Valentines High School
|Motto||In Harmony, Achieving Excellence.|
|Headteacher||Mr Richard Laws|
|DfE URN||102857 Tables|
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.
- The Hub School for Assessment for Learning for London for 2005–2006 and part of the Deep Learning consortium for London.
- Re-designated as a Specialist School for Technology in 2006.
- A Training School in 2006.
- A leading edge school.
- A Technology College.
- Part of the Cambridge Consortium.
- Lead the East London Student Voice Hub for the Specialist Schools Trust.
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.
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 terms of value added, Valentines is in the top 5% of post 16 learners in London.
Attendance rates are very high, with a 92% attendance rate for year 12s in 2009.