Ava’s a smart cookie as she beats the street

POINTS will be given a boost on Friday 11 July when Trevor Rawson of Tai Chi for Health (Essex) begins his own personal challenge at midnight. He will be tapping Thurrock’s 104 Beat Boxes in one session by walking, jogging and cycling a distance of 67 miles. Trevor’s chosen charity is Sugarloaf Riding for the Disabled.

Benyon Primary welcomes Scrambles the Chick

FOLLOWING an agonising 21 days of eager anticipation, the Benyon Nursery are pleased to welcome Scrambles the Chick into their classroom. The children have learnt about the incubation and hatching process. They were extremely delighted when they saw the first cracks appear on Thursday morning and had to wait until the following morning to meet their new friend.

Ofsted recognise improvements at Lansdowne Academy in Tilbury

THE inspectors praised progress as improving with rising outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics, with very low levels of entry at Nursery and reception. They also found strengths in leadership, governors and teaching at Year 6 and in Early Years. They found pupil’s behaviour good and that the school has a well developed spiritual, moral, social and cultural ethos.

Benyon primary are kings and queens of the castle

YEAR 2 teacher Natasha Moore explained: “Mountfitchet Castle offered a unique experience for the children to travel back in time 900 years, to witness life in a Norman Motte and Bailey castle and village. In a fun and imaginative way, the children discovered and learnt about the lives of Norman people by exploring the many houses and exhibits reconstructed as they were during the Norman times.”

Ockendon teacher in Queen’s Birthday honours

A former primary teacher at Bonnygate Primary School, in South Ockendon, her colleagues say she is convinced that any child, irrespective of their home circumstances, can thrive if shown love, trust and belief. She put this into practice by spending countless hours before, during and after school, coaching young people and building up their confidence and self-esteem.

Somers Heath making good progress say Ofsted

A THURROCK primary school said to be requiring improvement in February is already making considerable progress, says the schools inspectorate Ofsted.
An inspector paid a monitoring visit to Somers Heath in Foyle Drive, South Ockendon, on 22 May – the first visit since Ofsted were there during the “focus” on Thurrock.

Bulphan students visit Gateway FM

TWELVE excited children from Bulphan C of E Priamary School visited the studios of Gateway 97.8 on Wednesday 21st May and after a tour of the studios were given a big surprise.

Regular presenter of the programme Gateway to Jazz, David Fenn offered them the opportunity to make the first hour of his show, to be broadcast on Wednesday 28th May at 7 p.m.

Gateway Primary Free School buck trend with “Good” Ofsted

THE GATEWAY ACADEMY Free School in Tilbury has received a “Good” grade in its first ever Ofsted inspection. The school opened in September 2013 and is part of the Gateway Learning Community (GLC). The report, bucks a trend, which has seen (since May 2013) nine Thurrock primary schools receive a “Requires Improvement” grade, one placed in special measures and just one other (Arthur Bugler Junior) receive a “Good” grade.

East Tilbury primary told to improve by Ofsted

Brian Martin, who chairs the local governing body, was delighted that OFSTED had recognised the progress that had been made since last September. “We are aware that some of our pupils are not making as much progress as they should, especially in Maths, but OFSTED also recognised that the school is in a process of radical change for the better.”

Government Minister praises Tudor Court Primary

TUDOR Court Primary School, Chafford Hundred is celebrating after receiving a congratulatory letter from the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws MP advising them that they are amongst the 250 top performing Schools in the UK in terms of the progress that pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage […]

Councillor in the spotlight at St Mary’s

A COUNCILLOR faced tough questions on education when he visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School on Thursday. Tunde Ojetola gave pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at the Tilbury school a crash course in what a local councillor does, and answered questions on two of the hottest topics in education right now.