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Welcome, and thank you for visiting our school website. The Royal Docks Community School is a vibrant and special place, with high standards and expectations for all members of our community.  We are proud to be a member of the Co-operative Trust embedding the values of ‘aspire, learn, co-operate and achieve’ in all that we seek to achieve and become.

In 2013 we were the most improved school in Newham and are continuing to expect and deliver the very best in terms of student wellbeing, development and achievement.  Placed close to The City of London Airport and The Excel Centre, we are well positioned to make a positive contribution to a lively and developing part of East London.  We also, however, take every opportunity to celebrate the rich history of the area.


In 2013 50% of our students achieved 5+ A*-C grades, including English and Maths, and we are on course to continue building upon our four year trend of academic and pastoral improvement. We are utterly determined to secure The Royal Docks Community School as a truly outstanding and inspirational centre of learning and excellence.

 As a fully inclusive community school we invite you to share in our family-centred approach to education.  We all have a firm commitment to supporting our students on their journey to becoming aspirant, respectful and happy members of local, national and international communities.

Wendy Bower

Head Teacher


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School closes for Easter on Friday 4th April and re-opens on Wednesday 23rd April




 Please see this week's copy of the Newham Recorder for a wonderful story from The Royal Docks Community School


 A teacher has saved the life of a seriously ill pupil by giving her one of his kidneys.

Alya Ahmed Ali ,13, who goes to Royal Docks Community School, Custom House, has received a life-saving transplant thanks to father-of-one Ray Coe, a 53-year-old special educational needs co-ordinator at the school.

This week her father, Ahmed Ali, described the man who has given his daughter a second chance as a hero and a lifesaver. “He has given her more than just the gift of life,” said Mr Ali, who lives in Old Barrowfield, Stratford. “He’s an amazing man, we owe him so much.” Alya suffers from a condition called hydrocephalus, (water on the brain), which has resulted in her having severe learning difficulties. She also suffered from renal failure. Her mother told Ray during the summer term last year she would be absent from school as she was undergoing kidney dialysis. Ray asked what he could do to help her. “I said ‘Can I put my name down as a donor?’ I knew what being a donor meant and I knew there was a possibility it could go ahead and I knew the implications. I knew what I was doing. “There is a verse in the Bible that says something like: ‘Maybe you were born for such a time as this.’ It just clicked and I knew it was right.” Ray told his wife, who after the initial shock, supported his actions. He said: “When we told Alya, she just gave me a big squeeze and her face lit up. It brings tears to my eyes whenever I think of that.”

Meetings and blood tests, which confirmed Ray was a match despite not being related to Alya, followed, resulting in a successful transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in February. Both Alya and Ray are now recovering well and are expected to return to school after the Easter break. Ray said: “For her parents, it’s not words that can express their gratitude. For them I have saved their daughter’s life. It’s like I am another family member now.” Wendy Bower, headteacher at the school, praised this decision. She said: “Mr Coe has gone above and beyond the call of duty with this selfless and noble act. He is a very humble and modest man. The whole staff are in admiration for his kindness. “He has given a new life to Alya and her whole family