Billericay School

Billericay School

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postcode = CM12 9LH
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The Billericay School is a mixed intake secondary school and sixth form college in Billericay. A comprehensive school for students aged between 11 and 18 years (school years 7 to 13), Billericay is currently led by headmistress Sue Hammond. As of September 2004, the number of students attending was 1673. [ [ Dartmouth High School ] ] The school has recent Artsmark and Sportsmark designations and has Investors in People Status.

The school is located in the town of Billericay in Essex, England. The school was opened on the 4th May 1938 by admiral Sir Vernon Haggard using a ceremonial silver key handed to him by the first head teacher Mr P.G. White. Mr White later gained the nickname 'Tiggy White' amongst pupils.Images of England: The Billericay School by Sylvia Kent, Tempus Publications ISBN 0-7524-3083-1"] As the population of Billericay grew, Great Burstead School now known as Quilters Primary School became too small to accommodate all students, for this reason The Billericay School was built.

The school originally only had one main building that today would be recognised as 'A Block'. Over time the school has been developed and new school buildings have been built upon existing school ground.

List of Billericay School head teachers

1938 - P.G. White

1949 - Ronald Eden

1955 - John Goldwin

1968 - Arthur Lingard

1991 - Robert Goodier

1997 - Sue Hammond

Famous Alumni and visitors

Locally it is well known as the secondary school that the comedian Lee Evans attended, as well as Charlie Wernham from Britains got Talent who got through to the show's semi-finals. The sixth form was visited in May 2006 by the former MP Tony Benn who delivered a speech on politics to sixth form students. Other talkers who have visited the school include survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and anti-fascist campaigner, Leon Greenman. Annually John Baron MP, a Conservative Party politician and MP for Billericay, comes to debate with students on political issues of a local, national and international nature.

Other alumni:

*Michael Todd - Former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police. [ [ Update Tributes To Chief Constable (from Echo) ] ]


Maths and Computing status

The School achieved Maths and Computing College status in 2003 allowing some use of selection based on aptitude in these subjects. It was thought that this status would generate an additional £1 million worth of funding, but a government policy on foundation schools had reduced this sum significantly.

Disused land sale

It is currently in the process of trying to sell the land adjacent to the school in order to raise funds for improvements throughout the site. This land was used for rural sciences when this formed part of the curriculum. There has been opposition to this as the land forms part of the green belt. A decision has yet to be reached on the issue as residents near the school fear that it may encourage further development from government officials in order to meet housing quotas in the South East.

Day structure changes

Between 2005 and 2006 the school made changes to its day structure. This involved cutting the lunchtime by 15 minutes reducing it to 45 minutes. In 2006 the school announced it was to split into houses groups. The houses were to be named after famous scientists. In addition to this the regular pattern of 'same year' registration groups were to be switched to a more influential system to stop bullying and encourage younger year groups to become more active within school life, by placing a selection of pupils from each year group into registration classes of around 30 individuals; e.g. six 'year 7' students, six 'year 8' students etc. The only exception is the Sixth form where students in year 12 and 13 are put together within an exclusive part of the school for studying.

The current day structure is as follows:

outh Green gas explosion fears

In January 2007 the school was at scene of a BBC London news report after a gas explosion scare in near-by South Green, Down southend road. The school was used to house those evacuated from the surrounding area. No explosion from the acetylene and oxygen cylinders occurred but one man suffered burns from the fire.The scare scene was 3 houses away from the South Green Memorial Hall, heading towards the Kings Head Pub. It was basically a junk yard where a man collected scraps, although he had his house very close to the road. [ [ BBC NEWS | England | Essex | Explosion fear prompts evacuation ] ] .

List of Blocks

Block History

As of 2006 Billericay School has A,C,D,E,F and V blocks.

'B' block

The book "Images of England: The Billericay School by Sylvia Kent" shows that a B block did at one time exist - it was situated where F block and the carpark are currently located.

'B' Block did in fact exist on the greenary, next to the car park, where the footpath now leads from the main gate to 'F' Block.

'B' block was a two storey wooden struture housing metal and woodworking classrooms on the ground floor and art, pottery, home economics and technical drawing classrooms, on the first floor. During the early 1980, the school Bank was also housed in the block along with classrooms used primary for Economics, Business Studies and typing. It was demolished in the early 1990s.

'V' Block"'

In 2004, this trend was reversed when a 'V' block was created. It is thought that this refers to the concept of the block being a 'village' community. The V block was built partly in response to a fire that burnt down some of the buildings of 'D' block. However 2 of the 5 buildings still remain which were not touched by the fire. V block houses the school's English department.

"Current Blocks"

A Block

This block contains mostly Maths classes but some science, French , German, and humanities classes also exist within the building. This was the original building from when the school was first opened.It holds the language department, maths department and Mr Broomhead's science classroom who as been working at the school for about 35 years

C Block

The biggest block at the school. It contains mainly Science classrooms. The main wing of the block is a 3 stories high with roughly 1 and a half of these rooms as Science labs. This block also contains the RBLC (Resource Based Learning Centre) more commonly known as the Library. It also contains the Drama Studio and the newly built Student Services and the important sick bay. It also contains (on the top floor) R.E, Media and Biology science rooms.

D Block

Due to a fire only four D block rooms remain. One of these rooms is known as the "D-Munchable", it is used primarily as an area where food/drinks can be purchased during the Break and Lunch times. The interior was designed and painted by the School's own students.

E Block

This block contains the Art classrooms and the Food Technology and Textiles rooms. Also the child development room.

F Block

This is where the IT and DT lessons take place. The school's main office also resides within this building.


Sixth-form students (years 12 and 13) are located in an exclusive area of the school and have their own study areas and common room, although the unit does not have its own classrooms and so shares these with the rest of the school. However, many sixth form classes take place in converted rooms that are much smaller than ordinary classrooms (such as A9, A24 and C13) and therefore can be classified as 'for' the sixth form exclusively. [ [ The Billericay School Website Home Page ] ] The sixth form elects a sixth form committee which aims to raise money for the end of year prom held annually, and performs other duties within the 6th form.

Year 14 awards evening

Every year students who have left the school are invited back for an awards evening hosted by Lord Hanningield leader of Essex county Council. [ [ Lord Hanningfield's Weblog ] ]


Current Houses and head of houses (as of 2008)

Former House names (1969)

The school used a house system for a brief period in the 1960s and through to at least the late 1980s. These house names were suggested for the new house system to be introduced in 2006 but were rejected in a school vote.

* Audley
* Fitzwalte
* de Vere
* Christopher Martin

The Christopher Martin name was chosen as he was a Pilgrim aboard the Mayflower

House names 1968 - 1971

Stockwell (Green). Named after Stockwell Hall in Little Burstead. Norsey. (Blue). Name after Norsey WoodsChantry. (Red). Named after the Chantry Cafe an old historic building in the High St.Blunts. (Yellow). Named after Blunts wall.

House Cup Winners

2007-08 Newton ("house captains: Rosie Green & Mitchell Denham")

ignificant Student Efforts

The school has had some sporting achievement - Kurt Robinson - played for the Ipswich Town Academy and then picked to represent the England Under 16s at football - and this is just one of many amazing sporting talents that have been educated and perfected and the sport's stars just keep on coming with the current year 7 (now going into year 8) have raised the bar and have done especially well at the Districts Athletics. Outside of Sport the school has taken part in World Challenge and are raising money to go out to Argentina to help those in the deprived areas. Also, others have raised funds for Cancer Research, Comic Relief, Red Nose Day and even a Charity netball match between Men vs Women in the lower 6th (year 12) to raise money for the World Challenge, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research.


FOBS or "Friends of Billericay School" is a charity which raises money for the school. Most of their income comes from various evening events, usually with singers or comedians, and the '200 Club', a monthly prize draw. The latest funding drive was used to fund the school receiving 'maths and computing college' status, and the organisation has recently raised enough funds to purchase a new school minibus. [ [ The Billericay School Website Home Page ] ]

Backchat and Student Voice

The schools council is called Backchat. Each year also have two representatives which form a group known as Student Voice. The names of these groups were decided in a school vote.These two groups debate with both students and the Head to work towards a better life within the school.


There is reasonably well documented rivalry known by students of both Mayflower High School and Billericay School. Mayflower High School is almost 2 miles away from its counterpart in the north of Billericay. Both schools continue to do considerably well in both academia and extra-curricular activities.


In 2005, 59% of students gained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, higher than then national average. A-level students gained an average points score of 278.7. [ [ The Billericay School ] ] [ [ The Billericay School ] ] In 2006, the Billericay School Sixth Form ranked higher in terms of A-level performance than the private Brentwood School Sixth Form (see BBC league tables).

ee also

*Secondary schools in Essex


A book about the school has been published called "Images of England: The Billericay School by Sylvia Kent, Tempus Publications ISBN 0-7524-3083-1". The book was presented to the President of Pakistan President Musharraf. []

External links

* [ Billericay School]
* [ 2004 OFSTED report on the school (pdf)]
* [ BBC league tables article]
* [ The Billericay School Orchestra]
* [ DFES statistics on The Billericay School]
* [ Billercay School's classlink]
* [ The Billericay sixth-form's prospectus]

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