Roding Valley High School in Loughton will have a new headmaster in September

Paul Banks will leave Roding Valley at the end of the school year

Paul Banks will leave Roding Valley at the end of the school year

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The headteacher of a Loughton secondary school will stand down at the end of this school year.

Paul Banks has been at Roding Valley High School, in Alderton Hill, Loughton, for the past five years and says now is the time to take on a new challenge.

Mr Banks, who came to Epping Forest from Chelmsford, is preparing to return to the Boswells School where he previously served as deputy head.

He praised the school, staff and parents at Roding Valley High.

"It has been fantastic, a really enjoyable five years," he said.

"The main highlight was seeing the exam results going up so much and getting good Ofsteds.

"Of course it's had its challenges but the parents at Roding Valley are very supportive.

"We put in changes to teaching and learning and that was relatively painless, and then we saw the exam results shoot up."

Mr Banks will be replaced by James Luck, the current headteacher of Queensmead School in South Ruislip, which is currently rated by Ofsted as 'outstanding'.

Mr Luck will start the job officially on September 1 but will be attending school events in the run-up to his beginning the role to meet staff, parents and pupils.

Mr Banks said he was proud of how far the school has come and wishes RVHS the best for the future.

He said: "I would like to thank everyone for all the support they have given me. I am sure that James will take the school to 'outstanding', where it deserves to be."

Roding Valley was the most improved school in the district for pupils achieving five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths, last year.

Figures published by the Department for Education show the school's pass rate rose from 49 per cent to 63 per cent, beating its previous best of 57.

The school also exceeded the national average of 59.2 per cent and the Essex average of 60.5 per cent.

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12:11pm Fri 30 May 14

Stephen Murray says...

Mr Bank's contribution to Roding Valley High School over the last five years has been considerable with a key focus on improving exam results.

As an elected representative for part of the school's catchment area I can assure readers that in the local area he is a well respected head teacher.

Numerous parents have commented on the progress made by the pupils and staff at RVHS under his leadership.

All of us locally and at RVHS are grateful for his leadership and wish him all the best for the future.

Loughton Roding Ward Councillor and RVHS Teacher/Governor -
Stephen Murray.
Mr Bank's contribution to Roding Valley High School over the last five years has been considerable with a key focus on improving exam results. As an elected representative for part of the school's catchment area I can assure readers that in the local area he is a well respected head teacher. Numerous parents have commented on the progress made by the pupils and staff at RVHS under his leadership. All of us locally and at RVHS are grateful for his leadership and wish him all the best for the future. Loughton Roding Ward Councillor and RVHS Teacher/Governor - Stephen Murray. Stephen Murray
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9:24am Sat 31 May 14

sidestep says...

Even though the article mentions the current 'headteacher', the headline boldly states that the school will have a new 'headmaster'! A bit presumptive of the Guardian.
Even though the article mentions the current 'headteacher', the headline boldly states that the school will have a new 'headmaster'! A bit presumptive of the Guardian. sidestep
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