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GCSE Exam Results

posted 13 Nov 2017, 01:25 by H Slim   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 01:30 ]

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.