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Thursday, 21 January 2016
Bolton School Girls’ Division has been ranked as the best performing independent school in the country and 25th best school in the country by GCSE results in the Department for Education’s latest league table rankings. You can view the top 100 on the Daily Telegraph website here.
The table shows the percentage of pupils obtaining at least 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) including English and Maths at GCSE. 100% of the School's 125 girls reached the minimum standard last summer. The average points score is also shown, which is calculated by assigning each grade a certain number of points – an A* is worth 58 points, A 52, B 46, C 40, D 34, E 28, F 22, and G 16. The average point score of a Bolton School girl was 559.6.
The table also includes the percentage of students obtaining the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). This measure highlights where pupils have achieved a C grade or better across core academic subjects including Maths, English, the Sciences, a Language and Geography or History. 87% of girls at Bolton School achieved the EBacc qualification.
Headmistress Sue Hincks said: “The stimulating curriculum which our girls follow is designed to cultivate their intellectual curiosity and love of learning, and we are delighted that their achievements have been recognised in this way.
"In fact, the percentage of pupils achieving at least eight A*-C GCSE grades was also 100 per cent and we set a new record for recent years for the highest percentage (74 per cent) of girls attaining at least 11 A*-C GCSE grades.
"The number of top grades was also up, contrary to the national picture: 93 per cent of our girls achieved at least eight A*-B grades and almost seven out of every 10 papers were graded at A* or A.”
The School was ranked top in the borough which was reported upon in The Bolton News.
The league tables do not recognise IGCSEs and thus preclude some independent schools such as Bolton School Boys’ Division where boys take an IGCSE in Maths.
Miss Hincks offers her views on league tables in this blog for the Independent Schools’ Council.
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