Hornchurch High School bids a fond farewell to old name The Albany

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School. - Credit: Archant

Staff, students and ward councillors gathered at a Hornchurch secondary school to celebrate the beginning of not just a new school year, but a new name as well.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School. - Credit: Archant

Hornchurch High School, formerly known as The Albany School in Broadstone Road, has a new crest - as well as a new building potentially on the way - and on Friday, September 7, Hylands Councillors Ciaran White and Christine Smith joined the school community in celebrating the new institution.

Headteacher Val Masson, who oversaw the selection of the new name, told the Recorder: “This is a really positive step for the entire school community, and it’s important everyone understands this is not just change for change’s sake.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School. - Credit: Archant

“The new name is the latest step in signalling a culture change at our school, and it’s something that we can build upon going forward.”

The school recently celebrated a successful year of GCSE results, and Ms Masson believes this has given the entire name changing process a big lift.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School. - Credit: Archant


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She added: “Personally, I am phenomenally excited to get going as Hornchurch High School, with everything that’s been going on I think it’s really going to benefit the school.”

Hornchurch High School students were joined on the day by pupils from the nearby Harrow Lodge Primary School, and both primary and secondary school children released balloons as a ribbon was cut to mark the big occasion.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School. - Credit: Archant

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Cllr White said: “It’s been fantastic to come here today and see the school and how much these young children are enjoying their time here.

“Good luck to all of them going forward, and to the entire school as it gets used to it’s new name.”

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School. - Credit: Archant

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School.

Albany School in Hornchurch changing their name to Hornchurch High School. - Credit: Archant

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