Grays Convent High School

Thurrock, United Kingdom

Location: Thurrock, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Girls
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Grays Convent High School

Grays Convent High School is a Catholic girls’ secondary school in Grays, Essex. There are 586 students on the school roll, aged 11-16. The town of Grays is the largest in Thurrock, with a population of 36,000. 

Grays Convent High School is entrusted by the Congregation of La Sainte Union, which was founded in northern France in 1826 by Father Jean Baptiste de Brabant, in response to great social needs after the French Revolution. Today, the union’s Sisters minister in 13 countries around the world. 

Grays Convent High School was opened in its earliest form in 1899. The original Grays Convent located next to the school has since been converted into a conference centre.


Penny Johnson

Values and vision

Under the motto of "inspiring ambition, achieving excellence", Grays Convent High School is proud to be successfully empowering young women to realise their full potential. This is achieved through a stimulating curriculum that is tailored to challenge each individual. Quality teaching and enriching opportunities also contribute towards developing and shaping students’ individual aptitudes and interests.

The secondary school is committed to providing an inspiring learning environment that is rooted in its Catholic tradition. Core values of unity, service, work and prayer underpin every aspect of life at Grays Convent High School.

Ofsted report

This school continues to be good. 

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. 

Since your appointment as headteacher in April 2014, you have worked relentlessly to establish high expectations among staff and pupils. You lead the school by setting the highest example, insisting on complete integrity in the work of your staff and leaders. Your dedicated and skilled governing body work alongside you diligently to continue to raise standards and expectations in the school and community. Most pupils and parents are glowing in their praise for the school. As one pupil told inspectors, ‘The whole school is like a family.’ 

View  our Ofsted report below

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Address: College Avenue, Grays, Essex, RM17 5UX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1375 376173