Independent Girls’ Schools Retain Position of Strength

Sunday Times Parent Power Exam Results Tables

Independent girls’ schools have retained their position of strength in this year’s Sunday Times Parent Power tables for A level and GCSE results.

Girls’ Schools Association President, Charlotte Avery, has taken issue with claims made by Professor Alan Smithers (in The Sunday Times) that independent girls’ schools have suffered in this year’s reformed A level exams. She said:

Professor Alan Smithers’ intimation that girls are less likely to “pick out excellence and understanding of the subject as a whole” in the reformed A level exams is simply not borne out by the facts. Far from suffering in the latest Parent Power rankings, independent girls’ schools have retained their position of strength, with four schools in the top 10 and 18 in the top 50 for A levels.  Girls’ schools continue to perform well in A level league tables at the same time as prioritising our students’ happiness and wellbeing.”

Overall, for both A level and GCSE, St Paul’s Girls’ School tops the tables, with Wycombe Abbey School in second place. There are five girls’ schools among the top 10 and 20 among the top 50.

Congratulations to all GSA member schools who are among the top 50 independent schools in the country: St Paul’s Girls’ School, Wycombe Abbey SchoolLady Eleanor Holles School, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, North London Collegiate School, St Helen and St Katharine, South Hampstead High School GDST, Putney High School GDST, King Edward VI High School for Girls, Withington Girls’ School, St Mary’s School Ascot, James Allen’s Girls’ School, The Godolphin and Latymer School, St Catherine’s Bramley, St Mary’s Calne, Oxford High School GDST, Wimbledon High School GDST, and Downe House.

Particular congratulations to King Edward VI High School for Girls (pictured) who have been named The Sunday Times West Midlands Independent Secondary School of the Year. The school’s Year 11 girls excelled this summer with 97.7% of GCSE entries achieving A* or A grades, an increase of 5.1 percentage points on last year. Just three schools nationally achieved better GCSE results.

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