Schools, the NHS and other partners have been praised by Thurrock Council following a successful year for education and healthcare in Thurrock.
Cllr James Halden, the council’s portfolio holder for education and health, congratulated everyone involved as he provided his annual report at the meeting of full council last night (27 June).
Among the accomplishments highlighted were:
- 94% of Thurrock schools are now rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted
- continuing work with the Education Skills and Funding Agency on investing more than £70million in creating about 3,500 new school places
- an increase in the number of sessions, activities, and health services on offer to families through the borough's children's centres and Brighter Futures service
- a significant improvement in GP standards – the number of surgeries rated as good has increased from 2 to 21 in the past 2 years
- plans progressing for 4 new integrated medical centres in the borough
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Halden said: "I am delighted to report that there have been some outstanding achievements over the last 12 months.
"As a result of lots of hard work and strong partnership working, the standard of schools, early years providers and GP surgeries continue to improve and there is a firm commitment to ensuring all residents have access to the best possible services.
"With demand for services growing, we are working with partners to increase capacity and choice in the education and health market.
"Soon we shall also launch a new mental health partnership with our schools, as we aim to lead the nation on the inclusion agenda.
"These are certainly very exciting times and I would like to congratulate everyone on their successes over the past year."
The report is available to read online – item 12 in the Agenda for Council, 27 June 2018.