September 2020 - Autumn Term

Beginning of Autumn Term 2020 

Our usual start of term arrangements have been amended to allow us to introduce new procedures gradually with due caution and test our strategies as we reintegrate staff and students. 

This will therefore be the schedule for the start of term:

  • Thursday 3rd September is a staff training day.  No students in school.
  • Friday 4th September is also a staff training day, but Year 7 students will attend for the full day. This is to provide an induction experience due to the cancellation of Year 6 Induction Days in June.  Year 7 students will be able to familiarise themselves with the site and get to know the members of their new tutor group through some team building activities.
  • Monday 7th September – school will be open for Years 7, 10 and 11 only. Years 8 and 9 will remain at home and will be set tasks to complete by staff.
  • Tuesday 8th September onwards - all year groups will be in school.
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  • Sports Relief 2020

    Sports Relief 2020

    We are very proud to have raised £851.17 for Sports Relief with our non-uniform day and Staff vs Year 11 Basketball match. 

    The staff team, made up of Mr Birley, Mr Fernandez, Mr Ward, Mr Doolan and Mrs Root were beaten by the Year 11 team with a final score of 12-4 to the students.

    Click below for more pictures.

  • Skills Day March 2020

    Skills Day March 2020

    We held our second Skills Day of the year on 13th March and it was a packed day for all the students.

    Click below to see just some of the activities that the students enjoyed.

  • Herald Issue 79

    Herald Issue 79

    Click below to read the latest issue of the Herald, featuring the recent Apprenticeship Event, the Heartwize Essex visit and the results from the Cross-Country Event.

  • Headteacher of the Year Award

    Headteacher of the Year Award

    We are delighted to announce that Mr Lawn has been awarded ‘Headteacher of the Year’ at the annual Essex Teaching Awards. These prestigious awards took place at Hylands Park last week and are designed to acknowledge outstanding teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, governing bodies and school teams who work in Essex.

  • Stonewall School Champion

    Stonewall School Champion

    Alec Hunter Academy is very proud of its status as a Stonewall School Champion. This means we are actively seeking to create a fairer, safer and more inclusive environment.

    We are committed to:

    • Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
    • Making our school a place where all pupils and staff are accepted without exception.
    • Championing diversity and celebrating difference.

    If you or your family have any concerns, or would like to contact Stonewall about any issue affecting LGBTQ+ people, you can contact their information service on 020 75931850.

  • AquAid Water Coolers

    AquAid Water Coolers

    Increased energy levels and an improved brain function are just two of the many benefits of keeping hydrated, so it's important to us as a school to provide our students and staff with cool drinking water throughout the day. 

    Our school water coolers are provided by AquAid who have given us the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves. With each purchase of a water cooler, an automatic donation is made to the Africa Trust. These funds are used to build 'Elephant Pumps' - a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many.

At Alec Hunter Academy, we pride ourselves on the positive relationships we engender between our young people and the adults who work with them on a day-to-day basis. We believe that students learn best when they feel valued and when the expectations of them are high.

We anticipate that our learners will attend school with a positive attitude to learning, that they will embrace challenge where they encounter it and will be enthusiastic, resourceful, adaptable and resilient.

Our partnership with Saffron Walden County High School, one of the highest performing schools in Essex, through the sponsorship of the Saffron Academy Trust, has injected fresh impetus into the school and will undoubtedly have a significant impact as the links develop.

We hope that our young people will leave Alec Hunter with happy memories, having enjoyed a range of experiences that have prepared them for the next phase of their education and for their adult lives.

I hope that this website gives you a snapshot of the life and work of the school and that you are able to access any information that you need.  However, if you are a parent seeking admission, a job applicant or a member of our school community and you are not able to locate the details you require, please give our friendly office staff a call on 01376 321813 and we will be delighted to help.

Trevor Lawn


Student Absence

Telephone: 01376 559356
Text: 07598 393348

Please note - the text number is only for texts and there is no voicemail service.


Reception Opening Times

School Office Opening hours

Open for general enquiries, uniform sizing shop and the purchase of ties and badges on the following days:

Tuesday 28th July – 8.15am to 1pm

Wednesday 29th July - 8.15am to 1pm

Thursday 30th July – 8.15am to 1pm

Tuesday 4th August – 8.15am to 1pm

Wednesday 5th August – 8.15am to 1pm

Thursday 6th August – 8.15am to 1pm

Monday 24th August – 8.15am to 1pm

Tuesday 25th August – 8.15am to 1pm

Wednesday 26th August – 8.15am to 1pm

Thursday 27th August – 8.15am to 1pm

Tuesday 1st September – 8.15am to 1pm

Wednesday 2nd September – 8.15am to 1pm

Thursday 3rd September – 8.15am to 4.15pm

Friday 4th September – 8.15am to 3.45pm

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Alec Hunter Academy - Living for Learning, Learning for Life

Address: Alec Hunter Academy, Stubbs Lane, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3NR | Telephone: 01376 321 813 | Email:

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