Consistently at the top: another accolade for QE in national survey of academic performance

Consistently at the top: another accolade for QE in national survey of academic performance

Queen Elizabeth’s School has further cemented its reputation for achieving the very highest levels of academic performance, taking second place in the annual Sunday Times Parent Power league table.

QE has now taken first or second place in the survey every year for well over a decade. The table is based on A-level and GCSE results.

The survey is separate from the Sunday Times Schools Guide’s State Secondary School of the Year title, which is judged using broader criteria. QE won that in 2001, 2007 and 2022.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: “We have consistently been in one of the top two spots in the Parent Power table for so long that the remarkable is for us now unremarkable!

“Nevertheless, this is still by any measure a considerable achievement, for which my congratulations go to all my colleagues and to our families.

“In fact, this success is yet another accolade to add to our list of memorable highlights in this, our 450th anniversary year. Those highlights include new academic records, such as the 47 Oxbridge places offered to our boys and 58.2 per cent of A-levels taken here in 2023 being offered A*.

“There was also: our royal visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester; our thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey, attended by the whole School; and a very special Founder’s Day.

“Moreover, the year has been punctuated by splendid concerts, sporting triumphs, impressive drama productions and competition successes – all attesting that the QE experience extends well beyond examination results.”

In the article accompanying the survey, Times journalists Sian Griffiths and Helen Davies stated: “This is the first time that performance in this summer’s A-levels and GCSEs has returned to pre-pandemic grade boundaries in England and many of the schools that triumphed this year were also those that managed to keep high-quality teaching going online during the pandemic.”

They noted, firstly, that single-sex schools once again lead the table, and, secondly, that London dominates in terms of educational excellence, with 40 schools out of Parent Power’s top 100 being located in the capital.

Mr Enright added: “My congratulations go to the first-placed school in the Parent Power table, Wilson’s School in Wallington, Sutton, who have enjoyed their own remarkable year.”