Alec Hunter Academy
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Alec Hunter School was named after Alec B. Hunter, a leading textile designer in the town during the 1930s. Famous for weaving the silk for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953, Alec Hunter has been honoured by many associations and societies.
The school was built during the early 1950s, and opened in the autumn of 1959. It remained Alec Hunter High School until September 2005, when it was awarded specialist status as a Humanities College, (thus renaming itself Alec Hunter Humanities College). The academy's specialisms are English, History, and Citizenship, which are promoted both within the school and in the outside community. Alec Hunter is now also a partner school of the Braintree Sixth Form which opened in September 2009.
Andrew Hutchinson, headteacher between 2006 and 2011, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009 and was obliged to take early retirement in the summer of 2011. He died later that year. Acting headteacher Trevor Lawn has since taken over the position.
The school converted to academy status in June 2013 and was renamed Alec Hunter Academy.
Notable former pupils
Alec Hunter High School
- Keith Flint, dancer and vocalist of the British big beat band The Prodigy
- Liam Howlett, member of the British band The Prodigy, occasional DJ, and a record producer
- Andy Overall, vocalist, songsmith and frontman of British 80's band Blue Zoo