Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Four primary heads face an apocalypse

IT WAS probably not how the four heads of Thurrock primary schools wanted to spend their Friday night but they attended the meeting of the Thurrock Council cabinet where they received the bad news that the council could not give them the guarantees regarding the future of their schools that they were looking for.

Abbots Hall primary, Arthur Bugler Junior and Infants and Graham James primary have seen their school rolls fall for a number of years now. The schools are in extremely close proximity to each other with a number of them sharing the same school playing fields.

The four heads stat grim faced as leader of the Conservative group, cllr Garry Hague asked portfolio holder Diana Hale “What are the local authorities’ plans for the four schools and the site that incorporates Arthur Buglar and Graham Jones schools (sic)?”

The portfolio holder explained that all the schools had an oversupply of places, (something that was pointed out by Ofsted) and so no guarantees could be made.

With several developers having expressed an interest in the land, it seems only a matter of time before a major restructuring of primary education takes place in Stanford-le-Hope with many believing that the schools will merge into one.


  1. · its time that we stood up our green land being sold off in this area. if the schools are shut the land will be sold off and homes built on there, if the schools are mixed into one where are the new children from the new home going to go, oh yes thats right, they will be placed into the new mixed school making it over crowded.
    too long now have thurrock council have used this area are a game of sim city.

  2. There are a number of inconsistencies in the approach that the Local Authority are taking towards the Stanford schools

    The LA are taking a short termist approach as a means of trying to raise money. They are not looking at the whole picture in relation to the proposed developments planned for the Stanford and Corringham areas.

    Firstly, Arthur Bugler do not have consistent falling roles, nor do Graham James

    This approach is about carving up the land to line the pockets of the LA / & benefit other schools in the borough do the disadvantage of the children and parents in Stanford and Corringham.

    The Butts Lane (Stanford le Hope) development proposal from Barratt homes for 350 homes has been approved by the TTGDC and this is entirely due to the Council not having a much needed 5 year land availability plan in place in this area.

    These new houses HAVEN’T been taken into account for pupil place planning in Stanford/Corringham so what effect will they have on rising pupil numbers in this area?

    Are we then likely to see more private proposals come through in the Stanford / Corringham area approved by the DC which heavily impact on local schools who will not be able to meet demand due to enforced enclosure by the LA…….. in essence another Chafford Hundred school places disaster!


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