Nicholas County Secondary School was the fifth new secondary
school to open since the creation of Basildon New Town in 1949. This was in September 1963. The others at that time
were Fryerns, Timberlog, Woodlands and Barstable plus the two pre-new town schools Laindon and
The site of the school runs parallel with St. Nicholas Lane which along with
the school took its name from St. Nicholas Church which stands overlooking the area at the top of
Church Hill. The main entrance though is in Leinster Road which existed years before the new town
but was realigned and extended to create a direct route to Markhams Chase.
Mr. John Goodier
was the first appointed Headmaster.
Sometime around 1966 and with pupil numbers on the increase
a proposal was put forward to create a third Basildon Grammar School on the existing playing fields
adjoining the school. Another proposal was that the land should be used as an extension to the
existing school. In the event though, the grammar school idea lost out and a new large rectangular
three-storey extension block and other additional buildings were built to cope with the increase in numbers.
school on opening was classed as secondary modern though this changed to comprehensive in September
Nicholas survived to July 1998, the last day being Thursday 16th July, and the school
was then refurbished over a two year period, re-opening in September 2000 as the James Hornsby High