James Hornsby School

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The James Hornsby School
James hornsby.jpeg
Motto Together We Excel
Established 1998 (by merger)
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Jason Carey
Location Leinster Road
SS15 5NX
Coordinates: 51°34′33″N 0°25′50″E / 51.575961°N 0.430653°E / 51.575961; 0.430653
DfE number 881/4007
DfE URN 138865 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 100+
Students 830
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16
Colours Yellow, blue, black
Website www.jameshornsby.essex.sch.uk

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.[1]

The name 'James Hornsby' comes from the name of the last headmaster who taught at the nearby St. Nicholas Church in the 19th Century.[2]

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.[citation needed]


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[edit]

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.


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