Friday, April 19, 2024

Thurrock students celebrate on GCSE results day

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THURROCK students across the borough have been celebrating as they receive their GCSE results.

As we have already reported, Harris Academy are head and shoulders in front of every school in the borough with an amazing 93% of all students gaining 5 A* to C (in English and Maths).

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.

The result is remarkable as the school has gone under a major transformation as it is about to open it new build. The school will also see itself in the top echelons in the country, once the contextual value (CVA) added figures are added. These figures show the improvement from Year 7 to Year 11.

Grays Convent had 56 per cent of students gained 5 or more GCSEs at A star to C including English and Maths.

Hassenbrook Academy saw 62% of their students, achieve 5 or more GCSE’s at A* to C including English and Maths. A drop of 3% from last year but still regarded as a very creditable result.

Ockendon Academy were also delighted at achieving 51%. Whilst Hathaway Academy will be delighted at achieving 39% despite quite a transitional year for the school.

2013 5 A* to C (inc Eng and Maths)

1. Harris Academy: 93%
2. Gable Hall: 74%
3. St Clere’s: 66%
4. Hassenbrook Academy: 62%
5. Grays Convent: 56%
6. Ockendon Academy: 50%
7. Ormiston Park Academy: 40%
8. Hathaway Academy: 39%

No results provided from William Edwards.

For your guidance, here are the results for the last five years.

2012 5 A* to C (inc English and Maths)
1. Harris Academy (Chafford Hundred) : 85%
2. William Edwards: 71%
3. Gable Hall: 70%
4. Hassenbrook: 65%
5. Grays Convent: 63%
5. St Clere’s: 63%
7. Gateway Academy: 53%
8. Ormiston Park Academy: 38%

Results not published at the time (awaiting verification)
Ockendon Academy:
Grays School

1.Harris Academy (Chafford Hundred): 92%
2.William Edwards: 71%
2.St Clere’s: 71%
4.Gable Hall: 66%
4.Grays Convent: 66%
6.Hassenbrook Academy: 59%
7.Gateway Academy: 56%
8.Ockendon: 51%
9.Ormiston Park Academy: 40%
10. Grays School: 35%

1. Chafford Hundred: 79%
2. Gable Hall: 70%
3. Grays Convent: 68%
4. William Edwards: 67%
5. St Clere’s: 67%:
6. Hassenbrook: 64%
7. Ockendon: 46%
8. Gateway Academy: 44%
9. Ormiston Park Academy: 38.3%
10.Grays School: 30%

1. Grays Convent: 64%
2. Chafford Hundred: 62%
3. Gable Hall: 59%
4. William Edwards: 56%
5. Hassenbrook: 54%
6. St Cleres: 45%
7. Grays: 35%
8. Ockendon: 31%
9. Gateway: 31%
10.Ormiston: 23%

1. Grays Convent: 61%
2. Gable Hall: 60%
3. Chafford Hundred: 59%
4. William Edwards: 56%
5. St Cleres: 45%
6. Hassenbrook: 35%
7. Ockendon: 29%
8. Ormiston: 28%
9. Grays: 27%
10. Gateway: 17%


  1. Well done to the schools in the east of the borough!

    The schools in the West however are far from prefect. Anything below 50% is a failing school as far as I’m concerned. Ockendon has nothing to be ‘delighted’ about either.

    Ockendon/Ormiston Park/Grays(Hathaway) need to work much harder rather than settling for poor grades every summer. They are consistantly at the bottom.

  2. Agreed Bernard 87. Gable Hall needs to do better with the Corringham kids.
    Why are Ormiston delighted? Half the kids left without maths/english?????
    Why no William Edwards results? Convent on slide…
    Well done St Cleres.

  3. The factors that affect the results shown in these league tables appear to be too complex for the fatuous comments posted above.
    For example, in terms of performance we are not aware of the base line from which the pupils begin their work. So it might be possible that the Ormiston’s results are really good if most of their pupils came into the school with below average performance.
    Additionally, it would be really interesting to see a results breakdown that shows the percentage of students achieving results at each level. For example, if Harris Academy achieves 93% with most of those getting a grade C, then it is arguable that their performance is not as good as another school where a much higher proportion of pupils get A’s and A*’s.
    Ultimately, the results of a school will be dependent upon a combination of the qualities of the children coming in, the quality of the teaching and grade boundaries set by policy makers.
    So “Convent on the slide”; who knows? There were a number of young people who left that school with a mixture of straight A’s and A*’s.
    As there is a perception that higher results are easier to come by nowadays, Universities and employers are becoming much more focussed upon the actual results that a person gets. Hence someone with 11grade C’s is not seen as having as much potential as someone with higher grade results, and will find it much more difficult to get into the University of their choice.
    So if Ormiston are delighted that might mean that they know more about their children than you do Bernard & Giraffe. It could also mean that – as rumour has it – Harris Academy are focussed upon getting their pupils to continually resit exams until a C grade is reached rather than giving them an education that allows them to engage with the wider world.
    Of course, this final comment is not substantiated without the more detailed results and could be wrong. It seems, from your comments, that you are happy to leap in and make glib statements about the important work that teachers and pupils do in this borough without really thinking. Please try to do that in future.
    I did note that the press are stating the national results have declined by 1.7% and yet Thurrock seems to be showing an overall improvement. If that is the case then this is, in fact, a positive story about the state of education in the borough rather than something else to moan about.

  4. “Engaging with the wider world” – at least they get the qualifications to get a job! So are you suggesting that Ormiston kids engage with the wider world but then fail exams? I certainly hope they are being prepared for the wider world by getting the qualifications to be able to get a job or further education. Lower starting points? Don’t make excuses, three levels progress is what is expected nationally so if they all enter on level two at sats (very low) they should get a C grade at the end of year 11. 40% at Ormiston? Did 60% enter below level 2 then? I think not. Excuses and consistent poor performance need highlighting, not glossing up by claiming delight at 40%. 3 levels is the national benchmark so if a school is some way off that is black and white under performance. “Glib comments”- maybe, but accurate in light of data. Grays or the new Hathaway Academy has always been poor- but that’s ok as long as they learn “real world issues” and people defend it.

  5. My general point was that it is difficult to make the kinds of judgements you wish to make from the information we have been given.
    The assumptions that underpin your opinions have nothing to support them. Without knowing what percentage of children enter with low SATs scores it is impossible to know what the school should expect to achieve.
    Even if “three levels progress is what is expected nationally” that does not make it a reality for all children. If someone is struggling to learn in junior school due to circumstances in their personal life then it would be likely that this would continue into secondary school and they would fall further behind.
    In your follow up comment you have provided no information to show the cause of any “under performance” all you have done is restate your belief that it is the fault of the teachers.
    I am not making excuses for anyone, all I am doing is noting that we have not got the information to make any judgements.
    What you have done in your posts is show a desire to blame someone, anyone, if something is not working well.

  6. the figures show that four years ago the convent was the best performing school in thurrock now it has slipped to fifth place,something seems to be going wrong somewhere.

  7. Smithereen

    The proof is the article above.

    Thurrocks schools have been poor for a long time so it’s not a new problem. The fact that the cllr in charge of education ditched the portfolio and made his leader take it on gives us in insight into the mess that is education in this borough. As I said up post, the schools in the east of the borough are doing very well as is Harris. Grays Convent seem to be on ‘managed decline’ but are still performing OK.

    Ormiston/Hathaway and Ockendon have nothing to be happy about. Their results this year were poor and have been consistantly poor. Naturally I hope this changes and we see a better set of results next summer. I wonder whether a new multi million pound school building will help Ormiston (I’m skeptical)

    Thurrock could also do with a grammar school.

  8. I am not sure that the figures show what you think they show, Bernard. Comparing the year on year results does not take into account that different children will have taken the exams each year and that the Grade boundaries are also shifted to reflect the policies of Ofqual.
    You may remember the big fuss last year when boundaries where shifted and some people who were expected to get A’s did not. This year, Michael Gove specifically requested that boundaries were changed to make higher grades harder to achieve.
    It is impossible to know how much of an impact these things have, so year on year we are not comparing like with like.
    But if we are to assume that the comparisons are broadly valid, then nationally results have gotten worse but in Thurrock they appear to have improved. So who is responsible for that?
    I also wonder how a grammar school would help as the Harris Academy already get such high results. It might make more sense to focus the resources we have on the existing schools.


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