A PRESTIGIOUS North East school has been praised for outstanding achievements at A-level in a newly-published league table.
In a national poll of educational facilities, Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School (RGS) has been named the top performing school in the North of England.
The league table was compiled by the Sunday Times and was based on the number students achieving A* A-levels results in what have been described as “harder subjects”.
Dominated by sixth-form colleges and larger independent schools Newcastle’s RGS ranked 16th nationally with 32.7% of all pupil’s being awarded the A*.
Headmaster Dr Bernard Trafford remained modest but delighted with the news, after hitting out only last month at the Government’s “downright silly” GCSE performance tables. Dr Trafford said: “I’m consistent in deploring league tables as they are so often misleading and don’t compare like with like between schools.
“Certainly parents should look at rather more than league table positions before choosing a school.
“Still, it would be dishonest not to admit that I’m pleased by this table, based on raw figures, which shows just how successful our top students are.
“The credit lies with them. They are immensely talented and work and play fantastically hard. They richly deserve all their success.”
The achievements of sixth form students at RGS mean on average one A* was gained by every RGS A-level pupil.
The only schools to outperform RGS in the North were large sixth form colleges Greenhead in Huddersfield, Winstanley in Wigan, Runshaw College in Leyland and Cardinal Newman in Preston.
Earlier this month the school, which caters for children in Year 3 through to sixth form, was on a winning streak again at the Young Enterprise North East trade fair.
Competing with 47 different students stalls RGS’s team Step Up won the award of Most Creative Company for their detailed product idea and packaging.
Other winners on the day were John Spence Community High School in North Shields and Westfield School in Gosforth.