Colchester school named top in the country

Students celebrating their A-Level results in summer

Students celebrating their A-Level results in summer

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A COLCHESTER school has been named the best in the country for A-Level results for the eighth year running.

Colchester Royal Grammar School took the top spot in the latest league tables, which were published this morning.

Headteacher Ken Jenkinson said: “The margins are usually so narrow at the very top that it is surprising that no other school in the country has nudged ahead of us in the last eight years.

“This year’s outcome was the best the school could have hoped for, and that is all we ever strive to achieve.

“We never target a league table position because it is ultimately out of our control; we aim to help every individual student to achieve the best results they can hope for.

“If we come out first, we are delighted, but we are focused on our students and if they have fulfilled their potential.”

Read the full story in tomorrow's Gazette.

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6:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Hatpeg says...

Well done yet again.
It's sad that of all the political parties only, UKIP wish to increase the number of Grammar schools.
Well done yet again. It's sad that of all the political parties only, UKIP wish to increase the number of Grammar schools. Hatpeg
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10:20pm Thu 23 Jan 14

James Harrington says...

Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved.
Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them.
I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this.
One can dream?
Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved. Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them. I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this. One can dream? James Harrington
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9:02am Sat 25 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Always has been a good school.has not been f****d up by successive administrations.howe
ver many still end up in supermarket management.
Always has been a good school.has not been f****d up by successive administrations.howe ver many still end up in supermarket management. stevedawson
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1:12am Sun 26 Jan 14

Boris says...

James Harrington wrote:
Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved.
Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them.
I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this.
One can dream?
As i understand it, CRGS will take new pupils into the sixth form, provided they have achieved grade A or A* at GCSE in at least six subjects. The requirements for existing pupils are slightly less strict, but still a challenge. If you don't get good GCSE results, you leave.
This of course is how they achieve such good A level results.
[quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved. Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them. I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this. One can dream?[/p][/quote]As i understand it, CRGS will take new pupils into the sixth form, provided they have achieved grade A or A* at GCSE in at least six subjects. The requirements for existing pupils are slightly less strict, but still a challenge. If you don't get good GCSE results, you leave. This of course is how they achieve such good A level results. Boris
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8:56pm Sun 26 Jan 14

jut1972 says...

Boris wrote:
James Harrington wrote:
Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved.
Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them.
I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this.
One can dream?
As i understand it, CRGS will take new pupils into the sixth form, provided they have achieved grade A or A* at GCSE in at least six subjects. The requirements for existing pupils are slightly less strict, but still a challenge. If you don't get good GCSE results, you leave.
This of course is how they achieve such good A level results.
and of course Boris a good proportion are tutored which costs a fortune.
My daughters class mates at 11 are getting extra paid tuition, in this situation what chance does a normal income family have?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved. Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them. I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this. One can dream?[/p][/quote]As i understand it, CRGS will take new pupils into the sixth form, provided they have achieved grade A or A* at GCSE in at least six subjects. The requirements for existing pupils are slightly less strict, but still a challenge. If you don't get good GCSE results, you leave. This of course is how they achieve such good A level results.[/p][/quote]and of course Boris a good proportion are tutored which costs a fortune. My daughters class mates at 11 are getting extra paid tuition, in this situation what chance does a normal income family have? jut1972
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12:24am Tue 28 Jan 14

Boris says...

stevedawson wrote:
Always has been a good school.has not been f****d up by successive administrations.howe

ver many still end up in supermarket management.
What's the matter with managing a supermarket? Not everyone has to pursue an academic career. You might not think you need exam qualifications to play football, but two of Colchester United's greatest ever players, Vic Keeble and Peter Wright, were pupils at CRGS. Vic was considered good enough to go to Cambridge University, but he preferred football. Peter likewise had a good brain, but he worked full time as a draughtsman, and part-time as a footballer. Two of the finest Colcestrians of the 20th century.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Always has been a good school.has not been f****d up by successive administrations.howe ver many still end up in supermarket management.[/p][/quote]What's the matter with managing a supermarket? Not everyone has to pursue an academic career. You might not think you need exam qualifications to play football, but two of Colchester United's greatest ever players, Vic Keeble and Peter Wright, were pupils at CRGS. Vic was considered good enough to go to Cambridge University, but he preferred football. Peter likewise had a good brain, but he worked full time as a draughtsman, and part-time as a footballer. Two of the finest Colcestrians of the 20th century. Boris
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12:40am Tue 28 Jan 14

Boris says...

jut1972 wrote:
Boris wrote:
James Harrington wrote:
Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved.
Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them.
I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this.
One can dream?
As i understand it, CRGS will take new pupils into the sixth form, provided they have achieved grade A or A* at GCSE in at least six subjects. The requirements for existing pupils are slightly less strict, but still a challenge. If you don't get good GCSE results, you leave.
This of course is how they achieve such good A level results.
and of course Boris a good proportion are tutored which costs a fortune.
My daughters class mates at 11 are getting extra paid tuition, in this situation what chance does a normal income family have?
You are right, these days most of the places at CRGS and CCHS are taken by children who have had 3 or more years of private coaching, costing their parents thousands, and training them to jump through the hoops of the 11+. There are still some who get through without all that, but probably not that many. It is worth having a crack at it though, provided the child does not feel a "failure" if s/he is unsuccessful..
Another aspect, which HMRC ought to be looking at, is the fact that tutors insist on being paid in cash, and do not give receipts. These people are making big money but are dodging tax.
The grammar schools ought to be doing what they can to weed out applicants who have been coached, and thus ensure that they accept only pupils with natural ability. But i suspect they quite like to have a lot of parents who drive 4x4s and live in affluent parts of town.
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: Excellent news and well done this is genuinely something to be proud of this school has no other reason than to sound the trumpet of success as it is well deserved. Would it not be nice in a sort of pygmalion effect way, to take on say 25 students from the opposite end of the education scale and see if any of the success and opportunity would rub off on them. I offer this in a mild suggestive way and ponder on the thought of what would be the resultant of a suggestion like this. One can dream?[/p][/quote]As i understand it, CRGS will take new pupils into the sixth form, provided they have achieved grade A or A* at GCSE in at least six subjects. The requirements for existing pupils are slightly less strict, but still a challenge. If you don't get good GCSE results, you leave. This of course is how they achieve such good A level results.[/p][/quote]and of course Boris a good proportion are tutored which costs a fortune. My daughters class mates at 11 are getting extra paid tuition, in this situation what chance does a normal income family have?[/p][/quote]You are right, these days most of the places at CRGS and CCHS are taken by children who have had 3 or more years of private coaching, costing their parents thousands, and training them to jump through the hoops of the 11+. There are still some who get through without all that, but probably not that many. It is worth having a crack at it though, provided the child does not feel a "failure" if s/he is unsuccessful.. Another aspect, which HMRC ought to be looking at, is the fact that tutors insist on being paid in cash, and do not give receipts. These people are making big money but are dodging tax. The grammar schools ought to be doing what they can to weed out applicants who have been coached, and thus ensure that they accept only pupils with natural ability. But i suspect they quite like to have a lot of parents who drive 4x4s and live in affluent parts of town. Boris
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