Our aim at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock (OA-Th) is to ensure that we provide each of our pupils with the confidence and resilience to achieve success. Our core values of conviction, determination, ambition and reflection underpin all of our work.

We offer our pupils a team of outstanding and highly effective teachers and leaders who deliver an innovative curriculum at KS3 and KS4. Our enhanced curriculum offer is based on the principles of expeditionary, project based, outdoor and experiential learning. Read more about our curriculum…

The principle of our work at OA-Th is that, wherever possible, pupils will access our intervention programmes as a preventative, short-term or part-time measure to avoid repeated fixed term or permanent exclusions. Our aim is to support each pupil’s smooth transition back into mainstream school.

We have up to 96 pupils on roll at any time. Pupils may be referred by the Thurrock Inclusion Panel. At panel meetings all local schools are represented and decisions are made on appropriate educational provision for each individual pupil. You can find out more about this process from the Senior Access and Inclusion Officer at Thurrock Council on 01375 652188.

Olive AP Academy – Thurrock also accepts complex needs referrals for pupils who may need home tuition or tuition in small groups within our Tuition Centre. These referrals must be supported by medical evidence in order to be accepted.

Please read our full entry criteria statement.

Please contact the academy office for further admissions information and advice at

Here’s what our pupils say about their time at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock:

“I attended mainstream school until I got to year 9, during year 9 I started messing around. I avoided going to lessons and reached a point where I didn’t attend any of them. Since coming to Olive I have really developed my patience and I don’t lose my temper as much. The staff at Olive have spent a lot of time helping me. I still find the thought of exams stressful, but I feel as though being at Olive gives me the best chance of success.”

“I feel this is the first time that anyone at school has really listened to me.”

“Olive haven’t given up on me, where I feel other people have given up on me in the past.”