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Hundreds of prospective Roding Valley High School students and their parents visited the Loughton school for its annual Open Morning on Saturday.

Proud Student Guides gave visitors tours of the school with all departments open with a variety of activities taking place.

Talks were given by headteacher Sharon Jenner and Year 7 progress leader Tom Price while Head Boy Samuel Copeman, Head Girl Maisha Khondokar and Year 7 students Ilya James and Antony Blackledge addressed two packed halls to give an insight into life at Roding Valley High School.

A short drama piece was performed by the Year 7 drama group. The audience were welcomed into the hall with a piano recital from Year 7 student Archie Savage while the visitors were further delighted by fellow Year 7 student Jennifer Cuisson who performed a song that she had written herself. Mrs Jenner highlighted the exam successes at the school which saw students achieve Roding Valley’s best ever GCSE results last summer. Maths, English and Science results were all significantly above national and Essex averages.

Visitors were also told about the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer at the school, as well as the success of the school’s Sixth Form which had seen a number of A-Level students go on to top universities including Oxbridge.

Mrs Jenner said: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome so many visitors to our school, to be able to showcase the significant improvements the school has experienced and some of the many successes achieved by our students. All of which culminated in our best ever set of GCSE results this year.

“There is far more to school life than just exam success and at Roding Valley – which is very much a community school – we are able to offer our students so much during their seven-year journey with us.”

The school is holding open mornings this coming week with parents able to visit the school from 9.15am daily for school tours with student guides.

Anyone wanting to tour the school should go to reception in time for the 9.15am tours to begin.

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