Thurrock Council education boss celebrates A Level results

James Halden June

OVER 600 Thurrock A-Level students are celebrating after 96.4% pass rate after receiving results yesterday (Thursday 17 August).

Portfolio Holder for Health and Education, Cllr James Halden said: “Firstly, let me say I know how students felt yesterday! I left college in Thurrock in 2008 and I recall the feeling of opening that envelope.

“I am thrilled for so many of our students and proud of all their hard work. I am equally proud of the strides our sixth forms have made at Gable Hall, Harris Ockendon and Ormiston, all of whom have had an increase on previous year’s results.

“Results and good grades are being achieved, and a lot of hard work has gone in over two years despite the tougher end of course examinations and I’m incredibly pleased students have done themselves proud with a 96.4% pass mark.

“A-levels open up many doors to further educational and vocational choices. I’d like to wish all students the very best for the future as they look ahead and make more decisions about work and further studies.”

This year’s provisional figures show that the percentage of students achieving A*-E passes in school sixth forms including Palmer’s College is 96.4 per cent.

Cllr Halden continued: “Clearly the results we are seeing from Palmer’s show a very challenging backdrop. The first thing that must be said is that I know first-hand how hard students at Palmers worked and that they should be proud of all their hard work.

“Going forward, the council has been working hard to support Palmer’s in finding a new relationship and this has now been achieved with a merger with Seevic College in Benfleet.

“We look forward to working with the new team to ensure Palmer’s now goes from strength to strength. Certainly as an ex-student at Palmer’s, I look forward to helping the new college establish itself as an outstanding Thurrock institution.”

Thurrock Careers offers impartial information advice and guidance about future career pathways. There is a Personal Adviser available for support in school and opportunities for further help can be obtained through The Inspire Youth Hub in Grays. For Information, visit: thurrock.gov.uk/careers-advice

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