Welcome to The Sydney Russell School
When we created The Sydney Russell School in 1990, we intended to make it a school that would be a show piece in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. We wanted to create a school to which parents would want to send their children and where children would be given the best chance of success. We are proud of what we have achieved. In 2013 an Ofsted inspection identified us as an outstanding school, at the time the only school in the borough to be rated outstanding under the new more demanding Ofsted criteria. In September 2014 we became an academy, to enable us to lead improvement in other schools in the borough and beyond. We are also a Teaching School which means we are licensed to train the teachers of the future. We have also become an “All Through School” which means we now have students from Reception to Year Thirteen. We are a popular and over subscribed school; in September 2016 we had 360 places for students in Year Seven but over a thousand applications for them. More than 25 million pounds has been spent on a rebuilding programme to create a spectacular site. Our classrooms are the biggest in the country, each equipped with 32 computers for student use. Our buildings and facilities are well maintained and equipped and designed to provide an attractive, interesting and stimulating learning environment.
We are proud to say that we have what some people regard as old fashioned values. We have high expectations of our students and insist on the highest standards of appearance, conduct, courtesy and effort. We are a school and our most important responsibility is to ensure that students leave with the best academic results as possible. We place great importance on the personal development of students and there is a pastoral and enrichment programme to ensure that students develop the personal qualities and values necessary to enable them to lead happy and fulfilling lives and to become responsible citizens.
We are proud that in the Summer of 2016 our students achieved excellent academic results. The ‘Good Level of Development’ achieved by our first ever EYFS class was above the national average. Likewise at Key Stage 1, the percentage of our students working at the Expected Standard or above was above the national average in every indicator: Phonics; Reading; Writing and Mathematics. At GCSE 46% of our Year 11 students achieved the English Baccalaureate, the highest in the borough. 84% of students achieved A* – C in English Language, 85% in Computing, 82% in History and 81% in Triple Science. The proportion of students achieving at least a C for GCSE Maths went up a percentage point to 59%. At A’ level 63% of our A’ level grades were A*-B and 88% A*-C. Almost every Year 13 student has got a university place, with many going to the top, Russell Group, universities.
We achieved these excellent results through high quality teaching and high expectations of students. While we were pleased with last year’s results, we will never become complacent and our drive for continuous improvement is relentless.