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Claire Day

James Hornsby win
Staff COVID-19 Award

The James Hornsby School has been successful at winning the ‘Teach Well School Gold Award’ after being nominated by the staff. This award is given to schools for recognition of their hard work and dedication for supporting the well-being of all of their staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, the school has been focusing on the well-being and personal development of our all our students and staff.

Mr Steel, Headteacher, said: “We were delighted to be nominated and receive this award. This is a real credit to the staff who have have worked hard to support our students during these difficult times.”

James Hornsby students create
a new Subway sub!

Students from James Hornsby School in Laindon, have been named runners-up in the Subway’s Design a Sub competition, beating off competition from schools and colleges across Anglia to make the shortlist of six.

The annual challenge run by Subway asks budding young entrepreneurs from schools and colleges across East Anglia to come up with their own design and marketing campaign for a brand-new Six-inch Sub. Year 10 Business Studies pupils from James Hornsby School – Tamim, Hussain and Bobby – designed the ‘Potara Fusion’ sub and were commended for their enthusiasm and imaginative theme.

The team from James Hornsby School went up against five other shortlisted teams to pitch their marketing and advertising campaign to a panel of Subway experts at Cambridge University and were just pipped to the post by Hedingham School, who were crowned overall winner.

Laindon Park Primary School & Nursery
awarded The ‘Enhanced
Healthy Schools’ Award’

Family Wellbeing Service, the Essex Healthy Schools programme agreed that Laindon Park Primary School and Nursery has continued to meet the criteria required to revalidate as a Foundation Healthy School.

This spring the school has been invited to attend an awards ceremony to collect the award.

Lynn Golding, a teacher at the school who led on the accreditation, said “here at Laindon Park Primary School & Nursery we work very hard to look after the physical and mental wellbeing of our children and staff. We have been rewarded for our good practice, once again, with the Healthy Schools Award”.

Cristina Portoles, headteacher at the school, said “we take pride in knowing that the children at our school are happy and healthy. We are exceptionally pleased to have been recognised once again for the hard work that our staff put in to ensuring that Laindon Park Primary School & Nursery provides a safe and healthy place to learn”.

Castle View School awarded
the Wellbeing Award for Schools

Castle View School, part of Zenith Multi Academy Trust, is elated to announce their most recent accreditation; obtaining the Wellbeing Award for Schools from Optimus Education.

This highlights Castle View as leaders of wellbeing and mental health nationally. They are one of the very few to obtain this award across Essex.  Staff at the school have been working relentlessly to improve and continue to deliver pastoral care for the emotional and social needs of their students as well as the physical and academic needs.

The school has earned the award by implementing strategies of support for mental health such as counselling, kids life coaching, yoga sessions, group workshops on confidence and resilience, mindfulness, meditation, student leadership wellbeing teams, staff training, support from outside agencies.

Student Support Officers and Safeguarding Teams were recognised alongside the SEND departments, pastoral programmes and wellbeing coordinators as being “exceptional.”

The report concluded that the school “far exceeded the expectations of the award.”

Star Wars visits
Laindon Park

Laindon Park Primary School was recently recognised as being in the top 4% of Primary Schools in the country, with results that are 22% above the national average students were called into a surprise assembly for a visit from Chewbacca and some Stormtroopers from the Star Wars saga!

The students (and staff) had no idea what would happen and were clearly beside themselves with happiness. The Stormtroopers and Wookie toured the school and inspected the student’s hard work that helped them gain such acclaim. The school was also visited by Iron Man himself, Tony Stark!

James Hornsby hosts
Maths challenge

Every year Mrs Parsad and the James Hornsby Maths Department host the ‘primary maths challenge event’ involving nine of the local primary schools including their own year 7 team, the aim being to stretch and challenge the most gifted mathematicians in the area!

Two teams per school enter and comprise the most gifted year 5 and 6 students. There is normally around 110 pupils taking part and is a lovely competitive event with a real buzz around maths!

Mr Parsad said of the event “The aim of our maths challenge is to allow all the pupils in our local primary schools to experience a challenging and enjoyable day of maths. The tasks are centred around problem solving and team work skills based around the key areas of maths, bridging the gap between the KS2 and KS3 curriculum”.


King John Supports HARP,
Southend’s Homeless Charity

Year 7 and Year 8 tutor groups this year amassed a huge collection for the annual HARP harvest appeal.  Ms Carter, languages co-ordinator said ‘I’m very proud of all the students who took the time to support a local charity that can make a difference to the lives of others in our community’.

Mrs McGauley, Headteacher at King John, said: ‘We’re very keen to support local charities like HARP and I’d like to say thank you to all our students and parents for supporting this cause.’

Mental Health Awareness Day

Every year Castle View School creates a large campaign to raise awareness and open up healthy conversations about emotional well-being.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk.”  Rather than just raising the profile of world mental health day, the students and staff have been busy learning and talking all week in their tutor time activities and assemblies.

As part of the well-being initiative, teachers were delivered cakes on National Teacher Day and were also serenaded in their staff briefing as they are ‘Simply the Best’.

Students have been proudly wearing stickers to support the semi-colon project, watching inspirational videos and learning skills and strategies to support in having a healthy mind.

Former student Alfie Swaby joined them for the day to speak to students about his video was released on youtube telling his story and how he overcame his struggles with losing a parent and ways in which he is thriving now.

Castle View School is dedicated to healthy minds and aims to be the leading school in the borough to achieve the Well-being for Schools Award in December!

Screenwriter visits
King John School and Sixth Form

Successful director and screenwriter Richard Kurti (who has worked with Film Studios Universal and Miramax amongst others) visited GCSE and A Level Film and Media students on to talk about pathways into the industry as well as support students with their coursework.  Richard has written episodes of Primeval, Wolfblood and Sinbad, along with adapting work for both screen and radio.

Mr Kurti said:

‘I never had a film education, so to know that these students are learning about the art of cinema – and the opportunities the school provides for them – is fantastic. I have thoroughly enjoyed being here today.’