Gable Hall: Year 7 Local Democracy Day

THE FUTURE politicians in Thurrock were in display at Gable Hall School last week as part of a Democracy Day. Each table had to form a series of policies and then try and ‘sell’ them to the other parties. (Did anyone defect to the other side…Ed?) Energy, eloquency and persuasion were in abundance as they […]

Art at Belhus Chase School

THE level of artistic talent on show at Belhus Chase School is outstanding. We could do no more than let the work speak for itself as the camera panned across the work from various age groups in the school.

The Gable Hall Farm

THERE’S a bit of an agricultural war going on here! We follow the William Edwards Chicken Run with the Gable Hall Farm film. YourThurrock found staff and students busy on their day off working hard on the small farm area at the back of the school. The aim of the farm is a shift away […]

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 […]

Olympian At St Clere’s

JUST a few months ago, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster was flying the flag for Team GB in Beijing. On Friday he was at St Clere’s School in Stanford-le-Hope as part of a multi-agency initiative to promote play and drive down obesity levels in the borough. As figures show more than a quarter of UK children […]

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. […]