Royal Liberty School

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The Royal Liberty School
Hare Hall, Upper Brentwood Road - - 1517442.jpg
Motto Semper procedens
Established 1921
Type Comprehensive school
Headteacher April Saunders
Chair Garry Woodman
Location Gidea Park
Greater London
Coordinates: 51°35′08″N 0°12′35″E / 51.5855°N 0.2097°E / 51.5855; 0.2097
Local authority Havering
DfE number 311/4025
DfE URN 102343 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 573
Gender Boys
Ages 11–16

The Royal Liberty School is a state comprehensive secondary school for boys aged 11 to 16, located in Gidea Park in the London Borough of Havering.

It was once a traditional English grammar school, and also had a sixth form until 1992.

The school is situated on Upper Brentwood Road about 400 metres north of Gidea Park railway station, and approximately halfway between Gidea Park and Ardleigh Green to the north-east of Romford. It is in the parish of St. Michael & All Angels, Gidea Park.[1]


The school's houses were previously known as Danes, Normans, Romans and Saxons. Then there was a period where they were known as Darwin, Newton, Rutherford and Salk. They are now known as Discovery, Challenger, Endeavour and Voyager to reflect the school's status as a Science College.


Grammar school[edit]

The school was founded in 1921 in the buildings at the grounds of Hare Hall and takes its name from the Royal Liberty of Havering.

The Royal Liberty was the first school in Europe to install an electronic computer (an Elliott 903, similar to the 920 military version) in 1965.

As a grammar school, it operated a squadron of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), incorporating basic, army, navy, and air cadets (including a training glider).

Comprehensive school[edit]

  • 1974 – In accord with government policy, and in spite of manifest opposition, the school converts from a grammar to comprehensive school.
  • 1988 – J. P. Coles, after 25 years of service through some of the school's best years, retired as head, with L. B. Thomas promoted from deputy head to headmaster.
  • 1990 – The sixth form was twinned with the nearby Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls.
  • 1992 – The sixth form was abolished.
  • 1996 – School was placed into Ofsted special measures. L. B. Thomas left and S. Berwitz was appointed head.
  • 2000 – School removed from special measures.
  • 2001 – School cited by Ofsted as "one of the most improved schools in the UK".
  • 2003 – Julia Deery was appointed head.
  • 2004 – Bid launched for specialist school status, hoping to attract additional government funds.
  • 2006 – School wins bid and becomes a Science College.
  • 2014 – Julia Deery leaves, with April Saunders becoming head.

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