Dilkes Academy, an outstanding school, Ofsted 2012, were approved as a sponsor by the DfE and were responsible for setting up Catalyst Academies Trust in 2013. Dilkes was in the top 5 performing schools in Thurrock in 2018 and is currently ranked as the 6th in Essex according to the ‘Real Schools Guide’.
Dilkes Academy is a two-form entry Primary Academy based in South Ockendon, with approximately 500 pupils. The extensive grounds allow a range of outdoor facilities, including a sports field, a large playground, an animal enclosure and a designated Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) outdoor area; allotments, play equipment, a woodland area and meadow. It is commonplace to see sports clubs using the field, classes listening to stories in the sunshine or children hunting for creatures in the woodland area. Inside the Academy, there is a spacious school hall, a purpose built ICT suite and an extensive library. The Academy is also home to the morning and afternoon nursery and the specially resourced Personalised Learning Centre, a provision for pupils with Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties.