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The Coronation of King Charles III


On Friday 5th May 2023, some of our students planted a Cherry tree to commemorate the upcoming coronation of the King. They did an excellent job digging and planting. 

We have planted it at the front of the college for all to enjoy. We look forward to watching it grow. This will be a beautiful reminder of this significant occasion in British history. 


Street Art Community Project

A small group of our students were invited to take part in a subway art community project in Chelmsford. Four students worked with local artists called Brave Arts who previously worked with our students at the college to create our stage mural. They had a great time and also did something they had never experienced before. The artists were really impressed by the behaviour and skills of our students. 




  • Pumpkin Patch Project

    KS4/5 Work-Linked Learning students have been busy on a "Pumpkin Patch Project" with RHS Outreach and the Thriftwood College horticulture team. This is a funded project to transform a grey area of their local community into a green space for the enjoyment of others. The project began with an initial visit to the new plot at the Chelmsford Community Allotments in April 2019. They met with volunteers, did a survey of the area and tested soil.
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  • College Residential to Kingswood in Norfolk

    Class 11JE had a very successful residential trip to Kingswood in Norfolk recently. Students experienced a wide range of activities including archery, abseiling and obstacle courses and were encouraged to be independent and follow a timetable. We also managed to fit in a short visit to Cromer beach too! Everybody worked really well together and tried really hard to overcome various fears and anxieties.
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  • Students visit Pontlands Park Hotel

    The KS5 Hospitality and Catering group visited Pontlands Park Hotel to find out more about the Hospitality business and what it's like to work there. They had a tour of the hotel, asked questions about working there and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea! Many thanks to Pontlands Park for their generous hospitality.
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  • Students visit Smurfit Kappa

    Students from Years 10 and 11 visited Smurfit Kappa recently to tour their facility and to learn about recycling and packaging. Many thanks to Smurfit Kappa for their hospitality.
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  • Local Artists visit College

    As part of our Work Linked Learning provision, we have been inviting local artists in to the College to display their work in our Thriftwood Gallery and to talk to our students about their techniques and what it is like to be an artist.Our artist for December was Colin Steed, who has been teaching, exhibiting and painting commissions for many years and became a professional in 1998. He has led many courses in this country and abroad and writes for ‘Leisure Painter’ magazine. He is a familiar face to some of our students as he is also a Site Manager at Thriftwood School! On Tuesday 18th December, Colin gave a demonstration of a watercolour painting which the students and staff were enthralled with and was of great benefit to the students.
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  • Art Workshop

    A group of KS4 students were lucky enough to experience a street art workshop run by a professional street artist.  Everyone had great fun, working together as a team, sharing creative ideas, learning new skills, culminating in the production of a unique piece of artwork.

    Amazing Artwork

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  • Key Stage 4 Newsletter

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  • Christmas Newsletter

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