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There are designated disabled parking bays in the front visitor car park and the back staff car park, with access to the ground floor levels available through the front and back double-doors, or through the front double-doors (flat access) for the sports building.

Access between each floor is by stairwell and lift access.

Colchester Academy
Hawthorn Avenue

School office opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Friday: 08:30am – 4:00pm

Telephone: 01206 861217

Email: general@colchesteracademy.org.uk

Twitter: @ColchesterAcad

Facebook: facebook.com/ColchesterAcademy

Instagram: @colchesteracademy

Student Absence

If your child is unable to attend school please contact the school’s absence line on 01206 878872 by 8.30 am on each day of your child’s absence. Please state clearly your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence. 

Alternatively you can email attendance@colchesteracademy.org.uk.

Key Contacts

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance. To make an appointment, please contact either the school office on 01206 861217 or by email at general@colchesteracademy.org.uk.

If the Form Tutor is unable to answer your queries, please then contact your child’s Year Leader.

Year Leader points of contact

Year Leader Contact
Year 7 Claire Herridge


Year 8 Mark St Claire mstclaire@colchesteracademy.org.uk 
Year 9 Louise Bull lbull@colchesteracademy.org.uk 
Year 10 Sydney Moore smoore@colchesteracademy.org.uk 
Year 11 James Brown jbrown@colchesteracademy.org.uk 

Curriculum Points of Contact


Team Leader Contact
English Jada Griffith-Sackey jgriffith-sackey@colchesteracademy.org.uk 
Maths Rebecca West


Science Sucheta Handa


Art & Technology Elizabeth Shaw


Computer Science Kiaia Anderson


Humanities Sinead Siddall ssiddall@colchesteracademy.org.uk
MFL Olga Valverde ovalverde@colchesteracademy.org.uk 
Performing Arts William Searl wsearl@colchesteracademy.org.uk
Physical Education Lauren Jones ljones@colchesteracademy.org.uk

Key contacts

Principal Jenny Betts general@colchesteracademy.org.uk
PA to Principal Ms Millis nmillis@colchesteracademy.org.uk 
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Jenni Tomlinson


SEN General Enquiries


E-Safety Co-ordinator Matthew Chaplin mchaplin@colchesteracademy.org.uk 

 To request a free paper copy of this website, please contact the Academy on 01206 861217.

Company Registration: Colchester Academy is part of Penrose Learning Trust and is registered to Penrose Learning Trust, Heath Road, East Bergholt, Colchester, Suffolk, CO7 6RJ  The company registration number is 07682993.