School Tops North-West's Independent Schools' League Table
Friday, 01 August 2008
A league of independent schools in the North-West, published by the Manchester Evening News, has ranked Bolton School at the top of the table. The ranking, which covered Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire, has been determined by how well pupils performed in their GCSEs in 2008. Both the Boys' Division and Girls' Division recorded a 100% pass rate in terms of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades.
A table of independent schools' performance at A Level placed the Girls' Division as fifth in the North-West and the Boys' Division as sixth. This ranking was compiled based on the average point score per student. This was a particularly high ranking as the other schools in the top ten had significantly fewer pupils.
In a separate ranking, the Girls' Division was ranked in the top 200 schools in the country and was ranked as the number one school in the Bolton region. The Boys' Division did not register in the ranking as pupils sit International GCSE for Maths and English, which the government does not recognise.
Headmaster of the Boys' Division, Mr Philip Britton commented: ""It has been an outstanding year at GCSE. Records tumbled as the boys registered superb results, well above those achieved by previous cohorts. All boys passed 5A*- C at a record average of 10 subjects each. A new record of 39% of passes were A* and the A* and A percentage leapt to a new high of 74%. Many of the top independent schools are moving away from publishing league table data where possible, partly because the government refuses to acknowledge the International GCSE which is the qualification that we and many other schools have chosen for our boys 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."
Mrs Richards, Headmistress of the Girls' Division said: "We were delighted with this year's GCSE results, with 75% of entries being graded A* or A and 47 girls, well over a third of the cohort, got at least 10A* and A grades. Currently the Girls' Division does not take any IGCSE examinations, but it seems most unfair to penalise those schools that do take IGCSEs. A school is so much more than its League position."
At A Level, the Boys' and Girls' Divisions were ranked as the top performing Sixth Forms in the Bolton, Bury and Salford regions.