Glittering prizes at Palmer’s awards evening

THE majority of prizes are provided by the William Palmer College Educational Trust, who generously give a huge amount each year to the students in prize money and help with financial assistance in other areas. This is a unique benefit that the College and its students are fortunate to have. Other prizes are kindly sponsored by individuals or local businesses with a current or past connection to the College. This year saw a new prize, the Health & Social Care Award in memory of Anthonia Afelumo, kindly sponsored by The AOFAC Foundation. Anthonia a former Palmer’s student, sadly passed away in September 2012, and was herself nominated for a prize last year, which her mother collected on her behalf.

Standards slammed as Ofsted deliver critical report on Palmer’s College

GOVERNMENT watchdog Ofsted has produced a highly critical report on the standards of performance at Palmer’s College in Thurrock.
The last report classified the college as “Outstanding” but the latest report has placed the college in the “Requires Improvement” category. The findings of the report may well go hand-in-hand with the recent education commission which uncovered that only 1% of all Thurrock students gain three A levels at AAB (the standard required to enter the top 25 universities in GB). The national average is 8%.

Dannie cops a look at US college life

A-LEVEL student Dannie Slade returned from a magnificent trip to the USA where she spent a week visiting prestigious US universities and experiencing life as an American student.
 As part of the Sutton Trust US Programme, Dannie spent the week residing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  The programme provides international opportunities for talented young people from low income families.

They did it! A level success at Palmer’s College

BIG smiles, endless cheers and happy tears were all part of the jubilation on campus during today’s A-level Results Day at Palmer’s College.
Students celebrated gaining superb results with fellow students and proud staff after achieving the grades they needed to secure places at universities across the country. The College’s A-level pass rate remained high at 97.4% with 63% of students gaining A*- C grades. 

An impressive 16 subjects gained a 100% pass rate. They included English, Physics, Law and Further Mathematics

Celebration of learning at Thurrock Adult Community College

THIS year’s guest speakers were Mike Rawlings (Chair of GB), Cllr John Kent and Jackie Doyle-Price MP. Mike spoke about the role of the governing body, Cllr Kent about the growth of the college to good and its further onward journey to outstanding importance of giving adults in Thurrock the skills needed for the new job opportunities, Jackie Doyle-Price spoke about the challenges overcome by some adults to enter learning, she also thanked staff for their professionalism, support and dedication.

Sports awards at Palmer’s College

A number of prizes were awarded to students including players’ player, player of the year and sportsperson. The Outstanding Sporting Success award went to Lucy Dudley for her superb contribution to college sports. Ritchie Naylor, organiser of the event and teacher at Palmer’s College said: “The event was a great success; it is so rewarding to see so much sporting talent at the College being recognised. I would like to thank all the students for their commitment and sporting achievements this year, their efforts and behaviour have been commendable to themselves and the College.”

American dream comes true for Dannie

First year student Dannie Slade, 17 successfully gained a place onto the Sutton Trust US Programme after impressing the judges with a strong application and performance during a 3-day residential in London. Palmer’s College recommended the programme to Dannie who aspires to be Hydrologist and has always dreamt of studying Geography at a top US university.

Palmer’s College students take advantage of expert advice

HUNDREDS of first and second year students got a fantastic opportunity to seek advice from local, national and global employers at the College’s annual Careers Fair, held on Thursday 25 April 2013.

Over 36 organisations ranging from media, finance, fashion, IT, accounting, health, sport and many more, were on hand to give students advice and information about careers and training in their sector.

Palmer’s students display extended project work

OVER 50 Palmer’s College students showcased their final projects at their End of Year Show on Friday 22 March 2013 to students, staff and members of the public.

The exhibition featured a range of work including creative artefacts such as jewellery creation and script writing, dissertations about squatters’ rights, the death penalty, social media and more.

Palmer’s pampering event in aid of baby Blu

PALMER’S College Student Executive will be hosting a Charity Pamper event for the community this Thursday 21st March, 6-9pm at Palmer’s College, Chadwell Road, Grays. The event is a special event dedicated to helping raise much needed funds for a local family in Grays raise money for their toddler, Blu Hill who was born with Cerebral Palsy and needs a life changing operation (£50,000) as well as special equipment to support Blu.

Adult Community College make an impression

MAYOR of Thurrock Cllr Yash Gupta MBE, John Kent, Leader of the Council and Carmel Littleton, Head of Learning and Universal Outcomes all had a tour of the Thurrock Adult Community College. College Principal Sharon Walsh, took the visitors on a tour of the building and met with some of the students who were in class.

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