We’re celebrating another year of successful GCSE results

Congratulations to our Year 11 students who are celebrating today as they receive their GCSE results. We have seen another year of great results with fifty per cent (50%) of students achieving A* – C grades in English and Maths – ten per cent (10%) over the national government target.

Notable performances come from Tommy McWhirter who achieved six A*s, four As and a Distinction, and Alisa Ahmad Hafizal, who achieved two A*s, six As, one C and a Distinction. Kazmierz Songin achieved an excellent Progress 8 score of +3.57 and William Cully a Progress 8 score of +2.00.

Progress 8 is a new government measure which was introduced to schools this year and measures the progress students have made from Year 7 through to Year 11.

On receiving the GCSE results, Ms Fiona Pierson, Principal said: “We are delighted with the progress that has been made with our students and we are incredibly proud of their results. This is an exciting time for students and staff at Colchester Academy. We have a strong leadership team in place and, with the support of our new Executive Principal, Mr Jeremy Rowe, I am confident that we will make this school ‘outstanding’. The new performance measures have been applied to our Year 11 students and we are pleased that they have all performed above all targets set by the government. In particular, the Progress 8 score which is sitting above the national average score.”

Earlier this year Mr Jeremy Rowe joined us as Executive Principal. Mr Rowe was previously Headteacher at tSir John Leman High School in Beccles, Suffolk where he led the school for eight years to become one of the most prestigious and sought- after secondary schools in East Anglia. On working with Colchester Academy, Mr Rowe said: “These results are very encouraging and students should feel very proud of their achievements. The school now has a strong leadership team in place and I am fully committed to working with Colchester Academy and establishing it as the school of choice for students in and around Colchester.”

Mary McKeeman, Director of School Improvement at Bright Tribe Trust added: “We have an excellent team in Suffolk and Essex and we are delighted with these results and incredibly proud of all of our students and staff.”