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Wednesday, 13 January 2010
A league of schools and colleges' A Level performance in the local area, published by the Bolton News, has ranked Bolton School Boys' Division in second place in the Bolton area, and fourth overall in the North West. This ranking was compiled based on the average point score per student, and placed Bolton School Girls' Division at the top of the Bolton region, and second in the North West overall.
A table of Secondary Schools' performance at GCSE was also published, but despite impressive GCSE results including 100% of boys gaining 5 or more A*-C passes, 67% of all grades being either A* or A and an impressive 33.8% of all papers being graded at A*, the Boys' Division did not register in the rankings as pupils sit International GCSE for Maths, which the government does not recognise. However, there was success for the Girls' Division, who came out top of the Bolton region with a total number of 98% of 5 or more grade A*-C passes.
Mrs Richards, Headmistress of Bolton School Girls' Division said: "I am sceptical about league tables, particularly as some very good schools, like the Boys' Division here, are penalised and not ranked because they offer IGCSEs."
Headmaster of the Boys' Division, Mr Philip Britton commented: "Many of the top independent schools are moving away from publishing league table data where possible, partly because the government refuses to acknowledge a wide enough range of qualifications but mainly because a school such as Bolton has much more to offer than can be accurately reflected in any league table position, however high."
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