Cotswold schools are first class

Cotswold Journal: Chipping Campden School have done well in league tables. From left - Olly Hudson-Wood, 15, Mollie Smith, 15, Ben Smith, 16, Victoria Burman, 16, Louis Danby, 16, Emily Keitley, 15, and John Sanderson, principal. Picture by Paul Jackson. (0514506001). Chipping Campden School have done well in league tables. From left - Olly Hudson-Wood, 15, Mollie Smith, 15, Ben Smith, 16, Victoria Burman, 16, Louis Danby, 16, Emily Keitley, 15, and John Sanderson, principal. Picture by Paul Jackson. (0514506001).

STUDENTS in the Cotswolds have proved they are a brainy bunch in the latest school league tables.

The Department For Education league tables showing how schools ranked in GCSEs and ALevel results were released last week.

Records were broken again at The Cotswold School, in Bourton, with 80 per cent of pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.

Its pupils scored an average point score of 870.4 at A-level and an average points score per a c a d e m i c entry of 221.9.

H e a d t e a c h e r Will Morgan said: “ W h i l e O f q u a l warned of d r o p p i n g r e s u l t s a c r o s s the country due to tougher marking and harder subject content, The Cotswold School’s students and teachers rose to the challenge and achieved record breaking results again this year.

“I am immensely proud of our talented students. Their hard work and determination, the dedication of their teachers and the strong support from their parents have produced these outstanding results.”

The school is also one of the top 100 in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in results over the last three years and was sent a letter by MP David Laws.

Chipping Campden School was also placed in the Top 100 highest achieving schools in the country with 75 per cent of its 186 of its pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths, a 13 per cent increase from last year.

Headteacher Jon Sanderson said: “This achievement is testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff at this already high-performing school.

“Our unique location on the county borders means we have become the number one choice for families across the North Cotswolds and towns and villages’ of South Warwickshire and Worcestershire.”

Fifty-four per cent of the 85 pupils taking GCSE at Shipston High School achieved five A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Head teacher Jonathan Baker said: “League tables are very misleading as no two school’s intake of students can ever be the same.

At Shipston the league tables do not show the exceptional performance of the vast majority of our students and the success of subjects like English which achieved one of the highest value-added measures in the county.”

At Chipping Norton School, 65 per cent achieved five A*-C grades including English and Maths.

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