Living and working in Thurrock


Education is thriving in Thurrock and is crucial to everything we do. We have a wide variety of schools in Thurrock, including academy chains such as Harris Federation, urban schools with diverse intake of students, and small village schools with one form intake.

High achieving schools and academies

In recent years the educational achievement of pupils in Thurrock has improved faster than the national rate. More than 80% of schools in Thurrock are rated 'outstanding' or 'good' by Ofsted:

Secondary schools in Thurrock are incredibly high achieving and stand amongst the top 20% of English local authority areas. As they aim to reach the same heights, primary schools in the area have seen significant improvement in recent years.

Our 2 special schools – Beacon Hill Academy, for children with profound learning difficulty, and Treetops School, for socially disadvantaged children – are both outstanding.

Post-16 opportunities

Thurrock schools work hard to give children and young people from every community the best possible start to their education, from early years all the way through to post-16 provision. There is a major sixth form centre at Palmer's College, plus a state-of-the-art South Essex College campus.