• Sixth Formers Achieve Record Results
    Sixth Formers Achieve Record Results

    CCHSG is delighted to announce that our Sixth Formers have achieved the best set of A Level results in the history of the school. 

    26% of all grades were A*, 62% of all grades were A*/A, and 88.5% of all grades were A*/B. 18 students gained 4 or more A & A* grades and 4 students gained 5 A & A* grades.  

    Every student has passed every examination taken and has achieved a minimum of 3 Advanced Level passes. We are extremely proud of the students and thank them for their tremendous contribution to CCHSG.  We wish them every success and happiness in the future.


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  • GCSE Results 2018
    GCSE Results 2018

    Our Year 11 students have once again broken school records! We thank students, staff, governors and parents for their ongoing work and support.  90% of grades were at 9/8/7 (or A/A* equivalent), 98% of grades were at 9/8/7/6 (or A*/B equivalent) & 45% of grades were at a 9 (or A* equivalent). 72% of grades were at 9/8 (or A/A* equivalent) and 100% of students gained the equivalent of 5 grade 9-5 including English and Mathematics. We are thrilled for all our students and delighted at the opportunities that these results make available for them.


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  • The Big Build
    The Big Build

    We would like to thank everyone in the school and local community for their patience and support during our extended period of building work.   The new Sixth Form Centre with its separate entrance atrium, ICT suite, lecture theatre and common room is now in use along with the new classroom bases, one of which is our Healthy Living studio.   As the first stage of the Big Build draws to a close, from the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund we have been awarded funding to improve our swimming pool facilities – this project will include an extended 25m indoor swimming pool with changing rooms.  We are also tremendously fortunate, through our own fundraising and the generous support of parents and the PTFA, to be able to provide an additional, and much needed multi-functional hall which will incorporate the new swimming pool.  We are absolutely delighted that our students will be rewarded with first class facilities to match their outstanding achievements. 


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  • CCHSG and The Gilberd School Announce the Formation of the Multi Academy “Alpha Trust”
    CCHSG and The Gilberd School Announce the Formation of the Multi Academy “Alpha Trust”

    The Governing Board of Colchester County High School for Girls is pleased to announce that, after an extensive consultation process, we will be forming a multi academy trust (MAT) the “Alpha Trust”, working with The Gilberd School.  The Trust will also ultimately include the Trinity Free School to be built in North Colchester.

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  • CCHSG Wins Award for Exceptional Attainment and Student Progress

    The school was delighted to have received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating us on our Progress 8 figure 2016/2017 which places the school in the top 5% for progress.  This is a fantastic achievement given that students already enter the school achieving at a very high level.

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 11:42



The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the premier youth achievement award in the country and is highly regarded by employers and universities.  The programme provides students with the opportunity to develop practical and social skills, nurture their personal interests and talents and become more independent. 

CCHSG first offered the DofE in September 2010 with the aim of building a vibrant centre that provided the opportunity for all students to access the benefits of DofE.  Initially only the Bronze Award level was offered, but we now have a very well established programme and are officially accredited to run the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, with over 120 students taking part each year.  Completion rates are excellent, with a 95% completion of the Bronze Award last year.

The participants volunteer with many local and national charities, undertake a range of physical activities, gain new experiences and master a new skill or hone their abilities in an existing one.  At each level they undertake two expeditions, which get progressively more challenging as they move from Bronze to Gold.  The Expedition section promotes team spirit, the ability to compromise and recognise the skills of others and, as students will tell you, provides a source of many happy memories.

All CCHSG students will regularly be informed about the school’s DofE programme and given the opportunity to take part.      

Our DofE Co-ordinator is Dave Burnand.  He can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The main difference between the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards is the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age that you can start.  Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

Award levels:

Bronze – CCHSG offers this in Year 10

Silver   – CCHSG offers this in Year 11

Gold    – CCHSG offers this in Year 12

All Awards involve:

Volunteering section

Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Students choose their own activity which could be anything from conservation work, raising money for charity or working with older people to starting a local recycling campaign.  The Volunteering section is about giving your time to help others and change things for the better. For the Bronze Award the volunteering section runs for a minimum of 3 months; Silver 6 months and Gold 12 months.

Physical section

 This is a chance to focus on health and fitness. The only requirement is that the activity chosen requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity.  For example you could improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity.  The activity can be completed as part of a team or alone. It is not necessary to achieve at a very high standard or be incredibly fit – it’s the personal progress that counts.  For the Bronze Award the Physical section takes place over 3 months; Silver 6 months and Gold 12 months.

Skills section

The Skills section is about working to develop skills in a chosen area. This could mean getting better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument or learning something for the very first time, like how to design a website.  For the Bronze Award the Skills section takes place over 3 months; Silver 6 months and Gold 12 months.

Expedition section

Students plan and complete a practice and qualifying expedition as part of a small team.  The focus is on developing communication and leadership skills as well as resilience and independence. 

Residential section (Gold Award only)

Gold Award students complete an additional Residential volunteering section. For example helping at a National Trust site in the UK or working with children in India.  This takes place over a minimum of 5 days and 4 nights.

For further general information about the DofE Award see www.dofe.org


Information and application packs can be downloaded from the links below:



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