School History

Whybridge Junior School is a two form entry Junior School in the heart of the community.  The original part of the school building is over 100 years old and has been extended over the years.  School accommodates over 250 children to a maximum of 255.  In the last 4 years under new leadership, school has developed community use and now provides facilities to a wide range of organisations.  School currently provides, computing, hall, field, astro pitch, cricket pitch and recreation area use to the community.

School first opened in 1889 under the leadership of Mr.H.J.Harris who led the school for 31 years! It was originally called the South Hornchurch Board School and was built at a cost of £3,100.  The site was bought for a mere £210! Since then the school has expanded and extended to its current day form with the first extension added in 1933.  The school has a rich history that it is very proud of.  School log books date back to the day the school opened and provides a wide range of fascinating information and stories from the past.  This includes in depth details of life during the world wars. Children in school love hearing about stories such as the time when two bombs landed in the road outside the school and blew all the windows out.  Pupils also enjoy looking at the pupil registration records of the school and spotting family members.

Despite the schools extensive history, the school continues to thrive and grow.  In more recent times school has developed into an education facility fit for the 21st century.  In the existing 1889 building we now have wireless networks, interactive whiteboards, cross curriculum media, I-pads with access to I-cloud, CCTV etc. Externally, we now have all weather pitch facilities, environmental area, community park, cricket nets etc. How times have changed, however the evolution and development of Whybridge Junior School will continue way into the future and thrive at the heart of the community.

The latest stage in the long and successful history of Whybridge Junior School is as of 1st September 2017 converting to Academy status within the Hornchurch Academy Trust.