The Team

James Cook

Deputy Principal, 6th Form Leadership

Mr Cook is the Deputy Principal in charge of teaching and learning and a graduate of the University of East Anglia. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Modern History, containing modules on international relations. He teaches KS3, KS4 and KS5 History. He joined the staff of Richmond Park Academy in 2002, rising through the ranks from trainee teacher (PGCE) to his current role as Deputy Principal.


Mary Jane Blease

Deputy Head of 6th Form

Ms Blease has taught at RPA for eight years. Her comprehensive teaching experience has been developed in both the state and the private sector where she held a range of posts including a departmental headship. At Liverpool Hope University - where she got a PGCE with distinction - she was invited to return as a lecturer. She is passionate about teaching and learning, has constructed and delivered A Level courses, been involved in teacher training and specialised in working with Gifted and Talented students. She also has considerable experience of Oxbridge entrance methodology.

Keira Pritchard

Work Related Learning Co-ordinator

Ms Prichard is a BA (Hons) theology graduate of Manchester University. She has an HND in dance and a Level 6 Careers Guidance qualification. Her career to date has been richly varied and she has worked in hospitality, tourism, care, construction, administration, performing arts and education. She joined the staff of Richmond Park Academy in 2009, taking charge of careers education, advice and guidance, apprenticeship, employer links, work experience placements, employability training and UCAS guidance.

Tayla Lowe

6th Form Manager

Ms Lowe joined RPA in 2015, previous to this she worked in retail management and has a foundation diploma in art and design. In her role as 6th Form Manager she oversees the operations and administration of the 6th form; dealing with attendance, admissions, enrolment, organising large events and pastoral support.