GCSE Results: The Albany in Hornchurch sees results soar after enforcing stricter discipline

PUBLISHED: 09:36 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 23 August 2018

The Albany headteacher Val Masson with students Queen Yeboah, Connor Crouchman, Zi Ching Chang and Mercy Okunoren. Photo: The Albany

The Albany headteacher Val Masson with students Queen Yeboah, Connor Crouchman, Zi Ching Chang and Mercy Okunoren. Photo: The Albany


The Albany School in Hornchurch is celebrating a year of “fantastic results” from its Year 11 GCSE cohort.

The school in Broadstone Road, hit national headlines earlier this year after the Recorder revealed it had implemented a rule on silent transitions in corridors between lessons, but staff and students alike believe the return to stricter discipline has helped improve results.

Headteacher Val Masson says the new rules have transformed the classrooms and led to a spike in results, particular in core subjects such as English and science.

And she believes results are set to improve even further when they introduce compulsory silent revision sessions four days a week after school.

The school’s Progress 8 score, a government benchmark which measure the progress that pupils make from the start of secondary school until GCSE results, has also improved.

Results in the English Baccalaureate or Ebacc – a selection of core subjects the government considers crucial at GCSE level which includes English, maths, science, a foreign language and either history or geography – went up 10pc.

Ms Masson, who was appointed the school’s headteacher in April 2017, said students are reaping the benefits of “academic atmosphere” at the school.

She said: “These fantastic results showcase the impact this new behaviour policy has already started to have on our students in a very short space of time.

“These teaching methods have been called old fashioned but I would describe it as pure common sense.

“Students deserve the right to learn in a calm, quiet and academic atmosphere. Education is crucially important to the life chances of young people. We have to get it right for them.

“These results show that we are on the right track and are giving students the chance to fulfil their potential.”

The school will also be changing its name to Hornchurch High School from September.

High achiever Elod Bors, 17, from Hornchurch said: “The silent corridors really allowed me to keep focused.

“At first I did not know how the idea could work, but it has been so beneficial, it reminded me things were serious and I needed to work hard towards my exams all year, it is a very good idea.”

Jess Packard-White, 16, from Hornchurch, who also scored high grades, said: “I was really nervous to open my results today, but we have had a lot of help from our teachers with revision and I was happy with the outcome.

“I think the silent corridors are a good idea and will have helped because they help students to concentrate better and it stops them from getting distracted in between lessons.”

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