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

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

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.

Since 2011 their independently evaluated programmes have reached 3.86 million people in England and Wales, impacting on one million children and young people in over 4,500 settings, schools and colleges, as well as their families and the adults that support them.

Their programmes, which are tailored to each individual setting’s needs, take a whole-school or setting approach that supports all children with a specific focus on accelerating progress and attainment for the lowest achieving 20% of learners. In 2016 it was identified that through the 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%

During the visit, Her Royal Highness met 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. In addition to learning more about the approach and impact of the charity’s Achieving Schools programme in schools, The Countess of Wessex also viewed a performance of selected Sister Act songs by pupils from the school.

Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All said: “Every child deserves the opportunity to achieve, regardless of their background, challenges or need. Yet in the UK, at least one in five children and young people are failing to fulfil their potential.”

“Working to secure achievement for all is not an impossible goal. We have witnessed incredible results within our community to date but there is much more still to achieve. In partnership with the education sector and evidence-based experts, we aim to reach a further one million children and young people through engagement with adults and support services, developing leaders and teachers in settings, schools and colleges across the UK.”

Derek Peaple, Headteacher at Park House school, said: “‘It was a great pleasure and privilege to welcome Her Royal Highness to Park House to celebrate the many ways in which our partnership with Achievement for All is adding further value to the opportunities and progress enjoyed by all our young people. Students, parents and guardians greatly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss with The Countess of Wessex how the AfA programme and its links to our wider creative, sporting and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award offer promote all-round achievement’”

Achievement for All works at every stage of the education system, supporting children from two-19 years of age.

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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