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Cecil Jones Academy (formerly Cecil Jones High School and then Cecil Jones College) is a secondary school and sixth form situated in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.[1]

Cecil Jones Academy
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Eastern Avenue

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Coordinates51°33′13″N 0°43′58″E / 51.55349°N 0.73286°E / 51.55349; 0.73286Coordinates: 51°33′13″N 0°43′58″E / 51.55349°N 0.73286°E / 51.55349; 0.73286
Local authoritySouthend-on-Sea
Department for Education URN142077 Tables
HeadteacherRichard Micek
Loxford Trust CEOAnita Johnson
Age11 to 18

Cecil Jones was the town's first purpose built comprehensive school in 1969.[2]

The school is named after Edward Cecil Jones, a local philanthropist. For 25 years he was Chairman of Southend and SE Essex branches of the NSPCC. In 1953 Cecil Jones was awarded Freedom of the Borough.[3]

The school was formerly located over two sites, however in September 2015 the school consolidated onto one site at Eastern Avenue. At this time the school also converted to Academy status and was renamed Cecil Jones Academy. The school is now part of the Legra Multi Academy Trust, under the leadership of Mrs Bev Williams, CEO and Interim Head of School Mr Greg Rudolfo.[4]

Under the leadership of the Legra Trust (3 schools) and following an Ofsted inspection in December 2017 the College is now in Special Measures and the Legra Trust has received a "Minded to Terminate" letter from the Regional Schools Commissioner, Sue Baldwin of the Department for Education. A large number of teaching staff including senior management left the Academy in the summer of 2018. Legra Trust requested to relinquish the school to the DFE feeling that they could not support it any longer. An interim Headteacher, Mr Taylor took over from previous Head Mr Ovenden in September 2018, but left citing personal reasons after less than two weeks in post. He was replaced by Legra Trust’s Director of Improvement Greg Rodulfo as Interim Head of School.

In May 2018, Legra Academy Trust asked the Regional Schools Commissioner to find a new Trust to run Cecil Jones Academy. In October, it was announced that The Loxford Trust would be taking over the academy, after a proven track record in turning failing schools around rapidly.

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  2. ^ "Southend Timeline". Southend Timeline. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  3. ^ "Southend Timeline". Southend Timeline. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  4. ^ "Cecil Jones Academy, Southend-on-Sea". Retrieved 2017-05-12.