St Clere’s School has been a popular oversubscribed secondary school since it opened in 1978. In 1993, it was one of the first schools in Essex to become Grant Maintained. In September 2009, St Clere’s became a Foundation Trust school, starting the St Clere’s Co-operative Community Learning Partnership. When East Tilbury Infant and Junior Schools joined St Clere’s in the Foundation in 2010, the decision was made to change the name of the Foundation to North Thames Co-operative Learning Partnership.
St Clere’s School converted to an Academy in September 2011 and in April 2012, it opened the first Multi-Academy Trust to have Co-operative Articles of Association in the country, with East Tilbury Infant School and East Tilbury Junior School. Since then, the St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust has proudly welcomed Thameside Primary School (September 2012), Stanford-le-Hope Primary School (June 2013), Arthur Bugler Primary School (September 2016) and Brentwood County High School (September 2017) into its family of schools.
Paul Griffiths, former Head Teacher of St Clere’s School, became the Chief Executive Officer of St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust in September 2013. Since then, he has been working closely with the schools, supporting them to raise attainment and attendance while promoting the trust-wide ethos. The ethos of all schools in the Trust is centred on the Co-operative values of self-responsibility, self-help, equality, equity, democracy and solidarity.
By providing support to each other with these values in mind, we aim to improve educational standards in our school and the local area so that every pupil can reach their full potential. We believe that it is a sense of shared responsibility – in which everybody has a vested interest and the opportunity to play their part – that will transform education in our community.
St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust is collaborating with local primary and secondary schools as well as with the six academies in the Trust. St Clere’s School is also working in collaboration with two local secondary schools to run the Stanford and Corringham Sixth Form Centre.
Each school has a pupil council and representatives from each school meet to discuss cross-phase issues including transition. Pupils are supported to be active learners, capable of being tomorrow’s leaders.