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  • "Why can't everybody have a grammar school education?

    Why in this day and age do we have this archaic system of streaming and telling eleven year olds that they are failures because they cannot get into the grammar school?

    Surely we should be giving those who fail the entry exam more priorities and lower class sizes than those who pass?

    If everybody passed the entry exam, where would they put them all and how would they reject those because the numbers were too many.

    Education of children is about learning about life as well as the three r's and how can youngsters learn about life if they are brought up with a small section of life, usually middle class, that is not representative of society?

    Congratulations to South Wilts and I know a lot of women who went there and they are nice people (most of them), but you don't spend much time teaching people with learning difficulties and those who cannot pass exams at eleven years of age.

    As for private education, you only have to look at those in Government to see what a failure that is."
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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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