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CCA speak at the House of Lords

Three sixth form students: John Haylett, Sam Boone and Ronnie Dawson, were recognised for their exceptional achievements by being invited to speak at the House of Lords.

Invited by Lord Knight of Weymouth, just five schools were selected to present on their experiences of the Design, Engineer, Construct qualification.

John, Sam and Ronnie all study this qualification at level 3 at CCA VI and have weekly work placements with Ingleton Wood and Atkins respectively.  They are all planning to apply for degree apprenticeships when they finish year 13 this year in building services engineering and building surveying.

Accompanied by Sam Hodge (technology SLE and pioneer of the DEC course at CCA) and Principal Stephanie Neill, the students travelled to Westminster to describe their experiences to an audience of Lords and senior industry specialists.

The Academy is sponsored by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who hosted a function after the event.  Many existing links with industry were renewed and offers of ongoing opportunities and development made.

John and Sam are no strangers to high level presentations having won the “Jamie’s Italian” national design competition last year where they had to present their ideas to industry judges.

Founder of “Class of your own” who create the course Alison Watson tweeted in response to the video of the day “If you EVER needed a reason to #AdoptASchool, watch this. The result of great teaching and learning.”

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GCSE Exam Results

Students at Clacton Coastal Academy surpassed all expectations achieving the highest grades in the new maths and English GCSEs.

The “grade 9” - the new grade more challenging than the old A* was achieved by six different students, with over 90 students achieving grade 7/A/Dist grades or above in one or more subject.

The 2017 summer exam season saw students sitting the new Grade 9-1 GCSEs for the first time in Maths and English. Staff worked incredibly hard to prepare students for examinations that no one had sat or seen.

The programme of exams this summer was very intense.  Most students were sitting exams day after day for a long period and had to be very well prepared to cope with this pressure.

These exams were designed to hold higher levels of challenge and for so many students to achieve the highest grades is a significant personal achievement.

Head boy Charlie Campbell achieved the best overall results with the equivalent of 5 A* and 5 As (the new A*s being 2 grade 9s and 1 grade 8).

Alex Simenok and Sarah Bright made excellent progress having achieved 2 grades higher at GCSE than national levels of progress.

Mrs Neill, Principal, says: “This summer has seen the highest grades achieved in GCSE and A level at Clacton Coastal Academy.  We are very proud of these achievements.  They reflect the attention to detail and hard work of our students and our staff.”

The Maths and English GCSEs were new exams with different content and exam paper styles. The new 9-1 numerical grades do not map across in a simple way to the A*-G grades. This dramatic break from what has gone before means that any comparison of this year’s GCSE Maths and English scores with previous years is meaningless. The headline figures incorporating Maths and English grades that schools have quoted in the past consequently cannot be used again.

The 9-1 grades that students have achieved in Maths and English and the A*-G grades for their other subjects will be used by the Department of Education to calculate Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures for all schools. These will be available some time in the Autumn term.

A level results 2017

This year again Clacton Coastal Academy recognises the notable achievements of their students.

The position of best results and best improvement since GCSE goes to Jack Carpentiere.   Jack has shown a steady improvement over his time at CCA, having arrived in year 7 with average results from primary school he completes his sixth form studies with an impressive 3 A grades and an A* grade.Jack has achieved this through hard work and determination, overcoming challenges along the way.  He was a great support to other students during revision, giving up his own time to support others.   He has strongly deserved his place at the University of Sussex to study Criminology and Sociology.

Ben Rockell continues his story of success at CCA.  As a former head boy, he is a young man whose confidence and determination has shone throughout all his years in the school.  He has achieved A*, 2As and 1B.  He has been accepted at the University of Warwick to study History and Politics, he will be a name we will be looking out for in the future.

Jack achieved his A* grade in Philosophy and Ethics and Ben achieved his A grade in Law through studying with the VI6 programme. This is a collaboration of schools working with the University of Essex.  Students from all schools study together based at the University of Essex, taught by the best teachers from the schools in the collaboration.  This is the first year of results and Jack and Ben have certainly prospered with this arrangement and been able to achieve more A levels than would have been possible without it.

Other notable performances are from Henry Bartlett with 2A s and a C and Chloe Franklin with A*, 2Bs, C and a Distinction in performing arts.

At Clacton Coastal Academy the focus is on every student being successful in employment.  Our sixth form has a very strong vocational set of courses with students gaining vital experience as part of their studies.  Outstanding results have been achieved again this year with grades in technical levels averaging at the top end of a distinction grade.  

The top performance was achieved by Holly Wynn with 5 distinction* in Hospitality and Business.  She will go on to study International Hospitality and Management at the University of Surrey.  She has been a key player in the creation and implementation of the CCA student run restaurant.  She has been a great inspiration to younger students considering this career path.

Additional outstanding performances were achieved by Amy Buck, Ernestas Kazemekas and Rebecca Madden all with 4 distinction* in Health, Law, Media or IT.

A level achievements have not just been restricted to the sixth form.  Rosanna Day, winner of the Learning Achievement Award at the Tendring Youth Awards, has achieved a grade C in AS level creative writing whilst only in year 8.  

Mrs Neill, Principal said “we are very proud that at CCA students from year 8 through to adult members of staff have received excellent A level results.  Our approach to readiness for employment in our sixth form is unique and we are delighted with the exemplary BTEC results achieved by so many learners.  For all our students now progressing to University, apprenticeships and employment, we wish them every success.”

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