St Olave’s, Orpington, sixth best secondary school in country
PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 November 2019
An Orpington school has been listed as the sixth best state secondary nationally in the new annual Sunday Times Schools Guide.
The report revealed St Olave's Grammar School has slipped one place, down from fifth the year before.
The Parent Power listing says 93 per cent of students achieved A* to B grades in A-levels, and 89.4pc gained A* to 7 grades.
This is the 27th edition of Parent Power and identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their recent examination results.
St Olave's is also the fifth best school in Greater London.
As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally.
The survey also includes schools' most recent inspection reports and is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country's best schools.
In July last year, St Olave was criticised in a Bromley Council report for removing some students from the school, which some parents claimed was to avoid an exam rankings fall.
At the time, the school said it had "taken a number of proactive steps to address many of the issues raised, particularly around governance and student welfare", and added: "This has undoubtedly been a difficult and challenging time for everyone".
Headteacher Andrew Rees said of the new survey: "This position in the Sunday Times Parent Power guide is great testament to the talented students, devoted staff and supportive parents.
"League tables and exam results only measure a small part of what makes an outstanding education, and these results have been achieved by students who have not only been focusing on their academic studies, but who have also been active on the sports field, performing in musical concerts and drama productions, mentoring younger students, leading clubs and societies and engaging in Duke of Edinburgh [award scheme]."
The Sunday Times Schools Guide, Parent Power, was first published in 1993. The guide to the top 2,000 schools in Britain is published over two weekends: primary and prep schools on November 17, followed by state and independent secondary schools on November 24.