York has some of the best schools in the North of England, a new survey has found.
Parent Power, the Sunday Times Schools Guide 2023, has identified the highest-achieving schools in the UK.
And York features prominently.
The city has three representatives in the top 10 state and grammar schools in the north:
- All Saints RC School
- Fulford School, and
- Archbishop Holgate’s School.
And in first place is another North Yorkshire school – Ripon Grammar.
In the top 10 independent secondary schools in the north, Queen Ethelburga’s College takes first place.
St Peter’s School and Queen Margaret’s School also make the list.
Top 12 state and grammar schools in the north
1 Ripon Grammar School
2 Heckmondwike Grammar School
3 Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley
4 The North Halifax Grammar School
5 All Saints RC School, York
6 Ilkley Grammar School
7 Silverdale School, Sheffield
8 Fulford School, York
9 Horsforth School, Leeds
10 Archbishop Holgate’s School, York
Top 10 independent secondary schools in the north
1 Queen Ethelburga’s College, near York
2 Sheffield High School for Girls
3 Bradford Grammar School
4 St Peter’s School, York
5 The Grammar School at Leeds
6 Wakefield Girls’ High School
7 Hymers College, Hull
8 Queen Margaret’s School, York
9 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
10 Ashville College, Harrogate
Source: Sunday Times
Parent Power has been going for 30 years, and describes itself as the “definitive guide to secondary schools using the first post-pandemic set of results for state and independent schools since Covid-19”
The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A*-B at A-level (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning A* and A grades, and those graded 9, 8 and 7, at GCSE and iGCSE.
Helen Davies, editor of The Sunday Times Parent Power guide, says: “These have been a challenging few years for teachers, pupils and their parents, and the success of many in our league table is testament to the stamina and support shown by all concerned.
“It is also clear that more attention is being placed on wellbeing and mental health – from meditation rooms to counselling support, even therapy dogs – and schools are being proactive to bring about positive changes.
“League tables are not the only criteria a parent can use when choosing a school, but they are a good starting point.”