Private Birmingham schools named among West Midlands’ best

Birmingham Post, 24.08.15, four elite private schools in Birmingham are celebrating after being named the best in the West Midlands for their A-level results. HMC leading independent schools Bablake, King Henry VIII, Solihull and Wolverhampton Grammar are referenced and HMC Head David LLoyd, headmaster of Solihull School is quoted.

Figures released by the Independent Schools Council reveal the top ten fee-paying schools in the region in terms of AS and A-level exam results for the 2014/15 academic year.

The table ranks each school according to its Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) average points score per pupil.

UCAS gives 140 points for an A-level A* grade, 120 points for an A-level A grade down to 40 for an E and 60 for an A at AS-level, down to 20 for an E.

ISC Chairman Barnaby Lenon said: "This year Independent Schools Council schools, which are 85 per cent of independent schools, achieved double the proportion of A* and A grades at both GCSE and A-level compared to state schools.

"Some state schools, particularly the grammar schools, have done brilliantly this year.

"But it is clearly unfair to compare every independent school in the country that takes A-levels, a total of about 500, with the very best 500 state schools taken from the top of a list of several thousand.

"Any parent comparing the independent and state school league tables can see that the top 100 places are dominated by independent schools."

The table is based purely on A and AS-level results and excludes general studies, as well as other qualifications taught at some schools such as the International Baccalaureate, BTECs and the Cambridge Pre-U examination.

Solihull School, whose famous alumni include Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, came fifth in the list of top independent schools in Solihull after it recorded its best ever A-level results.

It saw 88 per cent of its pupils achieve all A* to B grades and 35 per cent of pupils gained three A* or A grades.

Headmaster David Lloyd said: "These are wonderful results, not only for the sixth formers but also for the staff and the school as a whole.

"The students have really applied themselves and thoroughly deserve their high grades.

"Competition for places at top universities is expected to be particularly fierce this year, with record numbers applying to Oxford and Cambridge and other leading institutions, so it is very pleasing that all of our Oxbridge candidates have met or surpassed their required grades."

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