Political heavyweights descend on Thurrock

Michael Gove speaks to pupils at Ockendon Studio School

Michael Gove speaks to pupils at Ockendon Studio School

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

TWO political heavyweights visited Thurrock to learn more about two of the borough’s newest and most prized-assets.

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education visited the Ockendon Studio School while Labour’s shadow culture minister Harriet Harman was at the High House Production Park on Tuesday.

Mr Gove described the Studio School in Ockendon - which is one of just 27 of its type in the country offering academic and vocational qualifications as well as paid work placements, linked directly to employment opportunities in the local area to 14 to 19-year-olds - as “fantastic”.

While Ms Harman, who was just down the road at the High House Production Park in Purfleet described the Royal Opera House set design workshop and £13million Backstage Centre, as an “inspiration”.

Both the High House Production Park and the Ockendon Studio School opened in 2012. They are entirely seperate but both provide bold, new ways of improving pupils job prospects by attempting to bridge the gap between working life and education through hands on, work experience learning.

Conservative cabinet minister Mr Gove, speaking of the Studio School, which neighbours the Ockendon Academy in Eriff Drive, said: “It was fantastic. I was incredibly impressed.

“Jackie Doyle-Price [Thurrock MP] had explained how it worked and had come about and seeing is believing. Jackie more than anyone has contributed to the establishment of the studio school at the academy.

“And the reason why she is such a big fan, which i’ve seen for myself today, is because it provides the perfect environment to get good qualification, work placements and then good jobs.

“Studio Schools like this one can play a bigger role in learners bridging the gap between learning and working. That helps prepare our children better.”

Ms Harman, who joined said: “The High House Production Park is really inspiring and really thought provoking in terms of how we can build on the great success of how this has been done in Thurrock and how that good practice can be followed in the rest of the country.”

Thurrock Gazette:

Harriet Harman, pictured second from right, with Labour colleagues at the Backstage Centre

She added: “The Royal Opera House building here is absolutely stunning. World class work goes on there. It offers great prospects to local people and gives a chance for more media facilities to be built.

“It’s extending opportunities to people who might not otherwise have a got a job relating to the Royal Opera House.”

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8:02am Thu 8 May 14

E.C.M. says...

Some people would say, in a climate of bullying, intimidation and fear, Mr Gove would have felt at home from home!
Some people would say, in a climate of bullying, intimidation and fear, Mr Gove would have felt at home from home! E.C.M.
  • Score: 2

9:01am Thu 8 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

a little lost there ecm please explain
a little lost there ecm please explain d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 0

9:29am Thu 8 May 14

ebagumtrebor says...

I don't see Eric Pickles anywhere so who's the heavyweight. I'm glad Harriet is back in the public eye after the scandal she didn't have the bottle to comment on. She's my favourite mad leftist feminist of all time. More pie Harriet.
I don't see Eric Pickles anywhere so who's the heavyweight. I'm glad Harriet is back in the public eye after the scandal she didn't have the bottle to comment on. She's my favourite mad leftist feminist of all time. More pie Harriet. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 7

10:32am Thu 8 May 14

E.C.M. says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
a little lost there ecm please explain
The recent Ofsted Report, that downgraded The Ockendon Academy from 'Outstanding' to 'Good', stated “The Principal, Vice Principals and other leaders are uncompromising”!

“Uncompromising”
? Some people would define “uncompromising” as ‘bullying’! Some people would even say this phrase is much more apt!

Why do the SLT at The Ockendon, just routinely disappear into the ether, never to be seen again?! And is there any truth in the rumor, that as another member vanishes into thin air, another rose bed appears in the school grounds?!

Ofsted? It’s Columbo who should conduct the next inspection!
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: a little lost there ecm please explain[/p][/quote]The recent Ofsted Report, that downgraded The Ockendon Academy from 'Outstanding' to 'Good', stated “The Principal, Vice Principals and other leaders are uncompromising”! “Uncompromising” ? Some people would define “uncompromising” as ‘bullying’! Some people would even say this phrase is much more apt! Why do the SLT at The Ockendon, just routinely disappear into the ether, never to be seen again?! And is there any truth in the rumor, that as another member vanishes into thin air, another rose bed appears in the school grounds?! Ofsted? It’s Columbo who should conduct the next inspection! E.C.M.
  • Score: 2

12:07am Fri 9 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

sly i assume means (seniour lead team) good point i suppose uncompromising is hardly a descriptive statement by any means if i was to be micheal gove i would want to know what the hell that ment and told the ofstead team to sort there reports out
sly i assume means (seniour lead team) good point i suppose uncompromising is hardly a descriptive statement by any means if i was to be micheal gove i would want to know what the hell that ment and told the ofstead team to sort there reports out d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 0

7:35am Fri 9 May 14

E.C.M. says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
sly i assume means (seniour lead team) good point i suppose uncompromising is hardly a descriptive statement by any means if i was to be micheal gove i would want to know what the hell that ment and told the ofstead team to sort there reports out
'SLT' does indeed mean Senior Leadership Team.

Be careful what you wish for! " If i was to be micheal gove"...a fate worse than death!
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: sly i assume means (seniour lead team) good point i suppose uncompromising is hardly a descriptive statement by any means if i was to be micheal gove i would want to know what the hell that ment and told the ofstead team to sort there reports out[/p][/quote]'SLT' does indeed mean Senior Leadership Team. Be careful what you wish for! " If i was to be micheal gove"...a fate worse than death! E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

5:48pm Fri 9 May 14

rocket1 says...

whats the pie connection with harriot herman.
whats the pie connection with harriot herman. rocket1
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Fri 9 May 14

Marcus P says...

I wonder how long Mr Gove would last as a teacher in a typical Thurrock school?
I wonder how long Mr Gove would last as a teacher in a typical Thurrock school? Marcus P
  • Score: 1

8:48pm Fri 9 May 14

The Hog says...

why are the tory's always around when the hard works been done,normally by somebody else and not them...
why are the tory's always around when the hard works been done,normally by somebody else and not them... The Hog
  • Score: -2

6:31am Sun 11 May 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Harriet and her husband supported the aims of the paedophile information exchange in the 70's.
Harriet and her husband supported the aims of the paedophile information exchange in the 70's. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 6

8:56am Mon 12 May 14

P01Y641 says...

ebagumtrebor wrote:
I don't see Eric Pickles anywhere so who's the heavyweight. I'm glad Harriet is back in the public eye after the scandal she didn't have the bottle to comment on. She's my favourite mad leftist feminist of all time. More pie Harriet.
Yeah if it had been anyone but a Labour PM, they would have been sacked and never voted in again. But Labour voters are mindless morons who support a party just because their family did, rather than realising Labour rapes the country whenever it gets in power.
[quote][p][bold]ebagumtrebor[/bold] wrote: I don't see Eric Pickles anywhere so who's the heavyweight. I'm glad Harriet is back in the public eye after the scandal she didn't have the bottle to comment on. She's my favourite mad leftist feminist of all time. More pie Harriet.[/p][/quote]Yeah if it had been anyone but a Labour PM, they would have been sacked and never voted in again. But Labour voters are mindless morons who support a party just because their family did, rather than realising Labour rapes the country whenever it gets in power. P01Y641
  • Score: 2

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