Clacton County High School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form, and forms part of the Sigma Multi Academy Trust; there are over 1600 students attending the school.

At Clacton County High School, we operate a three-year GCSE course of study; year 8 students make their preferred option choices, ready to begin at the start of year 9. Therefore, it is vital that our students receive appropriate careers advice and guidance very early and this support continues throughout their time with us. In year 11, this intensifies as students begin to consider their options for post-16 and beyond i.e. university, apprenticeships, employment and/or gap year options.

Clacton County High School is committed to creating a personal careers experience for students, encouraging mindful consideration of future choices. Our ethos of ‘higher expectations, raising aspirations’ is key and combined with the passion and drive of staff, the aim is to ensure all our students achieve the best possible outcomes at all stages of their academic journey.

As part of our Religious, Ethical and Life-long Learning programme (REAL days), students experience a range of extra-curricular activities, which contribute to preparing for further education and the world of work; learning vital transferrable skills, such as CV writing, financial education and decision making. There is a range of careers events, visits to universities, mock interviews, employer visits and presentations by external organisations to help plan for the future.

Staff are always available to assist students with applications for employment, apprenticeships or university placements, providing ongoing support through each step of their journey.

Clacton County High School is immensely proud of the fantastic achievements of the school and students. Through appropriate careers advice, creating a wide-range of opportunities, instilling self-belief and confidence, year on year, we have seen the aspirations of our students grow, with an increase in those now gaining places at top universities, including the Russell Group and the Sutton Trust establishments.

January 2018: what Ofsted say:

  • In 2016, pupil’s progress to the end of Key Stage 4 was in the top 1% in the country.
  • In 2017, pupils’ progress was well above average for pupils of all abilities and all groups.
  • In the sixth form, students’ progress is very strong on academic courses and exceptional on vocational courses.
  • Sixth form students are overwhelmingly positive about the sixth form, especially the support they receive from their teachers, both in and out of lessons.
  • Pupils are positive about the curriculum and the amount of choice. Governors are very clear that pupils should have every opportunity to excel in the subjects for which they have a passion.