Deal to move pupil unit to new £2.8m academy from Culver Centre, South Ockendon to former ack Lobley School site in Tilbury

The Culver Centre on Daiglen Drive

The Culver Centre on Daiglen Drive

First published in News

A SCHOOL for vulnerable children will be improved and moved from South Ockendon to Tilbury.

Thurrock Council has agreed to relocate the pupil referral unit from the Culver Centre, in Daiglen Drive, to new premises on the site of the former Jack Lobley School, in Leicester Road.

At the latest council meeting, leader John Kent said he hoped to see the £2.8million school up and running in a year, adding it was important children who used the site were able to access better facilities than they current had.

Mr Kent said: “If we are committed to education and supporting our children, the accommodation, location and facilities have to be better than they are at the Culver Centre.”

The unit is due to be converted into an academy in June, with the Olive Academies Trust as sponsor.

The trust has been helping the council help find a suitable site.

The closure of the Culver Centre will see its other facilities, such as training and meeting rooms, moved to the council’s offices in Grays from July.

The council’s music education service will be relocated to the High House Production Park.

A pupil referral unit offers alternative provision for those children unable to attend a mainstream school for various reasons, including behavioural issues and those who are ill.

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5:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

rocket1 says...

what does ECM think about this?.
what does ECM think about this?. rocket1
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9:01pm Thu 17 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

rocket1 wrote:
what does ECM think about this?.
Hey rocket1, you knew I wouldn't be able to resist commenting on this little nugget of pure gold eh?

I hope I’m not becoming that predictable? Even so, here goes:

Two Executive Headteachers (Thelma & ‘Louise’) on mega money and ‘Requiring Improvement’ was Ofsted’s latest judgement?!

Two years since the last inspection and the Ofsted grading still remains at a ’3′…fact! The phrase ‘rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” springs to mind!

“You’ll get what you got, if you do what you did”! It beggars belief that the 'charlatans' from Olive Education are to be the new Academy’s sponsor! Is the £2.8 million just to pay their consultancy fee?
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: what does ECM think about this?.[/p][/quote]Hey rocket1, you knew I wouldn't be able to resist commenting on this little nugget of pure gold eh? I hope I’m not becoming that predictable? Even so, here goes: Two Executive Headteachers (Thelma & ‘Louise’) on mega money and ‘Requiring Improvement’ was Ofsted’s latest judgement?! Two years since the last inspection and the Ofsted grading still remains at a ’3′…fact! The phrase ‘rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” springs to mind! “You’ll get what you got, if you do what you did”! It beggars belief that the 'charlatans' from Olive Education are to be the new Academy’s sponsor! Is the £2.8 million just to pay their consultancy fee? E.C.M.
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12:31am Fri 18 Apr 14

Ed Woods says...

...and the million dollar question is what will Thurrock Council do with the Culver Centre? Sold for more houses? I think we should be told!
...and the million dollar question is what will Thurrock Council do with the Culver Centre? Sold for more houses? I think we should be told! Ed Woods
  • Score: 2

1:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

d_2da_ougle says...

mr ed you might be very right i remember about a year and a half ago the council were looking at offloading their peoperty assets and the culver center came up as a option saving the council half a million every year, i do tend to agree though that for what we get out the culver center it does seem poor value for money it literally id just a adult education center now something i think services could be moved to the new collage in grays and be better served however i dont know why the council could not use the main building and convet it into council housing srtoke flats its ideal a large sight and the structure of the building is very sound
mr ed you might be very right i remember about a year and a half ago the council were looking at offloading their peoperty assets and the culver center came up as a option saving the council half a million every year, i do tend to agree though that for what we get out the culver center it does seem poor value for money it literally id just a adult education center now something i think services could be moved to the new collage in grays and be better served however i dont know why the council could not use the main building and convet it into council housing srtoke flats its ideal a large sight and the structure of the building is very sound d_2da_ougle
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5:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

rocket1 says...

it should cut the taxi bill for transporting the tilbury chavs to ockendon.
it should cut the taxi bill for transporting the tilbury chavs to ockendon. rocket1
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6:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

rocket1 wrote:
it should cut the taxi bill for transporting the tilbury chavs to ockendon.
rocket1, True...but it won't reduce the cost of transporting the poor unfortunate souls who are permanently excluded from the local ‘examination factories’ in the opposite direction!

Invariably, these miscreants who fail to cut the mustard in terms of possessing the potential to gain 5 A*-C GCSEs, will be banished on a one-way ticket to downtown Tilb, solely to enhance their respective Academies league table position!
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: it should cut the taxi bill for transporting the tilbury chavs to ockendon.[/p][/quote]rocket1, True...but it won't reduce the cost of transporting the poor unfortunate souls who are permanently excluded from the local ‘examination factories’ in the opposite direction! Invariably, these miscreants who fail to cut the mustard in terms of possessing the potential to gain 5 A*-C GCSEs, will be banished on a one-way ticket to downtown Tilb, solely to enhance their respective Academies league table position! E.C.M.
  • Score: -1

8:26pm Fri 18 Apr 14

rocket1 says...

as the school leaving age rises i think the PRU will get busier.
as the school leaving age rises i think the PRU will get busier. rocket1
  • Score: 0

10:41am Sat 19 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

Why not invest the £2.8 million in a free school and refurbish the building into a learning environment that’s aim is real education and not solely qualifications.

Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society.

Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work!

And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?!

Michael Gove…call me!
Why not invest the £2.8 million in a free school and refurbish the building into a learning environment that’s aim is real education and not solely qualifications. Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society. Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work! And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?! Michael Gove…call me! E.C.M.
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3:23am Mon 21 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

If I had a very sick sense of humour I would name the pupil referral unit after that dead socialist councillor Diane Hale because she loathed academies.
If I had a very sick sense of humour I would name the pupil referral unit after that dead socialist councillor Diane Hale because she loathed academies. poortaxpayer
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