The latest secondary school league tables have been released today, and they show that there was a slight rise in performance in the GCSE exams last summer in Essex, compared with the previous year.

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A total of 60.5% of pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades, or equivalent, including English and maths - the minimum level expected by the government at the end of key stage 4.

This was up 1.5% on the 59% recorded the year before, and puts the county in 82nd place in the country - while Suffolk linger towards the bottom of the table in 137th place.

In north Essex there were varying levels of success. At Clacton Coastal Academy, 45% of students taking GCSEs achieved the benchmark, while at Manningtree High it was 53% and Clacton County High School recorded a pass rate of 66%. At Philip Morant School the figure was 70% and at Tendring Technology College it was 72%.

Colchester County High School for Girls achieved 100% pass rate for five A*-C grades and was rated the top school within the local authority at this level. Colchester Royal Grammar School also had a 100% success rate and was ranked the third in the county for GCSEs and first for A-levels.

Head teacher at Colchester Royal Grammar School, Ken Jenkinson, said: “This year’s outcome was the best the school could have hoped for, and that is all we ever strive to achieve.

“We never target a league table position because it is ultimately out of our control; we aim to help every individual student to achieve the best results they can hope for and the cumulative effect of the individual achievements should be a high placing for the school by national comparisons.

“If we come out first, we are delighted, but we are focused on our students and if they have fulfilled their potential.”

North Essex schools - percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent

Clacton Coastal Academy 45%

Clacton County High School 66%

Colchester Academy 49%

Colchester County High School for Girls 100%

Colchester High School 90%

Colchester Royal Grammar School 100%

Colne Community School and College 69%

The Harwich School 58%

Hedingham School and Sixth Form 61%

The Honywood Community Science School, Coggeshall 69%

Maltings Academy, Witham 56%

Manningtree High School 53%

New Rickstones Academy, Witham 49%

Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form 58%

Manningtree High School 53%

Philip Morant School and College 70%

The Ramsey College Halstead 41%

The Stanway School 73%

Tabor Science College, Braintree 46%

Tendring Technology College 72%

Full results available in tomorrow’s EADT.

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