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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. If you would like to take a virtual tour through the school and meet some key staff, please click here.

In the summer of 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic the public examinations did not go ahead in the usual way, but we were absolutely delighted with the grades that our students  were awarded.  The school maintained  results which were significantly above both Essex and national averages including English, Maths and Science. These followed the year of 2019 when 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 outcomes are a testament to the sheer commitment and hard work of all staff and students.

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 Sixth Form, established in 2015, has continued to go from strength to strength and despite the extraordinary 2020 academic year, we were also able to celebrate success at A Level; allowing all students to pursue their chosen university courses, Higher Level Apprenticeships, other education or employment routes.

Many students secured places at top Russell Group universities such as Imperial College London, the University of Bristol and the University of Liverpool. Students also achieved higher level apprenticeships with employers such as Hill Group.

Two examples of this success this year were high flying twins who secured their dreams of studying at Imperial College London and in the USA, respectively. One was awarded A*, A*, A*, A* in Chemistry, Physics, Further Mathematics and Mathematics and will be reading Mathematics and Physics at Imperial College London, whilst the other is attending Skidmore College in New York, having achieved A*, A*, A in Sociology, Religious Studies and Psychology.

Students have previously achieved places at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and our previous Head Girl has just graduated with a first in History from Cambridge. We also have high achieving students who have secured apprenticeships at top firms such as KPMG, Schroders, Hill and Aon.

Please review our Sixth Form promotional video for more information here. 

Not only have we improved our results but in recent years we have invested in the school’s outstanding facilities. The school has a lovely mixture of traditional, new build and ultra modern. In 2018, the site was vastly improved by the Brook Building which includes a state of the art library and a computer suite for the sixth form. Our sports facilities were already outstanding but further enhanced by a second FIFA standard Astroturf. This year, 2021, we have totally refurbished our 9 science laboratories and created dedicated A level science facilities.

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. Our SEND faculty is excellent and both our STEM & Challenge and Enrichment programmes inspire. 

Visitors always comment on the warm and welcoming atmosphere and 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, assessment and cultural capital ensures that more students than ever are achieving high levels of academic success as evidenced by our results and young people who have high aspirations, show respect for others and endeavour to become the very best they can be.

The school has developed its own successful, bespoke Teaching and Learning framework, ACED. Every teacher is expected to follow our ACED Mastery framework which we believe creates outstanding outcomes for our learners and fully support our teachers both in the classroom and in their career progression. We believe that if learning is to be outstanding and learners are to feel valued and motivated then the essential ingredients must be ACED

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 and vocational courses, along with a newly formed partnership with Chelsea Football Club . 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.

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 is enhanced by 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 is also a wide range of trips and visits that allow our students to gain skills and experiences beyond the classroom. Trips and visits 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 won the National Debating Competition in 2019, a title won against 1000 schools nationwide. We have also 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 9’s secured both 1st and 3rd place. Our students are also regular participants and winners in local and regional maths challenges. You can read more about a year in the life of Roding Valley High School, please visit here.

We really value communication with all stakeholders in the school community and establish good relationships with parents and carers. Please do take some time to read our RVHS Bulletins, celebrating student achievement and sharing essential key information and the support offered and our How to help your child guide.

Sharon Jenner
Headteacher