Lancaster Royal Grammar School in top 10 northern schools as league tables are released

New Ofsted statistics give an insight into how our schools and colleges performed in last summer's public exams.

Thursday, 21st January 2016, 10:04 am
Updated Thursday, 21st January 2016, 11:09 am
Lancaster Royal Grammar School has been named in the top 10 northern schools.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School has been named as one of the top 10 schools in the north.

Last summer saw LRGS students gaining 71 per cent A*-B grades at A-level and almost half of subject entries were awarded A or A* grades, putting it in the top 100 state schools, and in the top 10 in the north.

Headteacher Dr Chris Pyle said: “We are very proud of every one of our students. They worked hard to gain the grades that will take them onto the next stage of their futures.

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“I am particularly delighted that so many of our A-level students achieved places on their first choice of very competitive university courses and on some high-quality business apprenticeships.”

Figures from the latest Ofsted annual report show that the vast majority of Lancashire’s children and young people are taught in schools that are either good or outstanding.

The latest statistics show that more than 84 per cent of the county’s pupils attend secondary schools that have been judged to be good or outstanding.

This figure compares to the national average of 69 per cent and is the third highest proportion in the north west.

Similarly, 89 per cent of Lancashire’s primary age pupils attend schools that have been judged to be good or outstanding, compared to the national average of 88 per cent, which is again in the top 10 for the region.

The figures for both primary and secondary age pupils are above the national and regional averages, while the percentages of pupils in schools that are not good or outstanding are much lower than the national average.

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, said: “There may be a north-south divide in educational performance across the country, but that certainly doesn’t apply to Lancashire.

“To outstrip the national average of pupils in good or outstanding secondary schools by 15 per cent is a remarkable achievement as these ratings are hard to achieve. We’re also above the national average for our primary schools.

“I’m really proud of these results. They are a testament to the high quality of the teaching in our schools and the commitment of pupils and their families to learning.

“And they show that the overall standard of education in Lancashire is up there with the best in the region.

“We certainly won’t rest on our laurels though and we’ll continue to strive to fulfil our aim that all our pupils are able to attend a school which is rated as good or outstanding.

“We have improved on our performance last year and we’ll work hard to continue this trend next year.”