Steven Berkoff unveiled as Ormiston’s first ever patron

STEVEN’S powerful stage presence earned him a reputation as one of the most charismatic actors of his generation appearing in iconic films such as A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon. He has appeared in blockbusters such as James Bond’s Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolute Beginners and The Krays; more recently The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Schools minister congratulates Harris Academy Chafford

THIS means that, in summer 2012, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred achieved better GCSE results than any other school with a very similar cohort of students. In his letter to the Academy, Mr Laws wrote: “Your school stood out in two ways. First, you were ranked number one in your table. Second, over 10 per cent more of your pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths than is typical of a school with your intake. This is a fantastic achievement that you should be very proud of.”

MP pays a visit to high flying Gable Hall

LAST week Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, paid a visit to Gable Hall School to meet with their student leadership team and to present them with an EQualities Award. The visit and the award follow on from a fantastic year of GCSE results whereby 73% of pupils achieved a record 5 GCSE’s at A*-C.

St Clere’s students impress at House of Commons

“It was great to see St Clere’s students like Rachael and Faizal speak confidently at the House of Commons about the success of their school. Co-operative values mean the school is not only about good exam grades – the school raises citizens who know their obligations to the community and believe in their own power to improve it. I hope more schools can adopt the values and approach of st Clere’s.

Important information for secondary school places

Parents of children who will leave primary school in 2014 – those born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003 – must apply for a secondary school place for September 2014. Thurrock Council has an efficient and effective online system for people with access to the internet – last year nearly nine out of ten people applied this way.

Education boss delighted with results on GCSE day

EDUCATION boss, John Kent does the rounds on GCSE results day. Of the ten secondary schools and academies in Thurrock, six saw improvements in their overall results and there has been a large rise in English Baccalaureate (EBacc) success rates – the EBacc is seen as the platform for young people to go on to A-levels and high-quality vocational study.

Thurrock students celebrate on GCSE results day

GABLE Hall School broke their record with 73% of students getting at least 5 GCSE’s. Their mark goes up from 70% in 2012 and 66% in 2011. Ormiston Park Academy were also delighted as they gained 40 of students gaining at least 5 GCSE’s incl English and Maths. This mark may go up to 42%. This will be their highest ever mark.

Blogpost by Daniel Parker. “My tribute to Gordon Eckley”

LIFE will never be the same without you, you’re absolutely irreplaceable, and the day you passed away was a day which I just never thought would come. I cry whilst writing this, but know this Grandad, we knew how much you adored us, and you knew how much we adored you. The last time I saw you, you could barely speak, you took my hand and gripped it tight, it was your way of saying how much you loved me, and I’ll never forget that. You were one of a kind and it absolutely pains me that I’ll never be able to see you again and have a conversation with you again. I know, though, that you’re up in Heaven now, looking down on us and you’ll guide us through our lives. It was an absolute honour being your Grandson, Grandad. Thank you for 19 and a half years of unconditional love. You’ll always live on in our hearts.

Ormiston teacher heading to Tanzania

In rural Tanzania the average school teacher earns just $5 per day. These teachers do not have the benefit of teacher training enjoyed by teachers in the UK, and teach classes of sometimes over 60 students. Yet for the students, a quality education is their only way out of poverty.

Donated kits reach Africa

SPORTS staff at Palmer’s College donated over 70 pieces of unwanted PE kit which was being replaced following the recent rebrand of the College.

Santasi Junior School in Kumasi, Ghana benefitted from 32 shirts and a Community Football Club in Okpanam, Nigeria who received a range of kit which was much needed.

Education boss visits troubled academy

THURROCK’S education portfolio holder visited the borough’s first and its latest academy schools in the last week. Council Leader Cllr John Kent was at the Hathaway Academy – formerly The Grays School – on Friday (12 July) and The Gateway Academy, Tilbury, on Thursday (18 July).

Pressure groups claim abuse a “low priority” in Thurrock schools

FINDINGS from a new survey of all secondary schools in Thurrock conducted by the End Violence Against Women Coalition published today (3 July) show that local schools currently make a low priority of girls’ safety and tackling abuse of women and girls – even though almost half of them dealt with incidents related to sexual violence, sexual harassment, pornography and intimate partner violence over the last year.

Angry parents take to Facebook over Hassenbrook bullying allegations

AN INTERNET war of words has broken out over claims that a Thurrock school has not reacted strongly enough after a student was allegedly beaten while being filmed by a gang of fellow pupils.

The alleged incident at Hassenbrook Academy in Stanford-le-Hope came to light when a member of the victim’s family posted details on the “Stanford-le-Hope” Facebook page.

Head set to quit at Hassenbrook Academy

THE HEADTEACHER at Hassenbrook Academy, Richard Glasby is set to quit his post at the Stanford-le-Hope school. The governors are hoping to have someone in position in January 2014 but earlier if possible. Mr Glasby will leave the school having gained 65% 5 A* to C in last years GCSE results, leaving it in fourth place in the borough.

Palmer’s host gifted and talented evening

OVER 150, Gifted and Talented (G&T) students across Thurrock attended a special information evening offering advice on applying to top universities as well as highlighting the challenges faced today by students. Palmer’s students, year 12/13 students from school sixth forms across Thurrock and their parents attended the brand new event put on by the College to help support students and their parents during such a crucial time.