Students at Thames Park Secondary School played host to an exciting morning of events on Nov 1st 2022 as Baroness Smith of Basildon arrived, along with James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, to officially open the new buildings and school site. They were joined by representatives from the Department for Education, Thurrock Council, Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust as well as Bowmer & Kirkland, the school’s contractors.
Thames Park is the first school in the country to be built using the modern methods of construction technology systems. It is a highly sustainable building and, with its a low energy impact, will serve future generations of pupils.
The morning began with pupils leading guests on the tours of the state-of the art facility. They visited a wide range of lessons, showcasing the use of digital technologies that the school is becoming renowned for. From art to science, music to sports, guests were impressed
The whole school community was then enthralled by an opening ceremony designed and led by the pupils. A full-hearted Haka set the scene for Lucas Allright and Fadeelah Jokosanya to talk about their journey as founding pupils. Eduard Chirac played an inspiring intermezzo on the violin. The Headteacher Mr Bains thanked the many guests who had worked tirelessly over the years and been part of the Thames Park story. This was followed by a song and dance from Matilda performed by year 8 pupils.
Baroness Angela Smith gave an inspirational speech about the school’s place in the co-operative movement and the impact young people in this school will have on the future, stating that, “Thames Park is clearly a place where its pupils are flourishing”. A duet soulful rendition of ‘Opportunity’, rounded off the performances.
The ceremony ended as Baroness Smith and a founding pupil Sarah Ibiayo unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the school on its permanent site.