New Basildon academy sets target as top school in borough

Basildon Recorder: Head of School Stuart Reynolds and students at the James Hornsby School Head of School Stuart Reynolds and students at the James Hornsby School

CHANGES are afoot at James Hornsby School after the school became an academy - with the number one target to make it the best school in Basildon.

A new school uniform, new school name and new opportunities are just some of the new features that have been put in place following the Laindon school becoming an academy at the start of October.

Stuart Reynolds is the new head of school at James Hornsby, leaving his post as Deputy Head of King John in Thundersley, and says he wants to make the school the best in Basildon – and wants to do it now.

“This is a really exciting time for the school. There are lots of good schools in Basildon but we want to be the best and know that is achievable. We want to raise expectations and by changing the name we can start today.”

“I have received letters and phone calls full of positive comments from students and parents who say they are extremely pleased with the new school uniform. It looks very smart and noone has had a bad word to say about it. The children walk around with a smile and they are proud of their appearance.

“We have very lofty ambitions and want parents to say ‘James Hornsby is the best school in Basildon’, and that fight begins right now.”

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8:45am Thu 18 Oct 12

Ted_in_the_shed says...

Well done Stuart Reynolds! Hopefully he will be a huge encouragement to the children to be all that they can be, and to other gifted leaders in the area, to give the Basildon area their best and to set their sights of what is possible. May others follow in his footsteps.
Well done Stuart Reynolds! Hopefully he will be a huge encouragement to the children to be all that they can be, and to other gifted leaders in the area, to give the Basildon area their best and to set their sights of what is possible. May others follow in his footsteps. Ted_in_the_shed

10:23am Thu 18 Oct 12

danstheman says...

I trust the name is still going to include the name of James Hornby in it. The name is significant as it reflects the beginning of education in the area back to the days of it being in St Nicholas Church
I trust the name is still going to include the name of James Hornby in it. The name is significant as it reflects the beginning of education in the area back to the days of it being in St Nicholas Church danstheman

3:45pm Sun 21 Oct 12

stonybrig says...

So they will be able to read & write then,,,thats got to be a step in the right direction for Basil town eh!!!!
So they will be able to read & write then,,,thats got to be a step in the right direction for Basil town eh!!!! stonybrig

7:27pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Karen48891 says...

Get dr fox there
Get dr fox there Karen48891

10:18pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

"There are a lot of good schools in Basildon"

Mr Reynolds, I dont know where you are from, but there really are not any good schools in Basildon, apart from perhaps Woodlands.

The schools around here are not good for producing top grades, they are only good for producing drugs and weapons.
"There are a lot of good schools in Basildon" Mr Reynolds, I dont know where you are from, but there really are not any good schools in Basildon, apart from perhaps Woodlands. The schools around here are not good for producing top grades, they are only good for producing drugs and weapons. Basildon.lad.21

9:38am Mon 22 Oct 12

PJR-121 says...

For a start it's in Basildon - It's outside the Laindon boundary. There are no secondary schools in Laindon any more

Secondly, isn't this exactly the same article - word for word, that appeared last week? Echo by name, echo by nature it seems...
For a start it's in Basildon - It's outside the Laindon boundary. There are no secondary schools in Laindon any more Secondly, isn't this exactly the same article - word for word, that appeared last week? Echo by name, echo by nature it seems... PJR-121

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