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Headteachers Welcome

Welcome to Roding Valley High School. I am incredibly proud to be responsible for the leadership of this great school. This year 2019, we celebrated the best GCSE results ever achieved at Roding Valley High School. I am absolutely delighted with the improvements that the school has experienced and these results are a testament to the sheer commitment and hard work of all staff and students.

Our 2019 results in English, Maths and Science were significantly above both the Essex and national averages.

                                        % Students achieving Maths and English 2019


% of students achieving a Grade 4+ in English and Maths

% of students achieving a Grade 5+ in English and Maths







National (2018)




A record-breaking 5 % of all grades were awarded at Grade 9 – more than double the national average. 72 Grade 9s awarded (A** Grade equivalent) – 15 Biology, 11 Chemistry, 6 Physics, 7 English Language, 6 English Literature and 8 in Maths.

Our ethos is to educate the whole child, regardless of social and ethnic background; we value academic performance and the building of personal character in equal measure. I hope that you have the opportunity to come and meet us; visitors always comment on the warm and welcoming atmosphere. They are always impressed by the politeness of our students and how highly they speak of their school, this is testament to the school’s growing success. 

At Roding Valley High School a student can expect high levels of support, encouragement and high-quality teaching. Our innovative approach to teaching and learning, data and assessment ensures that more students than ever are achieving high levels of academic success as evidenced by our 2019 GCSE Results. 

The school has developed its own successful Teaching and Learning framework, ACED. We believe that if learning is to be outstanding and learners are to feel valued and motivated then the essential ingredients must be: 

Assessment – students should receive regular feedback on their work

Creativity – is evident within the curriculum and within activities which inspire learning

Engagement  – is encouraged by holding high expectations of all learners

Differentiation – where learning meets the diverse needs of all students

Our curriculum is planned to aid the progression of skills in each subject to ensure that our students are equipped with the tools to be successful at every stage of their 7 year school journey; including GCSE, A Level and beyond. Students study a broad range of subjects until they focus on their chosen GCSE subjects from Year 10. Our Sixth Form is now established and offers a wide range of A Level courses. There is a serious work ethic at Roding Valley High School, with the vast majority of students moving onto top Russell Group universities or securing higher level apprenticeships. They receive high-quality support and guidance from our in-school careers advisor and specialist Sixth Form team. In 2019, our top performing A Level student, Igor Dasuzhau, achieved two A*s in Biology and Chemistry and three As in Maths, Physics and the Extended Project Qualification.

He secured a coveted place at the University of Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences at Girton College. He follows in the footsteps of previous Head Girl, Olivia Tinker who also went to University of Cambridge, to read History in 2017 – from our very first year 13 cohort.

We also have high achieving students who have secured apprenticeships at top firms such as KPMG, Schroders, Hill and Aon..

We value everyone for their individuality and the unique talent that they bring to our school. I am very proud of the teachers; they are all dedicated educators of their subjects but they also work hard to foster good relations with students. Our pastoral systems are excellent; we nurture, reward and sanction as appropriate. The school has been enhanced by the introduction of our House System, which supports healthy competition, encourages student voice and collaboration across the age ranges. We use student leadership to support our highly effective transition programme at both Year 7 and Year 12. Our specially trained Yes Prefects and Sixth Form mentors help support where needed. 

As well as academic success, we are also proud of the wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities offered to our students. We have won many sporting titles both locally, regionally and nationally. Our school productions are fabulous and bring together students from all year groups. We run the successful Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and there are also a wide range of trips and visits that allow our students to gain skills and experiences beyond the classroom. Trips include New York, Berlin, Ypres Battlefields, Barcelona and Madrid football tours, Disneyland Paris, Maths trip and PGL style activity trips.

Our students attend many conferences including the Yes Conference and subject-specific exam support conferences. The English faculty regularly organise West End theatre trips, taking advantage of our location. We run a full and exciting Challenge and Enrichment Programme which includes access to the student magazine – Exposed, debating competitions, extended projects, university visits and academic talks. 

Roding Valley High School has a number of accolades to be proud of. We are currently National Debating Champions of 2019, a title won against 1000 schools nationwide. We have won the Epping Forest Debating competition hosted by Dame Eleanor Laing, MP, more times than any other participating school. We also hosted the West Essex Regional Final of the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Challenge 2019; from 16 schools our Year 9s secured both 1st and 3rd place. Our students are also regular participants and winners in local and regional maths challenges.

We are always happy to show visitors around our school, please do come and visit us.

Sharon Jenner