27 November 2018
Girls’ Schools Association schools top the Independent Secondary table in this year’s Sunday Times Parent Power survey, published here.
St Paul’s Girls’ School in London tops the entire national table for combined exam results (A level & GCSE). Other GSA schools to make the top 10 in the same table are Wycombe Abbey (4) and The Godolphin & Latymer School (6). GSA schools make up nine of the top 20 schools in this table.
St Paul’s Girls’ School also came top nationally for A level performance, with Wycombe Abbey listed fifth. The GSA schools in the top 10 nationally for GCSE performance are St Paul’s Girls’ School (top), St Mary’s Ascot (2), The Godolphin & Latymer School (3) and North London Collegiate School (6).
Altogether, GSA schools account for 12 of the top 30 independent schools for A level performance, 13 of the top 30 for GCSE performance and 15 of the top 30 for combined results.
Regional Top Achievers
The following GSA schools were top in their region for independent schools (combined exam results):
Cheltenham Ladies College (South West)
St Paul’s girls’ School (Greater London)
Withington Girls’ School (North West)
Wycombe Abbey (South East)
Independent School of the Year Winners
The Parent Power survey also acknowledges schools for their general achievement relative to previous years. This year, the following GSA schools have been named ‘Independent School of the Year’ for their region:
King’s High School Warwick (West Midlands)
Manchester High School for Girls (North West)
The Godolphin & Latymer School (Greater London)
“Consider the Whole Picture”, says GSA President
While GSA President, Gwen Byrom, congratulates the top achievers, she also cautions parents against judging schools purely on league table results. She says:
“It’s tremendous to see so many GSA schools at the top of the Parent Power tables and it’s proof, once again, that girls’ schools punch well above their weight when it comes to academic performance. However, what league tables don’t measure are the life skills, friendships, sense of balance and self-confidence that schools give their pupils and it’s vital that parents consider the whole picture when choosing a school for their child.”