Introduction

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Rokeby is a happy school with good relationships between students and their peers and between students and the staff. It is also a busy and exciting school committed to high standards in achievement and behaviour.

We see the fact that our students come from many backgrounds and many cultures from all over the world as a positive asset. This same multi-culturalism is reflected in our staff many of whom have joined us from Europe, Africa, Australasia, the Middle East and Asia.

What unites us all is the determination to ensure that each student will achieve his best at Rokeby and go on to take advantage of the many opportunities that exist for educated people in twenty first century Britain.

We also hope that each student will gain an education in a broader sense and will develop interests outside the academic curriculum. We are here to give them the help, support and encouragement that they will need.

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Keeping Parents and Carers Informed

One of our priorities at Rokeby is to ensure that parents and carers are kept properly informed of their son’s progress in clear and simple language.

We hold an annual consultation evening for each year group, when parents and carers are given the opportunity to meet with individual subject teachers. This is an important event in our calendar and we hope that all parents and carers are able to attend. However, parents can contact tutors anytime/throughout the year for an update on their child’s progress.

Throughout the year we also hold a series of curriculum evenings. Each focuses on one or two subjects, such as mathematics and humanities, with the aim of helping parents and carers to understand what and how students are learning in school and how they can be supported with homework outside of school.

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Dare to be the Best

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All students are encouraged to work hard and do their best at Rokeby. To help them achieve this we maintain a careful check on each individual’s progress. Students who demonstrate high standards of effort, progress or attainment receive merits and certificates throughout each term. Should any student’s work or behaviour slip below the acceptable standard, parents and carers will be asked to come into school to discuss how we can work together to address the problem/s.

Teachers regularly assess each student’s work and students are also given regular opportunities to make their own self-assessment of their progress. All this careful monitoring enables students and their teachers to realise promptly if an individual is not performing to the best of his capabilities.

Each November we have an Awards Evening when the achievements of recent leavers from year 11 are rewarded in a formal ceremony with an invited guest speaker. In July we hold another Awards Evening to recognise the achievements of students throughout years 7 to 10. Parents and carers are invited to both evenings so that they can share in the celebrations.

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Aiming High

We encourage our students to aim high and make the best of their abilities. With hard work and the support of the entire staff, all students at Rokeby can achieve their personal challenges and targets.

Students have access to supervised study facilities before and after school. All students in years 7 to 11 remain on site at lunchtime and there are additional areas set aside for study at this time.

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Taking Responsibility

To encourage student involvement in the running of the school, there is a Student Council. Here, boys can voice their opinions and make suggestions for improvements and changes in aspects of school life.

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In years 9 and 11, students may be invited to apply to become a Prefect. If successful, they perform a variety of duties ranging from showing visitors around the school to mentoring younger students. Prefects act as exemplary ambassadors for the school.

Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to become Sports Mentors. They receive training to equip them with the skills needed to run basketball, cricket and football sessions for other students at lunchtimes.

The team of Lunch Monitors support the Lunchtime Supervisors in and around the dining hall. They work to make sure that all students can enjoy their lunch in a calm and orderly atmosphere.

There is a wide range of other opportunities for students to take responsibility including the Citizenship Committee and the Eco Champions.

Representatives from all of these groups come together as the Student Leadership Group (SLG). This group represents the student body and the Chair and Vice Chair have a regular seat alongside the Headteacher and her Leadership Team.

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High Standards

We expect all of our students at Rokeby to behave well and follow the school expectations. Students are helped to learn how to take personal responsibility for their own actions. Students work towards having an excellent record of attendance and punctuality. There is a friendly atmosphere at the school based upon trust and co-operation and staff are supportive of students.

Please take a moment to view PDFs* Home School Agreement & Behaviour Philosophy.

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Religious Education

Religious Studies is part of the school curriculum but does not include instruction in any particular religion. As a multi-cultural school we recognise that each student will continue in their own cultural and religious tradition. Our school community comprises many faiths and many cultures. We believe that by learning together we come to understand, enjoy and respect each other and learn how to be good citizens in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society.

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Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 & 9)

Students study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology (Food, Graphics & Resistant Materials)
  • French or Spanish
  • Humanities (History, Geography, RE & PSE)
  • The Arts (Art, Drama, Music & Dance)
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science

Key Stage 4 (years 10 & 11)

Students study:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Double award in Science
    (some students will have the choice to study the three separate Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • French, Spanish or Russian
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education (students will study one of three pathways: GCSE PE; BTEC PE or Leadership PE)

Students also choose 3 options from a range of subjects including:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • History
  • Resistant Materials
  • Music
  • Sociology

Any student who is literate in a community language is encouraged to take a GCSE in that language. For example, students have achieved A* grades in German and Polish in years 8 and 9.

At Rokeby every student is given the opportunity to engage in Philosophy for Children (P4C) as part of our outstanding curriculum. During each enquiry our boys develop the four ‘C’ skills – creative, collaborative, critical and caring.

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Wider Interests

Although we concentrate on the core curriculum of subjects, Rokeby encourages students to develop an interest in a wide range of subjects and activities.

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Rokeby has an excellent reputation for sport. All the popular team games are encouraged at Rokeby including badminton, basketball, cricket, football and rugby. Many ex-students have achieved great success at a representative and professional level.

Rokeby has also earned a reputation for excellence in basketball. We have provided players for the England team at both senior and junior levels and several students have won scholarships to colleges in America.

Rokeby is not just a team game school; if an individual has an interest in a sport of his own choice then he is encouraged to develop it. In the past year alone cycling, handball, rowing and weight training have all been added to the curriculum with outside coaches giving advice.

The Arts: art, dance, drama and music, play an increasingly important part at Rokeby. There are many opportunities for students to take part in curricular and extra curricular groups and projects including choir, animation workshops and borough productions.

ROKEBY BUSINESS SUPPORT GROUP, RBSG

Rokeby is currently working as a partner school with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA), the leading social regeneration charity in East London that facilitates corporate involvement in community organisations, education and employment across the East London boroughs, on their Business Support Groups in Schools (BSG) Programme. The BSG Programme, ELBA’s flagship Education Works programme, builds networks between businesses, schools and young people through understanding their needs, skills and knowledge. The programme develops long-term relationships by delivering responsive programmes to engage and enrich performance and futures for all.

The Rokeby Business Support Group (BSG) began in 2007 and has been in operation ever since. Rokeby has seen representatives from national and global organisations regularly meeting with the school’s senior leadership team to discuss the school’s long term objectives and how they can support them. As well as supporting students, the BSG also seeks to improve the business efficiency of the school through support of our staff and leadership.

Examples of successful past events with our BSG members include:

  • Tate and Lyle supporting SLT in developing a communications strategy
  • Accenture, Morgan Stanley and HSBC holding regular employability skills days at their offices
  • FCA holding lunchtime economic awareness sessions for more able students
  • Barclays volunteering as reading partners to boys newly arrived to the country who speak little or no English.

Rokeby would like to thank ELBA, our BSG members, our staff and our students for making our BSG’s activity such a success.

If you are interested in ELBA’s BSGS Programme, please contact ELBA’s Education Works team at educationworks@elba-1.org.uk

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Moving On

In year 9 boys take the Level 1 Personal Finance Qualification through mathematics and have the option to take Level 2 Personal Finance in year 11. This course helps to ensure that all students across the ability range leave equipped with the skills needed to access a wide range of educational, vocational and employment opportunities.

The vast majority of students at Rokeby go on to further education at a wide variety of educational institutions and many then continue onto university.

In 2014, students went on to more than 15 different institutions including NewVIc, St Bonaventures, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre, London Academy of Excellence and Seven Kings Sixth Form. In recent years, a number of our highest achieving students in year 11 have won full scholarships to the sixth form at The City of London Boys School.

We have not had any NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in recent years.

A measure of our success is in the number of students who regularly come back to thank staff for their time and support.

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