Plans for two schools in Grays could take “significant step forward”

Orsett Heath

PLANS to create 1,340 new school places in Thurrock are expected to take another significant step forward, with sites set to be confirmed for two new schools next week.

Thurrock Council works closely with the borough’s schools, the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Department for Education to ensure there are enough school places to meet demand.

Next Wednesday the council’s cabinet is expected to give the green light for land in Grays to be released to the ESFA for two new free schools.

Under the proposals, Orsett Heath Academy – a new 1,200-place secondary school run by the South West Essex Community Education Trust, would be built on land to the north west of Stanford Road in Grays.

Meanwhile, Treetops Special School – a 140-place all-through special school for pupils with autism and moderate learning difficulties, would be built on the former Torrells County Secondary School for Girls site in Buxton Road, Grays.

Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Education and Health, said: “We are committed to ensuring all children receive the best possible education and already have many excellent schools in Thurrock, with 94 per cent currently rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

“The borough is growing rapidly and with 32,000 new homes expected to be needed over the next 20 years, it is important we have the infrastructure in place to support that growth.

“These two new schools will be vital in ensuring that there are enough places to meet demand and all young people can achieve their aspirations in Thurrock.”

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