RSA Academies

Our mission

RSA Academies’ mission is to provide an inspirational and creative education for all pupils which relates their learning to the wider world, provides experiences which broaden horizons, and enables children and young people to develop the skills needed for success and personal fulfilment.

In our classrooms young people are asked to be creative, imaginative and practical, are challenged to be the best, and are encouraged to show initiative, enthusiasm and leadership skills.

We will achieve our ambitions by securing:

  • Excellence in learning
  • Pupils who are creative and turn their ideas into action
  • The development of skills and networks for the future
  • Creative, resourceful teachers providing challenging and stimulating teaching
  • Increased impact, locally and nationally

If you would like to know more about our work, do read the RSA Academies’ Strategic Plan 2015-18.

In 2017 we launched two Family wide commitments: Arts, Creativity and Cultural Education and Preparing for the World Beyond School. These are important statements of our intent to develop our work in these areas. All schools and their governing bodies have signed up to the commitments and we are working with the schools to support and facilitate these goals as part of what makes an RSA Academies’ education distinctive. We are working on a third area at the moment around inclusivity, mental health and wellbeing.

Introducing our schools

The seven schools in the RSA Family of Academies are all in the West Midlands.  We are built around principles of democracy and collaboration and see ourselves as a ‘Family’.  RSA Academies is working with one first school, two middle schools, one high school and three secondary schools. We have the complete age range from 4-18, giving an RSA Academies’ influenced education to nearly 5000 pupils and 700 staff. Our schools are:

Abbeywood First School

Church Hill Middle School

Ipsley CE RSA Academy

Arrow Vale RSA Academy

Holyhead School

RSA Academy in Tipton

Whitley Academy

The relationship with the RSA

In 2011 the RSA established RSA Academies to create a unique relationship with schools in order to contribute to the RSA’s social mission and the impact of RSA’s wider education and research programme.  Working directly with schools gives the RSA insight into which areas of policy need exploring, providing the RSA with both inspiration for and reality checks on new ideas and thinking. For schools, working with the RSA offers a chance to participate in research, in collaborative projects and access networks that brings benefits to students and teachers.  There is also a huge opportunity for schools to influence education beyond their own school through the RSA networks and public events and on-line platforms.

How we operate

RSA Academies is a charity established in September 2011 that operates as an umbrella trust (we are not a multi-academy trust).  Formally constituted in April 2012, RSA Academies charitable objects are “to advance the education of the public including but without limitation through assistance in the establishment and operation of academy schools”.

The RSA Academies Board is made up of eight trustees that meets quarterly. Membership contributions from the schools and a grant from the RSA form RSA Academies core funding and we also seek funding from trusts and foundations. If you would be interested in supporting our work please contact Georgina Chatfield, Programme Manager, RSA Academies.

Read our Annual Report 2016-7.

Read our Annual Report 2017-8.

Teacher training

The schools in the RSA Family of Academies are all members of the RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance. If you are interested in training to be a teacher in one of the RSA schools please contact Matthew Purslow, Director, RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance.

Find out more

You can read more about how we work and our distinctive approach. Find out how RSA Fellows can get involved. Read about how your school could join the RSA Family of Academies and here’s the Join the RSA Family of Academies brochure.

Would you like to work in an RSA academy? Please see our job vacancies and find out what exciting opportunities are available.

Do you already work in or govern an RSA school? Found about about the special rate of RSA Fellowship that is available to you yet? Don’t miss out.

Being part of the RSA Family has given our staff and students life changing experiences. It has provided opportunities for our pupils to work with Fellows and to be part of projects which are enriching and broaden the aspirations for those students

Rebecca Hilditch, Events Coordinator, Whitley Academy