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Laindon High Road School
High Road
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/10/2002
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/10/2002
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: May 2000
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Comments: A brief change of nameboard but the building is unmistakably Laindon High Road.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 16/10/2002
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Comments: Outside view of the swimming pool.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: May 2000
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Comments: The swimming pool; still open and used by the James Hornsby High School.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: May 2000
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The swimming pool; still open and used by the James Hornsby High School.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/10/2002
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 16/10/2002
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 16/10/2002
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: 17/11/2004
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: 17/11/2004
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: 17/11/2004
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Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: View from S Block.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: The pond by L Block and Language Laboratory.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: The Pottery room.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: Cookery classroom.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: Looking down on part of L Block and reception.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: Biology classroom.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: The walkway to the Art block.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: Outside view of S. Block.
Laindon High Road School
Location: Laindon High Road School
Photographer: Rob Dean
Year of photo: December 2003
Copyright: Rob Dean
Source: Rob Dean
Comments: The stage in the main hall.
Former school, High Road, Laindon
Location: High Road, Laindon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 21/10/2007
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Comments: Coming soon 'Radford Park' nameboard and development scheme.
Former school, High Road, Laindon
Location: High Road, Laindon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 21/10/2007
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Former school, High Road, Laindon
Location: High Road, Laindon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 21/10/2007
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Laindon High Road School
The Laindon School (formerly Laindon High Road County Secondary Modern) was opened in 1928.

The school, originally opened as Laindon High Road Council School, initially provided education for all children of school age before becoming solely secondary in 1933 when Markhams Chase Council School (now Janet Duke Primary) opened.

The schools first Headmaster was Mr. George Radford, who remained in charge until his retirement in December 1949. His assistant from February 1933 was Janet Duke who taught at the school and who had charge of the Junior and Infants prior to the opening of Markhams Chase school later that year. The schools other Headmasters were: Mr. Jack H.J. Woodward (1949 - 1962), who later took charge at Woodlands Boys' School, Mr. W. Day (1963 - 1966), Mr. Arthur H.J. Chadband (1967 - c.1988), Mr. Newton (1980s - 1990s), Mr. Brian Gillman (1990s - 1996) and Mr. Michael (Mike) Feehan (January 1997 - August 1998), the schools' last Headmaster (Acting), though by then the post had become Head Teacher. In 1966, following the departure of Mr. Day, Mrs D. Clark was appointed Acting Head.

Over the years the school has seen various building additions; the most recent in the late sixties, with each department now being known as a block - the original school becoming L block. T. Block (temporary) with demountable classrooms was added in the seventies and dismantled when the land was later sold for a private housing development. In 1931 local landowner and coal merchant Mr. William Gibbons gave permission to the school for the use of his field for football. Early on the school also housed the areas library until it relocated sometime in the 1940s to an empty shop at the southern end of the High Road.

A pupil House Championship was held each year which for many years used the names Hillsmen, Plainsmen, Shoresmen and Townsmen. This would later change to include some of the following: Fry (Elizabeth Fry), Elgar (Edward William Elgar), Slessor (Mary Slessor), Austen (Jane Austen) & Curie (Marie Curie).

Sometime in the early 1960s or possibly earlier the schools' name was shortened to Laindon County Secondary. The education standard at this time for the majority of mainstream secondary schools other than Grammar was Secondary Modern. The reorganisation of local education in Basildon introduced from September 1968, Comprehensive education for all schools.

Following falling numbers a proposed amalgamation of Nicholas school and Laindon resulted in the creation of The James Hornsby High School, (named after the last schoolmaster to teach in the St. Nicholas Church annexe).
The Nicholas site was considered the best location for the new school and the Laindon school finally closed in July 1998.

The School was then used as a temporary home for The James Hornsby High School while the former Nicholas site in Leinster Road underwent extensive re-furbishment over a two year period - the Laindon site finally closing in July 2000.

The swimming pool, opened in April 1960, was for many years 'open-air' finally receiving a roof in 1972.

The former sixth form block would later be used by the "Schools Out" pre-school nursery and "First Steps Day Nursery".

The future of the school buildings and playing fields appeared undecided for many years with much of it boarded up. That was until May 2007 when the bulldozers moved in to begin demolition of the site, including the 1970s built caretakers house, in preparation for a new housing development to bear the name Radford.

The original school building facing the High Road was of pre-new town vintage, and joins a long list of notable demolitions to have taken place since the towns inception.

Building work on the new housing development known as Radford Park began soon after the schools demolition. This was by property builders Bellway Homes, who acquired the site from Essex County Council. The former Archer Road school playing field was also lost to the eventual development.

Text researched and written 2001 with revisions 2001-2007.
Copyright © 2001-2007, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.


Related external Weblinks:
Laindon High Road School reunion websites.
Laindon High Road Class of 1962-1967
Laindon High Road Class of 1983-1988
The Laindon School Reunion 1994-1998

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