GCSE Results Day 2018: Latest news, pictures and video as Essex pupils find out their grades
PUBLISHED: 15:26 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:26 23 August 2018
The big day has arrived – and thousands of pupils across north Essex, including schools in Tendring, Colchester and Braintree are finding out their GCSE grades.
We’ll be bringing you live news, pictures and video from Essex schools and colleges as the results roll in.
• This live feed will keep you updated with results, student stories and more.
Confused about the new grading system? Watch our explainer video and read our ultimate GCSE Results Day guide.
Clacton Coastal Academy
This school wasn’t able to provide us with any figures however principal Stephanie Neill said: “Congratulations to all of the students at Clacton Coastal Academy who opened their GCSE and Vocational examination results today.
“Today saw the culmination of 5 years of hard work, which was particularly more challenging this year with the reforms made to the new GCSEs and their increased levels of difficulty. Individual successes were seen over a range of subjects, with a number of students achieving the new Grade 9.
“It was with great pride that we were able to share in Jessica Haywood’s success as she secured the highest grades amongst all of her peers with Grades 9 in Biology, English Literature, English Language, Geography and Mathematics.
“Other fantastic triumphs were seen by Clacton Coastal Academy’s Head Boy Joe Holmes and Head Girl Chloe Harris, both securing the highest levels of progress amongst the year group. Having received his results, Joe said “I’m overjoyed with my results, thank you to all of the staff who have helped me along the way to reach my full potential”.
The Academy had 207 year 11 pupils receiving GCSE results.
Clacton County High
Students at Clacton County High School are celebrating wonderful results. There were some stunning individual outcomes and amazing stories of success that have enabled all our students to progress onto apprenticeships, sixth form or further education.
Principal Neil Gallagher said “I am delighted for our students and their families, my congratulations go out to them all. I cannot praise the staff here at CCHS more highly for their commitment and dedication to our students.”
Colchester County High School for Girls
100% of students achieved grade 5 and above in English and maths. The school has 112 year 11 pupils.
Executive Principal Gillian Marshall said: “Our year 11 students have once again broken school records. Following on from the truly impressive results achieved by our GCSE students last year; and despite the challenges the reformed GCSE curriculum poses nationally for all schools, our students have achieved outstanding GCSE results which make us truly proud”.
98 students took their GCSEs of those 100% achieved a Grade 4 and 98% of those achieved a Grade 6.
Headmaster, Chris Townsend, comments: “There are some exceptional results this year, with several pupils achieving at least six GCSEs at grade 9, ten achieving a full set of 7 to 9 grades (the equivalent of A and A*) and 48% of all GCSE exams being graded at 7 to 9 (or equivalent).
Significant number of students managed to get a Grade 9 or 8 in English, Media, History, Geography, Drama, Biology and Chemistry.
James Saunders, Headteacher, said: “We are pleased with the performance of our students at GCSE. These results represent the end of a demanding and academically challenging curriculum for our learners that has come about during an unprecedented time of reform to the exam system; they should all be proud of the outcomes they have achieved against this backdrop. We have high levels of achievement across our whole cohort of learners and in every subjext we offer. it is fantastic to see our learners 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 further study and employment possibilities.”
Maltings Academy, Witham
This year 78% of students at Maltings Academy achieved a Grade 4 or above in English and 76% of students gained a Grade 4 or above in maths. The academy’s results compared to last year have improved by 9% for English and by 6% in maths.
Emma Baker, headteacher, said: “At a time of significant changes in education, the outcomes achieved by our students are testament to the hard work put in during the course of their studies, combined with the support invested in them from both the staff and their parents/carers.”
Manningtree High School
There were 150 students collecting their GCSE results, 22 of those got Grade 7-9 for 50% or more of their GCSES.
A spokesperson from the school said: “I am very pleased to see that our students who worked so hard have achieved the grades they deserved.”
New Rickstones Academy, Witham
There are 94 students at the academy – 59% of those achieved grade 4 or higher in English and maths and 41% achieved Grade 5 or higher.
Head of academy Damian Lee said: “We are incredibly proud of our Year 11 cohort who have worked tirelessly to improve over the course of this academic year.
“It’s pleasing to see an improvement on last year’s results, particularly in 9 to 5 grades; this reflects the ongoing good work that has taken place over the last 18 months to improve teaching and learning and confirms the findings of our recent Ofsted inspection.”
Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form
66% of students at this school managed to get Grade 4 or higher in both English and Maths. Just under 70% of all GCSE grades achieved by students were graded 4 or higher. 43% of students gained at least a Grade 5 in both Maths and English.
St Benedict’s Catholic College
67% of their year 11’s achieved a Grade 4-9 in English and Maths.