On Thursday 29th November, Newbury based charity, Achievement for All, will welcome Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex GCVO, at Park House School.

The visit will see The Countess of Wessex celebrate the work of the charity in transforming the lives of children and young people across England and Wales.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness will meet with pupils, parents and staff from the school and Achievement for All who have been collectively working together to ensure all children and young people are able to achieve.

Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All said: “It is an absolute honour to have The Countess of Wessex come and see the work of the charity with Park House school. Over the past five years alone, we have reached over 3.86 million beneficiaries and through our tried-and-tested approaches to aspiration, access, attainment and achievement, we aim to improve the lives of millions more.

Derek Peaple, Headteacher at Park House school, said: “We’ve been working in partnership with Achievement for All for seven years with a hugely positive impact on student and parental engagement in learning. The partnership has been all about working as a team for the benefit of our students and their all-round progress and personal development as individuals. It is a great privilege and pleasure to be able to share and celebrate those achievements with Her Royal Highness”.

Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges, improving outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement.

The charity works at every stage of the education system, supporting children from two-19 years of age. To date, the charity's programmes have been used in almost 4,500 schools, colleges, and early years settings, having a positive and measurable impact on children and young people, as well as their families and the adults that support them.

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For more information, please contact: Della Bolat on della.bolat@afaeducation.org or call 07841 763833

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Achievement for All

  • Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges, improving outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement, regardless of their background, challenge or need
  • Achievement for All empowers young people, as well as their teachers, parents and carers, by working to transform lives through personal coaching, professional support, and a leading network of educational experts
  • Achievement for All programmes have been used in almost 4,500 schools, colleges, and early years settings to date, and have so far had a profound and measurable impact on the lives of more than 100,000 children and young people to date as well as their families and the adults that support them
  • In 2016, an independent assessment conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that as a result of Achievement for All’s Achieving Schools programme, the progress of targeted children and young people in reading, writing and mathematics was raised to a standard above the national expected level by up to 50%
  • Achievement for All’s 2015 Interim Evaluation Report identified a reduction in exclusion in schools and settings by a factor of four (400%)
  • In further reports on Achievement for All’s Achieving Early programme, it was identified that 100% practitioners reported higher levels of confidence in working with parents, and that personal, social and emotional assessments at age-expected levels rose from 23% to 73%
  • To donate, get in touch, or for more information, visit afaeducation.org
  • Follow Achievement for All on Twitter @AfA_Education, Facebook AfAEducation, LinkedIn achievement-for- all-3as and Instagram @afa_education

About Park House School

  • Park House is a mixed Converter Academy of 1020 students ranging from 11 to 18 years of age
  • In 2016 Park House School received a letter of commendation from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Education congratulating it for being one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in the England for greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics
  • In 2016 Park House School’s Headteacher, Derek Peaple, was shortlisted for The Times Educational Supplement’s National Secondary Headteacher of the Year Award
  • In 2014 Park House School received a letter of congratulation from David Laws MP, Minister of State for Education commending Park House for the improvement in the key stage 4 results achieved by disadvantaged pupils since 2014