Open Morning Video & Virtual Tour

We are delighted to share with you the second video of the school, in place of our Open Morning. This video includes footage of our school in action and interviews with senior members of staff and subject leaders.  We hope this will be very informative as well as being very reassuring for your child as you make your way through the secondary school application process.

Please click here to watch the video introduction to the school. 

Virtual tour of the Alec Hunter Academy

The purpose of this virtual tour is to enable you, and your child, to familiarise yourself with our school and the facilities we offer.  We hope you enjoy exploring our school and navigating your way around the corridors and classrooms.

Please click here to access the virtual tour. 


School Tours

In light of the government guidelines put in place in response to Covid-19, regrettably we will need to scale back our traditional plans for our annual Open Morning Tours.

  • A limited number of in-person tours are available on: Saturday 10th October 2020 from 9.30am to 12.30pm, as well as after school on Monday 12th October - Friday 16th October and Monday 19th October - Friday 23rd October at 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
  • Tours will be restricted to one parent/carer from each family, accompanied by their child if they wish. All visitors will be required to wear face masks whilst touring the school and a fixed time-slot must be booked in advance.

Please contact our Main Reception on 01376 321813 to book a tour.

*Please note that due to places being restricted, we will not be able to accept requests from parents of children with siblings already attending the school.*

Face Coverings for Visitors

In light of updated government guidance, we are asking all visitors to wear face coverings when entering the visitors’ reception here at Alec Hunter. 

Whilst we are unable to enforce this, we kindly ask all visitors, parents and carers to support our request and help us to protect our whole-school community.

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  • Essex Family Forum Survey

    Essex Family Forum Survey

    Essex Family Forum are conducting this survey to measure the current levels of
    parental satisfaction with local services for SEND Families and to gather data on issues raised by parents and carers.

  • 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 80

    Herald Issue 80

    Please click below to read the latest issue of the Herald, featuring the announcement of our Head Boy and Head Girl, as well as the Award Evening Winners for 2019-20. It also includes a list of all new staff and senior appointments.

  • 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.

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.


School Office Opening Hours

Visitors' Reception 

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:15am to 4:15pm
  • Friday: 8:15am to 3:45pm

Student Hatch 

  •  Monday to Friday: 8:25am to 3:30pm


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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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