Valentines High School
Valentines High School (VHS) is a comprehensive high school and a specialist teaching school in the Ilford area of the London Borough of Redbridge.
The school was formerly a grammar school known as Ilford County High School For Girls. In 1977, the school joined with Gearies Secondary Modern School for Girls to become Valentines High School, a mixed comprehensive school. This mixed school is multicultural and a very high achieving and expecting school.
- A Mentor School in the Raising Achievement Transforming Learning project in 2004.<ref name="DublicateRef-2">http://www.valentines-sch.org.uk/</ref>
- The Hub School for Assessment for Learning for London for 2005–2006 and part of the Deep Learning consortium for London.<ref name="DublicateRef-2"/>
- Re-designated as a Specialist School for Technology in 2006.<ref name="DublicateRef-2"/>
- A Training School in 2006.<ref name="DublicateRef-2"/>
- A leading edge school.<ref name="DublicateRef-2"/>
- A Technology College.<ref name="DublicateRef-3">http://www.valentines-sch.org.uk/downloads/2009_prospectus.pdf</ref>
- Part of the Cambridge Consortium.
- Lead the East London Student Voice Hub for the Specialist Schools Trust.<ref name="DublicateRef-2"/>
In 2009, the school had a 73% A*-C pass rate at GCSE level, which is above the national average of 65.5%. Valentines has consistently had GCSE pass rates above the national average from 2006 -2009. In 2009, Valentines was ranked 7th in the borough for students attaining 5 A*-C grades. Excluding independent and faith schools in the area, Valentines was ranked 3rd. Valentines was graded outstanding in every section for its OFSTED report in 2006.<ref name="schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk">http://schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk/3174033/school-profile/</ref>
Sixth Form facilities and results
In September 2007, a new sixth form was opened with state-of-the-art physical education facilities including a new astro-turf pitch and tennis courts, a gym and sports hall, a drama studio, newly equipped music room and brand new or newly refurbished areas for Modern Languages, English and Humanities.
In 2008 the school had an A level average point score of 764.1, placing it 6th out of the 18 schools in the borough, however when the selective and independent schools are removed, Valentines is ranked 3rd.
In 2009, 100% of year 13 students passed their A-Levels, with 75% gaining A-C grades.<ref name="schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk"/> The pass rate at A-Level is 100%<ref name="DublicateRef-3"/> and over 90% of Year 13s go on to university.
In terms of value added, Valentines is in the top 5% of post 16 learners in London.<ref name="DublicateRef-3"/>
Attendance rates are very high, with a 92% attendance rate for year 12s in 2009.<ref name="schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk"/>