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GCSE students celebrate massive improvement in Clacton
10:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
STUDENTS in Clacton are celebrating massive improvements following their GCSE results.
Clacton County High School said 64 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Principal Jeff Brindle said it was an “astonishing” improvement on last year’s record of 51 per cent.
“I am absolutely delighted by these results,” he said.
“They fully recognise the enormous effort that all students and staff made last year, the work ethic of the students was amazing.”
He said that maths students once again excelled with 50 students gaining either an A or A* grade.
Last year the school was placed in the top one per cent of schools based on the progress that students have made in all subjects.
Mr Brindle added that this year’s results show that the progress made in English and maths are well above the national average.
One student achieved nine A* grades and two gained eight A*s - all three beating the school’s previous record.
It was also a record year for Clacton Coastal Academy, which saw 45 per cent of pupils make the benchmark grade.
Before becoming an academy the predecessor schools had a five A* to C with English and maths percentage of just 17 per cent.
Headteacher Tracey Hemming said: “This is a very pleasing set of results, it shows 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.”
The academy added that 23 per cent of geography students achieve A grades.