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Thames Park Press Release

Please find below our Press Release regarding the opening of Thames Park Secondary School: New free school for Grays The Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is delighted to announce that the Department for Education (DfE) has agreed to Thames Park Secondary School opening in September 2020. The school is being built on land adjacent to Palmer’s College in Chadwell Road, Grays. The site is within walking distance of both Thameside Primary School, Little Thurrock Primary School and the centre of Grays. As part of the Trust both primary schools would have priority for places. The new Thames Park Secondary School will serve the children of Grays and will be modelled on the very successful and significantly oversubscribed St Clere’s Secondary School based in Stanford-Le-Hope, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in December 2018. The new school will be: able to accommodate 180 pupils in each year group (120 pupils whilst in temporary accommodation) an inclusive comprehensive school for both boys and girls built on the strong academic performance of all the Osborne Trust’s schools led by Ashlie Hughes, Headteacher St Clere’s Secondary School, as the Executive Head. Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Health, said: “We are committed to ensuring all young people in the borough receive the best possible education and are delighted the vast majority of our schools are currently rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. “Demand for secondary school places is increasing and, together with our partners, we are investing more than £70million to create over 3,500 new school places in the borough. “The Thames Park Secondary School proposals are a big part of our plans and I am delighted that a site has now been secured. I look forward to continuing to work with the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust and the Department for Education on this important project, which will create 900 much-needed new school places in Grays.” Whilst the new school is being built, the first year group of pupils in September 2020 will use a newly refurbished teaching block adjacent to South Essex College in central Grays. This modernised and secure building will offer its own playground and separate entrance, with spacious classrooms and specialist teaching facilities. Paul Griffiths, CEO of the Osborne Co-operative Trust said ‘”This is an exciting opportunity for the Trust and a great opportunity for the families of Grays to benefit from the values led education available within our Trust. We will open statutory consultation from Monday 9th September 2019 for a period of six weeks and the first open evening will be held at 6pm on the 19th September at South Essex College (Thurrock Campus).” The open evening will be held in the college theatre just inside the main college entrance. Following the presentations, guided tours of the temporary accommodation will be offered to parents. Parents wishing to apply for places for the first year will apply directly to the Trust. Details on how to do this will be provided in September 2019 at the start of the new academic year. Future years’ admissions will be managed by Thurrock Council as part of the co-ordinated admissions process.

Thames Park Information Evening update

Information Evening - Monday 26th February 2018 Thames Park Free School The ESFA and Local Authority continue to make progress with identifying a site for the new Thames Park Free School. Unfortunately, due to the admissions timescale for September 2018 Year 7 places and the time it is taking for the ESFA to secure the land, we are unable to open as a new Free School in September 2018. The opening date has now been revised to September 2019 and will therefore be of significant interest to our Year 5 parents. We will continue to work with the ESFA and Local Authority to secure the land over the coming weeks. Year 7 school places for September 2018 The Trust has been approached by the Local Authority and have been asked to consider taking in additional Year 7 pupils at St Clere’s School in September 2018. The Trustees and Chair of Governors of St Clere’s School are happy to agree to this and are delighted to be able to extend the high quality education offer which is already in place at St Clere’s school. This means that there will now be an additional 120 year 7 places available at St Clere’s Secondary School for September 2018. St Clere’s is equipped and able to meet this demand as they have been proactive in setting up a structure in readiness to support proposed new Free School. Improvements to St Clere's Secondary School's facilities for 2018 In order to be able to accommodate the additional places, the facilities at St Clere’s will be extended by having a new classroom block, hall, kitchen and playground improvements. The first phase will be completed for September 2018. What does this mean for my child? If you have put St Clere’s as a first option it is highly likely that you will be given a place at the school. It is unlikely you will be offered a place at St Clere’s if you have put the school as a second or third option. National Offer day is this Thursday 1st March. If, when you receive your child’s offer of a place, you are not happy with the school that is allocated, we are more than happy to discuss a further option with you, which is our sister school, Brentwood County High School which joined our Trust in September 2017 and has Mrs Ashlie Hughes as Executive Head at the school. All the good practices at St Clere’s school, staffing and resources are shared between schools. There is transport already in existence taking children from Thurrock to Brentwood. If you would like to discuss this option, please phone us on 01375 648954, alternatively you can email us at