was very different back then, as I'm sure you can imagine and had a good reputation. Most if the students lived locally in East Sheen, Barnes or Putney and parents were happy to send their kids there. I had the best 5 years at Shene and was very happy!

Fast forward to 2020 and I hear it is now one of the lowest achieving schools in the borough (2 schools are lower still) and the demographic has changed considerably. A lot of the students now travel across from Hammersmith and Fulham (well they did before the bridge was closed), from as far away as White City and Shepherds Bush and I heard more local Sheen parents prefer to send their childen private instead.

Whereabouts do you live? Which of your preferences was Richmond Park?

Wheresthebeach Fri 10-Apr-20 14:04:33

A few years ago people thought the school was on the up. So much so that DD didn’t get in and we are pretty local but not Sheen. It was local kids getting in as the revamp was great in terms of facilities.

Not sure how its faired as haven’t had any reason to keep track.

cantwait2020 Sat 11-Apr-20 23:47:55

Thanks for your reply, we live in east sheen I preference was Christ, waldergrave or grey court the last 2 are hard I know but Christ we may have a chance I turned down rpa just can take chances so let's see... thanks again much appreciated

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Meredusoleil Sun 12-Apr-20 07:36:08

Oh that's interesting! Are you Christian or Catholic? I would have thought you have a reasonable chance of getting Christ's. Have you asked what number you are on the waiting list? Also, I was under the impression you're supposed to accept the place pending an offer of a higher choice school. As now you have no school, is that right?!?

Fennelandlovage Sun 12-Apr-20 08:16:02

You should always accept the offer made and join waiting lists for all schools you prefer and appeal if necessary. With such unprecedented economic change right now it is likely many children who were planning to go to private will be holding onto state offers this year and may even be adding themselves to waiting lists especially for the schools you listed and even for RPA. It might be worth ringing up and seeing if you can add yourself to the RPA list again. I have heard some good things about the school and you may have no choice this year.

Thisdoesnotgeteasier Sun 12-Apr-20 10:16:31

I am not sure there was any merit in turning the RPA place down when you currently don’t have any other choices. I would definitely get yourself back on the list there.

It feels like Richmond council are very slow this year at communicating waitlist places because of the Covid-19 situation, so you may see something at some point from your other waitlist schools when they start to contact people but it’s likely to be slow.

It already seemed like a heavily over subscribed year in general (Orleans Park down to 1.2km catchment) and the economic pressures many families are now feeling will mean some people who were going to go private will now go state.

For what it’s worth, I have a friend whose DC goes to RPA - she thinks it’s just about OK at the moment but isn’t massively excited about it. However, conventional wisdom on the painful school waitlist issue is that you should t give up a place unless you have a better option in hand. I would email the council admissions office ASAP. If you have just emailed them to decline the place and their offices are closed over Easter, there might be a chance you can get them to ignore your last email. But at the very worst you should get back on the list for RPA. Good luck.

SJaneS48 Sun 12-Apr-20 19:13:00

My eldest (now 25 so apologies, this is historic) was offered a place there (we lived in Queens Road in East Sheen). We appealed and got Christ’s which my DD really liked for the couple of terms she was there before we moved sticks to the country. It was then the Shene School and just to echo the PP, it’s reputation absolutely sucked and no one at East Sheen Primary (where DD went) wanted their kid to go there. Virtually all the students were out of area, the Hammersmith lot trooping down Queens Road after getting off the bus. I had an au pair and she was verbally abused by a couple of the boys and she gave them a piece of her mind before going into our house. These boys then started throwing stones and rocks at my property when they went past so I had to call the police and my au pair had to go into the school to identify them.
As above, this is all historical, it might be a great school now! I’d take the place but thoroughly check it out and keep on other waiting lists.

cantwait2020 Sun 12-Apr-20 20:18:05

Thank you for all your feedback it's really hard we live in an amazing location with not enough secondary schools... we're gonna take a Risk and hope that Christ gets offered we're 22 on the list. Thanks again

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Meredusoleil Sun 12-Apr-20 20:38:50

Good luck OP! #22 on the waiting list isn't a bad position to be in. Let's hope there's movement after the Easter holidays are over 🤞

Fennelandlovage Sun 12-Apr-20 21:55:43

You are #22 now but the current situation is unprecedented. Unless you want to home educate you should rejoin the RPA list. Good luck OP.

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