Achieving the very best outcomes for all children

Whatever their starting point

Our vision

Our vision is that RSA Academies will become a renowned academy partner, whose distinctive approach is widely understood and increasingly influential in education circles. We will achieve this by creating a family of schools that are high performing in relation to both standards and distinctiveness, and by supporting and encouraging other schools and education policy-makers to adopt our successful approaches.

High standards in learning

RSA Academies aims to achieve the very best outcomes for all children whatever their starting point.  By high standards we mean that all children at schools in the RSA Family of Academies will make excellent progress in their learning throughout their school career, developing deep knowledge and critical thinking skills, and be able to succeed in SATs, GCSEs and post-16 qualifications.

A distinctive approach

An RSA school is a school with soul. Our overarching philosophy is to give each pupil a complete and generous education embracing the traditional academic subjects, the arts and sport, and subjects that provide insights into the ethics of good living. We want our schools to be inclusivenetworked“green” and demonstrably mission-led – by which we mean committed to the values of individual flourishing and social progress.

Much of our practical support for our academies is structured around three main themes or “Commitments”:-

  • Arts, Culture and Creativity. We want all our pupils to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires their passions and brings out their unique aptitudes and abilities.
  • World beyond School. We want our pupils to be well prepared for future success as life-long learners and in the workplace.
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health. We recognise the pressures that young people face, both at school and as they grow up in our complex interconnected world.

There is a fourth Commitment, which is implicit in everything we do: Creative Teachers. We want our schools to be places where teachers enjoy professional autonomy and are empowered to innovate, learning from research-based practice. We believe in a good work-life balance and in creating opportunities for professional development and recognition so that all staff feel valued as individuals and part of the larger movement towards a new enlightenment.


There are two things that come with being part of the RSA Family. The first is the relationship with the RSA, one of the most exciting organisations in Britain. The second is the relationship between the individual schools, who all bring something different to the mix.

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA