About the School

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek

The Royal Docks School is a purpose built, mixed, community comprehensive school for students aged 11 to 16.

There are 950 students on the school roll. The school’s facilities are exceptional and a wonderful place for young people to learn and grow and also for teaching and support staff to work and learn in. The school building which opened in 1999 has achieved national architectural recognition for its design.

The Royal Docks School serves the diverse community of Newham, which, was the main host London borough to The Olympic Games in 2012. The student population is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. It is also a fully inclusive school with a dedicated department for 25 students who have profound, severe and multiple learning difficulties. We have a specialist PMLD team of teachers and support staff.

There is a committed, dedicated and hardworking team of teachers and support staff led by a leadership team which has very high expectations of all our students and is committed to raising standards and improving the quality of teaching and learning.

The school became a Co-operative Trust School on 1st June 2010. Becoming a Trust has allowed us to form partnerships with other educational institutions – a high-achieving school in Thurrock, St Clere’s; the University of East London and the Co-operative College as well as Newham Children and Young Peoples Services. In addition to these partnerships we are also a member of The Seven Kings Teaching School Alliance and St. Angela’s Teaching School Alliance. This allows us to access high quality CPD for staff  with partner schools who are recognised as outstanding. We also enjoy a very productive partnership with 2 schools from the independent sector; Felsted School in Essex and Warminster School in Wiltshire and benefit from many exciting cross school projects. Both schools also support our students through offering 100% boarding bursaries for study at KS5. The formation of a Trust gives the opportunity for much more active partnerships to develop the life of the school – with students, parents & carers and with local primary schools. The Royal Docks is part of the Newham ‘family of schools’ but supported by a charitable Trust which has appointed some of the governors.

Over the last five years the reputation of the school has improved significantly with the majority of parents (over 95%) reporting that they are pleased with the education the school is providing to their children. The school is increasing pupil intake numbers at KS3 and establishing a strong and skilful staff who are ‘relentless’ in their pursuit of excellence (Ofsted 2015). Our recent Ofsted recognised the significant improvements that the current team has brought to the school, judging the quality of leadership, behaviour and social, morale, spiritual and community development as good.