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:

Primary schools in Thurrock are incredibly high achieving. Outcomes for children have been above the average for England over several years. Thurrock secondary schools are striving hard and a number of them achieve above or in line with national averages.

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.