Challenge & Enrichment

RVHS Exposed’ School magazine are recruiting for 2018/19!

We are looking for:

Editor Job Description

  • Will chair meetings with writers and other editors.
  • Agree on tasks for writers to undertake.
  • Proof read submissions by writers.
  • Agree on the final lay out of the magazine.
  • Liaise with local businesses to receive funding for advertisements.
  • Make the final decision on publications.

Sports Editor:

  • Will liaise with the PE department and report on school fixtures.
  • Work on ‘sporting profiles’ of successful school athletes/sportsman/woman.
  • Attend at least one fixture to report on and take pictures.
  • Liaise with Photography editor to source and agree on pictures to accompany articles.
  • Write articles based on your research.
  • Will proof read submissions by sports writers.
  • Organise the layout of the Sports page.

Photography Editor:

  • Will liaise with all editors to discuss what pictures will be needed for the publication.
  • Will make decisions on the artwork of the magazine.
  • Take well-shot and thought-provoking pictures using a creative eye.
  • Edit pictures to present them in a professional and interesting way.


Arts Editor:

  • Liaise with the Drama, Art and Music departments in the school to find interesting/impressive projects that are taking place.
  • Interview artists/performers/musicians that are taking part in various projects to write profiles on the writers.
  • Liaise with the photography editor to ensure photos of key pieces/events are included.
  • Organise the layout of the Arts page.

History Editor:

  • Research interesting topics to focus on for the publication based around ‘this day/month in history’.
  • Write thought provoking and detailed article, sourcing pictures/paintings/prints to accompany it.
  • Proof read submissions by writers within your topic area.
  • Organise the layout of the History page.

Fashion editor:

  • Discover trends or interesting styles/fashion pieces to write about.
  • Research background information about that trend and how you may style it.
  • Either source online or organise photographs to accompany your articles and give further information.
  • Proof read submissions from fashion writers.
  • Organise the layout of the fashion page.

Travel and Community Editor:

  • Research different activities/locations to visit for each issue.
  • When appropriate, visit attractions in the local/London area that may be of interest to them. Write up your own views on the locations/event.
  • Proof read submissions from Travel/Community writers.
  • Organise the content on the travel/community page.

Food Editor:

  • Research seasonal recipes and ingredients.
  • Write up the ‘Method’ and include instructions.
  • Research the origins of the recipe/food you are writing about to include thought provoking information in your article.
  • Proof read submissions from writers.
  • Organise the content on the travel/community page.

Lifestyle editor:

  • This role has a wider scope and can include topics such as interior design, fitness, wellbeing, crafts etc.
  • Research and decide on topics to include in each issue.
  • Liaise with the photography editor to attain pictures accompanying your piece.
  • Proof read submissions from lifestyle writers.
  • Organise the content on the Lifestyle page.


Head of Advertising:

  • Will focus on advertising the magazine within the school community.
  • Will liaise with local businesses to create/design their adverts to be featured in the magazine.
  • To source new advertisers to feature in the magazine.
  • Organise the content on the advertising page.

How to Apply:

Email Miss Bingham ( answering the two questions below:

What role are you applying for?

Why are you applying for this role?

Pixl Up for the Debate

On Monday 26th March, Roding Valley High School took a team of debaters to the Pixl Up For Debate competition held at Harrow School.


The team was made up of three people; Ruby Coyte (year 7), Joseph James (year 7), and Zak Smith (year 8). They were accompanied by a team of supporters and researchers, along with Challenge and Enrichment coordinators Miss Bingham and Miss Hanlon.


Roding Valley competed against Impington Village College, Chingford Foundation School, and Swakeleys School for Girls.


There were two prepared motions; ‘This house would tax junk food’ for which they argued the opposition, and ‘This house believes cultural treasures should be returned to their country of origin’ where they argued the proposition. There was also an impromptu round, where each team watched a video and were given materials, and had twenty minutes to prepare. This motion was ‘This house would ban gambling’. The team argued the proposition.

Out of 38 schools, the team from Roding Valley came 5th, and won an award for placing in the top 5.

Zak Smith won the Outstanding Speaker Award, meaning he scored the highest marks out of all 113 debaters.


Florence New and Eva Randall also attended the debate as student judges, and Eva was selected as a student judge for the final.

Roding Valley is looking forward to continuing their debate club, and are especially looking forward to competing at the Pixl debate next year.

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge workshop 2018

On Tuesday 21st March, Roding Valley High School held the 2018 Jack Petchey “Speak Out!” Challenge work shop day. 30 year 10 students spent the day in the Library with workshop leader from The Speaker’s Trust, AC Gaskell and Challenge & Enrichment Coordinator Miss Hanlon, working on a range of speech writing activities and techniques.

After a day of preparation, the students all delivered their speeches in a competition period 5. The standard of speeches was incredibly high, with topics ranging from lisps to gentlemanly etiquette.

The 6 winners of the competition, who are going through to the next round are: Livvy Turnball, Florence New, Daniel Grogan, Ella Margetts, Oliver Wells and Lewis Scarfe. Two students who won the ‘highly commended award’ were Leighton Brooks and Katie Feeney.

The winners from the first competition round will be competing in a school assembly round to go through to the West Essex regional finals on 10th May at Epping St John’s school.

The students all benefited greatly from the day and made some of the following comments:

I thought today was a fantastic experience and has definitely boosted my confidence in speaking. – Matthew

This was a great training and should be done internationally – Raajveer

Brilliant workshop. I learnt a lot. Thank you for funding an opportunity to learn a life skill. – Daniel

Photographs from the day were captured by Roding Valley High School’s George Gorak, Year 12.

Oxford University Trip

On Tuesday 16th January, 21 students from year 10 and 11 went on a trip to Hertford College, University of Oxford, to get a taste of life at Oxford, the application process and higher education. Florence New (y10) had this to say about the trip:
On the 16th of January, we went on a challenge and enrichment trip to Oxford university. When we arrived, we were greeted by a tutor, who was formerly a student at Heartford college. We went inside and she told us about the college, and what learning at Oxford. She then demonstrated a ‘tutorial’, which is a lesson a student gets either alone or with someone studying the same thing, with a tutor. After, we went to lunch in the dining hall.
The food was nice, and there were lots of portraits of former students hung on the walls. We then went on a tour, with a chemistry student. It was amazing to see the Bodleian Library, one of 6 copyright libraries in the UK. We also saw the student accommodation and heard stories about the college cat, Simpkins. The last thing we did before we left was listening to three current Oxford students, who told us their opinion on what life was like and all about the admissions process. Overall, it was a very educational and interesting day; and now I want to study at Oxford!

Debate Competition Winners

On Friday 17th November, Florence New (year 10) and Eva Randall (year 11) won the Epping Forest Youth Parliamentary Debate, hosted by Eleanor Laing MP at Epping St John’s School.

The motion put forward for debate was, ‘”This House believes that the Government’s 0.7 per cent ring-fenced budget for overseas aid should be reduced and the money saved should be spent in the UK”. Roding Valley were arguing against the motion.

The standard of competition was high, with our students competing against five other schools from the local area on both sides of the motion.

Florence and Eva put forward eloquent, intelligent and compelling arguments. This, alongside a bucket-load of confidence and charisma won the competition for Roding Valley in a lively, engaging debate. 

As the winners of this prestigious event, Roding Valley will be the hosts of next year’s competition. 

Congratulations to Florence and Eva!

We have had an incredibly busy start to the new academic year, launching events across all year groups. In September we began mentoring our top year 11 students, giving career and academic advice. 
October marked the launch of Roding Valley’s first ever school magazine, wholly run by students. We have appointed editors from KS4 and KS5 as well as writers from the lower key stages. The first issue is available on our website so take a look at the fantastic work done by our students and Editor Leia Humphries. Work has begun on the Christmas edition of the magazine, so keep your eyes peeled for this festive read.
Debate Club has launched for both KS3 and KS4 and we had some excellent feedback from our students that took part in the Epping Forest Youth Conference debate which took place in the Epping Council Chambers.
Our next debate event is on 17th November. Two Roding Valley students will be attending a Parliamentary Debate, overseen by Eleanor Laing MP.
Preparations for the Mock Bar Trial began in September. Our students have had a valuable opportunity to work closely with a barrister to prepare their cases and they will go up against other schools in Snaresbrook Crown Court on Saturday 11th November.
On the 22nd November, a group of ambitious year 11 students will be attending a trip to Cambridge University where they will learn about the university application process and ‘Life at Cambridge’.
It has been a very busy term for us so far and we look forward to the New Year, which brings with it a variety of engaging and exciting Challenge and Enrichment opportunities.

On Thursday 13th July, some of Roding Valley’s top KS3 talent showcased the projects they had been working on over the last two months. These projects encouraged independent study and research from some of our year 7-9 students. The projects could be on any topic that students found interesting and the standard produced was exceptional. Four awards were available, but with such a high standard, the ‘People’s Choice’ award had two winners.

Felix Swindell’s winning ‘People’s Choice’ project provided an immersive experience for all with a functioning (homemade) aqueduct; traditional Roman cake; herbs and a full scale mannequin in Roman dress. His topic had clearly been thoroughly researched and Felix’s commitment to excellence and endeavour shone through the whole project.




Nathan Vorster’s ‘People’s Choice’ winning project sparked life into the showcase with a live ant farm on show. This fascinating project was complemented by Nathan’s impressive understanding of entomology which he explained eloquently to all. This captivating project left all onlookers wanting more- which Nathan catered for by providing take-away leaflets detailing further information.



Chloe Norwood won the (well-deserved) ‘Imaginative Award’ with her project ‘Fantastic Beasts: fact or fiction?’ Chloe’s creative eye and unique perspective certainly engaged the audience with her detailed research, accompanied by her home-made models and interactive quiz feature.




William Whitehall won the ‘Informative Award’ with his project on type 1 diabetes. This project told a story of personal understanding and outstanding primary research from a number of sources. William used his initiative and communication skills to enhance his project with models acquired from the scientific field. This was a truly informative piece, created through outstanding independent research.



The winner of the ‘Innovative Award’ was Zak Smith with his evolution of film project. Adding a touch of glamour to the evening, Zak produced a multi-faceted project that demonstrated his wide ranging skills and ability in a number of subject areas. Complete with a working zoetrope, Zak thought outside the box with this impressive project which was admired by all.

It should be noted that a tremendous amount of effort has been put in by all students that have been involved in the showcase and it was incredibly difficult to predict which projects would be awarded. This is a truly remarkable event in the Roding Valley calendar; staff members, students, parents and judges were blown away by the high standard of projects on display.

A special thanks to the judges with the hardest decisions of the evening: Miss Jenner, Head of school; Gary Stone, Governor; Paul Wershof, Chair of Governors and Philip Abraham, Mayor of Loughton.

Katie Bingham and Rachel Hanlon

Challenge and Enrichment Coordinators

Thank you to all who attended the launch meeting, it was fantastic to see you all. Good luck with your projects and I hope you enjoy being creative!
Ms Hanlon and Ms Bingham
Challenge and Enrichment Co-ordinators

Challenge and Enrichment booklet 2017