Partnership is at the heart of our school and our school is at the heart of the Southend community.

Thorpe Hall prides itself on its award-winning education and aspires to give back to the local and national community. Partnership is at the heart of all Thorpe Hall’s work, and our school is keen to make a significant impact on the education and life opportunities of Southend children, young people, and their families – and to support our wider community.

Through the Thorpe Hall Community Fund and the work of the school’s Development Officer, Ali Gellett, Thorpe Hall is establishing significant partnerships which are already starting to make a difference and change lives.

There is a summary of some of our most recent partnership projects below. If you would like to know more about our partnership work or would like to get involved yourself, please email

My Future My Southend
Thorpe Hall initiated and leads ‘My Future, My Southend’ (MFMS), hosting a pilot event for 900 Southend pupils in 2020 as the first part of a wider programme to raise aspirations and broaden horizons for all Southend primary children from Sep 2021.

MFMS is in partnership with Southend Council Economic Development Team (ensuring it links to Southend’s future skills shortages), partner schools, Education and Employers, Southend’s Teaching School Alliance, Connexions and Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS).

MFMS will provide Southend’s 15,000 primary children with opportunities to hear about a range of jobs, to meet volunteers from different companies and roles, and to explore what possibilities will exist for them in Southend and beyond.

Southend Emergency Fund (SEF)
SEF (set up during Covid) is working in partnership with Thorpe Hall which is an official Ambassador. Thorpe Hall is the strategic lead for all Southend schools and is working with SEF leadership to plan the fund’s future after Covid.

Thorpe Hall organised and hosted ‘Invisible’ (high impact drama production and practical guidance) to equip parents and staff to engage with teenagers to improve wellbeing, with over 135 bookings from parents and staff representing over 25 schools.

In April, Thorpe Hall was scheduled to host ‘PlastiCity’ in partnership with Southend Council, Interreg Europe and Portsmouth University for businesses, schools and community groups to reduce plastic waste. Thorpe Hall is now working with them on virtual events.

Small Charities Week (SCW)
In June, Thorpe Hall was to host an SCW Conference with SAVS, and a Dragons Den where charities learn about funding bids and use their expertise to gain additional funding. In 2019, this resulted in additional charities funding of over £250,000. The virtual event is being considered as a model for future SEF distribution.

Southend Primary Headteachers Association (SoPHA)
Thorpe Hall has developed a close partnership with SoPHA, hosting all meetings and facilitating links between SoPHA and other agencies locally and nationally.

Southend Business Partnership Executive Board (SBPEB)
Thorpe Hall hosted SBPEB as they planned strategic Southend development.