THE well-being team within the Gateway Learning Community were recently treated to a delivery of Always feminine hygiene care packs, courtesy of local company Proctor & Gamble (P & G), who supply 4.6 billion consumers around the world.
THE Royal Opera House has been working with Year 10 students from Grays Convent School to make animal headdresses for a production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde.
A TEACHER who sued a Thurrock school as well as Thurrock Council for £250,000 has lost his case. Ockendon resident, Jean Camurat took both organisations to the High Court earlier this month
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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 […]
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 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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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’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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.