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Clacton Coastal ACADEMY CELEBRATES GCSE RESULTS

Students at Clacton Coastal Academy are today celebrating their long-awaited GCSE results, having faced months away from school, a period that they never could have imagined would see their last year at school curtailed and their exams cancelled.

But their hard work in the run up to lockdown hasn’t been for nothing. Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 17 August, the grades that teachers submitted for each student are now being awarded. Today they have received grades which reflect the effort they put in over the course of their time in education, as judged by their school. These will formally be confirmed by exam boards next week.

In a very small number of cases where the calculated grade is higher than the grades submitted by teachers, the calculated grade will stand.

Teachers and leaders at Clacton Coastal Academy have worked extremely hard to make sure that the grading for every student is fair and allows these students to go onto further education, employment or training – whatever is the best option for them.

This year the following students did particularly well and will go on to pursue a number of exciting post-16 paths:

  • Zara Melluish did fantastically well achieving 10 GCSEs; five Grade 9s in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology and Technology.

  • Alicia Springate also achieved 10 excellent GCSE results with three Grade 9s in English Language, English Literature and Geography, plus an A* in Child Development and Care.

  • Natasha Goldie who was also Head Girl at CCA, achieved an impressive 10 GCSEs. five at Grade 8 and four at Grade 7; an excellent overall achievement.

  • Natalie Taylor achieved an excellent 9 GCSEs, which included two Grade 9s in Science and five Grade 7s. She will successfully take up her 6th Form place at CCA VI in September.

Overall, Clacton Coastal Academy has seen a marked improvement in their GCSE results in all subjects. This continues the year on year improvement that has been seen at the Academy over the last 4 years.

David Lees, Headteacher of Clacton Coastal Academy said:

“Today has been another positive day for our students at Clacton Coastal Academy. I am delighted that as an Academy we are continuing to improve and today’s results are a real testament to that, being the highest in the last four years.

For the students it is exactly what they deserve and I am so proud of the incredible effort they have put in during their time at CCA. Even though our students were not able to take their final exams, their results today show the hard work they have put in during their time at school and are a fair reflection of the commitment they show every day”.

“In particular, the amazing amount of progress that has been made by a significant number of students during their time in the Academy; Natalie Taylor, Saniya Al-Mamun, Sonia Wheeler and Deebasayini Sugan all achieved at least two grades higher in every single subject. This highlights how strong the results were at CCA in a time of incredible challenge. All students should be very pleased with how well they have done.”

Julian Drinkall, CEO at AET, said:

“My congratulations to students and staff at Clacton Coastal Academy for the fine results we are seeing today. This is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work over the past few years and they can feel justifiably proud of their efforts.

“At AET our ambition is to ensure that every student is able to go on and lead a remarkable life. Today’s results show that this is clearly happening at Clacton Coastal Academy, and I have every faith that these students will go on to have very bright futures.”

David Hatchett, National Director of Secondary Schools at AET said:

“This last year, and particularly since March, has been a very challenging one for our students and schools. Despite this, I am delighted with the GCSE results that have been achieved today in the most trying of circumstances. I congratulate each and every one of our Year 11 students today as they progress to the next stage of their lives and pay tribute to our excellent teachers and leaders who have supported them to make this possible”.

CLACTON COASTAL ACADEMY CELEBRATES POST-16 RESULTS

Sixth formers from Clacton Coastal Academy are today celebrating their Key Stage 5 results, having faced months away from school during a period that they never could have imagined would see their last year at sixth form curtailed and their exams cancelled.

Given the circumstances, the Government decided that students’ results would be based on a combination of teachers’ assessment of what grade a student would have got had they sat the exams, and the rank order of students within each grade at the school, together with a national standardisation process which takes account of the school and national performance over the last three years.

Staff and teachers at Clacton Coastal Academy have worked extremely hard to make sure that the grading for every student is fair and allows these students to go onto university, an apprenticeship or employment – whatever is the best option for them.

David Lees, Headteacher of Clacton Coastal Academy said:

“Students at CCA have benefited immensely from the ability to take both academic and vocational courses whilst in 6th Form. This has given students flexibility and choice when deciding their next step. I am delighted by the wonderful achievements of each and every student and wish them every success in the future”.

Students will now be going on to take up places at university.

  • Paris Parker North achieved an A* in Photography and has produced a truly exceptional portfolio during her time at CCA. Paris will be studying Fashion Marketing and Branding at Nottingham Trent University in September.

  • Chelsi-Ann Morris achieved an A* in Childcare and Education Studies and will continue her studies at the University of Suffolk on the Psychology and Early Childhood Studies course.

  • Gabriele Jucaityte achieved a double Distinction in Business and C grades in Criminology and the Institute of Fiscal Studies diploma. Gabriele will be studying Accounting at The University of Essex.

  • Levi Dean achieved a B in Sociology and Criminology along with a grade C in the Extended Project Qualification and Institute of Fiscal Studies certificate . He will continue his studies at The University of Essex studying Criminology and Criminal Law.

  • Riley Foreman achieved a double Distinction in Business and will be studying Business Management at The University of Essex.


The students were delighted and commented:

Bradley Hutchinson achieved an A* in Design, Engineer, Construct and said “I am really excited to start at Dura Composites. I have been at Dura as a work experience student so I am really pleased that they have offered me a permanent position”.

Riley Foreman “I have overcome lots of challenges while at the academy and I am really excited to start a new challenge and begin my degree, which includes a work placement abroad”.

Levi Dean reflected on how the academy closure has impacted his studies “I was part of the VI6 programme and found it really good. It was great to be able to study with students from other schools. The past five months has taught me the importance of stressing less and focusing on the things that you can control and not what you can’t.”

Paris Parker North “I was really pleased to return to the academy to complete my sixth form studies. My teachers helped me so much to achieve my A* in Photography, especially Miss Rawlings”.

Gabriele Jucaityte “I was unsure what I wanted to do at the beginning of my studies but through studying Business I discovered an interest in Accounting so I am excited to continue studying this at The University of Essex”

Part of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), it is excellent to see Clacton Coastal Academy achieving a strong set of A-Level outcomes for all students.

David Lees, Headteacher of Clacton Coastal Academy said:

“Congratulations to all of our students on their fantastic A-level results. They have worked so hard over their time here. I am so proud of how our students have responded to the challenges of the past few months, and the determination, compassion and patience they have shown. Whether they are going onto university, high-quality vocational courses, or employment, I am confident that they will continue to make us proud.”

Julian Drinkall, CEO at AET, said:

“In the face of incredible challenges the staff and students at Clacton Coastal Academy have produced phenomenal achievements. Well done to everyone there on their hard work – they should feel very proud of what they have accomplished today, and over the course of their time at Clacton Coastal Academy.

“We want every student across our trust to go on and live a remarkable life, and it is clear that Clacton Coastal Academy is ensuring they do so. They are doing a fantastic job and I expect the school to continue to move from strength to strength.”

David Hatchett, National Director of Secondary Schools at AET said:

“This last year, and particularly since March, has been a very challenging one for our students and schools. Despite this, I am delighted with the academic and vocational results that have been achieved today in the most trying of circumstances. I congratulate each and every one of our sixth formers for their hard work and resilience as they progress to the next stage of their lives, and pay tribute to our excellent teachers and leaders who have supported them to make this possible”.