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.
RECENTLY, we were invited, along with local residents and councillors, for a tour of the Ormiston Park Academy building. You can tell how excited principal Tess Walker and deputy principal Huw Derrick are as they show us around the building.
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.
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.
HARRIS ACADEMY produced (yet again) a magnificent set of exam results for the GCSE’s. 93% of students achieved 5 A* including English and Maths. The results illustrate the progress the school has made since 2008.
ANYONE who witnesses the opening of the Harris Academy Sixth Form back in September will have witnessed the energy and ambition in the Mayflower Road school. And the first series of A Level exam results show the first year has been a roaring success.
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.
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.
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.
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).
THERE SEEMS to be more than one way to skin a cat at Grays School and Media Arts College (now called the Hathaway Academy). When the under-fire school was looking for academy partners, YT understands that they rejected the Harris Federation as “The Harris Federation may not suit their ethos.”
ESSEX Police has been called in to investigate an allegation of assault at Hathaway Academy (formerly Grays School). The investigation came to light after a person, understood to be a parent, made a number of allegations regarding the assault and how it was allegedly being handled on social media.
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.
TEEN POP sensations, JLS made a surprise appearance at Gable Hall school on Tuesday.The band, made famous by were there to sing with the Karis May Foundation.
David Roberson’s stepson suffers from RP, along with other members of his wife’s family, and, if the challenge is successful, his intention is to attempt this challenge again in 2014 along with members of the Ormiston Park Academy staff and pupils.
STUDENTS from Harris Academy in Chafford Hundred are at the centre of a fraudulent bus ticket investigation. The investigation was triggered after two of the schools students were allegedly caught in possession of the false four week adult season tickets as they boarded the Ensign bus in Aveley.
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.
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.
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.
THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price helped pupils at Harris Academy take part in the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Challenge and Jackie teamed up with colleagues from Sainsbury’s Chafford Hundred to help pupils take part in the exciting new addition to this year’s Active Kids scheme, now in its ninth year.
ORMISTON Park Academy was awarded the British Council kite mark for raising international awareness and working in partnership with other schools around the globe. They are extending the exciting work by revisiting the partner school in Bhopal India. The Purpose of the visit is to create a classroom in the School for Excellence, which is based in Bhopal, India. Collette Hunnisett visited the school last year and has planned the next trip, “We are taking six parcels with us to transform a classroom at our partner school, and the parcels consist of students work, letters and resources. Teaching is very chalk and talk and we are going out to share different styles of learning and teaching methods.”
The OPA Cadets CCF activities will take place after school. They will be provided with a uniform, parade on a weekly basis whilst receiving high quality military training in compass and map reading skills; rifle shooting and adventure training. As with the professional services OPA Cadets will have the opportunity to attend overnight 24 hour exercises and yearly central camp training in the UK.
THE POST for head-teacher at the Grays School and Media Arts College has been advertised. The proposed new sponsors of the school, the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT), has signalled their intent in changing the fortunes of the school by offering a bumper salary with the post.
ORMISTON Park Academy is very pleased that it has filled its sixth form quota for the academic year 2013 – 2014.
Unfortunately this means there is now a waiting list for other students keen to become part of the OPA 6th form.
With the completion of the multi million pound new build of OPA School looming, it opens in September, has created a demand for places. The state of the art facilities will provide OPA6th with fantastic opportunities combined with the outstanding pastoral care, creates a safe, unique and striving environment.