Something that really sets education apart in Thurrock is the fantastic relationship that exists between the schools and the local council, despite being made up predominantly of academies. The success of this support structure can be seen in the levels of improvement evidenced over the past few years.
The number of schools judged to be Good or Outstanding in Thurrock by Ofsted has improved by 40% over the past four years, so now over 96% of schools are rated Good or Outstanding.
In a letter from Ofsted in 2014, after an inspection into Thurrock schools, inspectors praised the headteachers and governing bodies optimistic feelings towards the local authority leadership. They said that most leaders felt the local authority was generally successful in maintaining productive partnerships with academies and free schools. School leaders also praised the regular Progress Board Meetings stating they were “challenging schools more effectively to improve achievement”.
Annually, Thurrock Council also hold an education awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in the borough’s schools. There are 15 award categories for teachers, headteachers, school teams, support staff and governing bodies that have gone the extra mile in sharing their effort, enthusiasm and talent. Awards include Outstanding new teacher, Outstanding contribution to education in Thurrock and Aspiring leader.