A strong sporting ethos positively impacts on educational standards, regardless of ability. Resilience, dedication, hard work and commitment are some of the crucial values and attributes that will provide students with the tools they need to lead successful lives and make a difference in their community.

The academy will be built in close proximity to the Thurrock Rugby Football Club and Thurrock Harriers Athletics Club. This location will allow our existing partnerships to strengthen even further and will support the development of a world class sports hub in Thurrock, with development pathways for pupils and the wider community at all levels. We have a long and rich history of working in close partnership with both sports clubs and this partnership has benefited many of our pupils. Hundreds of former South West Essex Community Education Trust pupils have been coached by and represented both clubs at all levels, with a number going on to represent at national and international level. The new academy will strengthen our partnership working further and enhance facilities, provision and opportunities for all.