At the same time as many students in the United Kingdom are getting their GCSE scores, that heads of secondary schools in the UK are looking forward to receiving their school performance grades as well.
In the previous year, the official government report named Liverpool’s The Blue Coat School the United Kingdom’s best performing school. In second place came the Colyton Grammar School followed by Reading’s Kendrick School.
One of the other state schools in the UK that this ranking very well for several years already is Thomas Telford in Shropshire. The headmaster of the school, Kevin Satchwell announced this week that a staggering 98% of the school students are receiving grades and range from A* to C, despite grades in the UK falling on average.
Top ranking girls grammar School The Henrietta Barnett School is ranking second this time around for provisional rankings of schools by last week’s A Level results.
This year’s GCSE results are not officially available yet, but various data supplied by individual schools to several news outlets in the UK can already give a solid indication on what schools rank best.
You can find the complete list of the top hundred state schools in the United Kingdom at the Telegraph
It is noteworthy to mention that the number of pupils who passed the GCSE dropped significantly this time around, despite a record number of students having retaken their tests in the hopes for better grades.
The results where all the pupils scored top grades dropped by as much as 2.1% as compared to the previous year, this is the biggest drop of average grades since the UK started the exams more than 25 years ago.
Among the reasons given for the poorer grades are education reforms including the new ruling that all pupils must achieve at least a grade C or better in English and Maths, which led to an increased number of students who had to retake their tests.
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