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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.

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.

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.

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 […]

Is it all going wrong for Dr Asong?

TO MANY Gable Hall observers the relationship between the headteacher Dr Sophina Asong and staff, parents, governors and students has never been a totally harmonious one. Then again, following John King MBE has never been an easy act to follow. And it cannot have been easy when it was believed that you were not Mr King’s number one choice to succeed him.

Music with distinction at Palmer’s College

MUSIC students have been busy creating and producing tracks to be launched on the College’s very own record label – Distinction Records. This year’s Level 3 BTEC Music Technology students have had the brilliant opportunity to release their own music across all popular digital download websites, thanks to the College’s Music department setting up the College’s very own record label.

Labour candidate Polly Billington impressed with progress at Hathaway Academy

“But I am aware schools in Thurrock experience some serious challenges, not least when ministers get obsessed with structures of schools rather than the quality of learning. I am keen to meet all the headteachers of the schools in the Thurrock constituency to find out from them what would make a difference at national level to raise the ambitions and achievements of our young people here in Thurrock.”

Heartache at Hathaway Academy as headteacher James Howarth battles cancer

“FOLLOWING his recent diagnosis with lymphoma, Principal James Howarth will be taking a leave of absence from The Hathaway Academy. James is a highly respected leader with a clear, shared vision for the academy that will continue in his absence. We are working together with the Chair of Governors and senior staff at the academy to look at how we will continue to deliver this vision and ensure there is no disruption to our pupil’s education over the coming months.

Gateway Academy students clean up Tilbury

THE council’s Street Cleansing Services made sure everything collected was disposed of properly, and its waste and recycling education officer was also on hand to discuss the hazards of littering.

Gateway Academy sixth form to close

THE Sixth Form form at the Gateway Academy is set to close in July. It is understood that the Tilbury school has struggled to compete with Palmer’s College, South Essex College and Harris Academy.

Gable Hall scoops Educational Outcomes Award

GABLE Hall’s success was identified in a recent in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state funded schools in England by SSAT, the national school’s membership organisation for improvement and collaboration. The school qualified for the award by being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.

Ofsted notes “reduction in exclusions” as Hassenbrook Academy moves forward

ATTENDANCE is improving; it is now broadly in line with the national average because leaders monitor absence very carefully and intervene quickly. Changes to the school’s behaviour policy, together with improvements in teaching, have led to a sharp reduction in the incidence of poor behaviour within lessons. Attitudes to learning are less positive when activities are not engaging, or when students are working on tasks that are too easy, or too difficult, for them. The incidence of temporary exclusion increased, initially, as academy leaders made clear their expectations about behaviour. It has fallen considerably in recent months. The academy works very effectively with those at risk of permanent exclusion, so that they continue to achieve, and behave well upon reintegration to lessons.

Newly qualified teachers set to flock to Hathaway Academy

NEWLY qualified teachers (NQTs) are set to flock to Hathaway Academy on Tuesday as part of a major recruitment drive at the Grays school. An intensive advertising campaign has been conducted over the last few weeks at the school that is setting about a major transformation under new principal James Howarth.

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.

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.

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 […]

School Places: Wrong…Do it again!

AN increasing number of parents are not ensuring their children have the widest choice of secondary school because they don’t fill in the admissions correctly.
Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, Leader Cllr John Kent, said on Friday (7 March): “When I saw the admissions figures I was initially shocked by the fact that around a hundred were classed as ‘unplaced’.

Hassenbrook Academy ranked bottom of first choice bids

AS you may or may not have noticed, we do tend to take an interest in school admissions numbers. The reason is (and we could be wrong) is that we suspect that a possible consequence of the schools increasingly acting like businesses is that, there is a risk that, the laws of supply and demand may come into play and one many end up closing due to, amongst other factors, simply not attracting enough custom.

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