Free School Application Approved
A new Secondary School for Thurrock as Orsett Heath Academy gets the green light from the Government.
SWECET, the Education Trust that runs William Edwards School has been given official notification today from the Department for Education that their application to build a new 1200 pupil secondary school in Thurrock has been approved.
The school will provide much needed additional secondary places for Thurrock children and will be modelled on William Edwards but with a unique ethos of its own.
Steve Munday, Chief Executive of the Trust and Headteacher at William Edwards School is delighted with the announcement.
“This is great news for the Trust, William Edwards and Thurrock as a whole. The Department for Education have given a ringing endorsement of the high quality of education provided at William Edwards by asking us to replicate it at the Orsett Heath Academy, a brand new secondary school for Thurrock. This represents a significant investment in Thurrock’s educational landscape and we look forward to starting work to develop the new school and welcome more students to our educational family.
He went on to say:
“Today is the start of a long journey and there is much for us to do. I’m pleased our friends in the east of borough at St Clere’s have received the same news themselves today and, we will, of course, work together to deliver two great new schools for Thurrock”.
“I would like to thank the Local Authority for their ongoing support along with all those who have been part of our successful application.”
William Edwards is part of South West Essex Community Education Trust (SWECET) formed in April 2015. The Trust also runs Stifford Clays, Deneholm and Chadwell St Mary primary schools along with Marshalls Park Secondary Academy in Havering who joined the Trust on 1st April 2017.