Boys Top Bolton & Bury A Level Rankings
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Government tables of schools and colleges' performance at A Level have placed the Boys' Division at the top of the Bolton and Bury leagues, narrowly ahead of the Girls' Division in the Bolton region. The ranking was compiled based on the average points score per student; the boys achieved 1043.2 per student and the girls achieved 1038.4 per student.
The annual DCSF league tables of schools' GCSE performance have also been published and, as in recent years, the Boys' Division's great success at GCSE has not been recognised. Along with many other top independent schools, the Boys' Division students take IGCSE Mathematics and the government still refuses to recognise this qualification in its rankings. This year the government has introduced an English Baccalaureate ranking of schools which includes Maths, English, a science, a language and a humanities subject. Again, the Boys' Division was not ranked because pupils study the IGCSE syllabus as opposed to the GCSE syllabus.
Headmaster of the Boys' Division, Mr Philip Britton commented: "'The boys recorded another strong set of GCSE results with around one third of boys with A* grades and 65% with either an A* or A. Our students take IGCSE Mathematics as we feel this is better preparation for them. 98% of our grades were at A*-C level but as a result of the DCSF's refusal to recognise the IGSCE, our School and many other top independent schools suffer in what can only be seen as incomplete rankings."
The 2010 GCSE results saw 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*.