THE UPWARD progression of Chafford Hundred School continues apace. The next step is the proposed opening of a Sixth Form in 2011.
You expect Headteacher Chris Tomlinson to shoot from the hip and here he doesn’t disappoint. Only 10% of Thurrock students go on to university. Chris points out that this is the same percentage as Newham who sit in the bottom quartile for poverty levels while Thurrock sits in the second quartile.
The Chafford team believe that you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.
There are many things that are clear. You won’t see sixth year students hanging around in their hoodies, caps and t-shirts.
Mr Tomlinson said: “We are looking out at Canary Wharf in the distance. We expect our students to be dressed, if not in suits then in the smart attire that reflects the modern business world.”
Head of Sixth Form Mrs Dillon also outlined in detail the courses offered and the paths to Further Education when the Sixth Form opens.
Some parents expressed their worries as their children would be the first “guinea pigs” but you could also see that they had borne the fruits of the most improved school in the United Kingdom.