Independent schools make the grade again
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Saturday 27 August 2011
Britain's top Independent Schools have extended their lead over state counterparts in terms of grade performance, claim figures out today.
They show a 0.9 percentage point rise in the number of pupils gaining A* grades – to 19.1 per cent – compared with a national figure of 8.2 per cent.
The data was supplied by the Independent Schools Council, which represents hundreds of schools at the top end of the market – such as Eton, Winchester, Westminster and Roedean.
Their performance led to a call from headmistress Cynthia Hall, of table-topping Wycombe Abbey Girls' School, for all leading universities to come clean and recognise the A* grade in their admissions process. She said: "It makes the system more understandable to students and fairer."
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