Education bosses praise for GCSE results

THURROCK’S education bosses have heaped praise on the schools after once again improving overall GCSE results across the borough — up 3.2 per cent on last year’s ten per cent rise..

Lynn Ibeji, head teacher of The Grays School Media Arts College in Hathaway Road, and chair of the Thurrock Association of Secondary Schools, said: “This is wonderful news.

“There’s no doubt that Thurrock’s schools and Thurrock’s young people are moving forward. No longer are we willing to accept ‘second best’, Thurrock deserves the very best and that’s what it is getting.”

She added: “Nobody can doubt the determination of the schools, students, teachers and parents to improve Thurrock’s results and year-on-year we are seeing that improvement.

“Well done to everyone involved — and congratulations!”

Cllr Oliver Gerrish, Thurrock Council’s cabinet member for education, added: “Too often people talk down the young people of our borough, but today’s results show we should be proud of them and we should shout about their successes.

“Improving education outcomes, skills generally and raising aspirations are the council’s key objectives, so today’s results are wonderful news. Coming on top of the Key Stage 2 improvements released earlier in the summer, this simply highlights the fact that Thurrock is heading in the right direction — upwards.

“We want our young people to be able to snap up the best jobs that will be coming to our borough over the coming years and this is a step in that direction.

“I want to congratulate every student, every teacher and every parent and carer — well done indeed!”

Jo Olsson, Thurrock Council’s Director of Children, Education and Families, added: “These results prove that the recent improvements in standards have been sustained.

“I would like to thank our school leaders, teachers, students and their families and Thurrock Council officers for their hard work and commitment to strong partnership working with both schools and academies which realised these outstanding results.”

Percentage of pupils gaining five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths

Chafford Hundred 92%

St Clere’s 70%

William Edwards 70%

Gable Hall 66%

Grays Convent 64%

Hassenbrook 59%

Gateway Academy 56%

The Ockendon 51%

Ormiston Park Academy 40%

The Grays 35%

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