Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College

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Abbs Cross Academy and Art's College
Motto "Be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing"
Established 1958
Type Academy
Location Abbs Cross Lane
Greater London
RM12 4YB
Coordinates: 51°33′12″N 0°12′30″E / 51.5532°N 0.2083°E / 51.5532; 0.2083
Staff ~200
Students ~850
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Houses A, B, C, M, R, S
Colours Green/Black/White
Website Abbs Cross Academy

Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College (once known as Abbs Cross Technical High School) is situated on Abbs Cross Lane, Hornchurch, in the London Borough of Havering, England. Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College is an Arts College. An application is underway for development of a Sixth Form for September 2017. The school has a strong link with Havering Sixth Form College in which a majority of its students go on to attend. The School's Headteacher is Mrs Nicola Jethwa, who took on the role of Acting Headteacher but later became the Headteacher. Abbs Cross school was opened in 1958 as a mixed Technical High School,and was enlarged in 1973. Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College joined the "Loxford School Trust" on Tuesday 2 February 2016.


The school has been awarded an Artsmark from the Arts Council England.[citation needed] Auditions are held for students who wish to enter the school as Performing Arts students.[citation needed]

Abbs Cross Music Department has a Dance Band that played for Queen Elizabeth II at Romford Market, and Tony Blair at the Guildhall in London. It has also taken part in Heritage Concerts at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch for the Mayor of Havering and, was a Dome Performer for the Year 2000 celebrations at the Millennium Dome, Greenwich. The Dance Band have also toured throughout Europe.[citation needed] The school held a Jubilee Anniversary party in September 2008 (50th Anniversary).[citation needed] In October 2008, the school's dance company (AX Dance Company) performed at the Olympic festival in Romford, in which the Olympic torch passed through to celebrate the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games.[citation needed]

The school also holds an Arts Week in the summer term, in which the school timetable is suspended in order for activities such trips to West End theatres and workshops to take place.[citation needed]


Loxford School of Science and Technology [1] took control of the leadership Abbs Cross in February 2016. This was due to the struggles the school had faced during the years of 2012 to 2015 after a long-term headteacher retired.[2] An Ofsted inspected in June 2015 discovered that the school was no longer graded "good" it was now a grade "inadequate" and from thereforth put into special measures.[3][4]

Abbs Cross under the support of the Loxford School Trust[5] decided to put an application in 2016 to open a sixth form however this applications was rejected [6] as the school did not reach the necessary requirements to do so, and many more changes have been put in place to try to have the school removed from special measures[7] so the school can have a sixth form in future and regain its status.


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