Robert Clack School has been designated as an outstanding school by Ofsted (March 2011, December 2007 and June 2004). The school has Grade 1 in all areas.
- In 2013 Robert Clack was designated Good with Outstanding features.
- Since 2011 Robert Clack School has been included in the prestigious The Good Schools Guidefor the first time with reviewers commenting that: “This is one of the smartest and most ordered schools we have ever visited”. The Guide leads opinion on all aspects of education and describes Robert Clack School as an “outstandingly successful comprehensive in one of the most deprived areas of the country”.
- In 2010 Robert Clack School was the winner of the Sunday Times Best Public Sector Company ranked first for Leadership, My Company and Personal Growth.
- In May 2009 the school was awarded the Evening Standard’s ‘Best State School of the Year’ award.
- Robert Clack School was featured in the Ofsted report entitled ‘Twelve Outstanding Secondary Schools – Excelling against the Odds’ in February 2009.
- The school achieved a third specialism in Languages in February 2009.
- The school was awarded the International School Award in September 2008.
- In December 2007 Robert Clack was awarded High Performing Specialist School status.
- Robert Clack School achieved a second specialism in Maths and Computing in December 2007.
- In October 2007, Robert Clack won the Daily Telegraph and Norwich Union School Sport Matters Awards for State School of the Year.
- Awarded Healthy School Status in 2006.
- At the end of 2006 the PE department received a Grade 1 from HMI Ofsted as part of a national inspection of sport.
- Robert Clack achieved Science Specialist College status in June 2003; this was re-designated in September 2007.
- The school received all three School Achievement Awards from the DfE for its excellent academic performance whilst this scheme existed.
- Robert Clack has been placed highly in the DfE, and Specialist Schools and Academies Trust 100 Most Improved Schools and Value Added list for a number of years.
Progress at Robert Clack School has also been recognised in the TES, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and through invitations to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister. The school was invited to No. 10 to witness the presentation of the Green Paper on Education by the Prime Minister in February 2001.
- In March 2010 Professor Niall Ferguson chose to film History lessons at Robert Clack to feature in his Channel 4 series, ‘Civilization: The West and the Rest’ in which he explores how the West came to dominate the rest of the world. The six part series is being televised on Channel 4 during March and April 2011.
- Also during March 2010 Teachers’ TV filmed at the school in order to produce a programme entitled, ‘Succeeding against the Odds – Robert Clack School’ as part of their school improvement series. This programme was published in September 2010.
- On 8th March 2007, HRH The Prince of Wales made his historic visit to Robert Clack School. He became the very first member of the Royal family to visit a school in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
- Jim White, lead Sports Writer of The Daily Telegraph, in an article entitled, ‘How Rugby Turned Bad Boys into Ambassadors’ (3rd March 2007) highlighted the sporting and academic achievements of pupils at Robert Clack School, and the impending visit of Prince Charles. He wrote, ‘If he is like me, the Prince of Wales will leave thinking this is a school to which he would have happily sent his own children’.
- In December 2006, the school was visited by Lord Jim Knight (Former Minister for Schools) and featured in a Keynote speech by him in January 2007. The Minister commented that Robert Clack had not only achieved huge improvements in GCSE results but also bucked the trend for achievement in white, working class boys. He said, ‘Here, white working class boys aren’t being left behind. They are matching girls’ attainment and outperforming them in some subjects.’ (Times Educational Supplement, 12th January 2007).
- In April 2006, the school was heavily featured in BBC TV’s acclaimed series, ‘The School’s Lottery,’ which included a visit to the school by singer/songwriter Sandie Shaw who was once a pupil at Robert Clack.
- In August 2004, in the Evening Standard, the following comments were made about Robert Clack School in the editorial entitled, ‘A School Success’: ‘This newspaper has often been obliged to draw attention to the deficiencies of state schools in London. It is a real pleasure today, then, to applaud the extraordinary success of a school which has achieved remarkable results despite every possible social disadvantage’.
Lord Melvyn Bragg, Sir Christopher Woodhead (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for Schools, 1994-2000), Sir Trevor Brooking CBE, Colonel Hugh Purcell OBE DL (Chief Executive of the Greater London Reserve Forces), Joe Greenwell CBE (Chairman, Ford of Britain), Michael Wood, Professor John Stein (Oxford University), Christine Blower (NUT), Bermuda’s Minster for Education and the High Commissioner for St. Vincent have also visited the school in recent years.
Robert Clack School Partnerships
Robert Clack School has excellent links with:
- The Local Authority
- The Department of Education
- National College for School Leadership
- The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
- The British Council
- The Prince’s Teaching Institute
- The Prince of Wales Summer School
- Teach First
- Future Leaders
- The Jack Petchey Foundation
- The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors
- Business in the Community’s Education Committee
- West Ham United
- Durham University
- University of Hull
- Anglia Ruskin University
Good relations also exist with the Institute of Education, London Metropolitan University, Greenwich University and the University of East London with whom the school is associated for teacher training purposes.
The school has established strong partnerships with schools in Ireland, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, China, the USA and Canada. Robert Clack receives many visitors each year who are keen to observe good practice and learn more about the strategies which have led to the school’s development and success.
The success story is set to continue with the target to maintain and extend national standards in all areas in the coming years. This is an exciting time in the school’s development.