Our Students & Schools

Our Schools





Cristina Portoles is the Headteacher of Laindon Park Primary School & Nursery. Laindon Park is a small school located in a rural, quiet part of the town.

Their building retains a Victorian character with many historical features. They are a school where the child is at the heart of everything they do and leads the decisions they make.

As Ofsted noted “pupils are happy and enjoy school”. The school is always aiming to improve, not only the education that they provide to pupils but also the services and goods that they provide to the local community. Their SAT results are consistently strong and pupils are always well-prepared for their next steps.





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Steve Durkin is the Headteacher of Castle View School. The school is a place where students are put first in everything the school does. Their aims are to pursue excellence, and to be the best they can be. They achieve this by working together with parents and the wider community to bring out the very best in their young people.


A good education inspires, opens doors, and makes a genuine difference to the lives of individuals, their families, and the wider community.

Therefore, the school takes its educational responsibilities as educators very seriously, doing all it can to help all students achieve anything and everything they set their minds to. The school also takes great pride in providing a happy and harmonious learning environment – one where every student is known as an individual.


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Tammy Nicholls is the Headteacher at The James Hornsby School. James Hornsby is a popular, oversubscribed school, where students’ very high attendance and attainment reflect their commitment to and enjoyment of school life.


Everyone is valued as an individual, and their students develop into confident, responsible and successful young people. Every member of the school is part of The James Hornsby family, and their motto is ‘Together We Excel’. As such, they support one another and are passionate about achieving excellence and celebrating success.


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Castledon School


Simon Holliday is the Headteacher at Castledon School, a special school based in Wickford, Essex, that aims to unlock the potential of learners aged 5 to 19 with moderate learning difficulties and complex needs.


The school works closely with parents, staff, and students to create a safe and inclusive community that is based on mutual respect and understanding. Staff, parents, and students helped devise the Castledon Code, which encourages all within their community to be safe, kind, and responsible.


Castledon School takes a holistic approach to their learners' development, aiming to develop their academic and social skills as well as their independence. This is supported through activities such as Bikeability training, visits to the Cardrome in Romford for driving lessons, and access to community facilities such as local gyms and swimming pools.


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Dan Steel is the Headteacher at The King John School and all staff at the school are very proud of their school and of their students. The school is now moving into an exciting new phase, focussed on securing "a quality education for all" and although it is a large school, students are known as individuals.


The school is caring and supportive – treating all of their students like one big happy family. 


There is a dedicated 6th Form with a wealth of facilities. The majority of King John students go on to higher education and students have been successful in their applications for Oxford and Cambridge, as well as other Russell Group universities and apprenticeships.

Please see the school’s website for more comprehensive information