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There are two irreducibles here: the enthusiasm and hard work of the pupils, and the way they are storming every educational citadel that confronts them. Almost uniquely in our experience, Private Study Periods live up to their name – the sense is that  serious study is being undertaken in silence by everyone there. There’s also homework, of course but, as one girl suggested, ‘It’s sensible homework – it ties in what we’ve been doing, or what we’re about to do.' The school has facilitated an all-expenses paid work placement in Abu Dhabi with a leading international law firm...

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Since 2022, Ms A Lomax, formerly vice principal since 2014. Previously head of sixth form at Seven Kings High School. BA in sociology from Leeds, PGCE (social sciences) from Leicester. Has over 13 years of A level experience teaching sociology and psychology.


Entry comes mainly from the nine ‘partner’ schools in Newham – most are 11-16 academies. There are a small number of students from Tower Hamlets, Tottenham and Waltham Forest, and few may have to commute for up to an hour. ‘We’re quite determined that this will remain a school that serves Newham and students from east London, not least because of the work demands we make,’ school insists. Despite applications from some independent school pupils, the trickle of middle-class intake will not become a torrent. Selection criteria are rigorously academic – you...

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