Vulnerable pupil unit to move to Tilbury (and may be re-named after late councillor)

THE PUPIL REFERRAL Unit (PRU) in Thurrock is set to move from South Ockendon to Tilbury. The ruling Labour cabinet has recommended that a £2.8 million school will be operating in 2015. The plan is to move the current school from the Culver Centre in South Ockendon to the site of the former Jack Lobley School, in Leicester Road, Tilbury.

Is there a postcode lottery for Thurrock GCSE students?

A FASCINATING report into the social landscape in Thurrock was out before the Thurrock ruling Labour cabinet last week. The Fairness in Thurrock review was published earlier this month and its aim is to assess and then address many of the inequalities in health that permeate Thurrock.

Palmer’s College celebrate league triumph

PALMER’S College and the Essex County FA are reflecting on the success of the latest completed ‘Team Nineteen’ League during the 2013/14 academic year, a competition which forms part of a project with The FA to help address the drop off in football participation for 16-19-year-olds.

Engineering a future in apprenticeships at DP World

MARIA Palmieri, Head of Apprenticeships at South Essex College said: “We are committed to giving apprentices the best possible start to their careers and its fantastic that these engineering apprenticeships are on our doorstep. We already have several apprentices at DP World and are proud to be working with them, investing in training to help local people learn the skills they need to progress, while responding to the needs of the local economy. It really does offer people a gateway to their future.”

Superhead superangry at not so super Ofsted report

THE SUPER-head at Stifford Clays primary school has lashed out at Ofsted after his school was told that it “Required Improvement”. Great things had been expected of the award-winning Stifford Clays head, Anthony Peltier, when he was head-hunted to the job in 2012.

Russell Brand pays special visit to Hathaway Academy

HOLLYWOOD star Russell Brand dropped in on his old school last week as a special treat for all the students. Russell went to the school a few years ago, when it was called Grays School.

Thurrock youth receive awards in Jack Petchey night

THE event honoured Achievement award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £200, already presented. They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements but mostly for doing their best.

The bonny bonnets of Benyon

The event is organised annually with the children, aged up to 11, decorating their own Easter bonnets, before parading them on the walk to the local church.
The morning was a big success and the children had a wonderful time.

Tesco rescues school easter-egg hunt

KINDER-hearted Tescos has come to the rescue after thieves struck burgled a school in Thurrock. The thieves stole 200 Easter eggs planned to be used in an egg hunt by pupils at Chadwell St Mary Primary School on Thursday.

Councillors clash over education standards

Education in Thurrock is: A. “On the way up” according to Labour’s John Kent B. “Failing our children” says Conservative Tunde Ojetola C. A political bauble of Ofsted say some. D. None of the above. E. Schelswig-Holstein Thurrock’s schools are being set difficult targets to meet the council’s aspiration of having every one of them […]

Biology students at Palmer’s blitz highbrow exams

Both students were entered into the Society of Biology Olympiad 2014 just before Christmas and had to undergo a series of tests including a 90 question test online, completed in less than two hours, under supervision. A2 student Emily was awarded a bronze medal for her efforts and has been invited to a classy awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Biology where she will get to meet Professor Alice Roberts, known for presenting BB2’s Wild Swimming and The Incredible Human Journey.

Hathaway Academy bosses “banned” from opening any more schools.

THE SPONSORS responsible for Hathaway Academy, formerly Grays School, have been barred from opening any more schools, because of serious concerns about the education being provided to children. They have been told they can’t open new free schools or academies until they prove that pupils at their existing colleges “get a good education”.

Literacy boost in South Ockendon

The older students from the Erriff Drive school talked to the younger children about their favourite books and guided them through the quizzes and games. Prizes were awarded for the highest marks in the book quiz and all the Bonnygate students left with stickers, bookmarks, pens, and a range of information for parents to help them improve their reading.

“Have a Go” day at Palmer’s College

IF you’ve thought about being a Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, PE teacher, Sports Coach or even a Sports Reporter – then this your chance to ‘Have a Go’!! Palmer’s College is hosting a ‘Have a Go’ Community event in support of World Skills UK. The community event provides an opportunity to try out new skills across a range of different sporting careers.

Bugler trumpet Ofsted triumph!

ARTHUR BUGLER Junior School were in celebratory mood after receiving a “Good” grading from government watchdog, Ofsted. Their last inspection told them that they “Required Improvement” and that is exactly what they did!

Wates teach Manor Primary pupils the real importance of Maths

DURING the visit, Wates’ Resident Liaison Officer, Doina Caniparu, and Trainee Quantity Surveyor, John Ajidahun, told pupils how everyone on the building site uses maths, including engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, site and project managers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and bricklayers.

Gateway Primary Free School buck trend with “Good” Ofsted

THE GATEWAY ACADEMY Free School in Tilbury has received a “Good” grade in its first ever Ofsted inspection. The school opened in September 2013 and is part of the Gateway Learning Community (GLC). The report, bucks a trend, which has seen (since May 2013) nine Thurrock primary schools receive a “Requires Improvement” grade, one placed in special measures and just one other (Arthur Bugler Junior) receive a “Good” grade.

East Tilbury primary told to improve by Ofsted

Brian Martin, who chairs the local governing body, was delighted that OFSTED had recognised the progress that had been made since last September. “We are aware that some of our pupils are not making as much progress as they should, especially in Maths, but OFSTED also recognised that the school is in a process of radical change for the better.”

Sadness as head of Gateway Academy steps down

THE HEADTEACHER OF Gateway Academy, Debbie Bull has stepped down from her role. In what was described as an emotional staff meeting on Friday afternoon, Ms Bull announced to staff that she was moving on.

Children at faith schools face fares hike

MOST people whose children attend denominational schools and who rely on council-provided transport for them to get to class will have to pay from September. Following a major consultation exercise last year, Thurrock Council’s cabinet agreed the “three-tiered” fees on Wednesday (19 March) evening.

Education Alliance to promote even more independence for schools in Thurrock

THURROCK’S schools will be taking ever-more control of the borough’s education and schools following agreement at Wednesday (19 March) evening’s council cabinet meeting. Members were discussing how recommendations from the Education Commission had been moved forward in recent months.

Ockendon Academy downgraded by Ofsted

MANY critics believed that schools such as Ockendon would find it impossible to retain their “Outstanding” status under the new reporting arrangement. Schools such as Passmores Academy in Harlow, made famous by the TV show “Educating Essex” had an almost identical report late last year.

Gable Hall’s Sam takes his invention to the House of Commons

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, met with Gable Hall student Samuel Partridge at the We Made It! awards ceremony in Parliament to congratulate him on winning the local round of the manufacturing competition. The We Made It! competition encouraged school students up and down the country to submit designs for […]

Palmer’s student’s work adorns House of Commons

A-LEVEL student, Alison Edwards from Palmer’s Sixth Form College, has been chosen to demonstrate her artist’s eye to MPs and guests at the House of Commons. The event was attended by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, and Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt who both met the students and discussed their work.

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