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James Hornsby School

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Established  1998 (by merger)
Headteacher  Mr Jason Carey
DfE URN  138865 Tables
Motto  Together We Excel
Date founded  1998
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Type  Academy
DfE number  881/4007
Phone  +44 1268 582400
Number of students  830
Staff  100
James Hornsby School
Location  Leinster Road Basildon Essex SS15 5NX England
Address  Leinster Rd, Basildon SS15 5NX, UK
Similar  Beaucha High School, The Billericay School, Mayflower High School, Basildon Sporting Village, Brentwood County High Sch

The James Hornsby School is a co-educational secondary school located in Laindon, in the Borough of Basildon, Essex, England. It was formed from the merger in 1998 of the Laindon School and Nicholas Comprehensive, and occupies the site of the latter.


The name 'James Hornsby' comes from the name of the last headmaster who taught at the nearby St. Nicholas Church in the 19th Century.

The school became an academy in October 2012 and changed the name from James Hornsby High to James Hornsby School. The school is also working with The King John School in South Benfleet.

In 2005, James Hornsby was reported to be the 69th most improved secondary school in the country by the Department for Education and Skills.

Josh james singing at james hornsby school


The school has two main buildings. The main three-story building accommodates the English and media, science, mathematics and IT departments. The science laboratories had major refurbishment in 2010. The building also has a series of one storey blocks which house the language, visual arts, PE, health and social care, music and dance departments. The reception, cafeteria, library and staff offices are also located in the main building.

The second building is the "Humanities Block". This also has a main three-storey block which accommodates the history, geography, RE, classical civilisations. The building also has another block within containing two IT rooms, drama, resistant materials, food technology, graphic design and public services departments. The "servery" is also located in this block as an alternative food vendor to the cafeteria.

A third building has been added to the campus, opened in October 2010.

The school has a sports hall, gymnasium, two performing arts studios, large assembly hall and a swimming pool. In July 2010, the sports hall underwent work to make a new corridor and extension which was completed in December 2010. The new extension has been designed to meet Disability Discrimination Act 2005 guidelines. The extension has two floors, the top floor acting as a further class room and observation room into the sports hall. On the lower floor there is a disabled toilet and another observation room for the swimming pool that is hired out.


The uniform at James Hornsby was changed in September 2012 from blazers and yellow and blue ties to black jumpers with the school's new logo JHS and new school ties with black trousers and shoes.


All pupils study English, mathematics, science, ICT (Information and Communications Technology), PE, RE and CPSHE (Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education).

Pupils in years 7 and 8 also study modern languages, art, music, drama, dance, food technology, graphic design, history and geography. These are offered as options in years 9, 10 and 11, along with public services, health and social care, and travel and tourism.

Years 9, 10 and 11 also do ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network).

Notable former pupils

Several members of Depeche Mode attended Nicholas School and the band played their first gig there. The singer Alison Moyet is another former Nicholas pupil.


James Hornsby School Wikipedia