Transition to Y7

I am delighted to welcome you to the Roding Valley High School community and look forward to our exciting seven-year journey together. I trust that your child will be both happy and successful here.

At Roding Valley High School, our expectations of conduct and attitude ARE always high, our core values and ethos underpin all that we expect from members of our community:

  • Aspiration: all our goals are set high; we encourage every child to be the very best that they can be.
  • Respect: We embrace diversity, tolerance and equality in our community.
  • Endeavour: We always try our best and encourage students to put in maximum effort, remind them practice makes perfect and the need for resilience.

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We expect students to be polite and courteous. Our current Year 7 and 8 students are participating in our Respect Programme, whereby, students gain additional progress points for good manners and exemplary behaviour. We expect all of our students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride; our uniform is clearly identifiable out in the local community and we apply our rules of conduct to travel both to and from school. We will nurture the development of the whole person, both academically and pastorally; the school has been enhanced by the introduction of our House System, which supports healthy competition and collaboration across year groups.

We value everyone for their individuality and the unique talent that they bring to our school. I am very proud of the teachers in our school; they are all passionate about their subjects and want to support all students in making progress and achieve their academic potential. We run a full and exciting Challenge and Enrichment Programme which includes access to the student magazine – Exposed, debating competitions, extended projects, school trips and university visits and talks. Roding Valley High School has a number of accolades to be proud of. We have won the Epping Forest Debating competition hosted by Dame Eleanor Laing, MP, more times than any other participating school. We were recently crowned National PiXL Debating champions. This was an incredible feat as over a thousand schools were entered. We recently hosted the West Essex Regional Final of the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Challenge; from 16 schools our Year 9s secured both 1st and 3rd place. We have won many sporting titles both locally, regionally and nationally. Our school productions are fabulous and bring together students from all year groups. This year we have students going to Oxbridge from our Sixth Form.

Student leadership and student voice is both strong and encouraged; there is an effective school council in the Lower School and a senior executive team led by our Sixth Formers. We are also lucky to have a very supportive parent body, where all money raised is used for the benefit of all students.
There are so many opportunities at Roding Valley High School and I want to nurture students who are keen to take every opportunity that is presented to them and help them to be the best that they can be.
Together, we can look forward to your child’s successes and achievements in the next few years. I truly believe that this is a great school, with great students and great teachers; I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our school community.

Mrs Jenner | Headteacher