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Clacton Coastal Academy
Headteacher Mr Stephen Chamberlin
Specialism Arts College
Location Pathfields Road
CO15 3JL
LEA Essex
Ofsted number 115361
Students 1463
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11 to 19
Website Coastal http://www.Clacton Coastal
Coordinates: 51°47′58″N 1°08′31″E / 51.79936°N 1.14182°E / 51.79936; 1.14182

Clacton Coastal Academy is a coeducational high school serving the western part of Clacton-on-Sea. The school has a population of about 1600 students in addition to a Sixth form consisting of about 200 pupils. Formerly known as “Colbayns”, the site was officially re-named on the 1st September 2009, after merging with the now defunct school Bishop’s Park. [1]



The original school dates from 1926 but moved to its present site in 1931 when it was known as the Clacton-on-Sea Senior School. This school gained the unofficial title 'Pathfields School' because access was off Pathfields Road. In January, 1953, a new building on the west side of Pathfields Road was opened as the Clacton County Secondary School for Girls with Miss Lawrence as Headmistress. The original building on the east site became the Clacton County Secondary School for Boys with Mr K. Portman as Headmaster. In September 1973 the two schools were amalgamated to form Clacton Coastal Academy High School under the headship of Mr. D. King. He was succeeded by Mr. J. Midgley in 1984.


In 1988 Mr. J. Holt, who joined the staff in 1964, become Headmaster. With the Governing Body he saw the school through into successful incorporation as a Grant Maintained School within the terms of the 1988 Education Act on the 1st September 1993. Under his leadership the school's accommodation and environment was dramatically improved, indeed, in 1996 over £1 million was spent on new facilities.

The former Headmaster, Mr. N. Pavitt, took up his post at Easter 1997. During his first year the School was able to put in hand £420,000 of building work through grants from the Funding Agency to build new Science Laboratories, Language Laboratories and improved Sixth Form Study Provision. A grant of a further £ 170,000 has allowed the building of a new Mathematics Suite, completed in the Spring of 1999. In 2009 the new Headmaster, Mr. S. Chamberlain, took over for his first year in charge of the newly named CCA (Clacton Coastal Academy).


The Overall Evaluation from Ofsted (2004) identified staff turn-over as a root cause of poor behavior in the classroom [2].

The school has grown in recent years, particularly at Sixth Form level. In 2003, Clacton Coastal Academy became the first British school to join the US-run Edison Schools Project[3]. Now in its third year the project seems to be running very smoothly. At the moment Clacton Coastal Academy has two deputy teachers, Mr Ling and Mrs McAteer.

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