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Multi Million Pound Government Boost For Richmond Park Academy
A Richmond secondary school is celebrating excellent New Year news with the announcement that the Government is to fund major new building improvements worth almost £10 million. Students and staff at Richmond Park Academy in Sheen can now look forward proudly to working in a first rate learning environment with ‘state of the art’ facilities.
This is excellent news for Richmond Park Academy and in the current climate represents a massive investment in superb new teaching and learning facilities. I believe it is also a big vote of confidence, from the Government, in the Academies Enterprise Trust’s ability and commitment to deliver a superb educational environment. Our immediate task is to examine options on how the new construction would look to ensure the best possible outcome for local students.
—Ian Foster, Chairman of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET)
This is great news. At a time when the government must carefully prioritise its use of public money, it shows a real commitment to Richmond Park Academy, and our local community. The funding will mean the facilities can be significantly improved, which will hugely benefit current and future students. One of the benefits of converting the school to academy status was the opportunity to improve the facilities, and I am delighted this can now happen. I must congratulate and thank AET for their success in securing this substantial funding.
—Cllr Paul Hodgins, Cabinet Member for Schools on Richmond Council
I’m grateful that despite a difficult financial climate, the new Academy has managed to secure these crucial funds, and that we will see real improvement to the facilities. That was one of the main reasons for pursuing academy status.
—Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston
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