Royal Liberty School
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|Headteacher||Ms April Saunders|
|Chair||Mr Garry woodman|
|Location||Upper Brentwood Road
Gidea Park, Romford
|DfE URN||102343 Tables|
It no longer has a sixth form. It is situated on Upper Brentwood Road about 400 metres north of Gidea Park railway station. It is halfway between Gidea Park and Ardleigh Green in the north-east of Romford, and about half a mile south of the Gallows Corner A12/A127/A118 junction. It is in the parish of St Michael & All Angels, Gidea Park.
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 specialist science college.
Royal Liberty was the first school in Europe to install an electronic computer (an Elliott 903, similar to the 920 military version: See Elliott Automation, in 1965) (see RLS Old Boys External Link below).
The school, as a grammar school, operated a squadron of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), incorporating basic, army, navy, and air cadets (including a training glider).
- 1974 – In accord with UK Government policy, and in spite of manifest opposition, the school converts from 'grammar school' to 'comprehensive school'.
- 1988 – J.P. Coles, after 25 years of service through some of the school's best years, retired. L.B. Thomas (previously Deputy) was appointed Head Master.
- 1990 - The sixth form was twinned with the Francis Bardsley school. Harvey was the only male student attending.
- 1992 – The Sixth Form ['A' Level studies] was abolished.
- 1996 – School was placed under Ofsted [UK Government Office of Standards in Education] 'special measures'. L.B. Thomas left. S. Berwitz appointed Head Teacher.
- 2000 – School removed from 'special measures'.
- 2001 – School cited by Ofsted as "one of the most improved schools in the UK
- 2003 – Mark Morrall leaves. Julia Deery appointed Head Teacher.
- 2004 – The school launched a bid for 'specialist school' status, hoping to attract additional government funds.
- 2006 – School wins specialist school bid.
- 2009 - Rated Good by Ofsted.
- 2013 - Rated Good by Ofsted.
- 2014 - Julia Deery leaves. April Saunders
Notable former pupils
Royal Liberty School
- Norman Baker, Lib Dem MP from 1997 until 2015 for Lewes
- Graham Bond, rock musician
- Tyrrell Burgess, educationist
- Nick Butterworth, author and illustrator of children's books
- Andy Day, Children's TV Presenter for Cbeebies/Actor. Star of Andy's Wild Adventures
- James Grant 1992 - 97 Artist management. Company director behind many high-profile events. Music director/composer and show producer.
Ken Farnes, England cricket fast bowler
- Mick Inkpen, author and illustrator of children's books
- Sir Alex Jarratt CB, Chancellor from 1983-2002 of the University of Birmingham and President from 1979-83 of the Advertising Association
- Francis Jones MBE, President from 1977-81 of the Engineering Industries Association, co-developer of OBOE bombing system.
- Arthur Latham, Labour MP from 1969-74 for Paddington North and from 1974-9 for Paddington
- Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh
- Jeff Randall, journalist and Business Editor of the BBC from 2001-5
- Prof John Saville, historian, Professor of Economic and Social History from 1972-82 at the University of Hull
- Peter Stebbings, BBC Presenter and Producer
- Michael Ward, Labour MP for Peterborough from 1974-9
- Michael J Merry, (author) The Golden Altar, The Reluctant Colonel, The Education of Santiago O'Grady. 1951/56
- Peter White, political activist and noted vocal republican
- Tom Agombar, (Musician) Endorsed artist of Flynn Drums and Drummer of London-based Hardcore band, Pressures
- James Brittle, (architectural carpenter) Parkrose, Albert and Victoria Museum.
Dr David Scurry, Dean of Undergraduate Programmes, Oxford Brookes University. 1989-2008.
- Prof Ged Martin, Historian, Emeritus Professor of the University of Edinburgh
- Prof Peter Grubb, Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Investigative Plant Ecology, Cambridge University
- Gallow's Corner
- St Michael & All Angels