Colchester: School tops league table for second year running

A SCHOOL in Colchester has topped the national league table for A-Level results for the second year in a row.

Colchester Royal Grammar School in Lexden Road was ranked in first place in the government’s achievement and attainment table for 2011 with an average points-per-candidate score of 1,366.1, up from 1,354.7 last year.

Nationally its closest rival was Sevenoaks School in Kent in second place and King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford in third place.

Headmaster Ken Jenkinson said: “The school aims to be a centre of excellence for academic education and we are thrilled that the A-Level students have performed so well by national comparisons.

“I am delighted for the students, who could embark on their university courses with confidence and excitement, and their teachers, who prepared them so well.”

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Colchester County High School for Girls in Norman Way also put in a strong A-Level performance and was ranked 4th in Essex with an average pupil score of 1056.8.

The Colchester Sixth Form College in North Hill achieved ninth place in the Essex league table for A-Level results. Principal Ian MacNaughton said: “As we indicated in August and again at our reunion and awards evening held in December, we were delighted with last summer’s exam results.

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“Our 1,278 upper-sixth students achieved an average point score of 912 – which is equivalent to an average achievement of A*, A, and B at A Level with a further C in an AS Level.

“The average results of our students were 5% up on the previous year and are significantly above the national average level for all schools and colleges.”

In the GCSE tables for Essex, Chelmsford County High School was ranked in first place with Colchester Royal Grammar School in Second. Colchester County High School for Girls came fourth and Colchester High School in Wellesley Road was eighth.

Tendring Technology College was the highest ranked school in Tendring for GCSE results and came 47th in Essex, putting it in the top 20% of schools nationally.

Principal Caroline Haynes said: “We are tremendously proud of the progress that all students make at Tendring Technology College.

“We have extremely well-qualified staff working closely with staff and parents to achieve brilliant outcomes.”

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