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Nicholas: Leinster Road, Laindon

James Hornsby High School
Location: Leinster Road
Photographer: P.G.C.
Year of photo: c.2005
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The first James Hornsby High School nameboard seen from Leinster Road.

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 Craylands.

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.

The school on opening was classed as secondary modern though this changed to comprehensive in September 1968.

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 School.

Page added: 2013
Text researched and written by William Cox, 2013.
Copyright © 2013, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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