KING Edward VI School is the top state school in the West Midlands according to rankings in The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide published this week.
Shakespeare’s old school in Stratford also achieved its highest national ranking of 12th, having steadily risen from 93rd place in 2011.
Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined using a combined measure to compare A Level and GCSE performance at over 3,000 secondary schools nationally, including 164 grammar schools.
Announcing this year’s ranking, The Sunday Times noted “Shakespeare’s school… has by far the best A-level results in the region, almost two-thirds of them at A* and A and more than 88% at A*-B”.
KES headmaster Bennet Carr was understandably delighted.
He said “Offering a wealth of sporting, artistic, intellectual and cultural opportunities are as equally as important to us as examination success. I therefore view this high ranking as an endorsement of our approach, as it demonstrates that league table success does not need to be at the expense of a truly holistic education.”
The latest success follows KES being named the 2018 West Midlands Regional State Secondary School of the Year in the Parent Power survey.