QE named Parent Power State Secondary School of the Year

QE named Parent Power State Secondary School of the Year

Queen Elizabeth’s School was today named as the Sunday Times Parent Power State Secondary School of the Year 2022.

The coveted national award encompasses academic accomplishment, but is distinct from the annual Parent Power academic rankings also published today and recognises overall achievements across all aspects of the School’s life.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: “The State Secondary School of the Year award is a significant accolade, so this is excellent news.

“The award reflects the breadth of the educational experience here at QE, with pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities available to enrich themselves, pursuing their intellectual interests well beyond the confines of course syllabuses and throwing themselves into our huge range of clubs and societies – more than 90 at the last count – many of them set up by the boys themselves.

“Our consistency of achievement at the highest level, spanning so many years, is truly remarkable and testament to the talent, ambition and dedication of our pupils, their families, our staff and all those involved in guiding and supporting the School. In short, it is a team effort, and I therefore hope everyone in the Elizabethan community will take both personal and collective pride in this award.”

As it has done in seven of the last nine years, QE again topped the latest Parent Power rankings, which this year are based on A-level and GCSE results aggregated from the last three pre-pandemic years, namely 2017–2019. The Parent Power table shows 96.3% of A-levels taken at QE were awarded grades A*-B and that 91.5% of GCSEs received grades 9-7 (or A* and A under the old grading system). A-level results were double-weighted by Parent Power.

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “Queen Elizabeth’s is making the top spot in our annual rankings its own and our award this year recognises that sustained excellence. However, this is no academic hothouse.

“Success in examinations comes as a by-product of a wider school ethos centred on fully developing the boys’ considerable talents. Boys leave the school confident young men capable of taking their place in the world, nurtured by a school with outstanding facilities and exceptional teaching.”

QE has won the State Secondary School of the Year award twice before, in 2001 and 2007. “With The Sunday Times Schools Guide and the Parent Power rankings remaining highly respected and influential within the education sector, we believe this triple success to be a rare achievement indeed,” the Headmaster said.

“This 2022 award will take us up to the start of our 450th anniversary year in 2023 and demonstrates that our shared vision, set out in our current School Plan, of ‘building on distinction’ is highly appropriate.

“With the challenges that all schools have faced over the past 20 months, the award comes as a welcome boost, and one that I think is well-deserved for the tireless and tenacious work put in by boys and staff.”

“I would add that, with public examinations cancelled over the past two summers, I understand Parent Power’s decision to base its rankings on 2017–2019 results. Yet while it is true that 2020 and 2021 results were achieved under very different conditions, we have strong internal evidence that the boys have been maintaining our very high standards and have progressed very well, despite the pandemic.”

Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2022 has been published online for subscribers this morning and will appear in a special supplement in this weekend’s Sunday Times.