Clacton Coastal Academy

Essex, United Kingdom

Location: Essex, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Clacton Coastal Academy

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We welcome you to Clacton Coastal Academy (CCA).  The unrelenting focus by staff on the success, achievement, welfare and happiness of students has created a vibrant ethos and an Academy where students want to come every day. 

Our aim is to achieve excellence through a full commitment to raising achievement within a framework of equal opportunities and inclusion has meant that we have developed a unique community ethos which is reflected in our statement of The CCA Way.

Our Vision is that The CCA Way leads to successful employment.  We are interested in the lifelong success of our students, not just what they achieve in their years with us. This means we want to ensure they achieve the very best qualifications and have a breadth of experiences so their CV is top of the pile.  We develop in them the confidence to speak well in an interview so they present themselves with great pride.  Then their experiences of working in groups, learning tolerance, problem solving and overcoming challenges, means that they are successful in their employment. 

We are a caring community.  Focused individual feedback, which is essential for academy development, is guaranteed to all students.  Our Study Hub provides additional support to students in all year groups should it be required.  Our Student Support Hub provides a single point of contact for parents and our extensive inclusion team support the pastoral needs of our students. 

As an Academy we also have the flexibility to be innovative and creative in our approaches to curriculum, teaching and organisation.  We aim to open minds and to open doors to new and exciting opportunities for our young people.  Our Sixth Form programmes enable all students to stay here for seven years and include qualifications with formal and work based placements.  We are at the forefront of curriculum innovation.  Oracy is taught as a curriculum subject in Years 7 and 8 to develop confidence in speaking.  Our Design, Engineer and Construct qualification is taught through to age 18 and includes work placements in Surveying, Architecture or Project Management.  Students have led in the design of a completely new course SMSC.

There are countless other opportunities for students to gain leadership skills at CCA, as we believe that students who are challenged by new and exciting learning experiences and whose personal skills, talents and abilities are extended will be best placed to reach their full potential.  We aim to and are successful at developing students with a real sense of believe in what they can do. 

Our resources for learning are exceptional, we have invested heavily in Information Technology and there are enough devices at the Academy to ensure that all students have access to state of the art technology in all lessons, the use of Google Classroom as a Forum for learning has had significant impact on student attainment.  Our learning spaces include playing fields, Gyms and a Sports Hall, Dance and Drama Studios, our student run Restaurant and a Lego Innovation Room.  The building is modern, clean, and spacious.  Each year group of students have their own Dining Room which adds to their sense of identity as a group.

We have high expectations at CCA as a learning institution, and we are confident that upon visiting the Academy you will agree that we offer the highest quality of teaching and learning from very committed and highly skilled staff.  We also provide a safe, secure and inspiring learning environment where your child will be cared for, their self-confidence nurtured and mutual respect developed.  In return we have very high expectations of students.  Attendance, behaviour, uniform and attitudes to learning are all monitored closely to achieve excellence and we demand the very best from all students. 

We are proud to be part of a wider family of academies with Academies Enterprise Trust and the opportunities for support, Innovation, collaboration, partnership and excellence that ensures that we fulfill our duty to inspire young people to make their best better. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Clacton Coastal Academy.

Our Curriculum

At the Clacton Coastal Academy we aim to ensure that every child ends up in successful employment. To that end we ensure that our curriculum creates opportunities for students to become independent and self-motivated with the ability to be responsible, determined and aspirational. All students are individuals who develop in different ways and at different rates and the curriculum is designed to meet those individual’s needs and provide appropriate technology, qualifications and experiences to support students into their chosen career pathways.

There are opportunities on the curriculum to accelerate (fast-track) or receive ‘booster’ or support lessons as appropriate. Students are set in most subjects as they progress through the academy but flexibility is built into the curriculum to allow movement between sets as the need arises.

Additionally, there are a variety of enrichment activities to enhance our curriculum. There are also various clubs (including in sports and artistic subjects) and there are Personal Development Days and Data Conferences in which lessons are collapsed to allow students to experience a deep learning experience that is challenging, inspiring and opens their minds to new experiences.

Our curriculum at KS3 is centred on the important Core curriculum areas of English, mathematics and science. Students will also study a variety of arts, humanities and languages subjects alongside the core curriculum. Year 9 students gain further transferable skills by choosing subjects to specialise in for the year and year 10 and 12 students begin on their choices for GCSE and A level study. It is our belief that this large discipline of all subjects helps our students to receive a strong traditional academic education, while also having time to find expression in the creative subject areas.

Curriculum for Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

To view details of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum please click here

To view details of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum please click here

To view details of the Key Stage 5 Curriculum please click here

Values and Ethos 

At Clacton Coastal Academy we follow "The CCA Way”. 

We are Courageous Citizens, in a Caring Community who are Aspiring and Accountable. 

This means: 

As Courageous Citizens: 

  • We try new things 
  • We never give up 
  • We celebrate the good and speak up when things are bad 
  • We respect and listen to different views 
  • We are committed to changing the perception of the local area 

As a Caring Community: 

  • We are approachable and friendly 
  • We achieve more together than on our own
  • We ask for help if we need it, without fear of judgement 
  • We respect our environment 
  • We are proud to serve the community of Clacton

Being Aspiring and Accountable means: 

  • We expect the best from ourselves and those around us 
  • We are where we need to be, on time, ready for action 
  • We go the extra mile 
  • We are consistent, so everyone knows what to expect
  • We are proud to be a part of the CCA community

Our vision is that the CCA way leads to successful employment. 

This means: 

Our students are top of the application pile because the qualifications they have gained, the grades they have achieved and the additional experiences they have had including their understanding of the work place, gives them the most impressive application. 

Our students are the most impressive at interview. They confidently look their interviewer in the eye and shake their hand. They can describe with passion the times they have worked in a team, taken on a challenge, led an initiative and made a change in their community. 

Then when offered the job, they make employee of the month. They are so prepared for the workplace, they have learnt to be accountable, they have great aspirations and so they are a joy to employ. They enjoy their work. They are happy in their work and so they are successful in employment. Being successful in employment brings money into the household. Money in the household improves housing. Improved housing improves family life. Happy families impact generation after generation. 

And so our courageous citizens, who’ve developed in a caring community, who’ve grown to be aspiring and accountable, impact the town of Clacton for generations to come. That’s The CCA Way.


We were last inspected in March 2018. To view the full report, please click

Our Trust 

We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.  

We are a national network of over 60 primary, special and secondary academies. We are passionately committed to inspiring children and young people. 

We’ve undergone considerable change over the last two years. Bar the name above the door, everything about AET has changed: our leadership; our governance; our financial controls; our school improvement and our curriculum support. 

AET is well on its way to becoming something rather wonderful – we are a family of schools that is dedicated to education that paves the way for our young people go on to lead remarkable lives. And it’s our people who are making that a living and breathing reality in our academies.


Each and every child inspired to choose a Remarkable Life.


To gather and motivate inspirational people committed to delivering an excellent education that launches children into remarkable lives.



At AET, we choose to be unusually brave. We're not afraid to challenge wrongs, to make the right call, even when it's both unusual and difficult to do so.


We are on the search for discovering what's possible. We look to create 'eureka moments' for our students, helping them discover a world of possibilities and opportunities.


We always strive to push the limits. We don't settle for less than excellent and we won't allow our students to either. We resolve to overcome any self-imposed limits.


We commit to being big-hearted. We choose to treat each other with kindness, warmth and care, believing that everybody matters and believing in one another.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the ESFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here

We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here.

To find out more about about AET please visit us at

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Address: Pathfields Road, Clacton, Essex, CO15 3JL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1255 428131
Positions available at Clacton Coastal Academy