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Ardleigh Green Junior School
Hornchurch
Essex 
England


Ardleigh Green Junior School
was opened on March 1st 1933
(Saint David’s Day) in the same wooden building that we occupy today.
 
The first headteacher was Mr Henry Barnes, followed by Mr E Pryce Rees in 1949, Mrs Audrey Jordan in 1964, Mr Michael Edwards in 1983 , Mrs Jackie Sutton in 1990, Mr Alan Thompson in 1990 and Mr John Morris in 1991.

The original school motto, "Strive to Succeed,” lives on and is achieved today through our staff children, parents and governors "Working Together, Learning Together and Growing Together.” We consider ourselves to be a forward thinking school, committed to meeting the academic, physical and emotional needs of every child. The school is well equipped to meet the technological demands of life in the 21st Century and our subject based curriculum, with a focus on developing resourceful, resilient, reflective and responsible learners, ensures that all children leave our school well equipped to commence their secondary school education.

In addition to twelve classrooms equipped with computers and an interactive whiteboard we have numerous small group teaching areas, a library, a computer suite, dining hall, drama studio and our own outdoor swimming pool. In 2009 we opened the Ardleigh Green Family Centre in what was then the former Ardleigh Green Baptist Church. The school refurbished the building in order to provide a range of much needed services for the local community and now welcomes over 150 visitors on a weekly basis.Having leased the premises for 5 years in 2015 the school purchased the church which will ensure that the centre will have a lasting legacy in the Ardleigh Green Community.

Our children are actively involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities which both extend and enhance the curriculum. As well as competitive teams for rugby, football, cross country, golf, athletics, gymnastics netball, tennis and swimming, the school has a choir of over eighty children and an orchestra open to all seventy two children who play a musical instrument. There are daily clubs available for children, a planned programme of educational visits which include an annual Outdoor Pursuits venture, together with Breakfast Club and After School provision to support working families.

 We are delighted that many of our children continue to go onto   University after their secondary school education and are equally thrilled that many have secured jobs locally, in the City and as far afield as Australia, Canada and Japan. 2013 saw our first past pupil graduate from Cambridge University. We are proud that Ardleigh Green Junior School has laid the foundations for our children to achieve national sporting and artistic success, as well securing jobs as teachers, sports coaches, physiotherapists, journalists, television producers, dentists, carpenters, builders and decorators to name but a few. We are justifiably proud of our academic success but equally proud that we have contributed to developing polite, respectful and caring young people.

The school continues to receive local and national recognition for its work which has included awards for ICT, Art, Basic Skills, Sport, Science, Coaching, Video Conferencing, Geography and provision for our More Able pupils.. Our on-going partnership with schools in Iceland and our work with the Children's Charity Watoto has also been recognised by an International Schools Award from the British Council. 

Ardleigh Green is a National Support School for the National College of School Leadership. In January 2015 Mr Morris , who is a Local Leader of Education, was awarded an OBE for services to education from HRH Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
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Last updated September 2015
 
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