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  • "Karl, I am close to agreeing with you on this one. My son went through the grammar application a year and a half ago and my daughter will this year. I have done a great deal of work with them to help. There is a clear advantage to those children whose parents are motivated or able to help them. The schools themselves are aware of this and are setting up a subsidised course that everyone could access to try to level things off.

    I am also appalled that our state primary schools do not all offer help to children they see as able to apply to the grammars. I gather it is seen as unfair to those who are not as bright which sounds like nonsense to me and leaves it up to the parents.

    Having said all that I think the principle of the Grammar schools is very good. By putting children in with people of similar ability you allow them all to work at a similar level with less disruption or ability to coast along with making them all feel they are capable, children who are struggling in a class where they are not as able as others have a very tough time of it.

    The problem is that the playing field for preparation of the entry needs to be as level as possible at that is really down to the Primary schools and Grammars themselves.

    Champers, I would not assume that everyone who sends their children to a private school are well off. Some make serious sacrifices to do it and brighter children or those from poorer families often get support with fees."
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South Wilts tops school league tables

South Wilts tops school league tables

First published in Education by

A SALISBURY school has topped the Government’s league tables for GCSEs, English Baccalaureate and A-levels in Wiltshire, according to figures released on Thursday.

South Wilts Grammar School came top in the county for GCSE results, with 99 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including maths and English.

The school was also at the top of the table for the percentage of Key Stage 4 pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate, at 76 per cent, and it also came top for its A-level results, with an average point score of 977.4.

Bishop Wordsworth’s School, which came second in the county’s list for GCSE results last year, is not included in the this year’s tables as its students take iGCSE qualifications instead.

Bishop Wordsworth’s, the city’s boys’ grammar school, came fifth in the county for A-levels with an average point score of 919.8, and The Godolphin School was ninth with 879.2.

Wellington Academy in Ludgershall was among the lowest in the county for GCSE results, with 37 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C including English and maths.

Sarum Academy was also near the bottom of the league, with 50 per cent, while The Stonehenge School was at 57 per cent. Across Wiltshire, more pupils than ever achieved good GCSE and A-level grades.

The performance tables show the number of students achieving five or more A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths has gone up by 1.7 per cent from 2012 to 2013.

And the number of students in the county achieving any five A* to C grade GCSEs has gone up by 1.1 per cent.

Students have also maintained high levels of achievements in post-16 exam results, with 83.9 per cent achieving two or three A* to E grade A-levels. Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet member for children services at Wiltshire Council, said: “The number of Wiltshire pupils achieving good grades at GCSE has increased this year and more students than ever are making the right progress from primary to secondary.

“These positive results are not just good news for all the schools involved but for each individual student these results prove an excellent springboard for their future education and careers and I would like to congratulate all these hard working students.”

Results based on GCSEs at grades A* to C (of 33 schools ranked in Wiltshire):

South Wilts Grammar School (1)

Leehurst Swan (3)

St Edmund’s (8)

St Joseph’s (14)

Avon Valley College (15)

Wyvern College (16)

The Trafalgar School (21)

The Stonehenge School (27)

Sarum Academy (29)

The Wellington Academy (33)

Results based on average point score per A-level student (of 28 schools and colleges ranked in Wiltshire):

South Wilts Grammar School (1)

Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School (4)

The Godolphin School (9)

The Wellington Academy (26)

Avon Valley College (27)

Wiltshire College (28)

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