St Clere’s student pleads guilty to threats to kill at school

A ST CLERE’S school pupil pleaded guilty to making threats to kill at the Stanford-le-Hope school. The 12-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Basildon magistrates court this week.

Thurrock primary schools: Improvement, improvement, improvement

CONGRATULATING the head teachers, staff and children, Cllr Kent added: “Non-stop good news is an impossibility, but over the past month or so we’ve had some great stories about our schools getting better and over the next month or so, we’ll find out the GCSE and A Level results too.

Take some time out in summer hols to vote for local education hero

WITH school out for summer now is the perfect time for parents and pupils to nominate their local education hero or inspiration for recognition. Well over 50 nominations have already flowed in for the first ever Thurrock Education Awards. With categories for teachers, support staff, head teachers and governors the awards reflect the range of people who contribute to improving our schools.

South Essex College handed keys to the door

IT ALL getting very exciting as the countdown continues until South Essex College opens its doors. Skanska have now handed over the keys to the college as it is on schedule to open in September and herald a brand new age in Thurrock education.

Hundreds raised by Rotary and Gable Hall

THE evening’s formalities were closed by Dr Sophina Asong addressing the gathering and praising the splendid work of this caring group of students who have already raised hundreds of pounds for various charities including St Lukes Hospice, The Karis May Darling foundation and Internationally a WaterAid Project.

St Clere’s student set for court to face “threats to kill and offensive weapon charges

A ST CLERE’S school pupil has been charged with taking a knife into school and threatening to kill two fellow pupils. An Essex police spokesman said: “We were contacted shortly before 9am on Wednesday, July 2nd, and asked to attend St Clere’s School, Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope due to reports of a boy threatening two 12-year-old children via BlackBerry Messenger.

Palmer’s students are stock market champions

PALMER’S College accounting students proved their knowledge and skills on the world’s leading trading floor by taking first prize in the national ICMA Stock Market Competition.

Treetops kids top the Beat the Street league

CHILDREN from Treetops School in Grays have walked their way to the top tier of the Beat the Street Thurrock leader board. They are now cheering on other players to make the final tally of the walking game 75,000 miles – three times the original target – when it ends on Tuesday, 22 July.

Harris summer fete raises thousands

THE HARRIS ACADEMY PTA summer fair took place on Saturday 12th July. It was incredibly well attended and raised a record amount of cash for the primary academy.

Thurrock school goes over to Barking and Dagenham

A THURROCK school has gone over to Barking and Dagenham. It was only a few months ago, that Conservative councillors were walking the streets of Stifford Clays, during the local and european election campaign, warning residents that the council were forging closer links with the London borough.

Strong leadership praised as Kenningtons Primary in Aveley rated as “Good”

EDUCATION bosses were buoyed this week after it was revealed that Kenningtons Primary in Aveley has been rated as Good by Ofsted. The report is full of praise for all aspects of the school but makes particular mention of the headteacher.

Kingsland Road to star in South Essex College celebration day

KINGSLAND Road, will delight fans with a special show at 3.15pm in the Amphitheatre. The lads, whose famous fans include Ellie Goulding and James Corden, will be singing their new song ‘Dirty Dancer.’ Matt, Connor, Jay, Josh and Thompson will also be available to answer questions during the day.

Ava’s a smart cookie as she beats the street

POINTS will be given a boost on Friday 11 July when Trevor Rawson of Tai Chi for Health (Essex) begins his own personal challenge at midnight. He will be tapping Thurrock’s 104 Beat Boxes in one session by walking, jogging and cycling a distance of 67 miles. Trevor’s chosen charity is Sugarloaf Riding for the Disabled.

Polly goes back to the Convent to encourage girls to chase “hopes and dreams”.

Polly led a whole school assembly encouraging girls to think about the hopes and dreams that they have for their futures and how to plan the steps that will make these hopes and dreams a reality. Pupils listened with interest to Polly’s story of how she made the decision to become a Parliamentary candidate and the route she had taken to get to this point in her career, including working for the BBC as a reporter on Radio 1’s Newsbeat.

Ofsted pleased with progress at East Tilbury Junior School

GOVERNMENT watchdog Ofsted has made a number of positive observations after a recent inspection at East Tilbury Junior School. The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require improvement following the section 5 inspection in February 2014.

South Essex College student makes his mark

THE Tovi EcoPark which has been named after the site’s Saxon heritage is currently being built alongside the A127, and will process black bag waste, recovering further items which can be recycled and treating the left over waste to reduce its environmental impact.  The facility will be capable of treating up to 417,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year.

Fundraiser to help Young Carers in Thurrock

STUDENTS and staff wore yellow to mark the day and gave donations to the cause. Sarah Allen, Centre Manager of the Young Carers Organisation, said: ”A big thank you to Palmer’s College staff and students for the donation, which will help towards the daily transport costs for our young carers.”

South Essex College’s new partnership brings more opportunities for Thurrock

THE University of Northampton has been chosen as a well-established centre of excellence, in the UK and internationally, in the field of sustainable waste management.

Art exhibition at Gateway Academy

THE BRILLIANT art work from the students at Gateway Academy will be on display on Tuesday July 8th at the Tilbury school. Go down and have a look. You will be amazed.

Benyon Primary welcomes Scrambles the Chick

FOLLOWING an agonising 21 days of eager anticipation, the Benyon Nursery are pleased to welcome Scrambles the Chick into their classroom. The children have learnt about the incubation and hatching process. They were extremely delighted when they saw the first cracks appear on Thursday morning and had to wait until the following morning to meet their new friend.

Summer fete at Ormiston Park Academy

IF you fancy an afternoon of fun the new Ormiston Park Academy in Aveley will be hosting a summer fete on Saturday 12th July from 1pm-4pm. Come and enjoy the many activities including a bouncy castle and face painting. Pick up a bargain by browsing around the book, jewellery and craft stalls and much more.

Accolades to students at Duke of Edinburgh awards

THE deputy mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray, presented gold, silver and gold awards to over 90 young people from seven Duke of Edinburgh groups at the council’s annual awards presentation evening. The groups included Grangewaters, OAKs, Thurrock Duke of Edinburgh Club, Grays Convent, Stanford Open Duke of Edinburgh centre, William Edwards school and a […]

Tory education spokesman backs headteacher Dr Asong in Gable Hall controversy

THE Deputy Leader of the Conservative group on Thurrock Council has come out in support of Gable Hall, following controversy over plans to change the lunch times, and other policy issues.

Ofsted recognise improvements at Lansdowne Academy in Tilbury

THE inspectors praised progress as improving with rising outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics, with very low levels of entry at Nursery and reception. They also found strengths in leadership, governors and teaching at Year 6 and in Early Years. They found pupil’s behaviour good and that the school has a well developed spiritual, moral, social and cultural ethos.

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