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Roding Valley H igh S choo l

July 2016

Rising to the Challenges Ahead It has certainly been a full year at Roding Valley High School and it has been an incredibly positive year for the school. We have had an intense focus on student progress throughout the last twelve months and every individual has been regularly assessed and monitored in every year group. The fact that GCSE examinations are becoming increasingly challenging has meant that we have responded by upping our expectations significantly. We take the view that every lesson counts and every day of education is vital, from Year 7 all the way through to Year 11 and beyond into the Sixth Form. The students’ work and the progress that they are making are now more carefully scrutinised than at any time in the past and I am looking forward to seeing their outcomes improve across the board. As well as rewarding Progress we also have an ongoing focus on developing the students’ Attitudes to Learning. In this way we can identify those performing very well but also put interventions in place for those where there may be barriers to learning.

My expectation is that every student will be given the support that they require in order to secure the grades that they need to get to the next stage of their education. Our Year 7s, 8s and 9s will be given the opportunities to excel at Key Stage 3 so that they can make informed decision about their Option Subjects for GCSE. The Year 10s and 11s will be provided with a huge range of support to ensure examination success so that there are many doors open to them Post 16. Finally our Sixth Formers will continue to enjoy a fantastic experience and thrive in a close-knit, collegiate environment which gives them a chance to plan a great future for themselves. I would also like to take the opportunity to highlight an area that I see as a real strength of the school. I have read a great deal in the press recently about the lack of high

quality Careers guidance in schools. I am delighted to be in the position to say that the students at Roding Valley High School are fortunate in that they have access to superb Careers support. Following a monitoring visit this term, the school has been recommended for re-accreditation for the Recognition of the Quality Award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. The RoQA award is a prestigious accolade and I would like personally to thank Donna Mason for her enduring hard work in this area. Mrs Mason, Careers Development Manager, and her team are a credit to the school for their diligence in providing such crucial support to our students. The visit involved speaking to a number of students, all of whom were incredibly positive about the help and guidance that they have received, and I think that this deserves to be heralded as something to be enormously proud of as a school.

Mr J Luck Headteacher Alderton Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 3JA t: 020 8508 1173 e:


RVHS Newsletter July 2016  

Roding Valley High School Newsletter for July 2016

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