Colchester Academy is sponsored by Colchester Institute (Lead Sponsor), and the University of Essex (Co-Sponsor).
Colchester Institute is a large general college of Further and Higher Education, with learning opportunities spanning nine levels; pre-entry to Masters. It has been recognised for its vocational excellence in a range of areas, including construction, catering and ICT.
Colchester Institute operates from a number of campuses within Colchester, Tendring and Braintree, with the main campus situated in Colchester itself, just three miles from the Academy site. It will support the Academy and facilitate transformational changes in learning in a number of ways, particularly through strengthening vocational initiatives. Danny Clough, the Principal and Chief Executive, is Colchester Academy’s Chair of Governors.
University of Essex, situated just one and a half miles from the site of Colchester Academy, is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions. The University has a long-term commitment to widening participation and access to higher education. It will support the Academy to raise aspirations for progression to higher education, by providing a range of out-reach activities and advice and guidance for students and their families.