Jack Hunt School
|Headteacher||Mrs Pamela Kilbey|
|Location||Ledbury Road, Netherton,
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|DfE URN||110899 Tables|
Jack Hunt School is a co-educational foundation comprehensive school and specialist language and sports college in Netherton in the city of Peterborough in the United Kingdom. Students are aged 11 (Year 7) to 18 (Year 13). Refurbishment of the premises, as part of the Peterborough Secondary School Review, increased the capacity by one form of entry in each year group, with a similar increase in the sixth form, amounting to around an extra 175 places.
The school was officially opened Alderman Dr. Jack Hunt, chairman of the Education Committee of the then Huntingdon and Peterborough County Council, after whom it is named. Briefly, until education in the county was reorganised in 1976, it functioned as a grammar school.
Jack Hunt School became a Beacon school in September 1999 for an initial period of three years. Following a successful application to the then Department for Education and Skills, Beacon status was granted for a further three years with effect from September 2002. In 2004, Beacon schools came to an end nationally and Jack Hunt successfully applied to become a new Leading Edge school.
In September 2001 racial tensions escalated at the school following the racist murder of former pupil Ross Parker in the city shortly after the September 11th Attacks. Three Asian pupils were suspended in October 2001 following an attack on another pupil but the school and headmaster Chris Hilliard were later praised in Parliament for the way they managed to overcome such problems.
On 16 January 2012, the school received a hoax call stating that a bomb had been planted on the premises. Subsequently the entire school had to be evacuated. The pupils were left outside for hours, leading to numerous complaints from parents. In response, and as a token of apology, the head purchased a doughnut for every pupil.
In March 2012, 27 of the students performed the schools most successful musical Oklahoma, after 15 years of hits. The performances ran during the week beginning 12 March 2012 and saw the cast perform the show five times. The show received excellent reviews and students were congratulated for their success and hard work. The cast featured 11 main characters (7 male, 4 female), a female quintent of singers, a chorus of girls, two minor male roles and three little girls.
Jack Hunt Pool is an 82 feet (25 m) dual-use facility, built on the premises but open to the general public. Jack Hunt is also home to Peterborough's Yamaha School. The school offers Keyboard, Guitar and Drumming to the community.
Notable former pupils
- Aston Merrygold: member of boyband JLS.
- Keith Palmer: better known as Maxim Reality, MC with dance act The Prodigy.
- Secondary School Review Peterborough City Council (retrieved 15 April 2007)
- Corporate Social Responsibility Hunt and Coombs, Solicitors (retrieved 28 August 2008)
- A–Z of Partnership Schools 2007/8 (pp.24-25) University of Cambridge (retrieved 28 August 2008)
- ATTACK - School's plea for calm - Environment - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
- House of Commons Hansard Debates for 23 Jan 2003 (pt 1)
- McErlain, Ken Hoax bomb scare probe after Peterborough school is closed Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 17 January 2012
- Briggs, Stephen I always knew Aston had the X Factor Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 22 December 2008
- Kirby, Terry Author in a Spot of Bother for 'horrible' view of Peterborough The Independent, 31 August 2006