Welcome to the Clacton Coastal Academy Sixth Form


CCA celebrates new A Level courses and University of Essex collaboration
The VI6 project which allows sixth form students to experience A levels in a higher educational setting was shortlisted in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards in the Widening Participation and Outreach Initiative of the Year category. The VI6 project is the only project of its kind in the country where students can gain a head start in experiencing university life while pursuing the subjects that really inspire them.

The programme is a partnership between the University of Essex, Clacton County High School, Philip Morant School and College, Clacton Coastal Academy, The Colne Community College and Thurstable High School. It has offered a wider choice of subjects for students and 
those who have participated in the programme have valued the opportunities to study subjects they might not be able to access in their own schools and see what university life is like.

The facilities are excellent and there is an ongoing programme of joint sessions; lectures; seminars and activities to prepare students for their next steps. Thanks to the VI6 project student applications for higher education at partner schools have increased to 87%. The links between schools and the University of Essex have become closer thanks to the VI6 project and this really supports our work with students. The subjects currently offered at VI6 are Further Maths; Economics; French; Philosophy and Ethics; and Geography. If you wish to be considered for this programme as an option within your studies, please contact Miss Leatherby.


"The overall effectiveness of the sixth form is good."

Ofsted 2014


"Strong leadership in the sixth form has driven improvements in teaching and raised the aspirations of students. This has led to impressive achievement in vocational subjects and rising achievem

ent in academic ones."

Ofsted 2014



"Teaching in the sixth form is good across both academic and vocational subjects. Teachers’ subject knowledge is particularly strong. There is mutual respect and trust between teachers and students which creates a very positive climate for learning. This enables students to develop confidence which helps them to 
make more rapid progress."

Ofsted 2014


"The quality of the guidance and support a
vailable to students is a strength of the sixth form."

Ofsted 2014

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