Revealed: The York schools which make the list of the best in Britain

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24 Nov 2019 @ 6.00 pm
| Education

York is fortunate to have a host of great schools.

And seven of them make the grade in the latest guide to Britain’s best schools, compiled and published today by The Sunday Times.

One of them – Fulford School – is named as the Regional State School of the Year in the north of England.

Here are all seven, with their rank in the top 500 secondary or primary schools included.

New Earswick Primary School – 56th

Photograph: New Earswick Primary School
Around 200 pupils attend New Earswick Primary.

Its average SAT scores are (a score of 100 represents the standard children are expected to achieve):

  • Reading – 113
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) – 112
  • Maths – 111.

Headteacher Angela Oswald says:

  • Our school is a hive of activity led by positive and welcoming people. Whether you are greeted by child or an adult, you will receive a warm welcome.

St Peter’s School – 97th

An aerial view of St Peter’s School. Photograph © Google Street View
One of two private schools to make the list, St Peter’s has 580 pupils aged 13 to 18.

Fees are – day £6,235 which includes lunch; and boarding £10,360 (13-18).

  • A levels from A*-B – 84.6%
  • GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 – 68.7%

Headteacher Jeremy Walker says:

  • Life has never been so full of opportunities, with challenge and change ever-present and our aim is to develop confident, rounded young men and women who make the most of their abilities in preparation for a successful, fulfilled life.

Fulford School – 110th=

Fulford School. Photograph: YorkMix
For the second year in a row Fulford has been named the Sunday Times North State Secondary School of the Year.

The 1,500-strong comprehensive school includes a sixth form, and it is part of the South York Multi Academy Trust.

  • A levels from A*-B – 78.3%
  • GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 – 40.7%

Headteacher Steve Lewis says:

  • We understand that every child has a unique set of qualities and needs and when they join us we offer the challenge, nurture and opportunities needed for them to grow into impressive young adults.

Archbishop Holgate’s School – 160th

Photograph: Archbishop Holgate’s School
With 1,357 pupils, Archie’s is another large York secondary, and part of the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust.

  • A levels from A*-B – 74%
  • GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 – 29%

Headteacher Andrew Daly says:

  • As an outstanding school we realise that achievement comes in many different forms and we are committed to ensuring that your child has every opportunity to flourish, grow in confidence and make the most of their individual gifts and talents.

All Saints RC School – 222nd

Photograph: All Saints School
The school, with nearly 1,400 pupils, has an Outstanding Ofsted rating.

  • A levels from A*-B – 65.7%
  • GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 – 29.2%

Headteacher Sharon Keelan-Beardsley says:

  • Our GCSE and A level results are in the top 25% of UK schools and our thriving Sixth Form, whose results are in the top 10% of the country, is accessible to students of any denomination provided they meet our entrance criteria.

Huntington School – 281st

Huntington School has more than 1,500 students, aged 11-18, including a thriving sixth form.

  • A levels from A*-B – 59.8%
  • GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 – 27.8%

Headteacher John Tomsett says:

  • We believe that Huntington School is a place with a special atmosphere. We are a school whose core purpose is ‘to inspire confident learners who will thrive in a changing world’.

The Mount School – 301st

Photograph: The Mount School
The second York private school to feature, The Mount is the only single-sex school in this list. It has 207 female students aged 2 to 18.

Fees are – day £4,950 – £5,820 (11-18), which includes lunch; and boarding £6,500 – £9,950 (11-18).

  • A levels from A*-B – 58.8%
  • GCSE A*/A/9/8/7 – 41.2%

Headteacher Adrienne Richmond says:

  • At The Mount we provide girls with the skills and opportunities to achieve their dreams through an educational experience that is second to none. We are leaders in educating girls and understanding their needs.