QE: the top state boys’ School in 2011
Queen Elizabeth's School has received another national accolade, with the Sunday Times' 21st annual Parent Power guide naming it as the country’s top boys' state school.
QE this year maintained its position in the maintained schools league table, again taking second place overall behind The Henrietta Barnett School, a girls' school in Hampstead.
The primary measure used in compiling the tables was the proportion of A-level grades at A*-B. HBS, on 98.4%, was closely followed by QE on 97.7%, with third-placed Wilson's School in Wallington further behind on 93.0%. The table also recorded the percentage of A* and A grades at GCSE. Here, QE's 90.1% was marginally ahead of HBS (90.0%).
Headmaster Neil Enright said: "This summer's examination results at both A-level and GCSE were very strong indeed and represent a tribute to the sustained hard work of our students and also to the dedication and expertise of our staff. It is gratifying to see those efforts recognised nationally."
QE's success in the Parent Power table is the latest in a number of recent national endorsements. In March this year, it was ranked as the top state school in the Financial Times' top 1,000 schools table. The FT's is the most demanding of all league tables as it measures the schools' performance in difficult "core" academic subjects.
During the summer, research published by the Sutton Trust revealed that Queen Elizabeth's sends a greater proportion of its students to Oxford or Cambridge than any other state school in England. The research also found that, in terms of placing students at the country's leading 30 universities, QE is the top state school. In fact, it is the only state school among the top 37 schools nationwide, sending 87% of its pupils to the most selective universities.