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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalIn school this week we are all celebrating some amazing news. Clacton County High School is the top performing secondary school in the whole of Essex, coming first in the new Progress 8 league tables published by the Department for Education (DfE), based on school exam results in 2016.
Previously, schools were judged on the proportion of students who gained at least five A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and maths. The new and more equitable Progress 8 measure is based on the progress students make, from the end of primary school until the end of secondary school, across a curriculum of 8 subjects.
Not only did CCHS achieve the highest Progress 8 score in Essex, but also the Eastern region including Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. To put this into a national context, Clacton County High School is ranked 35th out of 6382 schools, this means it is in the top 0.5% of all the secondary schools in England!
Whilst fantastic news for our school, the importance of this achievement for Tendring as a whole, should not be underestimated; all of our local schools are dedicated to improving the outcomes and opportunities for young people in the area.
At Clacton County High School, we are determined never to stand still and will continue to build on our success not only with continued hard work and commitment from our outstanding teachers, but also through partnerships and innovation. I am confident that the recent formation of the Sigma Multi Academy Trust, along with 5 other schools, will only help support our continual improvement.
You will know from my previous blogs that each week I focus on the amazing successes of the CCHS community; both students and staff, and now to have been recognised as one of the top performing schools nationally really is the icing on the cake. It reinforces the impact that Clacton County High School is having on the life chances and aspirations of our students.
We are hoping that the celebrations will continue next week as on Sunday we find out whether our very own Laura Townsend from the PE Department will be awarded a national teaching award in the category of Outstanding New Teacher of the Year.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

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