Colyton Grammar School best performing co-ed secondary school in England

Colyton Grammar School best performing co-ed secondary school in England

Latest figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that Colyton Grammar School is the best performing co-educational secondary school in England, and the highest scoring school in the South West - Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

It achieved a Progress 8 score of 1.00, a rating described by the DfE league table as ‘well above average’. Only 14% of 6,530 secondary schools in the country achieved this rating.

The Progress 8 benchmark is an accountability measure introduced in 2016 and used by the United Kingdom government to measure the effectiveness of secondary schools in England. It bands pupils into groups based on their scores in English and Mathematics during the Key Stage 2 SATs.

According to the league table 100% of Colyton Grammar School students stay in education or enter employment at age 16, and 100% achieved Grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths. In all, 87% of Colyton students who sat GCSEs this year achieved the top three grades of 9 to 7. 99% achieved grades 9 to 5, and 40% achieved a grade 9, ten times the national average of 4%.

Some 21 students achieved the coveted eight or more subjects with grade 9, around 18% of this year’s GCSEs cohort. This compares to the national figure of 0.2%.

Across subjects, 100% of students who sat Computer Science achieved grade 7 or above. Subjects where 85% or more students achieved grade seven or above include Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Physics and Religious Studies.

Students who studied for EDEXCEL Business sat the ‘old style’ GCSE and 100% achieved A* to A – the best results for this subject in the country. One student achieved the highest mark in the country and with three others is in the UK top 10 – meaning that four of the highest-marked top 10 Business Studies students in the UK come from Colyton.

Tim Harris, Head Teacher at Colyton Grammar School, commented: “The Progress 8 benchmark is the main way in which we can measure our progress internally and against other schools in the country. My congratulations and thanks go to our students and my colleagues for this superb result, which sees us in the top 14% of all secondary schools in England and the top co-educational secondary school in the country – as well as best performing of all secondary schools in Devon.”

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