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The James Hornsby School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Joining the James Hornsby Family

At The James Hornsby School we understand that a child’s transition from Primary to Secondary education is a significant time in their lives and we are committed to ensuring that our new students have a really positive bridging experience as we welcome them into The James Hornsby family.

Our new starters have already had a number of opportunities to familiarise themselves with our school. Earlier in the school year we held our Open Evening and Parent Tours; it was wonderful to meet so many enthusiastic and happy Year 6 students during these events. They had the opportunity to meet our teachers and get a flavour of the high quality teaching and learning and family ethos they will experience when they join the school.

Transition Events with our Primary Schools

We have hosted a number of really exciting events at the school this year that Year 6 students have been invited to attend. In November 2019, The James Hornsby School hosted a Maths Challenge with youngsters from nine local primary schools. The event, led by Mr Parsad, was a huge success and our students enjoyed working with the Year 6 students to develop their Maths skills!

Our Design and Technology department has been supporting Laindon Park Primary this year. Year 6 students had an opportunity to come into The James Hornsby School to enjoy lessons within our technology department during December 2019. Mr Vinas also spent some time visiting our local primary schools as well.

We also enjoy welcoming Primary students to the school to participate in sporting events. In February 2020, The James Hornsby School played host to the District Cross Country Competitions and students from Year 3-6 competed against other local primaries. The event was supported by The James Hornsby students who were so impressed with the talent and excellent attitude of our Primary school visitors.

Transition Days

Each year, students have the opportunity to visit the school for two days to support their transition. During these two days Year 6 students will participate in a range of activities. They will have their first formal James Hornsby assembly, during which time the Headteacher, Mr Steel, and the school’s Senior Leaders will outline the school’s ethos and expectations. Students will participate in a range of KS3 taster lessons across the curriculum, to help prepare them for the exciting and challenging learning they will enjoy in Year 7. Throughout these two days it is also important for us to get to know your child and their learning. They will complete reading, writing and cognition tests to help us ensure we understand and are meeting their needs as learners. Most importantly, however, will be the opportunity for your child to meet their new classmates and form relationships with each other and our staff. They will develop friendships, self-esteem and gain an understanding of the school routines, procedures and expectations allowing students to gain confidence and become comfortable in their new setting.


Please ensure the school has up to date contact information, particularly a regularly checked email address as this will be the main method of communication during the transition process.

The Impact of COVID-19

We understand that during this time there is great deal of uncertainty regarding whether the school will be open to students for our planned transition events. The school will plan for transition days taking place as scheduled in June, whilst also arranging ‘virtual’ transition events (including online assemblies, virtual tours, meet the teacher videos and transition activities for your child to work through at home) should the days be unable to take place. All information regarding transition will be emailed and this web page will be continually updated during this time so please check back here regularly. Please also check out our weekly Virtual Assemblies posted on the school’s YouTube channel. 

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A Few Words from Our Year 7s

We always say that our students are the best ambassadors for our school and some of current Year 7 students have shared their thoughts and experiences regarding their transition from Primary and their first year at The James Hornsby School.

Rosie Warner

The teachers are kind and help you a lot. You shouldn’t be worried at all. James Hornsby is a wonderful school that will help you get to the future that you want.

Jodie Boyd

Starting Year 7 was exciting, I had a new beginning and felt like I was joining a new, stronger family. I made new friends to hang and talk with and I was taught some amazing subjects that I didn’t do in primary school.

Riley Ludlow

Year 7 was a great year! Meeting new friends made memories. The teachers are great and friendly and always there when you need them. The work they give you is great, they will really help you with your GCSEs. Thanks for a lovely year!

Charlie Weston

When I first joined the James Hornsby School I found it difficult to navigate around the school. But with the teachers’ guidance I knew my way within a week. Joining The James Hornsby family was nerve-racking but I got through it because of the help I got from new friends that I made. The teachers are really nice and helpful. For example, they help with work and any problems that you might have.