Essex Book Festival: Marion McGilvray

THE self-effacing Scottish writer discusses her new novel, ‘A Lost Wife’s Tale’ at East Tilbury Library. Each book reading has been different and here we catch the writer and audience in conversation discussing life, domesticity and the writing process. A reminder that the East Tilbury Library will be holding a Bata Reminisce Day on April […]

Palmer’s College: Blood Donors

218 STUDENTS and staff at Palmer’s College in Grays signed up to register as blood donors to help save lives on Monday 16 March 2009. This year they also saw 4 students register to carry organ donor cards. The College recognises the importance in giving blood and organised for the National Blood Service to come […]

Ascend Base: Nathan Hunnisett

THE Ascend Base has been one of the greatest triumphs for Thurrock education. Before it was started, many pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs had to be taxi’d out as far as Sussex. Nathan charts the history of the Base, the challenges and the successes of the Base so far.

Thurrock Learning Campus: Opening Ceremony

THE MOST important event in Thurrock this week was yesterday’s (Thursday) official opening of the Thurrock Learning Campus in Grays. Representatives from Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Thurrock Council, South East Essex College, DP World (London Gateway) were on hand to witness a hugely significant day in the history of Thurrock’s regeneration. One of the […]

Gateway Academy Arts Department

WHEN the bell goes for the end of the school day at Gateway Academy in Tilbury many of the students stay on for the day. The Art Department is full of students from Year 7 to Year 11 continuing to develop their skills and talents in a creative environment. YourThurrock visited the Department to find […]

Orsett’s Got Talent!

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Gateway Academy: Comic Relief

WE’VE been instructed not to mention the outfit Headteacher Kevin Sadler was wearing, so we won’t. In the morning the lessons were devoted to the purpose of Comic Relief. In the afternoon they got out there and walked the walk.

Comic Relief: Abbot’s Hall

ON A serious note, it’s a credit to all the schools that even though there was a great level of excitement in the schools, classes went on as normal and pupils behaved impeccably. Meanwhile down in Abbots Hall their intrepid reporters went from class to class asking questions about Red Nose Day.

Grays School Talented Pupils

THE CREATIVITY and invention just leaps out of the screen. In fact there was so much creativity going on that we’ve divided the film into two parts. Grays School with its specialism as a Media Arts College has a fantastic Gifted and Talented Pupil scheme. There were more than one group working but this group, […]

Chafford Hundred Campus: Specialist Status

NOT ONE Specialist Status But Two! The meteoric rise of Chafford Hundred School continues apace with the progress being rewarded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families with a second specialist status. We spoke to Headteacher Chris Tomlinson on how this came about and which subject they will choose.

Treetops: Monster Mash

YOURTHURROCK returned after a month to see how the sixth years at Treetops were getting on with their rehearsals for a concert at the Thameside Theatre in May. They have really come a long way (even got a white coat!). The dancing and choreography is excellent. What you don’t see on camera is that at […]

Belhus Head: Tess Walker: Academy Status

MRS WALKER must visit the gleaming educational cathedral that is Gateway Academy and hope that one day, Belhus Chase will look like that. Hope is turning to reality, slowly but surely. YourThurrock spoke to Tess Walker about the plans and hopes for the school. We also asked her about how the school is now gearing […]

Ralph Henderson: Legendary Teacher

THE term ‘inspirational’ is bandied about a bit too much these days – as is ‘legend’ and ‘classic’. But to follow Ralph Henderson around his beloved school is to witness a teacher who is as keen, disciplined, committed and inspirational as the day he stepped off the train from Wales in 1970. An outstanding rugby […]

Palmer’s College Musical Showcase

THERE’s a wealth of talent coming out of the B-Tec classes at Palmer’s College in Grays. The Mayor of Thurrock, John Everrett was on hand to witness a wonderful performance that would not of been out of place on any stage. Their teachers will know the difference between the first years and the second years. […]