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St Clere’s thrilled at news of funding for new school

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St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust thrilled at funding for new school

Paul Griffiths, CEO of St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust – is thrilled to hear today’s announcement that its bid to build a new secondary school, Thameside Secondary School, has been successful.

Ashlie Hughes, Headteacher at St Clere’s and Executive Head Designate of the new school, said: “St Clere’s Secondary School is a high achieving, consistently oversubscribed school and we welcome the news today that work can continue to expand the trust by including a new free school.”

Paul Griffiths added “Thameside Secondary School will share the ethos of all the schools in our trust, working with the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity, democracy and solidarity. The school will be a mainstream, co-educational, non-faith six form entry school. This means for each year’s intake, we will be able to accommodate six full classes of students in each year group.”

The new school will build on the success of Thameside Primary School and St Clere’s Secondary School, providing much needed school places in the borough. The school plans to have 900 students on roll.

This announcement follows similar good news across the borough, including an additional new free school for South West Essex Community Education Trust which runs William Edwards, as well as a special all-through school for 140 students at Treetops Special Free School.

Paul Griffiths went on to say “I would like to thank everybody involved in this application process, along with the Local Authority for their ongoing support. We look forward to working in partnership with Thurrock”

He finished by adding: “Now, onto getting this new school built for 2018!”

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