Intrepid Lewis charts a passage to India

PALMER’S student and air cadet Lewis Coble spent over two weeks helping to renovate a remote school in the Thar Desert, north-west of India.

Lewis, 16 from Grays raised almost £1600 alone to help fund the trip by taking part in a range of fundraising activities including bag packing at his local Asda store, a yard sale and a sponsored trip to every underground station as quickly as possible. 


Pupil Referral Unit: Planning, absences and teaching standards criticised by Ofsted

“ALL the leaders here are pleased their work to improve the service has been recognised and they will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the improvements accelerate as a result of the inspection.” While the report recognises the service’s strengths, it says work still needs to be done in some areas of teaching standards, lesson planning, absence management, and publishing information online.”

Spy cameras in Hassenbrook Academy hailed a success

SPY CAMERAS in a Stanford-le-Hope school have been hailed a success. Last year, Big Brother Watch released the results of a Freedom of Information request. It revealed that Hassenbrook Academy were one of over 200 schools in the country that had cameras either in toilets and/or changing rooms. However, in a report on their website, technology providers, ClearView Communications have published a review that highlights the success of the installations.

Under-fire head of Grays Convent set to quit

THE HEADMISTRESS of Grays Convent school is set to quit at the end of the year. Ann Marie Brister has been head of the school since 2008 but in that time has seen it struggle to maintain its once lofty position. Schools, by their own volition, promote their school through statistics and some statistics do not look kindly on the College Road school.

Major education report: “lack of aspiration” in Thurrock schools

THE most surprising “disparity” comes from Harris Academy (Chafford Hundred). Its harshest critics have seen it as some form of Orwellian exam machine whilst others see it as a shining beacon of aspiration. The school has seen a meteoric rise in its GCSE results. Going from 59% in 2008 to a peak of 93% this year. However, in 2012, only 10% of students entered the Ebacc subjects and only 9% achieved a pass.

Opportunity Knocks today at High House

THIS year’s Opportunity Thurrock is taking place at the Backstage Centre, High House Production Park, next Wednesday 2nd October. Following from the success of last year’s event, which saw over 3000 people through the doors, they have moved to a larger, more dynamic venue to showcase the best of what Thurrock has to offer in terms of career opportunities, further education, higher education, and the fantastic opportunities that regeneration is bringing to the borough.

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.