The James Hornsby School

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.

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”.


The James Hornsby School wins
The British Council International
School Award

The James Hornsby School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said:  ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.

The award, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Over 6000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

Welcome to James Hornsby’s
New Headteacher

The staff, students and governors are very happy that Mr Daniel Steel has taken up his new appointment at The James Hornsby School as Headteacher.  Mr Steel brings a vast amount of experience having worked in outstanding senior teams in a range of different school backgrounds and contexts across London.

Mr Steel said “I am delighted and honoured to start this headship as I know that James Hornsby is a family comprised of excellent students and passionate, supportive parents. I am also looking forward to working with exceptionally dedicated members of staff as well as Zenith Multi Academy Trust. I know that the good work and practice that is already in place at James Hornsby will continue and, working with the community, I am determined to make us the number one school of choice in the area.

Dr Margaret Wilson, CEO of the Trust said “We are delighted to have appointed Mr Steel. We have total confidence that, as such an experienced professional, he will continue the successful journey of the James Hornsby School”.

Black History Month

In order to highlight the importance of Black History Month this October, historian and journalist, S.I Martin came in to deliver a series of talks and presentations. His talks focused on drawing attention to subject matters they previously had not considered. He told them stories of fascinating and heroic Black British people. The students thoroughly enjoyed this and learned a lot from the experience.