Britain’s ‘School of the Decade’ revealed – and it’s in York!

27 Nov 2020 @ 12.01 am
| Education

York teaching staff and pupils are celebrating today after achieving an amazing accolade.

Fulford School was named as the UK’s ‘School of the Decade’ after ten years of unbeatable achievement.

The school was revealed as the Sunday Times Comprehensive School Of The Decade, after ‘creating an environment where students can flourish in and out of the classroom’.

Alastair McCall, editor of the Times’ Parent Power guide, said: “Fulford sets standards to which all comprehensive schools should aspire.

“Restless in its search for continual improvement, the school has steadily climbed The Sunday Times’ Parent Power rankings over the past decade to now stand at a high point with just one non-selective non-faith school ranked above it.

“Our ‘Comprehensive School of the Decade’ award is the toughest to win on account of there being so much competition.

“While it is designed to recognise sustained academic excellence, it is also a recognition of what can be achieved when industrious pupils, inspirational teachers and supportive parents work together in a joint endeavour.

“Honesty, empathy, ambition, respect and tolerance are guiding the principles which underpin Fulford’s inclusive and supportive culture creating an environment where students can flourish in and out of the classroom.”

‘A great honour’

Fulford School. Photograph: YorkMix

Naturally Steve Lewis, Fulford School head and chief executive of South York Multi Academy Trust, was thrilled.

“I am delighted that Fulford School has been recognised by The Sunday Times Schools Guide.

“For the past two years we have been awarded the State Secondary School of the North. This year it is a great honour to be named the Sunday Times Comprehensive School Of The Decade.

“We are a school rooted in our community and committed to comprehensive education so it is particularly pleasing for this to be recognised.

“We are proud to represent all the fantastic comprehensive schools up and down the country who work tirelessly to support and educate pupils irrespective of their starting points.”

Fulford School from the air. Photograph © Google Street View

“Fulford is a fantastic school. It is successful due to its highly motivated pupils, talented and committed staff and supportive parental/carer body

Over the past decade many members of our community, teachers, leaders, governors and trustees have shaped our school and I would like to thank them all for the contributions they have made.

Trustees, governors and our staff have great ambition for the school. We will continue to work, aligned to our values, for the benefit of all. Enabling everyone to be the best that they can be and make the choice, at every opportunity, to do the right thing.”

The 28th edition of Parent Power identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their most recently published examination results. A fully searchable national database by school name, local authority, town and postcode, together with regional rankings are available to Times and Sunday Times subscribers at: