WHEN THE statistics came out last week that not one single Thurrock student went up to Oxford and Cambridge in 2009-10, the first person we turned to was the principal of Harris Academy, Chafford Hundred (HACH), Chris Tomlinson.
Mr Tomlinson has been concerned about these figures for years as has all the other heads of the senior schools.
There are other figures that are equally underwhelming.
Proportion of state school pupils going into higher education.
Thurrock is fifth from bottom in the whole country with 49.4%
Proportion of state school pupils going into highly selective universities by local authority.
Thurrock is eighth from bottom with 5.7%
Tomorrow we will be showing our interviews with some of the students at HACH.
But we spent some time speaking to Mr Tomlinson to assess how he feels that HACH can reverse the trend.