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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.

“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.

Letter to Editor: In praise of South Essex College

SEVERAL of my peers have children who have done really well out of Thurrock Tech or South Essex College getting good jobs with promising careers. Now the vocational route in higher education is not for everyone but with the investment made by South Essex College over the past few years, our ‘local Tech’ is definitely worth a look.

Palmer’s students impress the bankers!


THE presentations were part of the Next Top Boss Business Challenge, which took place last week. The students gave up their lunch-time to deliver their timed presentations as well as answer questions from the panel about their recommendations.

The College was paired up with Lloyds Bank for this year’s Business Challenge. Last year the College worked with DP World. Both employers were an absolute pleasure to work with and offered brilliant opportunities for our students.

Palmer’s College fears for future as Gove’s free school support could cost them dear.

LAST week I wrote to Jackie Doyle-Price MP to explain to her the problem. We have not cut classes, nor reduced staffing because we are part way through the year and will do nothing to adversely affect students. Class sizes remain in line with our optimum level for viability.

Students flock to South Essex College Open Evening

SOUTH ESSEX College opened its doors to prospective students recently to inform them of the wealth of opportunities at the new campus. This may well be the last open evening at the Woodview Campus, which in some ways is quite poignant but in many many other ways signals the opening of a wonderful new chapter in the life of South Essex College.

The tweet smell of success on Twitter for @SouthEssexColl

IT may not have been a Bafta nomination but South Essex College was named ‘Education Tweeter of the Week’ in a blog by Elephant Creative recently. The company said that ‘Twitter engagement at South Essex College is fantastic, excited students are tweeting and buzzing about their first day of term and the Twitter…team have opened the social platform for students to engage, interact and converse with staff, administrators and other students.’

Young Palmer’s writers have stories published

FOUR A-level English students have recently had their stories published after winning a national young writer’s competition, run by the Young Writers organisation. 
 The students took part in a competition run by the Young Writers organisation. Their challenge was to retell a familiar story, adding their own plot twist. Furthermore, they had to do […]

Accountancy student Rebecca is on top of the world

FORMER Palmer’s student, Rebecca Whyman found her love for accounting whilst studying at Palmer’s College and has just obtained the highest mark in the world in her ACCA exams. Rebecca was awarded a 99% mark in her F5 Management and Performance paper which forms part of the ACCA exam. Local girl Rebecca is currently working as a trainee accountant whilst undertaking her ACCA exams. She said, “I was shocked that I received the highest mark in the world but at the same time was overjoyed with what I had achieved. “I owe my success to Palmer’s as the teachers were always supportive and made my lessons very interesting.

Skanska’s Christmas tree is coming to town

Skanska has been building the South Essex College campus since the start of the year and it will be complete in time for the first intake of students in September next year. Leader of the council and local Grays councillor, John Kent, said: “This is great news. Grays town centre hasn’t had a Christmas tree for at least seven years and I’m really grateful to Skanska for their generous Christmas gift.”

Palmer’s girl Georgia set to give them a twirl in Belgium

BTEC Sport student Georgia Stephan has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Twirling Championships in Belgium next year.
Following on from this success, she recently won gold in the Super X Strut twirling category where she was crowned national champion.


South Essex College highly commended in sustainability awards

JUDGES awarded the College, which has campuses across Basildon, Southend and Thurrock, for its “broad range of activities which have been achieved and obvious enthusiasm, which provides substantial opportunity for ongoing engagement from staff and students.”

Glittering prizes at Palmer’s awards evening

THE majority of prizes are provided by the William Palmer College Educational Trust, who generously give a huge amount each year to the students in prize money and help with financial assistance in other areas. This is a unique benefit that the College and its students are fortunate to have. Other prizes are kindly sponsored by individuals or local businesses with a current or past connection to the College. This year saw a new prize, the Health & Social Care Award in memory of Anthonia Afelumo, kindly sponsored by The AOFAC Foundation. Anthonia a former Palmer’s student, sadly passed away in September 2012, and was herself nominated for a prize last year, which her mother collected on her behalf.

Standards slammed as Ofsted deliver critical report on Palmer’s College

GOVERNMENT watchdog Ofsted has produced a highly critical report on the standards of performance at Palmer’s College in Thurrock.
The last report classified the college as “Outstanding” but the latest report has placed the college in the “Requires Improvement” category. The findings of the report may well go hand-in-hand with the recent education commission which uncovered that only 1% of all Thurrock students gain three A levels at AAB (the standard required to enter the top 25 universities in GB). The national average is 8%.

“Skills not schools” as government announce new college for Purfleet

PLANS for a pioneering “career college” in Purfleet for 14- to 19-year-olds have been announced by the government. The college is amongst a number across the country that will offer vocational training in a range of subjects including digital technology, construction, catering and healthcare reports The Independent

Dannie cops a look at US college life

A-LEVEL student Dannie Slade returned from a magnificent trip to the USA where she spent a week visiting prestigious US universities and experiencing life as an American student.
 As part of the Sutton Trust US Programme, Dannie spent the week residing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  The programme provides international opportunities for talented young people from low income families.

They did it! A level success at Palmer’s College

BIG smiles, endless cheers and happy tears were all part of the jubilation on campus during today’s A-level Results Day at Palmer’s College.
Students celebrated gaining superb results with fellow students and proud staff after achieving the grades they needed to secure places at universities across the country. The College’s A-level pass rate remained high at 97.4% with 63% of students gaining A*- C grades. 

An impressive 16 subjects gained a 100% pass rate. They included English, Physics, Law and Further Mathematics

Celebration of learning at Thurrock Adult Community College

THIS year’s guest speakers were Mike Rawlings (Chair of GB), Cllr John Kent and Jackie Doyle-Price MP. Mike spoke about the role of the governing body, Cllr Kent about the growth of the college to good and its further onward journey to outstanding importance of giving adults in Thurrock the skills needed for the new job opportunities, Jackie Doyle-Price spoke about the challenges overcome by some adults to enter learning, she also thanked staff for their professionalism, support and dedication.

Palmer’s student praised by Sailing legend Dame Ellen MacArthur

A-LEVEL student Ashleigh was diagnosed with a Ganglioneuroblastoma tumour when she was seven years old but after fighting back hard from the disease she was able to celebrate by joining record-breaking round-the-world sailor Ellen MacArthur for the race’s 76th running on Saturday 1 June 2013.

Sports awards at Palmer’s College

A number of prizes were awarded to students including players’ player, player of the year and sportsperson. The Outstanding Sporting Success award went to Lucy Dudley for her superb contribution to college sports. Ritchie Naylor, organiser of the event and teacher at Palmer’s College said: “The event was a great success; it is so rewarding to see so much sporting talent at the College being recognised. I would like to thank all the students for their commitment and sporting achievements this year, their efforts and behaviour have been commendable to themselves and the College.”

Students go APE for The Mighty Boosh star

ACTOR, comedian and successful graphic designer David Brown returned to his former College recently to inspire the next generation of creative professionals. Over 200 Media and Creative Arts students from the Southend Campus of South Essex College were treated to a talk by The Mighty Boosh actor and director of London-based creative studio, APE.

American dream comes true for Dannie

First year student Dannie Slade, 17 successfully gained a place onto the Sutton Trust US Programme after impressing the judges with a strong application and performance during a 3-day residential in London. Palmer’s College recommended the programme to Dannie who aspires to be Hydrologist and has always dreamt of studying Geography at a top US university.

Palmer’s College students take advantage of expert advice

HUNDREDS of first and second year students got a fantastic opportunity to seek advice from local, national and global employers at the College’s annual Careers Fair, held on Thursday 25 April 2013.

Over 36 organisations ranging from media, finance, fashion, IT, accounting, health, sport and many more, were on hand to give students advice and information about careers and training in their sector.

Palmer’s students display extended project work

OVER 50 Palmer’s College students showcased their final projects at their End of Year Show on Friday 22 March 2013 to students, staff and members of the public.

The exhibition featured a range of work including creative artefacts such as jewellery creation and script writing, dissertations about squatters’ rights, the death penalty, social media and more.

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