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The James Hornsby School

Primary School Partnerships

Primary School Partnerships

The James Hornsby School works closely with 9 primaries across Laindon:
Great Berry, Janet Duke, Laindon Park, Lee Chapel, Lincewood, Merrylands, Millhouse, Noak Bridge and Phoenix.

The purpose is to work closely and support each other to ensure high quality education and opportunities for the students in the community. It has allowed collaboration and joint opportunities for learning, achievement and success.

The annual Maths Challenge promotes higher order thinking across each of the school’s best mathematicians challenging each to solve complicated mathematical problems.

The Gifted and Talented Science days allow the students to be top grade scientists for the day, solving scientific problems, conducting experiments and evaluating their findings.

The joint work has resulted in projects such as Laindon Schools’ United whereby the head boy and girl of each of the involved schools form termly projects and challenges to develop and support learning to the highest standards.

The school offers continuous opportunities for students in year 5 and 6 to attend a multitude of taster events and promotion of the Children’s University.


Children's University

The Children’s University (CU) Trust offers 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.

James Hornsby is currently working in partnership with 8 local primary schools to offer the opportunity to attend learning destinations to a wide range of age groups. As a school we have set up over 40 learning destinations across the county for all students to access as an individual or with their families.

Learning destination include; Wat Tyler Park, Chelmsford Museum, RSPB Discovery Zone, Transport Museum, Waterside Farm and Clacton Zoo. The programme is currently providing access to over 3000 students from the local primary schools.

This opportunity signposts the student to exciting learning activities which take place outside the normal school day – it could be before school, during lunchtime, after school, during weekends or holidays etc. The activities are all voluntary, it is up to the student to choose what they do and when.
The advantage of family involvement in the Children’s University learning is also immeasurable in terms of the Children’s University’s aim to turn dreams in to aspirations.

Each student accessing the programme has a passport. There are two types of passports; volunteering passport (year7.8&9) and leadership passport (year 10 & 11). When they attend an activity or assist in the leadership of an activity they must hand in their passport to the member of staff running the activity. The member of staff will date and stamp your passport.

At the end of each academic year students are invited to attend a graduation ceremony. The Graduation brings together the partnership of the schools across the Basildon District and also celebrates the students’ efforts and achievements throughout the year.


James Hornsby Sports Partnership

The James Hornsby Sports Partnership works with 32 primary schools across Basildon as part of the Youth Sports Trust School Games. With a multitude of competitions delivered across the partnership, students develop skills in new sports and a life- long love of sport.
The Partnership delivers approximately 30 competitions over the year, alongside Gifted and Talented days, development days and a range of other opportunities that schools can access to develop and promote PE and school sport. Beyond this, we also organise and host the annual primary District Athletics sports competition.

Daniel Cornall (School Games Organiser)



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