Tabor Academy, Braintree

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Tabor Academy
Established 1944 (1944)
Type Academy
Trust Loxford School Trust Limited
Headteacher Elizabeth Robinson
Location Panfield Lane
Coordinates: 51°53′08″N 0°32′25″E / 51.885443°N 0.540165°E / 51.885443; 0.540165
Local authority Essex
DfE number 881/4470
DfE URN 139179 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Capacity 1050
Students Approx. 990 as of January 2015
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Turner, Brunel, Austen and Redgrave

Tabor Academy is a Secondary school with Academy status located in Braintree, Essex, England.

Its Executive Headteacher is Anita Johnson and the Headteacher is Mrs Elizabeth Robinson.


The school started life in the early part of the twentieth century on Panfield Lane. While co-educational girls and boys were separated, with the school effectively split into two parts. Later with the introduction of the 1944 Education Act the school opened as a newly established secondary modern school, and was a coeducational school. It was renamed the Margaret Tabor Secondary Modern School. The Tabor part of the name derived from the then local and prominent Tabor family who were major woolen merchants in the 16th century. The family shield was used as the badge of the school, and can still be seen clearly today decorating Bocking bridge near the Old Covent, and on many old buildings in Braintree and Bocking. In September 1972 with the introduction of comprehensive education the school was merged with the local grammar school to form The Tabor High School. The new school building was first built around 1992, sharing facilities with Braintree Leisure Centre. Since its opening it has been added to in stages. The original site contains 30 classrooms, and was intended to be the new building for the Senior section of the Tabor Science College located a short walk away. The second stage was completed when the Senior and Middle schools merged, and contains a similar amount of classrooms, and the Third stage (a new building built for the languages faculty was completed in the summer of 2006, adding an extra 5 classrooms and a new faculty office and locker space. The school replaced the Tabor High School as the secondary school for west Braintree and surrounding villages and the old Senior section site was knocked down in 2004. Steven Clark, its former Principal, was one of the youngest Head teachers in the UK.

The school converted to Academy status in January 2013. It is now part of the Loxford School Trust based in Ilford. Tabor Academy is also a partner in the Braintree Sixth Form which opened on the Notley High School site in September 2009.

School houses[edit]

Historically the school developed a reward scheme and mentoring system, all of which was developed by Steven Clark its former Principal. The school is also split into houses, Brunel house, Turner house, Austen house and Redgrave house. These houses are then split into forms in which pupils from all years are placed. The School's teacher/student mentoring program for year 11's helps those under-achieving.

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