QE shines in national newspaper league tables for both GCSE and A-level results

QE shines in national newspaper league tables for both GCSE and A-level results

QE is the country’s top boys’ state school for GCSEs, according to The Times, and its A-level results were better than any 11-18 independent school, a table published in the Daily Telegraph reveals.

The Times ranked schools according to the proportion of top grades achieved, taking account both of the percentage of grades 9 & 8 achieved (both deemed equivalent to an A* under the old system) and the percentage of grades 9,8 & 7 (A* and A equivalents).

QE’s 78% for 9 & 8 grades put it ahead of the next-placed state school, Colchester County High School for Girls, on 72% and only slightly behind the top-placed state school, The Tiffin Girls’ School, on 79.4%.

The Telegraph published a table compiled by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) which ranks schools with more than ten A-level candidates by the proportion of A* and A grades achieved by their Year 13 pupils in last week’s results. Of the 304 independent schools across England and Wales who released their results to the ISC, only a specialist private post-16 provider – Cardiff Sixth Form College – bettered QE’s total of 84.7%.

The Times also published its own league table based on A-level results. In this, QE vied with Wilson’s School in Sutton for the spot as the country’s top state school: QE had a clear lead in terms of the proportion of A* grades achieved (45.2% to 38%), while Wilson’s was marginally ahead in the percentage of grades at A*–B (96.8% against 96.7%) – the main measure used in compiling the table. [Subsequently, QE’s figures have risen to 46.9% A* and 97.3% A*-B.]

Overall, QE was in fourth place in The Times’ A-level league table, behind Wilson’s and two independent schools (Brighton College and City of London School for Girls) – up from 13th place last year.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: “It is encouraging to receive this independent corroboration of the outstanding performance of our boys at both GCSE and A-level. A small number of independent schools were listed with slightly higher GCSE figures than QE, although many of their pupils sat IGCSEs, whereas state schools such as QE have had to make the transition to the reformed, more rigorous new GCSEs.

Mr Enright added: “Although I am delighted by the performance of our boys this summer, it should be recognised that the QE experience is about much more than examination results, important though these are. We seek to ensure the rounded development of all our boys, and their happiness and wellbeing are of paramount importance to us.

“Our academic focus, therefore, extends well beyond examination syllabuses in that we encourage boys to pursue their intellectual interests, nurturing an environment of free-thinking scholarship. We also strongly encourage all pupils to find fulfilment in their free time by engaging in our wide range of stimulating extra-curricular activities.”

  • This story was updated on 25th August to include information about the league table published in the Daily Telegraph.