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Welcome to Roding Primary School

We are a big school over two sites with, as you can imagine LOTS going on. Here you will find hard-working and engaging pupils, dedicated staff working alongside supportive and proud parents. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for pupils, parents and the wider community.


Our community’s aim is to nurture and educate our children, enabling them to embody our agreed six school values:

  • Responsibility
  • Respectfulness
  • Resilience
  • Optimism
  • Caring
  • Creativity      

and apply them to every aspect of their lives and learning. We believe that this will cultivate inquisitive, determined, respectful and helpful individuals who are well-prepared for their next stage of learning. This is further supported through a range of rich and meaningful experiences and opportunities. Please visit our ‘View of the year’ page to get a flavour of these.


We have high expectations of all our children. Academic achievement is important and our children strive to meet these expectations, making good progress throughout their time with us.


Our children are active in the school community and all participate in various roles and responsibilities. We believe that these responsibilities are essential to developing awareness of wider issues and in creating individuals who are prepared for a successful and rewarding future that sees them contributing positively to society.


Thank you very much for your interest in the work of our school and we very much hope you enjoy exploring our website.


Mr A Oldershaw

Executive Headteacher

The History of Roding Primary School

Roding Primary School is named after the River Roding which flows through Barking to the Thames at Barking Creek. It was the centre of the fishing port of Barking. The fishing smacks (boats) were mostly owned by the Hewett family and numbered 220 vessels with 1760 crew in 1850. They fished off the East Anglian coast.

Samuel Hewett was famous for coming up with the idea of using ice houses to preserve the fish as they were shipped into London. The road that the original school is located on is called Hewett Road to commemorate the family.

The fishing port declined when trains were invented and used to ship fish quickly into London from Great Yarmouth. The Hewett family also relocated to Great Yarmouth. There is still a pub in Great Yarmouth called the Barking Smack.

Roding Primary School Hewett Road site shares a site with St Teresa's Catholic Primary School. Until 1992 the current building was shared by both schools, with St Teresa's site being Roding Infant school. When Roding Infants merged with Roding Junior to make the Primary School, St Teresa's moved to the northern building. The school field is still shared, as is the kitchen.

In 2008 we were asked to expand to meet the growing needs for pupil places. As the Hewett site already accommodated 2 schools we were given extra land in Cannington Road, 10 mins walk from Hewett Road. Whilst the extra site was being built, we started to admit children at a temporary site in Halbutt Street. The Cannington site opened in September 2010 and the extension was opened in September 2013. At 6 forms of entry Roding is one of the biggest Primary schools in the country.