School History

1957 - 2017 Our 60th birthday celebrations!

HFJS 60th video v2.mp4

The History of Holt Farm School

Holt Farm Junior School has been through many changes in its history and you can read about it here!

Hawkwell Holt County Primary School opened for the first time on the 5th September 1957. It was built on farm land belonging to Holt Farm. Holt House still exists and is a few doors away from the Infants school.

The school was built to serve the children living on the newly constructed Holt Farm Estate. The school opened in the building where the infant school now stands.

The Headteacher was Mr L Cryer, Mr Lewis served as deputy head whilst Mr Nicolle, Mr Gerther, Miss Crocker and Miss Bain taught; classes One to Four respectively; in the Junior School. The Infant school consisted of Miss Best and Mrs Pendred.

The first children to attend the school came from Rochford C.P., Ashingdon and Hawkwell schools. The total number of children in the school on 5th September 1957 was 194, rising to 275 by the summer term!

5 years later, in 1962, the number of children enrolled in the school had almost doubled to 529 children! The school then split into Infant and Junior schools and the Junior School moved across to the site here it is now currently situated.

The original layout of the junior school had 6 classrooms and "borrowed" two classrooms from the infants. In September 1962, the Junior school had a total of 362 children enrolled. Mr Cryer remained on as head of the Junior school and Mrs Smith was trusted with the future of the Infant school.

Both schools continued to work together and in 1964 their hard work and continued effort was repaid. After countless hours fund-raising, the newly formed PTA secured enough money to build a swimming pool. That's the same pool we use now!

After 14 years in charge of Holt Farm, Mr Cryer retired in August 1971. Mr E.E. Living M.A. was appointed as Interim headteacher until the 5th January 1972 when, what would turn out to be another long-serving headteacher took the reigns; Mr G.B. Morris. The school had now grown by 22% to 453 pupils.

With such a long-spanning time in charge at Holt Farm it was natural that Mr Morris's time as headteacher would outlast several changes in the education sector. In Autumn 1977, Mr Morris remarked in his diary,

"It is now school policy that competition between children in the academic sphere should NOT EXIST, class position, end of term tests and prize giving are things of the past. This has been accompanied by a general 'loosening up' in formal attitudes, not easy for some of the members of staff to accept naturally"

Mr Morris retired from his post after 17 years in charge at the helm of Holt Farm Junior school.

In September 1989, with pupil numbers dwindling at just 250 children enrolled, Mr Richard Spence was entrusted with the position of bringing the school back to compete with its neighbours. Mr Spence's term in charge spanned ten years. In that time many much-needed improvements were made to the school, including: new classrooms, ICT workspace, and a total redecoration of the school interior and exterior - which after the 70s and 80s were much needed! This attempted to get the school back on equal footing with the local schools, and with the introduction of Ofsted and SATs, Mr Spence's time in charge was one of change, growth and challenges for both pupils and staff.

After 10 years, Mr Spence retires in August 1999. Mrs A Stratton is appointed Acting headteacher until January 2000.

On the dawn of the new millennium, Mr S.M Keeley became the fourth permanent headteacher of Holt Farm Junior School. His time in charge continued on the improvements that Mr Spence made, with improvements to the school playground, wildlife pond area, new administration infrastructure enhancements,toilet block refurbishment, more new classrooms and new computers.

In 2007, the school celebrated 50 golden years. An aerial photograph was arranged and taken of the occasion, whilst the children all received a commemorative badge to remember the day.

5 years later and Mr S Keeley left the school and Holt Farm Junior School was run by Interim Headteacher, then permanent Head teacher Mr Hasan Chawdhry OBE.

In April 2013 Peter Malcolm took over as Executive Headteacher.

In September 2013 Andy Howe became Holt Farm Junior School's Executive headteacher.

Holt Farm Junior School became an academy on 1st September 2014, a member of the South East Essex Academy Trust, along with Westcliff High School For Girls, Prince Avenue Primary School and Rochford Primary & Nursery School.

In September 2015 Mario Rodgers become the Executive Head.

In September 2016 Mrs Wass was appointed Head of School

On June 16th 2017 we became District Sports champions.

March 2018 - HFJS is officially a GOOD school with OUTSTANDING personal development and welfare!


School opens as Holt Farm Primary School


School splits into Infant and Junior School

Junior School moves into new building


Swimming Pool opens


Mr L Cryer (Headteacher) leaves school

District Sports Champions


Mr G.B Morris (Headteacher) joins school

End of continental school holidays for Year 4 (Now called Year 6)

District Sports Champions


District Sports Champions


District Sports Champions


End of free Swimming. School now has to pay Essex County Council for heating pool - Cost per child - 75p


Holt Farm Junior kitchen closed early December due to falling numbers eating hot meals daily.


New boilers fitted in boiler house.


20th May - first School computer installed - B.B.C - costing £325

District Sports Champions


27th March - 2nd School Computer and 2 disc drives installed


Total destruction of infants school through arson


Rebuilt infants school re-opens.


Mr G.B Morris retires after 17 years.


Mr R. Spence becomes headteacher.


School Exterior re-clad in UPVC


First SATs test for year six children


22nd July - Build Work begins on two new classrooms and ICT Suite

7th Nov - Classrooms finished 2 weeks ahead of schedule


Mr R. Spence leaves post as Headteacher


Mr S.M. Keeley becomes Headteacher


2 new classrooms added to the school


Outdoor patio dining area added to the school playground


New changing rooms

Refurbishment of Girls & Boys toilet block


Golden Jubilee


Mr S.M. Keeley leaves post as Headteacher

Mr H Chawdhry appointed Interim Headteacher


Mr H Chawdhry appointed Headteacher


Mr A Howe appointed Executive Headteacher


School becomes an academy, a member of the South East Essex Academy Trust, along with Westcliff High School for Girls, Prince Avenue Primary School and Rochford Primary & Nursery School.


Mr M Rodgers appointed Executive Headteacher


Mrs L Wass appointed Head Of School


We became District Sports Champions for the first time since 1983.


HFJS is officially a GOOD School with OUTSTANDING personal development and welfare


District Sports Champions