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Welcome to Palmer's College


We are a specialist sixth form college providing post-16 education in South Essex to over 2000 students. Palmer's College boasts a fantastic team of teaching/support staff alongside superb new facilities.  The College has spent an impressive £5 million to improve its student facilities over the past four years.

There is a place for everyone at Palmer’s – our students are treated like adults, make great friends and achieve success in A-levels, BTEC and secretarial courses.

We are proud of our role in meeting the learning needs of its students and community.  The College's growing popularity both locally and further afield along with excellent results indicate that it does this exceptionally well with superb achievement results across all courses.

About us

Palmer’s College was founded by merchant, William Palmer, in 1706. For 300 years we have served the community of Thurrock and for over 30 years we have been the designated Sixth Form College of choice for 16-19 year olds in Thurrock.

We are an open access College and welcome students of all abilities from Thurrock schools. In addition we have many students from outside the area including Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay, Hornchurch, Rainham, Wickford and East London, to name a few. Working in partnership with Ensignbus and First Bus has allowed the College to provide excellent and affordable bus routes from various areas.

 

Facilities available

Modern facilities, highly experienced and friendly staff, excellent student support services are some of the features that enable us to offer a high quality learning environment for our students.  The virtual tour facility on our homepage provides a visual snapshot of some of the facilities offered at Palmer's College. An example of some of our facilities are listed below:

  • an award-winning Careers Centre
  • excellent student car parking facilities which are FREE (not all colleges have free parking)
  • New computer suites with a growing number of MACs
  • highly experienced,qualified, long serving teaching and support staff
  • Lecture Theatre - 217 seater
  • Library and Resource Centre
  • music technology suites fitted with industry standard software
  • recording and editting suite
  • beautiful traditional buildings on a greenfield campus
  • brand new social areas - Canteen, Garden Room and Lower Student Centre
  • Sports and Fitness Centre - on campus (open to the public and our students)
  • state of the art Dance Studio
  • a brand new Study Plus Centre
  • transport services - exclusive partnership with Ensignbus and First Bus Services 
  • well equipped art, design and photography rooms.
  • NEW science labs
  • and much more......

Additional support

When you join Palmer's College, we want to make sure that you get as much support as possible to ensure you achieve your potential. Every student is offered a screening test during Palmer's Day 1.  Any learning needs are highlighted from this and support mechanisms are put into place to help you with your studies during your time with us.

Every student also joins a Tutor Group (TG) made up of both first and second year students. Each TG has a student who is nominated as the TG Representative. With their help and that of your tutor, you will soon find your way around College and settle into student life. You’ll see your tutor every day and once a week there is a group tutorial where you’ll explore important issues related to student life. Every TG is also allocated a Head of Faculty to give you extra support when needed.

Our students demand high standards of learning and support; to help them achieve their goals we have a Study Plus Centre, which provides advice and support to improve learning strategies and raise achievement. Many of our students feel that investing time in understanding how to manage their learning has enabled them to gain confidence and improve their grades to progress and succeed beyond Palmer’s.  Excellent support is also available for students with learning/physical disabilities.

Student Services are exceptional at Palmer's College - the College has highly experienced counsellors, a brand new fully eqipped Study Plus Centre, an award-winning Careers Service and a Library and Resource Centre, renovated during the summer of 2011.

Learner success

2014 HIGHLIGHTS

This year's A-level pass rate remained consistently high at 97% for the second year running.
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20 AS and A2 A-level subjects gained a 100% pass rate including ICT, English, Graphic Design, Dance, Mathematics and Spanish

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100% Secretarial Courses - level 3 and level 2 __________________________________________________________________

99% BTEC Extended Diploma - level 3 and BTEC Diploma -  level 2

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47 students gained triple distinctions (equivalent to 3 A's at A-level)

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This year saw Natasha Smith gain a place at Oxford University after getting 3 A*s in Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Palmer's College directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2015
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Venues

  • A: Palmer's College
    • Address:
    • Chadwell Road
    • Grays
    • RM17 5TD
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01375370121
    • Website:
    • www.palmers.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • enquiries@palmers.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • We are a specialist sixth form college providing post-16 education in South Essex to over 2000 students. Palmer's College is a warm and welcoming college and offers a fantastic team of teaching and support staff alongside superb new facilities.  The College has spent an impressive £4.2 million to improve its student facilities over the past three years.

      There is a place for everyone at Palmer’s – our students are treated like adults, make great friends and achieve success in A-levels, BTEC and secretarial courses.