Ripon Grammar and Queen Ethelburga’s come out on top in Sunday Times survey

The top performing schools in Yorkshire and the Humber are revealed in The Sunday Times Parent Power, published in The Sunday Times and online today Sunday, 27 November 2016.

Ripon Grammar and Queen Ethelburga’s College have come out on top, but not a single Harrogate School has made it to the top 10.

The definitive guide, which can be found at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/parentpower , contains the top 2,000 state and independent schools, ranked by their latest academic results, and searchable by postcode, town, local authority and name of school.

As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally.

There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports.

Now in its 24th year of publication, Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level this summer (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning A* and A grades at GCSE.

They are published several weeks ahead of the official Government tables for secondary school performance.

The top 10 independent secondary schools in the North

 

Regional rank School name Town A-level A*- B (%) GCSE A*/A (%) 2016 national rank 2015 national rank
1 Queen Ethelburga’s College

 

York

 

97.9

 

68.5

 

52

 

52

 

2 St Peter’s School

 

York

 

83.3

 

76.1

 

89

 

103

 

3 The Grammar School at Leeds

 

Leeds

 

82.9

 

66.3

 

110

 

119

 

4 Bradford Grammar School

 

Bradford

 

80.4

 

71.1

 

112

 

128

 

5 Wakefield Girls’ High School

 

Wakefield

 

75.5

 

75.2

 

140

 

117

 

6 The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s

 

York

 

95.9

 

31.7

 

148=

 

140=

 

7 Queen Margaret’s School (York)

 

York

 

78.7

 

61.9

 

160=

 

159

 

8 Hymers College

 

Hull

 

75.8

 

66.1

 

166

 

118

 

9 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

 

Wakefield

 

75.0

 

64.5

 

176

 

217=

 

10 Sheffield High School GDST

 

Sheffield

 

69.7

 

69.3

 

198

 

161

 

 

Steven Jandrell, Principal, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate
Steven Jandrell, Principal, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

 

Steven Jandrell, Principal, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate said:

Our students are hugely committed to developing their education and gaining places at the top universities, and it is really pleasing to see this determination reflected in our top position for Yorkshire schools. It is a tribute to the dedication of both students and staff.

 

The top ten state secondary schools in the North

 

Regional rank School name Town A-level A*-B (%) GCSE A*/A (%) 2016

national rank

2015 national rank
1 Ripon Grammar School

 

Ripon

 

76.2

 

60.6

 

73=

 

87

 

2 Skipton Girls’ High School

 

Skipton

 

69.8

 

64.7

 

100

 

100

 

3 Ermysted’s Grammar School

 

Skipton

 

67.8

 

52.7

 

135

 

110

 

4 Heckmondwike Grammar School

 

Heckmondwike

 

60.6

 

63.5

 

142=

 

167=

 

5 The Crossley Heath School

 

Halifax

 

60.9

 

59.9

 

148

 

107

 

6 Silverdale School

 

Sheffield

 

70.8

 

36.9

 

160

 

209

 

7 The North Halifax Grammar School

 

Halifax

 

61.6

 

51.5

 

165=

 

162

 

8 Tapton School

 

Sheffield

 

67.4

 

37.1

 

174

 

210

 

9 Stokesley School

 

Stokesley

 

65.8

 

33.9

 

197

 

317

 

10 Fulford School

 

York

 

63.3

 

36.2

 

213=

 

178

 

 

Ripon Grammar School finishes out in front in the state sector once more. It has been top in the region for an impressive four years in a row, climbing 14 places this year to rank 73rd= nationally.  The school is mixed, entirely selective and also accommodates 100 boarders for a fee of around £10,000 a year. A-Level results are particularly strong – 76.2% of all entries secured A* to B grades last summer, more than five percentage points higher than any other state school in the north.

 

Skipton Girls’ High School wins the battle of the Skipton grammar schools beating the boys of Ermysted’s to second place in the North. Although outcomes at A-level were similar in both schools at a shade under 70% A*-B at A-level, the girls achieved notably better GCSE results with almost 65% of grades at A* or A at Skipton Girls’ compared to just under 53% at Ermysted’s.

 

There are two significant climbers in the north state school rankings this year. Stokesley School has risen an incredible 120 places since 2015, now ranking 197th, and Silverdale School in Sheffield has shot from 209th to 160th to become the highest ranking comprehensive school in Yorkshire, overtaking city rival Tapton School – a former winner of The Sunday Times Comprehensive School of the Year award – this year.

 

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