A-level results: North Essex schools celebrate as students open exam envelopes

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:28 18 August 2016

A level results - Colchester County High School.

A level results - Colchester County High School.

Hundreds of youngsters across north Essex were eagerly opening envelopes as they collected their A-level results, revealing some excellent grades.

Students at Colchester Sixth Form College were celebrating as more than 98% achieved an A to E grade pass rate, slightly up on last year, with nearly 50% gaining grades at A*-B.

Nearly 3,000 students sat the exams and the average score of the college’s top 100 upper sixth students is equivalent to A* A* A at A-level.

Principal Ian Macnaughton said: “It’s fantastic, our students’ achievements are really excellent and they must be very warmly congratulated.”

Among the straight A* and A high achievers were Abbie Watson, Rachael Perkins, Kate Frost, James Kelly, Daniel Lynes, Amy Partridge, Rebecca White.

At Colne Community School and Sixth Form College, students achieved a 94% A*-E pass rate, which was down from last year.

Executive principal Nardeep Sharma said: “I am delighted all the Colne Sixth Form College students’ and teachers’ hard work has culminated in a successful group of results. The Sixth Form College is growing and the results reflect its vibrant nature.

“These results reflect the hard work of students and the skill of our teachers in successfully preparing them for A levels and BTEC alike. Congratulations to all involved”.

The Witham Sixth Form, combining the Maltings and New Rickstones academies, saw New Rickstones students achieve a 97% A*-E pass rate, and 89% of pupils scored grades at A*-C.

At the Maltings, a total of 97% of students scored A* to E grades, while 63% achieved A* to C. Top achievers were Rhiannon Moore and Reece Ismay. John Szynal, executive principal at Maltings and New Rickstones Academy, said: “We are delighted with this year’s post-16 results. The students and staff can rightly feel proud of their achievements.

“I am mostly pleased by the fact these good results give the youngsters greater choice for their next step in either employment or education as many doors will be open to them.

“I would like to thank everyone for their tremendous effort in bringing this about and I wish all of the students all the best for their futures and every happiness in life.”

Students at Philip Morant School and College were celebrating an A*-E pass rate of 99%, in line with last year, with almost 70% of pupils achieving at least three A-levels.

John Lovett, head of sixth form, said: “This is another excellent set of results. We are thrilled with the achievements of our students and I am very proud of all of them.

“Their hard work, determination and commitment to their studies has certainly paid off and I am delighted to see so many of our students taking up their offers of places at their chosen universities.”

Among the top performers were Danielle Kirby, Gina Wilson and Jenny Mattock.

Staff and pupils at Thurstable Sixth Form saw some excellent results, with a rise in the level of attainment. 100% of students achieved A*-E passes and 86% were at A*-C, up from 84% last year.

Top peformers were Tom Dale, Lucy Whybrow and Abbey Knights, and 46% of pupils at Thurstable achieved A*-A grades.

Miles Bacon, headteacher, said: “This is another set of results that reflects this, and was hard earned by our students and staff.

“It’s great to see almost all of our Year 13 gaining the qualifications they need to take up their chosen next steps in their education and their lives. I would like to pay tribute to them, their teachers, and their parents.”

Clacton County High School students were celebrating this morning with a 100% pass rate at A*-E, in line with last year. 81% of pupils scored A*-C grades, also the same as last year’s results, and 50% were awarded A*-B.

Among the high achievers were Elizabeth Adams, Zena Bresnan, and Billy Wright.

Principal Neil Gallagher said: “Once again the results in the sixth form have surpassed all expectations. We have seen exceptional achievement across the board.

“The proportion of students achieving the highest grades is very impressive and nearly all of them have secured their first choice university place.

“This has been down to the incredible efforts made by the students and their teachers. My congratulations go out to all of the students and their families and I wish them every success in the next stage in their chosen path.”

Michael Muldoon, principal at Tendring Technology College, said: “It is fantastic to see young people reaping the rewards of the hard work, effort and dedication they have demonstrated towards their studies.

“They have earned the results that will take them onto higher education or a wide range of employment possibilities.”

Top performers at the college were Isabelle Carr, Louis Holas, and Nathan Cinnamond.

At Felsted School, there was a rise in students attaining A*-C grades, with 81% achievement. The A*-E pass rate was 99%, down from 100% last year.

Top performers were Anthony Hickling, Pierre Davies and Michaela Pawley.

Chris Townsend, headteacher, said: “It is fantastic to see so many Felstedians rewarded for their efforts and the hard work of their teachers, with many going off to the best universities in this country and abroad.”

Hedingham School saw attainment in A*-E grades rise to 99% this year, while there was a dip in A*-C grades, which was down to 61%.

Top performers were Peter Olley, Giorgia Paddock and Daniel Mackinnon.

Headteacher John Panayi said: “We are pleased with the performances of the students. The school has worked collectively to set high student expectations, which again, has been reflected in the results.

“I would like to thank the commitment and hard work demonstrated by all students, staff and parents. I wish all the students a successful future.”

Clacton Coastal Academy were delighted with a 28% increase in the number of students achieving A*-C grades from last year. 96% of students attained A*-E results, 3% down on 2015.

60 students have university places, including top performers Yarik Chervonyy, Rosie Elliott, Alice Nevard and Chloe Simper.

Steph Neill, head of academy, said: “I am delighted with these results. Teaching staff have carefully tracked their progress leading to expected results on results day.

“I am delighted to see so many students who have been part of the CCA way for their whole secondary school time, now ready for the next stage of their education and employment journey.”

Colchester Royal Grammar School again saw bumper grades with 100% of students achieving A*-E grades and 97.1% scoring A*-C results, which was marginally up on last year.

Top performer was Pooja Sajeer, who got 5A*s and 1A.

Colchester County High School for Girls enjoyed another excellent set of results with 50% of grades at either A* or A. There was a 100% pass rate and every student achieved a minimum of three A-level passes.

Top performer was Erin Leahy, who achieved five A*/As.

Gillian Marshall, headteacher, said: “We are extremely proud of the students. These are an outstanding set of results that form a stepping stone to future success.”

Students at Harwich and Dovercourt High School achieved a 100% pass rate at A*-E and more than 60% scored A*, A or B grades.

Pippa Parks, director of 16-19 academic teaching, said: “These results provide a fantastic foundation upon which to build. The school is very proud of the achievements made by its Year 13 students and wishes them every success in their future learning and employment.”

At Braintree Sixth Form College, more than 43% of students achieved A-level grades at A*-B. Many students are on their way to university, including top performers Amy Lazell, Harriet Mill and Ricky Poole.

David Conway, headteacher, said: “It is so good to see so many of our students achieving excellent grades that enable them to continue on in education. We wish all of the students the very best of luck as they go forward from Braintree Sixth Form.”

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