December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The wait is finally over for hundreds of GCSE pupils across Essex who are this morning picking up their results.
And there is good news for schools in the area who are already starting to announce record results.
At Colchester County High School for Girls, 100% of students gained five A*-C including English and maths, with 82% of results being A* or A – a rise of 4% on last year.
Among the girls picking up their results today was Kate Hann, who gained 13 A* grades.
Gillian Marshall, headteacher at the school, was delighted with the results.
She said: “This has been another amazing year with all 112 students achieving outstanding results in all subjects.”
At Colne Community School and College, 69% of students gained five A*-C grades including English and maths.
Executive principal, Nardeep Sharma, praised the work of staff and pupils.
He added: “It has been another fantastic year for so many of the students.
“They have worked incredibly hard and rightly deserve to celebrate
There was also plenty of celebrating at Colchester Royal Grammar School where 100% of pupils secured five A*-C grades including English and maths.
A total of 52% of exams taken at the school were also marked as A* – the first time it has passed the 50% mark.
Headmaster, Ken Jenkinson, said: “I am delighted with this year’s record-breaking GCSE results.
“The students who make up this very positive, friendly and supportive year group thoroughly deserve their outstanding success.”
There was a marked improved at Manningtree High School with 53% of pupils gaining five A*-C grades.
Headteacher Deborah Hollister said: “This represents an encouraging, impressive and pleasing all-round improvement as a result of much hard work by students and teachers.”
At Clacton County High School, 64% of students gained at least five A*-Cs including English and maths, a huge jump from last year when 51% of students gained those same grades.
Principal, Jeff Brindle, said “I am absolutely delighted by these results.
“They fully recognise the enormous effort that all students and staff made last year, the work ethic of the students was amazing.”
Meanwhile, 90% of pupils at Colchester High School gained at least five A*-C grades including English and maths.
The school’s principal, David Young, said: “I am so proud of these exceptional results. This is such wonderful news overall and also comprises a number of outstanding individual successes. It is gratifying that the effort and determination of our pupils have been rewarded.
“I would like to thank all of the staff for their hard work, and for going the extra mile to make this possible. These are amongst the best results Colchester High School has ever achieved, and there is much to celebrate.”
St Mary’s School for Girls in Colchester is celebrating another set of excellent results with 95% A*-C grades including maths and English.
A total of 34% of all grades were A* or A and there was 100% pass rate in maths, statistics, music, RE, classics and textiles.
Principal Hilary Vipond said: “I am hugely proud of our girls’ achievement at GCSE this year and their superb results are an accurate reflection of their hard work and mature attitude.
“St Mary’s has a very strong academic ethos and the high quality teaching coupled with individual attention and support provided by our very close-knit school community mean that girls consistently achieve their academic potential at St Mary’s.”
Among the high achievers was Charlotte Head, from Tiptree, who scored seven A* and four A grades.
Hedingham School recorded 60% of students achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths with 78% earning fives A*-C grades.
Headteacher John Panayi said: “I am very pleased with the GCSE results achieved by our students and wish to congratulate them for their commitment and hard work to attain their good examination outcomes.
“Within a changing examination landscape where grade boundaries and patterns of entry have altered, it is very good to note that Hedingham School has maintained high expectations for our students which is reflected in their results. This consolidates our standing as a good school.”
Clacton Coastal Academy has enjoyed a record year for results with 45% achieving five A*-Cs including maths and English - an increase of 9% on last year.
Executive principal Stephen Chamberlain said: “We are delighted with this dramatic rise in results at CCA, when achieving top grades in examinations in the core subjects have has got even harder this year.
“This set of results show that we are continuing to make excellent progress across the board, as well as in English and maths. “The students and staff here have worked fantastically hard to secure these grades, including workshops run on Sundays and in the holidays.
“The determination shown by everyone involved has been outstanding and the success is thoroughly deserved.”
At Tendring Technology College 71% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades, with 90% of pupil C grades or above in English.
Principal Caroline Haynes said: “Our students have worked really hard. Our job is to give them opportunity and to be brilliant coaches, but working hard is down to them and to see those young people today was absolutely brilliant.”
At Thurstable School, 52% of pupils gained at least five A*-Cs including English and maths.
Headteacher Miles Bacon said: “Whilst it is hard not to be disappointed when we don’t record results at 5+A*-C including English and Maths, there is a great deal in these results for students, parents and teachers to celebrate.
“Most students achieved well according to their ability, and I am delighted to say that there are very few indeed of our students who do not have a clear route forward into further study or training within employment.”
Meanwhile, 69% of students reached the five A*-C, including English and maths, benchmark at Honywood Community Science School in Coggeshall.
Headteacher Simon Mason said: “We could not be more proud of our youngsters. They are the most skilled, positive and purposeful young people we have seen so far at our school and our society will doubtless improve as a result of the impact they will make on it as they lead happy and successful adult lives.”